Animal-lovers rejoice: Hedgehog cafe opens in Tokyo

A hedgehog cafe has opened in Tokyo, drawing in animal lovers keen to pet the spiky creatures. Residents have been lining up to spend time in the bright room with 20 to 30 hedgehogs of different breeds. Apr 7, 2016

Brazil: Man arrested after knocking out pedestrian with a rock

A 22-year-old Brazilian man was arrested on 1 April, after footage of him throwing a rock at the head of a 61-year-old man, knocking him unconscious, was passed to police, Brazilian media reported. The incident occurred on 31 March in Campo Grande, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, according to Globo, who identified the victim as Paulo Tarso Diogo do Amara. Apr 7, 2016

Girl going blind meets Pope Francis as part of visual bucket list

A five-year-old American girl who does not know she is gradually going blind met Pope Francis on 6 April as part of her parents visual bucket list to show her people and things while she can still see. Lizzy Myers and her parents, from Lexington, Ohio, were given special seats at Franciss general audience in St Peters Square, where the pope spoke to them briefly. Apr 6, 2016

Chinese emperors seal sells for $11.8m in Hong Kong

The largest imperial seal used by Chinese emperor Kangxi went under the hammer in Hong Kong on 6 April and fetched $11.8m (£8.41m). Sothebys said an Asian buyer won the bid and that it set the third highest price for any Chinese imperial seal sold at an auction. It added that the price also set a world auction record for a seal carved for Emperor Kangxi, who ruled China from 1661 to 1722. Apr 6, 2016