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Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: 9 must-see photos of the celestial light show

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked this weekend, offering a stunning natural light show.

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Skygazers took to social media to share their photos of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @gareth_mon_photography, Instagram

2. South Stack, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @bigolivesphoto, Instagram

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by @lestertsaiphotography, Instagram

4. Coleman, Alberta, Canada

Photo by @bound_for_mountain, Instagram

5. Blauen, Germany

Photo by Stephane Vetter, Facebook

6. Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Montana

Photo by @davepecunies, Instagram

7. The Rumps, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Photo by @chrisfletcherphotography, Instagram

8. Oregon

Photo by @thezachhayes, Instagram

9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @_belial, Instagram

Record setter: David Hockney painting sells for $90.3M

A painting by David Hockney fetched $90.3 million Thursday night, a record price for a living artist’s work, The New York Times reported. 

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Hockney’s 1972 painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” sold in nine minutes at Christie’s, The Guardian reported.

The British artist’s work topped the previous record of $58.4 million, set in 2013 for one of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” sculptures, the Times reported.

The high bid for the 81-year-old artist’s work was $80 million but soared to $90,312,500 after the buyer’s premium, the Guardian reported.

Bidding quickly reached $70 million among three people in the room and five others calling in, the Times reported. The bidding was decided between two of the telephone callers, the newspaper reported.

“We rarely can say, ‘This is the one opportunity to buy the best painting from the artist.’ This is it,” Ana Maria Celis, vice president of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, told the Guardian before the auction in Manhattan.

The buyer was not identified.

Australian senator ‘changes gender’ in abortion clash

An Australian member of Parliament told a conservative male colleague to “get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries,” during a contentious debate about abortion, 9 News reported. In response, the man declared his gender “to be a woman” so left-wingers could no longer attack him over his views, according to a video of his speech that was shared  on social media.

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National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan, 61, made a motion Monday to prohibit pro-choice activists from disrupting the annual Day of the Unborn Child on March 25. The day was established by Pope John Paul II to provide a "position option in favor of life,” 9 News reported.

Green Party senator Larissa Waters criticized the motion, telling O'Sullivan he would never understand women's choices.

"Senator O'Sullivan needs to get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries and those of the 10,000 Queensland women who have an abortion each year," Waters told Parliament.

Both senators represent Queensland.

“She attacked me for my religious basis ... using words like rosary beads, because I had the audacity to raise issues around late-term abortions,” O’Sullivan told Parliament. “I am going to declare my gender today, as I can, to be a woman and then you’ll no longer be able to attack me.”

Waters later withdrew her remark after another senator said it reflected on O’Sullivan’s religion, 9 News reported.

O’Sullivan’s motion failed by a 32-12 mark, with 32 abstentions.

Photos: Trump, world leaders mark 100 years since World War I armistice

World leaders gathered by the dozens Sunday to mark the end of World War I 100 years ago, turning Paris into the epicenter of global commemorations.

Topless protester runs toward Trump motorcade before World War I armistice commemoration

A topless protester approached President Donald Trump's motorcade Sunday morning as dozens of world leaders gathered in Paris to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the World War I armistice.

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According to The Associated Press, the woman, a member of the Paris-based feminist group Femen, ran past security and into the street, yelling, "Fake peace maker!" at the cars. Police apprehended her just a few yards away from the motorcade, Reuters reported.

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Femen "frequently carries out shock protests against sexism, racism, homophobia and other social and political issues," Reuters reported

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2 dead, including assailant, in Melbourne stabbing incident police say is terrorism-related 

Three people were stabbed, one fatally, at a Melbourne shopping district Friday afternoon before a man wielding a knife was shot and killed by police as a car went up in flames nearby, News.com.au reported. Police said they are now treating the attack in the Bourke Street district as an act of terrorism, News.com.au reported.

Victoria Police confirmed that one person was dead at the scene, The Guardian reported. 

Two people were taken to a hospital, police spokesman David Clayton said in a news conference.

In a news conference Friday night, Victoria police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the alleged attacker was known to state and federal police. Ashton also confirmed the man, who was from Somalia, had died Friday after being shot in the chest by police.

“We are now treating this as a terrorism incident,” Ashton said.

The incident began when the man drove a 4WD into the city and it was set on fire, News.com.au reported.

69-year-old man wants to legally be 49

Age is just a number. A positivity coach in the Netherlands says that while his may technically be 69 years old, he doesn’t live like someone pushing 70, so he is asking a court to allow him to legally change his age. 

Yes you read that right. 

Emile Ratelband wants the courts to allow him to shave 20 years off his legal birthday, The Associated Press reported.

Ratelband is citing that other personal transformations are allowing him to consider changing his age legally. 

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“With this free(dom) of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age. I want to control myself,” Ratelband said.

He says it is in an effort to combat age discrimination -- in the business world and especially on dating websites.

“So when I ask for a mortgage, for example, they say it’s impossible,” Ratelband told the AP. “If I go on Tinder, then I get women from 68, 69 when women are there.”

Ratelband said that he doesn’t want to lie but wants to be himself. 

He also said that if the courts agree to allow him to adjust his age, he’d forfeit his monthly pension of about $1,370 a month, saving his country about $343,000 by Ratelband’s accounts.

The ruling could come in about four weeks, the AP reported.

Oooh, that smell: Durians delay flight in Indonesia 

Flight delays can stink, but they are worth the wait when smelly fruit is wafting through an airplane.

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A cargo of durians, called the world’s stinkiest fruit, caused an Indonesian plane to be delayed for an hour Monday, The Straits Times reported.

Approximately 4,000 pounds of the pungent fruit was in the cargo hold of a Sriwijaya Air plane in Bengkulu that was scheduled to fly to Jakarta, the newspaper reported.

But oooh, that smell.

The flight was held up when passengers held their noses and refused to board the plane, the BBC reported. Some passengers nearly came to blows with crew members as they argued against getting into the aircraft, according to the Jakarta Post.

“The durian smell has been described as a mix of an onion-like sulfury aroma with notes of sweet fruitiness and savory soup-seasoning. A key component of the durian smell are volatile sulfur compounds, or VSCs, which have been characterized as decaying, onion-like, rotten eggs, sulfury and fried shallots,” geneticist Bin Tean Teh told Reuters in a 2017 interview.

"Durian is not classified as a hazardous material to be transported on a plane," Sriwijaya Air official Abdul Rahim told national television station Kompas TV on Tuesday.

Rahim blamed the unusually hot weather in Indonesia for the offensive aroma.

"We made the necessary precautions, such as putting in pandan leaves and coffee powder to absorb the durian smell," Rahim said.

Airline officials decided to unload the fruit, and the plane took off for Jakarta an hour later, the BBC reported.

NASA releases first 8K video from space

Views beamed to Earth from outer space are spectacular, but NASA is making them even more breathtaking. 

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NASA released the first 8K video from space, after filming the astronauts living and working on the International Space Station.

The Helium 8K camera was created by RED, a digital cinema company. It can shoot video at resolutions ranging from conventional HDTV up to 8,192 pixels by 4,320 pixels, NASA said in a news release. The average HD television projects resolutions of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels, while screens at digital theaters can project resolutions between 2K and 4K, NASA said.

“This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before,” Dylan Mathis, communications manager for the International Space Station Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a release. “The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. We're excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.”

You can watch some of the video here.

Women taking selfies damage Dali work of art

Women who allegedly just had to get the perfect selfie ended up damaging a work of art created by Salvador Dali and crushed the frame and glass on an image created by Francisco Goya, CNN reported.

The accident apparently happened when the group knocked over a temporary wall that held the Dali and Goya creations. 

A security camera caught what happened on video during the Oct. 27 incident at the International Arts Center Main Avenue gallery in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The wall fell and a woman can be seen standing behind it. 

The video was posted to Twitter by the state-run news agency TASS after being released by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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The Goya work was an etching from the Los Caprichos series. The Dali work was his interpretation of Goya’s etching, CNN reported.

Goya’s image suffered a broken frame and glass, while the Dali work, had damage to the image itself, as well as a broken frame and glass, CNN reported.

The paintings have been sent to experts to see how badly they were damaged, Metro reported.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs said the women touched the display by accident when they tried to take a photo with the art behind them. 

Yekaterinburg officials have refused to open a criminal case against the women, despite a written request from the center’s deputy director requesting justice for the paintings, CNN reported.

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