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Leaders gifting live animals uncommon, but not unheard of

BERLIN — Turkmenistan’s president brought Russian President Vladimir Putin a very cute present for his 65th birthday a Central Asian shepherd puppy. While China is known for practicing “panda diplomacy” ‚Äî sending indigenous giant pandas to other nations as a symbol of warm diplomatic relations leaders gifting each other animals is less common.

Double-barrelled surnames pose dilemma for new parents naming their kids

TORONTO — Alexandra Sipos-Kocsis doesn’t mean to be difficult.

And yet throughout her life, her unique surname has confounded teachers, telemarketers, airlines and more than a few administrative forms that didn’t have room for her 12-character, double-barrelled name.

But Sipos-Kocsis loves it, and when she married, she was determined to keep it.