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The international a-peel of Aussie television's top bananas

Which Australian icons would you say are the most internationally recognised? At the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the organisers wheeled out the likes of golfing great Greg Norman on top of a giant shark on wheels, and model Elle MacPherson. But between their floats, out came three teddy bears, one rat and two bananas on a staircase.

Woman who helps thirsty pigs evades jail

An Ontario judge dismissed mischief charges against Anita Krajnc, ending a legal battle that captured the global attention of animal rights activists.

Judge David Harris said he was not convinced that Ms Krajnc obstructed the use of property when she gave water to pigs headed to slaughter.

Ms Krajnc said it confirms "compassion is not a crime".

Mischief to property is a criminal offence in Canada related to the wilful destruction or damage of property.

Canada beat United States to earn maiden World Rugby Sevens Series title

The North American final came after a day of shocks, with the United States recording a 24-19 victory over Olympic champions Fiji in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Canada had also achieved a surprise win over their own by overcoming New Zealand in the last eight, achieving a 26-14 success.

They followed up the display by beating England 17-5 in the semi-finals, while the US secured a dominant 40-7 win over Australia.

The Canadian team made a stunning start to the final with tries from Matt Mullins, Harry Jones and Mike Fuailefau giving them a 19-0 lead.

Canada eyes plan to legalize marijuana by 2018: 5 things to know

On Thursday, the Canadian government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled its plans to legalize recreational marijuana.

If the Cannabis Act passes Parliament, Canada would become the second nation in the world, after Uruguay, to regulate a legal marijuana market.

The government's new policy had been expected for some time as Trudeau had endorsed legalizing marijuana on the campaign trail.

Malala is 'humbled' by honorary Canadian citizenship

At 19, she is also the youngest ever person to receive the honour.

During the official ceremonies in Ottawa, she called on Canadian politicians to use their influence to help fund education for girls worldwide, including refugees.

Ms Yousafzai is a global advocate for women's rights and education.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Ms Yousafzai for her advocacy, calling her "the newest and possibly bravest citizen of Canada".

Fiji to face Canada in Las Vegas 7s quarters

Fiji topped Pool D after defeating Australia 24-17 in their last pool match this morning.

It was the battle between the 2016 finalists as the Australians gave Fiji a run for their money to battle for top spot.

Fiji’s young forward and upcoming star Mesulame Kunavula was outstanding scoring two converted tries as they lead 14-12 in the first half.

Samoa likely to skip Softball World Champs over funding

The Tanifa finished seventh at the 2013 World Championships in Auckland but failed to qualify for the 2015 event in Saskatoon.

This year's tournament in July is open-entry provided teams can pay their way to Whitehorse, Yukon.

Samoa player-coach Duane Jerard said they're still trying to find sponsors but the signs are not good.

"At this stage we'd probably have to say we're not going to make it and we're going to have to target the next one," he said.

Drunk pilot arrested in Canadian cockpit before take-off

Two hours after his arrest, the 37-year-old man was found to have more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his body.

His plane, part of the Sunwing budget airline, later left Calgary for Cancun, Mexico, with a different pilot. There were more than 100 people on board.

The incident happened at 07:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Saturday.

Airline staff noticed the pilot behaving strangely, and then he passed out. They alerted the authorities and the man was escorted from the cockpit.

Samoa unearths NZ teen talent D'Angelo Leuila in victory over Canada

Papatoetoe's D'Angelo Leuila has stepped up on the world rugby stage, starring for Samoa in a 25-23 win over Canada.

The Papatoetoe Under-19 a player kicked 20 points for Samoa to hold off Canada 25-23 to end their European rugby tour on a high on Friday (NZT Saturday).

Making his first start for Samoa, Leuila's expert goalkicking proved the difference in slotting four penalties, two dropped goals, and converted Samoa's only try in the match played in the French city of Grenoble.

Manu Samoa make eight changes

Sakaria Taulafo and Elia Elia start in the front row, with Taiasina Tuifua and Chris Vui the new locking combination.

It will be a just a second test appearance for Vui after the 23 year old made his debut against France.

"It's a lot quicker. You ask any international player - the quality of every player 1-15 on that pitch is top quality and everything is just a lot faster, you've got to think a lot quicker," he said.