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Doves released in the Vatican are immediately attacked by seagull and crow

VATICAN CITY — Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds. Go: Pope Francis is joined by two children who release doves during the Angelus Prayer in St. Peter’s Square Not getting away: A dove which was freed by children flanked by Pope Francis is attacked by a seagull Watch out: A dove which was freed by children flanked by Pope Francis is chased by a black crow Crow fought the wings of a dove: While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace. After saying a prayer for Ukraine, where at least three people were killed during the latest clashes that have seen Kiev in flames, the Pontiff helped schoolchildren release the doves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as a peace gesture. But they were immediately attacked. The seagull pinned one of the doves against the wall of the palace and pecked at its tail, but was left with a mouthful of feathers as its victim made an escape. The crow caught the smaller bird unawares, as it rested on a windowsill, before pecking at it repeatedly.  Again, the victim managed to get away. Eventually both doves flew off, seemingly uninjured, to the relief of tens of thousands of onlookers. The release of the birds concludes the Vatican’s annual  Caravan of Peace event. Last year one of the doves was set upon by a gull, while in 2012 they simply flew back into the Apostolic Apartments. While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, after at least three people were killed during the latest clashes in the two-month crisis. Police and demonstrators in Kiev fought again as protests against President Viktor Yanukovich’s abrupt turn away from the European Union towards Russia, Ukraine’s former Soviet overlord. ‘I am close to Ukraine in prayer, in particular to those who have lost their lives in recent days and to their families,’ Francis said in his weekly Angelus in St Peter’s Square. ‘I hope that a constructive dialogue between the institutions and civil society can take place, that any resort to violence is avoided and that the spirit of peace and a search for the common good is in the hearts of all.’ The mass rallies against President Yanukovich’s rule erupted last November after he pulled out of a free trade deal with the European Union in favour of closer economic ties with Russia. They have since spiralled into protests against misrule and corruption among Ukraine’s leaders and officials. There have been violent clashes with police in Kiev city centre, resulting in the death of three protesters last week, two from gunshot wounds. Agencies

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Japanese firm bring out frilly floral lingerie for MEN

A NEW range of lingerie has been released by an online retailer full of colourful bras and frilly knickers – all for men. These bras, knickers and silky nighties, from Japanese retailer Wish Room Men’s, are actually intended for men In one of the newest crazes in Japan, fashion designers have created a new range of sexy garments for men set to arrive in stores in February. The underwear features all the lace and underwiring you might expect to find in a woman’s collection Company Wish Room, who have been making the underwear since 2008, said they want me to have the chance to ‘enjoy the same kind of soft, luxurious undergarments that women are used to’. The range is designed directly for men with special fits for larger frames and the bras have dropped the padding to give men an easy fit without it feeling “unnatural”. Wish Room representative Masayuki Tsuchiya, who wears the label’s products, told Reuters: “I like this tight feeling. It feels good.” In response, thousands debated the merits of men wearing bras on Mixi, Japan’s top social network website Sellers told men that the lingerie, which is soon to be available in green and pink, will “make you feel more gentle”. Executive Director Akiko Okunomiya said she was surprised that so many men seemed interested in the new products. She said: “I think more and more men are becoming interested in bras. “Since we launched the men’s bra, we’ve been getting feedback from customers saying, ‘Wow, we’d been waiting for this for such a long time’” New underwear has been a big craze in Japan with designers in 2008 creating a solar-powered bra that was claimed to be able to charge an iPod. But this is just another idea added to a list of wacky Japanese sexual fantasies. In November, the first vibrator bar was opened in Tokyo. Vibe Bar hosts 300 vibrators behind the drinks bar with the concept behind being “see, touch, and feel”. Elsewhere, cuddle cafes were opened to let tired businessman come to sleep with an absolute stranger for less than £35 for an hour. The pricing goes all the way up to 10 hours for those that really need a good rest. There are also still used panties vending machines on the streets of Tokyo. It is not legal in Japan to sell them – anymore – but some can still be found. Daily Star

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You tried to bring WHAT on a plane? TSA reveals shocking weapons passengers tried to sneak on board … including a medieval-looking mace, fake…

The U.S. transport police have released a shocking list of weapons confiscated from passengers trying to board planes in the past year. Concealed: The TSA confiscated an average of five guns a day at airports across the U.S. last year Unexpected: A bazooka round that was found inside a bag The deadly haul of weapons, from maces and fake suicide vests, to an assortment of concealed guns and knives, was listed in the annual review of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Officers discovered the assortment of guns and knives as they screened 638,705,790 passengers at airports across the U.S. Concern: A suicide vest found in a checked bag. Officers discovered it was inactive and belonged to an explosives instructor Guns were the most frequently confiscated item, with 1,813 firearms – roughly five a day – found during passenger checks at 205 airports. Medieval: A wood and metal mace was found at a Chicago airport More worryingly, the TSA said that in about 80 per cent of cases, the guns were loaded. The largest number were found at Atlanta’s international airport, with Dallas/Fort Worth International coming in second, according to the Huffington Post. Chilling: Parts of a human skull were found inside a clay pot much to the surprise of officers and the owners Explosive: A selection of blast equipment removed from bags In one case officers found a .380 pistol, loaded with eight rounds, that had been strapped to the lower leg of a passenger. At Boston Logan airport, an alarm on a checked bag alerted officers to a disassembled 30-30 rifle concealed in the bag lining. When they ran checks on the serial number they discovered it had been stolen. A shotgun was also found in a checked golf bag in Detroit, and seven undeclared firearms were found in a toolbox in Miami. As well as guns, passengers were also found to have stun guns, shock grenades, flare guns, inert demolition devices and, in one case, a Second World War bazooka, in their carry on bags. At Chicago’s Midway International, TSA officials even found a medieval wood and metal mace. Often seemingly innocent looking items such as pens, combs and walking stalks were found to conceal an array of knives and swords. And cigarette packets and lipsticks were used to try to conceal stun guns and pepper spray

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Justin Bieber fan Toby Sheldon, 33, has $100k of plastic surgery to look like his idol

A 33-year-old man has spent five years and $100,000 in an effort to look like his hero – teenaged pop idol Justin Bieber, whose attraction hasn’t waned for him since the star’s recent arrest. Post-surgery: Toby Sheldon’s face, which he says resembles Justin Bieber’s, after numerous surgical procedures Toby Sheldon is a songwriter from Los Angeles who has used Bieber’s youthful features as the inspiration for numerous surgeries, including face fillers, a chin reduction and eyelid surgery. ‘When Justin Bieber got famous I was so jealous of his good looks! He had this baby face that I just really liked,’ he says. Justin Bieber On an upcoming episode of My Strange Addiction, Shelton said, ‘Some people buy fancy cars or fancy mansions. What I do with my money is I get surgery to look more like Justin Bieber.’ Sheldon’s obsession with his appearance began when he started having treatments to prevent his hair thinning at the age of 23, but really took off when a pre-pubescent Justin Bieber hit the big-time in 2008. Sheldon, along with hordes of preteen girls, became enamored of the pop star. ‘Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and I all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, “I want to look like him,”‘ Sheldon says. Sheldon had already spent $8,000 on hair transplants to supplement his thinning blond locks, but he wasn’t happy with the results. He took a picture of Bieber to his plastic surgeon to demonstrate exactly how he wanted his hair to look. ‘It took three transplants and a total of $21,000 to accurately lower my hair line, close off my temples and grow back my bangs,’ he says. Once he had perfected his Bieber-style hair, Sheldon, who admits to a phobia of aging, decided he wasn’t finished. ‘By using Justin’s charming baby face as my inspiration, I’ve been able to restructure my entire look to maintain a much more youthful appearance through plastic surgery.’ Sheldon says he admires Bieber for his youthful good looks, if not his musical output. ‘I didn’t necessarily listen to his music or fawn over him as a celebrity, but his face was just so flawless every change I made was modeled after him.’ In this quest, Sheldon has remodeled his features so that he bears little resemblance to the fair-haired, pleasant-featured man he was before his surgeries. After his successful hair refurbishment, Sheldon had his face and lips plumped up with filler to look more youthful. Next, he had Botox and Aquamid injections in his forehead and temples.

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New book claims THIS picture proves Hitler escaped his Berlin bunker and died in South America in 1984 aged 95

Hitler fled the ruins of the Third Reich and lived with a black woman in Brazil hunting for buried treasure, according to the latest theory to claim that the dictator survived the war. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler ‘went to Brazil to hunt for treasure’ Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias claims this picture proves Hitler lived in the small town of Nossa Senhora do Livramento with his girlfriend, Cutinga According to postgraduate student Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias, the Fuhrer actually died in South America in 1984, aged 95. Old clothes meant to be worn by the Fuhrer: An author claims the fascist actually died aged 95 In her book Hitler in Brazil – His Life and His Death, Guerreiro Dias claims that Hitler fled from Europe to Argentina and then to Paraguay, and finally to the Brazillian state of Mato Grosso, where he lived as Adolf Leipzig, known locally as the ‘Old German’. Guerreiro Dias claims that she became aware of Hitler’s true fate when she drew a Hitler moustache on a photograph of ageing Leipzig, who was from her native village. The supposed burial site: The Fuhrer ‘fled to Argentina and then Paraguay before settling in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso’ In order to conceal his identity as a racist ideologue convinced of Aryan superiority, Hitler lived with a black woman called Cutinga, Guerreiro Dias maintains. From the small town of Nossa Senhora do Livramento, 30 miles from the state capital Cuiaba, where he lived, Hitler launched expeditions to recover buried Jesuit treasure, armed with maps provided by the Vatican, Guerreiro Dias claims. She now intends to prove that Leipzig was Hitler, using DNA samples from a relative of the dictator living in Israel. For years, conspiracy theorists have alleged that Hitler followed ‘Architect of the Holocaust’ Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele Auschwitz’s ‘Angel of Death’ and fled Europe for Latin America. Candido Moreira Rodrigues, a history professor at Mato Grosso’s Federal University, has poured scorn on the theory. “There’s nothing new in people who claim to be historians coming up with the most far-reaching theories about Hitler supposedly living in south America and subsequently dying in one of the countries in this region,” he said. South America is not the only destination Hitler is alleged to have escaped to. Previously it has been alleged that Hitler left Germany for Antarctica, and some claim he fled the planet altogether and lived on the Moon after the war, on a secret Nazi space base. In 2011, the authors of Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler argued that Hitler lived in Patagonia, Argentina, and had two children with his mistress Eva Braun, before dying in 1962 at the age of 73. IBT

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South Korea to launch 5G service so fast users can download an entire film in just ONE SECOND

South Korea is to introduce a blazing fast 5G mobile internet service, quick enough to download a full length feature film in less than a second. South Korea are investing £900million into 5G wireless internet services capable of downloading an entire film in a single second While most of the world has yet to experience the improvements offered by 4G services, the technologically advanced country has announced a  £900million (1.6 trillion won) in its successor. South Korea’s science ministry said it aims to implement the technology, which is about 1,000 times faster than the 4G, within six years. 5G will allow users to download a 800-megabyte movie file in one second, compared with 40 seconds using 4G, the science ministry said, adding that such speeds would help South Korean firms win overseas deals. A ministry spokesman said: ‘We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take preemptive action to develop 5G.’  ‘Countries in Europe, China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology … and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years,’ it said. Under the roadmap, a trial 5G service will be rolled out in 2017 and a fully commercial service in December 2020. Priority will be given to developing key features for the new network, including Ultra-HD and hologram transmission as well as cutting-edge social networking services. Related industries will be able to rack up sales of 5G-related devices and infrastructure equipment worth 331 trillion won from 2020 to 2026, the ministry estimated. The government hopes to implement the plan with investment and cooperation from operators such as SK Telecom and Korea Telecom as well as handset makers like Samsung and LG. It also aims to expand the telecom infrastructure equipment industry, which is relatively weaker than the mighty mobile device sector. Led by Samsung – the world’s top handset maker – South Korea has a leading 30-percent stake in the global mobile device market. ‘But the (telecom) infrastructure equipment industry has only a 4.4 percent share in the global market, with exports very limited,’ the ministry said. Chinese equipment makers including Huawei have expanded their presence in the global market from 12 percent in 2007 to 26 percent in 2012. Huawei announced in November that it was looking at a 5G commercial rollout by 2020, with a minimum investment of $600 million to develop the technology. Seoul intends to take up to a 20 percent stake in the world’s telecom infrastructure equipment market by 2020, according to the ministry. New opportunities South Korea is renowned for being at the forefront of internet technology with broadband speeds that consistently out-pace those in Europe or the United States. Officials said the new service would also mean people on bullet trains running faster than 500 kilometres (310 miles) an hour would even be able to access the Internet, compared with 300 kph currently. ‘Bullet trains around the world keep getting faster, with some in China running as fast as 500 and 600 kilometres per hour,’ said one ministry official who declined to be named. ‘If we have the technology to allow fast Internet access in these trains, it can open new opportunities for us globally,’ he said. Samsung Electronics announced back in May that it had successfully tested 5G technology, managing data transmission of more than one gigabyte per second over a distance of two kilometres. South Korea’s science ministry said it aims to implement the technology, which is about 1,000 times faster than the 4G, within six years Samsung said it had found a way to harness millimetre-wave bands which have proved to be a sticking point for the mobile industry to date. The test used 64 antenna elements, which the tech titan said overcame the issue of ‘unfavourable propagation characteristics’ that have prevented data travelling across long distances using the bands. However, it made clear that the technology would not be available commercially before the end of the decade.

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Siberian woman who lived alone for 26 years appeals for someone to live with her as she’s lonely

Born in the Siberian taiga, recluse Agafya Lykova is the sole survivor of the Lykov family who cut themselves off from civilisation in 1936. Russia’s famous hermit Agafya Lykova is begging for somebody to come and live with her in Siberia All alone, she makes fire from flint but in a heartfelt letter to a Siberian newspaper, she begs for a fellow Christian to join her and care for her in her hermit home, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest towns and villages. ‘I don’t know how God will help me survive the winter,’ wrote Agafya, who has repeatedly refused offers from officials to move to a house in a village, at least for winters. There aren’t any logs. I need to get them into the house, and I need to keep reading my prayers. I’m suffocating, and I am getting too cold while doing it when the weather is freezing. ‘Here is my battle for survival, alone and with the house to look after and things to do, all round the clock, until I suffer exhaustion’. Her parents – deeply religious Old Believers – set out in 1936 into Siberia’s vastness to live apart and escape the persecution they faced under Stalin. She was born in this remote wilderness in 1944 or 1945. It was not until 1978, some 42 years after they disappeared, that their primitive huts were spotted from the air in the Sayan Mountains by a party of Soviet geologists who then came to make contact with them. Anyone joining her would take a trip back several centuries to share her devout and lonely existence, praying and living off the land. In the letter to Vladimir Pavlovsky, chief editor of ‘Krasnoyarsky Rabochiy’ newspaper, Agafya pleads for help with logs to burn on her stove in the cold Siberian winter and with making hay, and planting in spring the next crop of vegetables on which she survives in her lonely abode. Agafya also expresses fears for her health. ’I am all alone, my years are big, my health is bad, I keep getting ill. There is a lump on my right breast, and my strength is going. There is a need for a person, a helper, assuming there are kind people in the world, as the world has always had kind people. ‘With tears and cry we beg you, in the name of Christ, not to leave me alone and pay mercy to an orphan in need...

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