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A two-year-old boy visiting a zoo in Japan had a very close encounter with an excited lion.

In a video that has gone viral, the King of the Jungle can be seen charging the unsuspecting boy from behind, only to crash head first into the glass, separating him from the child and the rest of the happy zoo-goers.

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In the early years of independent India, when the newly-freed nation was desperate to make its mark in the world, a 4 feet 11 inch bodybuilder -- Manohar Aich -- propelled the country into limelight, winning the Mr Universe title in 1952.

He was only the second Indian, after Monotosh Roy in 1951, to win the prestigious title in any category.

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New Delhi: Muhammad Ali was not a mere boxer, he was much more, the greatest as he claimed and adored by millions around the globe. He was not loved for his amazing boxing skills alone, more for his endearing beliefs.

He was an inspiration for not only sportspersons but also to millions around the world. His fearlessness gave the blacks the confidence to fight for their rights.

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The abandoned cluster of rickety and burned walls, which once was home to upper-middle-class Gujarati Muslims in the Hindu-dominated Chamanpura of Ahmedabad, bears a mute witness to the harrowing journey for justice of families who lost their all in the massacre by a mob a day after the February 27, 2002, Godhra train burning episode.

And on Thursday when a court in Ahmedabad convicted 24 and pronounced 36 persons as innocent in the case, the families who have relentlessly been fighting the legal battle say justice is still not done.

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Gory pictures on cigarette packets depicting the dangers of smoking have helped people kick the butt. But despite all the images of the diseased lungs and heart, the number of girls taking to the habit of smoking is on the rise. One of the prime responsibilities and a large opportunity in public health in the 21st century is to prevent the increase in smoking among women.

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Most people consider their pets to be like members of their family but one Russian couple ended up welcoming an animal to their home that most would be terrified to spot even at a distance: a seven-foot tall bear. 

For Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko this wild idea is actually a way of life that extends far beyond sharing the odd meal at the dinner table. They are so comfortable with their 23-year-old Stepan that the three even watch television together.

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Mahathat Temple, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya (Thailand): The sheer splendour of Ayutthaya makes one forget that it is a balmy May afternoon when on a visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site some 80 km from Thailand's capital Bangkok.

After lunch at a riverside restaurant at modern-day Ayutthaya, the visit to the once flourishing temple city was an enriching experience.

Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Siamese kingdom.

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New Delhi: At a time when cancer is fast spreading its tentacles globally owing to genetic, environment and lifestyle factors, India is also witnessing a steep rise in cancer cases and significantly, more and more women are falling prey to the emperor of all maladies, top health care providers stress.

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Few historical figures end up being glorified more by their adversaries than by their own people - even centuries after they flourished. But why is this 12th century Islamic soldier and statesman, who welded most of Arab Middle East into one united and peaceful entity and came close to ejecting Western powers from the area, so honoured and does his legacy remain relevant for the strife-torn region today?

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Forty-five-year-old Dhaneswar Boro is excited that his days of illiteracy are over. He can now write his name in Assamese and he is gradually getting to know his rights as an Indian citizen.

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