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Updated: 2005-01-28 14:21

Employee of Japanese electronics giant Sanyo displays a piece of toast and a 'Winnie the Pooh' cartoon toaster. A Japanese manufacturer said it had created a 'Super Toaster' which heats the bread a split-second after slicing it. [AFP]

A man sticks a Valentine heart on a shop window. Sweden's state-run pharmacy chain said it would host an attempt to break the world record for the longest kiss as part of a campaign to improve dental hygiene. [AFP]

Diew, a five year-old Thai elephant, demonstrates how to use and flush a toilet at an elephant camp in Chiang Mai province, in northern Thailand. Having taught Thailand's elephants to paint, dance and play musical instruments, their Thai handlers are now toilet-training the beasts, media reported. [AFP]

An Egyptian belly dancer performs at a Cairo hotel. A group of Malaysian local government officials have cancelled an Egyptian cruise and a troupe of belly dancers amid outrage at their all-expenses paid trip, media reports said. [AFP]

Owen(L), a baby hippopotamus that survived the tsumani on the Kenyan coast snuggles up to a giant tortoise near a century old in an animal facility in Mombasa. [AFP]

Japan's toy maker Takara employee Nozomi Saeki displays bean plants with messages such as 'Good luck,' sprouted from a can. The plants also bloom to read 'I love you.' [AFP]