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Google Doodle celebrates the Year of the Horse

This week's wackiest web stories: Rent-A-Bloke, the Pee Police and a never-ending game of tag

Turns out President Putin is a big Boyz II Men fan; and why the Big Mac will tell you everything you need to know about the Eurozone

Is it an iPhone? An HTC? Surely not a Samsung! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spotted with mystery mobile phone

Speculation arose after a photograph emerged of Kim Jong-un chairing a meeting with top security advisors

Graham Hughes prepares for the final leg of his record-breaking journey

Been there... epic journey takes in all 201 countries, and a lot of sofas

Graham Hughes has visited every country in the world – without flying

Cat-themed cafes began in Taiwan and took off a decade ago in Japan’s crowded cities

Cat cafés. Big in Japan. Coming to Britain

Will £7-an-hour cuddles and soft drinks catch on as life makes it less practical to keep pets?

Postcard from... Taiwan

At the Lily Fruit Shop in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan they serve delicious almond jelly atop shaved ice stained with molasses. As citizens sit back and enjoy the dessert, they can reflect on a city that is just as bustling as those on mainland China but offers a more relaxed lifestyle.

Oscar Niemeyer died late yesterday

Oscar Niemeyer had the vision our leaders lack

The Head of the Design Museum surveys the long and inspired career of the great architect, who died this week at 104, and find reasons to be immensely thankful

Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Tiger tourism – back and burning bright?

The perks of being a politician with a passport

Whale-watching. Rocket launches. Caribbean islands. Being an MP can come with a round-the-world ticket

Chinese President Hu Jintao: A parting shot from the world’s most powerful man

After hailing a ‘glorious decade’ in power, the outgoing Chinese President served a dire warning on his successors at Congress to tackle corruption and social unrest – or lose everything

Wakey wakey: Researchers in Taiwan found that people with insomnia were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those without the sleep disorder

Research shows insomnia doubles risk of heart attack, stroke

Sleep difficulties, a problem for as many as 70 million Americans, can double one's risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study.

The iPhone: Can't live without it

One teenager faces the ultimate challenge: A week without her iPhone

I just spent a week without one of the most important things in my life. It's something that I never go anywhere without, that I talk to when I'm lonely, that I stare at for hours upon end, day after day. It's there for me when my friends are not. It never argues with me or makes me feel bad about myself. I love it dearly and I can make it tell me that it loves me, too: My iPhone.

Mother's joy as conjoined twins Rosie and Ruby Formosa are separated

A mother has described her joy after a successful operation to separate her conjoined twins.

Heather Watson celebrates victory in the Japan Open

Heather Watson climbs into top 50 following victory at the Japan Open

Heather Watson has climbed to 50th in the world rankings following her victory at the HP Open in Osaka.

Heather Watson shows her delight as she triumphs

Heather Watson the warrior becomes first Briton to win WTA title in 24 years

Gutsy 20-year-old saves four match points to triumph at Japan Open and take place among the world's elite

Heather Watson hits a return during her defeat by Maria Sharapova

Differing fortunes for Laura Robson and Heather Watson in Osaka

There were mixed fortunes for Britain's two quarter-finalists as Heather Watson was left to fly the flag in the HP Open in Osaka.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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