News The puma with a tranquiliser dart in its side in the Chile kitchen it wrecked

Police said animal was well cared for, suggesting it was an escaped pet or was released into wild and was trying to get home

Postcard from... Berlin

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

Would you adopt the dog with a human face? Or the stink bug?

Rescuers are hoping to find a home for a poodle shih-tzu who's pleading gaze resembles that of a human face.

Sssssssshhhhhh he's trying to read: As China prepares for the year of the snake pictures show a zoo owner's remarkable relationship with the creatures

As China prepares to welcome in the year of the snake, pictures have been published showing one zoo owner in the Philippines who has an extraordinarily close relationship with the creatures.

Cringeworthy: Ricky Gervais as downtrodden care-home worker Derek

John Walsh on Derek: Funny how Ricky Gervais's show lacks laughs, when Lena Dunham's Girls crackles with wit and invention

Gervais's latest addition to his comedy menagerie grates more than it amuses

<p><strong>NYC's French fancy</strong></p>
<p>The Jade Hotel will bring a flourish of Parisian-inspired Art Deco chic to Greenwich Village when it opens next week. The 113 rooms feature bold prints, sultry colours and local CO Bigelow Apothecary toiletries. The Grapevine Restaurant will be using Hudson Valley ingredients (thejadenyc.com).</p>
Parrot owner Abdul Wadud poses with Princess the macaw, who has refused to eat since being separated from her partner

Lovesick as a parrot... Macaw that went on hunger strike

It may not quite be Romeo and Juliet. They’re not even technically lovebirds. But Bangladeshi macaws Prince and Princess  certainly have that animal magnetism.

Brigitte Bardot threatens France exile over elephant slaughter

Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.

Must watch: Aquarium bursts in shopping centre in Shanghai

The appeal of the aquarium means you see the wonders of the ocean, without any of the danger. Or at least in most cases...

A banner on a home in Newtown, Connecticut

'We choose love' - Newtown remembers its dead

At 6.30 pm on a rainy Tuesday night in Newtown, one week before Christmas, hundreds of people stand in the St Rose of Lima parking lot, lined up to attend a wake for one of the 20 children killed last week in the shooting at Sandy Hook School.

Making Christmas in the zoo bearable: Video shows animals opening presents at Sydney zoo

Video shows animals getting Christmas presents: but there's not a Furby or iPad in sight...

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

Manning was treated like an 'animal' attorney says

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's defence attorney argued Tuesday that the soldier's former jailers at the Marine Corps brig at Quantico, Virginia, mistreated him to protect themselves from recriminations over their high-profile prisoner.

Must watch: Dog adopts orphaned tiger cubs in Russia

If you haven't seen it yet and want to feel all Christmassy, here's a video of a dog adopting orphaned tiger cubs.

The female Asian elephant, pictured here with her mother Rose-Tu at the Oregon Zoo, is at the centre of a custody battle

YouTube star baby elephant born at Oregon Zoo subject to custody battle that could condemn her to a life in the circus

A 300-pound baby elephant born at the Oregon Zoo in Portland has become the focus of controversy after a newspaper revealed a complex system of ownership that could doom it to a life in the circus.

Fifty Shades of weird? Lemur called Christian Grey finds love with mate named Mrs Grey

A lemur named after the fictional character Christian Grey from the best-selling book Fifty Shades Of Grey has met a love interest.

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

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Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions