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Australian teens rescued a carload of koalas from an island where more than 25,000 of the animals have died
Australian teens rescued a carload of koalas from an island where more than 25,000 of the animals have died

In a video that has gone viral, teenager Micah Lovegrove and his cousin loaded at least six koalas into their car on Kangaroo Island on January 2.

After slapping incident, pope kisses nun who vows not to bite
After slapping incident, pope kisses nun who vows not to bite

Pope Francis, who last month angrily slapped the hand of a woman who yanked him toward her, gave a light-hearted reaction more typical of his papacy on Wednesday when a nun asked him for a kiss. The good-natured exchange took place at the start of Francis' weekly general audience. Francis responded: "Oh, (but) you bite!", prompting laughter from the people near them.

Cyprus says to host US rapid response unit for any Mideast evacuations
Cyprus says to host US rapid response unit for any Mideast evacuations

Cyprus said Wednesday it had accepted a US request to station a rapid response team on the island in case American diplomatic personnel or civilians need to be evacuated amid rising US-Iranian tensions. Cyprus "gave its consent for the temporary stationing in Cyprus of a rapid response unit whose task will be to evacuate US diplomatic missions to the region, as well as US citizens, if necessary," said government spokesman Kyriacos Koushos.

Newly empowered Virginia Democrats promise action
Newly empowered Virginia Democrats promise action

A historically diverse Virginia General Assembly convened Wednesday, led for the first time in more than two decades by Democrats who promised to enact a litany of changes. The House quickly elected Eileen Filler-Corn at the new speaker, the first woman to serve in that role. "A new torch is being passed today, one that ushers in a modern era representing all Virginians," Filler-Corn said on the House floor.

Wisconsin Legislature seeks to kill lawsuit on voter purge

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature on Monday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the purging of up to 209,000 registered voters in the battleground state. The Legislature's attorneys asked the court to at least put the lawsuit on hold while a separate case