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A passenger train has derailed and overturned in Philadelphia, killing at least five people and leaving a horrific scene of mangled metal and broken glass. Emergency personnel said 65 people were hurt, six of them critically, after the accident on the train heading from Washington, D.C. to New York. The train's seven train cars, including the engine car, were crushed, turned over on their side or upside down in the late evening disaster.

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The world's only surviving panda triplets have been reunited with their mother after their birth at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangdong province. It marks the first complete family reunion following the birth of the triplets on July 29.

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Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season.

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London Zoo has kicked off the New Year with the mammoth task of their annual stocktake. Responsible for the care of more than 750 different species, keepers faced the formidable task of noting every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate at the Zoo. With 2014 proving to be a hugely successful year for the Zoo’s international conservation breeding programmes, keepers have their work cut out totalling up the new additions. The arrival of three cubs in February 2014 added vital numbers to the dwindling population of Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild.

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The world's toughest off-road race, the Dakar Rally, has begun. Top drivers and riders from around the globe will have to negotiate tough terrain but without having time to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. Here is a selection of photographs from this year's race. Nasser Al Attiyah of Qatar and Mathieu Baumel of France for the ALL4 Racing Mini Qatar Rally Team. Toyota's driver Giniel De Villiers of South Africa and co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany

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Using her grandfather’s dental tool and a porcupine quill, Pam Hatchfield carefully and delicately removed an array of artefacts dating back to the American Revolution from a small brass box. Her task as head of objects conservation at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts was to retrieve items which were first place in a time capsule at the State House in 1795. Originally placed in a cowhide container in 1795, they were excavated in 1855 after being discovered in the foundations of the Boston State House. Above, conservator Pam Hatchfield holds a copper medal depicting the first US President George Washington, which she removed from the time capsule. Then amid much celebration they were sealed in a brass container and buried back in the cornerstone of the building, where they lay undisturbed until last month. They were retrieved, having been located by radar, after workmen were sent in to tackle damp in the building. Retrieving items out of a cowhide bag is one thing, extracting them from a brass box was another.

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A Swiss man alerted authorities in Pratteln in northern Switzerland to a donkey stuck down a drain. Urs Meyer spotted the animal with its head sticking out of the hole in the ground while walking his dog. Firemen who tried to rescue the animal found it was well and truly wedged tight and in the end it took more than an hour to pull the exhausted donkey free. This is the moment a pregnant cow got her head stuck - in a WWII pillbox. Lincolnshire Fire's Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR) came to the rescue at 2pm on Thursday after receiving reports of a trapped animal. Shropshire fire and rescue service had to remove a cow whose head had become wedged in a tree, in Coseley field, Shrewsbury. The animal was sucessfully released unharmed.

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For most, the thought of swimming with a shark is scary enough, but photographer Andy Murch sets out to capture the feared predators up close and personal. Andy has photographed a whole host of sharks from great whites and hammerheads to whale sharks, always at a time when they are at their most ferocious - feeding time.

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