Vienna Zoo welcomes Yuan Yuan, its new male panda resident

Welcome Yuan Yuan! A new male Panda has arrived at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna this week from China. He is 19 year old and was chosen as a new partner for the 18 year old female Panda Yang Yang.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday February 20th: Florida students travel to speak with state lawmakers; President Abbas speaks at the UN Security Council; Deadly attacks hit rebel-held areas of Syria; Panda triplets celebrate Lunar New Year.

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Panda at French zoo expecting… twins!

French zoo officials were doubly delighted on learning that their pregnant panda is expecting not one but two cubs at the weekend. A final scan has revealed that Huan Huan, who is on loan to Beauval zoo in central France from China with her male partner Yuan Zi, is expecting twins.

Panda diplomacy: Merkel and Xi present two pandas in Berlin

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping, unveil to the public two pandas Meng Meng and Jiao Qing in the Berlin Zoo, two days before the G20 summit of world leaders hosted by Germany. Famed for its “panda diplomacy”, China has dispatched its national treasure to only about a dozen countries as a symbol of close relations. IMAGES

Panda mania hits Germany as China’s cuddly envoys arrive

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, a pair of highly-anticipated furry ambassadors from China, arrive at Berlin’s Schönefeld airport, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo’s chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. The pair are poised to be Berlin zoo’s new stars, and have been dispatched as a symbol of close relations between China and Germany.