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New Zealand: Wildlife smuggler netted with fish in pants
A Vietnamese man’s attempt to smuggle tropical fish into New Zealand in his pants floundered when he tried to get through customs with his pockets dripping water, officials said in August 2013.
 
Goat Gimmick
First, there were the maid cafes, where customers were pampered by women in maid uniforms. Then came the cat cafes, which allowed cat lovers to play with frisky felines while sipping a cup of coffee. Now, enter the goat cafe, which houses a pair of friendly goats for customers to pet, play with and even take for walks through Tokyo’s concrete jungle.
 
Netherlands: Thousands Line Up for One-way Mars Trip
More than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return, according to a September 2013 tally by the group behind an ambitious venture to colonize the inhospitable planet.
 
A Call to Cooperative Action
Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh and SEnior Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh
 
India: Indian Sprint hero inspires Bollywood biopic
The courageous story of the “Flying Sikh” — India’s most successful track athlete, who overcame childhood tragedy to seek Olympic glory — has become a recent Bollywood biopic.
 
Humanitarian aid after Haiyan
Crew members from the Indian Air Force unload pallets of supplies from a C-130 transport plane at the airport in Tacloban, Philippines. International relief and rehabilitation efforts are helping millions of residents rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan razed vast swaths of the central and eastern provinces in November 2013. Known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, the storm, one of the most powerful typhoons on record, claimed more than 6,000 lives and damaged more than a million homes.
 
Australia Opens ‘World’s Smartest’ Aquarium
A major research aquarium that opened in Australia in August 2013 is able to simulate ocean climate changes and conduct key studies on the deadly crown-of-thorns starfish that is devastating the Great Barrier Reef.