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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.

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“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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Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview

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The former acting Attorney General of the United States argued that presidential abuse of power is not a crime during a Tuesday evening appearance on Fox News.

Abuse of power is not a crime,” Matt Whitaker told Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.

"Interesting that Whitaker pretty much acknowledges abuse of power but doesn’t think it’s egregious," Drezner noted.

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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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