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Slovakian senior’s stuffed animal zoo wins fans young and old

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A Slovak pensioner has opened a zoo like no other: one filled with dozens of abandoned stuffed animals.

Tibor Marko, a 70-year-old retired construction worker and grandfather, told AFP the idea behind his inanimate menagerie sprang from his own reluctance to dispose of his adult children’s teddy-bears.

Then, “about a year and a half ago, a friend gave me an old teddy bear and several other animals and told me to do something with them. That’s when I thought the old toys could bring joy to other children,” he said.

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Today a small public garden near his house is home to more than 70 toy animals including a huge lion, an elephant, a snake, a dinosaur, several monkeys and teddy bears.

“The first animals got stolen but now all the neighbours bring me their old toys and my wife helps me arrange them,” he said at the garden where they also tend the flowers.

The zoo — which has no cages, fences, entry fees, or closing hours — has been a hit with neighbours young and old.

“I come here often with my two-year old daughter, she likes to play with the animals a lot,” local resident Maria told AFP.

“Say good night to the lion, we have to go home,” she then called out to the girl, who was hugging the stuffed king of the jungle.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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