A new spot the difference puzzle sweeping the web has left even the most eagle-eyed of Brits baffled. The graphic, created by Canine Cottages, challenges the public to spot the adorable dog lost in a crowd of cheery white polar bears. With hundreds of creatures in the polar bear pack, the challenge may prove trickier than it first seems. And with the current record currently standing at 2 minutes and 49 seconds, can you beat the record? Scroll down for reveal The latest brainteaser, created by Canine Cottages, challenges the nation to spot the adorable pooch hidden among the pack of polar bears Adorable little Frenchie Pierre has joined his humans on a trip to the North Pole to visit Santa Paws, but got distracted by the hundreds of polar bears having a Christmas party in the Arctic. After deciding to join in with the fun and make some new furry friends, he’s got lost in the crowd - and it’s up to you to find him. RELATED … [Read more...] about Santa paws! Festive brainteaser challenges puzzlers to spot the dog among the polar bears – but can YOU solve it in under three minutes?
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The funerals are over, the investigation continues and the blame game begins and media attention shifts away. This time the victims were Catholic worshippers and patrons of luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. A month ago they were Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, shot by a white supremacist as they prayed. It is almost two decades since attacks launched by al-Qaida on New York, the Pentagon and Washington announced a new era of mass-casualty terrorism. Such violence has long been with us all, of course. Terrorism in its modern form can trace its roots back to the 19th century. The 1970s saw hundreds of terrorist bombings, shootings and hijackings in the US. The 1990s were bloody, too. But the era that began with the 2001 attacks brought something else. The rapidity with which we now learn of violence thousands of miles away, the graphic images and testimony to which we are exposed, or seek out, and the unprecedented scale of the violence combine to give an old threat a new immediacy. … [Read more...] about From 9/11 to Sri Lanka: the terrorists’ deadly message we have failed to grasp
In 1940, four teenage boys stumbled, almost literally, from German-occupied France into the Paleolithic age. As the story goes – and there are many versions of it – they had been taking a walk in the woods near the town of Montignac when the dog accompanying them suddenly disappeared. A quick search revealed that their animal companion had fallen into a hole in the ground, so – in the spirit of Tintin, with whom they were probably familiar – the boys made the perilous 15-metre descent to find it. They found the dog and much more, especially on return visits illuminated with paraffin lamps. The hole led to a cave, the walls and ceilings of which were covered with brightly coloured paintings of animals unknown to the 20th-century Dordogne – bison, aurochs and lions. One of the boys later reported that, stunned and elated, they began to dart around the cave like “a band of savages doing a war dance”. Another recalled that the painted animals in … [Read more...] about ‘Humans were not centre stage’: how ancient cave art puts us in our place
12.29am BST This blog has ended. Follow our continuing coverage here. 11.19pm BST Summary • Senior US officials said intelligence supports the theory that rebels shot down MH17 “by mistake”, but that there is “no evidence of direct Russian government involvement“. They said Russia maintains a “training facility“ for rebels to learn how to operate heavy weaponry in the country’s south-west. • Eyewitnesses in Torez told the Guardian they saw what appeared to have been a Buk SA-11 missile system near the time and location of the MH17 crash. Separatists deny possession of any such system and blame Ukraine, and Russia denies it provided any system to armed groups. • Victims’ bodies and the flight black boxes arrived by train at Kharkiv, a city controlled by Ukraine. Victims’ remains will be taken to the Netherlands for identification on Wednesday, but Dutch officials fear there are fewer bodies in Kharkiv than … [Read more...] about US intelligence: rebels likely shot down MH17 ‘by mistake’ – as it happened
David Cameron has dismissed the possibility of a UK inquiry into the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi – the only person convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie plane bombing – who died in Tripoli on Sunday. The prime minister said the court case which convicted Megrahi was properly conducted and news of his death should "be a time to remember the 270 people who lost their lives in what was an appalling terrorist act". Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond, whose government took the decision to release the former Libyan intelligence officer from his life sentence in jail in August 2009 on compassionate grounds, said however it was still open to relatives of Megrahi, who always pleaded his innocence, or campaigners to lodge a fresh appeal against his conviction 11 years ago. He added: "The Lockerbie case remains a live investigation, and Scotland's criminal justice authorities have made clear that they will rigorously pursue any new lines of inquiry. Scotland's senior … [Read more...] about New Lockerbie inquiry rejected by PM as Abdelbaset al-Megrahi dies