Raven chicks in the Tower ward off prophecy of doom for Brexit Britain

Tower of London Ravenmaster Chris Skaife holds a baby raven in London, Britain May 14, 2019. Picture taken May 14, 2019. Historic Royal Palaces/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN

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Take or pay: Belgian ex-king faces paternity fines

Belgian artist Delphine Boel and her lawyers leave a courthouse, after a new hearing in her legal battle to prove former Belgian King Albert is her father, in Brussels, Belgium

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Stop bugging him: Philippine leader brushes off finger-sized pest

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seemed unfazed when a finger-sized cockroach scrambled onto his shoulder as he spoke at a campaign rally on Wednesday night. Duterte, 74, was

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Australia’s central bank takes ‘responsibilty’ for note typo

Pictured is a current circulation $50 note printed with the word “responsibility” spelt incorrectly in Sydney, Australia, May 9, 2019. AAP Image/Dylan Coker/via REUTERS SYDNEY (Reuters) – Millions of A$50

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Tanzania plans cable car for Mount Kilimanjaro

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania wants to boost tourist numbers by putting a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and is in talks about the project with

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Romania’s witches harness the powers of the web

MOGOSOAIA, Romania (Reuters) – “Repeat after me! To be together with who I want,” a family of Romanian witches chant via a video call to a client in India paying

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Beast from the east: Indian soldiers reckon they’ve found Yeti footprints

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Mountaineers from the Indian army on a expedition in Nepal have found mysterious large footprints in the snow that they think belong to the Yeti, or

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Beast from the east: Indian mountaineers reckon they’ve found Yeti footprints

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Mountaineers from the Indian army on a expedition in Nepal have found mysterious large footprints in the snow that they think belong to the Yeti, or

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‘Thou shall not gossip’, Pope tells hairdressers

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis presides over the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday, in front of Rome’s Colosseum, in Rome, Italy Friday, April 19, 2019.

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Thieves pinch rifles as Kenyan police watch Champions League football

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The temptation to watch UEFA Champions League quarter-finals football on TV both featuring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo backfired for some Kenya policemen when thieves raided their

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Workers save dog spotted more than 100 miles off Thailand coast

REUTERS (April 17) – A Thai animal rescue group welcomed a dog who was rescued nearly 220 kilometers (136 miles) from shore Monday. The dog, named Boonrod – a Thai

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Don’t like surprises? AI predicts who survives ‘Game of Thrones’

MUNICH (Reuters) – If you are a “Game of Thrones” fan and appreciate the element of surprise, stop reading now. Students at the Technical University of Munich have developed an

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Don’t like surprises? AI predicts who survives ‘Games of Thrones’

FILE PHOTO: The Iron Throne is seen on the set of the television series Game of Thrones in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Picture taken June 24, 2014.

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Swiss government says coffee ‘not essential’, stockpiling to end

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland on Wednesday announced plans to abolish the nation’s emergency stockpile of coffee, in place for decades, after declaring the beans not vital for human survival, though

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Brexit-hungry media to be turfed off grassy patch outside UK parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – After months of grueling political perma-crisis, Brexit is taking its toll on the British political establishment – not least the small patch of grass opposite parliament that

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Texas civil court judge accidentally resigns

(Reuters) – An April Fools’ Day resignation prank? One Texas civil court judge wishes it were so. A newly elected judge in Houston accidentally resigned on Monday, according to local

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What’s in a name? Japan puzzles over ‘Reiwa’, the term for new imperial era

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese printers rushed to make calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of “Reiwa”

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What’s in a name? Japan debates meaning of new ‘Reiwa’ imperial era

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese printers rushed to make calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of “Reiwa”

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Artists use Ukraine president’s candy wrappers for critical portrait

KIEV (Reuters) – As Ukraine heads in a presidential election on Sunday, two artists have created an unflattering portrait of incumbent Petro Poroshenko using sweet wrappers and bullet casings. Ukrainian

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Dubai court restores yacht to Russia tycoon, move disputed in divorce contest

Superyacht Luna owned by Russian billionaire Farkad Akhmedov is docked at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Pike DUBAI (Reuters) – A $436 million superyacht

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Russian tycoon in divorce battle wins back $400 million yacht in Dubai

Superyacht Luna owned by Russian billionaire Farkad Akhmedov is docked at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Pike DUBAI (Reuters) – A $436 million superyacht

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Bears in Russian zoo predict Ukrainian election

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) – “Anyone but Poroshenko!” cried the crowd in a Russian zoo on Thursday as a brown bear made its way toward a butternut squash bearing a picture

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Lawsuit says TGI Fridays potato skins contain no potato skins

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It is acceptable to sell French fries that are not made in France, but a new lawsuit says it is not acceptable to sell potato skin

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Jiving eighty-year-old DJ parties in Poland

DJ Wika Szmyt, 80, plays music at a club in Warsaw, Poland March 25, 2019. Picture taken March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel WARSAW (Reuters) – Donning yellow trousers, shiny platform

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To kiss pope’s hand – or not – enters the Catholic culture wars

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – – To kiss the ring on the pope’s hand or not to – that is the question. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leads the weekly general audience

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UK prison guards smell a rat and find rodents stuffed with drugs

Items found inside dead rats at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset, Britain, are seen in this picture handout obtained March 25, 2019. Ministry of Justice via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) –

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Uri Geller urges mass-telepathy against Brexit

FILE PHOTO: Uri Geller poses for a photograph in Jaffa, next to Tel Aviv, Israel January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller wants

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Unclothed man displays more than art in Moscow gallery stroll: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A man stripped down to skimpy underwear and took a stroll through Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery on Wednesday evening in what it called an “unsanctioned performance,” the

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Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study

BURGDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) – Exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could give it more flavor and hip hop might be better than Mozart, Swiss researchers said on Thursday. Nine wheels of

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Hit by an arrow, mobile phone dies saving Australian man

A supplied image obtained March 13, 2019 of a mobile phone pierced by an arrow. AAP Image/Supplied by NSW Police Force/via REUTERS MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian man had a

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Lion on the lam locked-up in South African jail

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – A young lion captured after being on the run for almost a month spent the night in a South African police cell before being moved back

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Painting sow Pigcasso hogs the limelight at South Africa farm

FRANSCHHOEK, South Africa (Reuters) – Step aside Francis Bacon. Brandishing a paintbrush in her snout, Pigcasso enthusiastically tosses her head to create bright, bold strokes across a canvas propped up

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German yachtsman inflates trousers to survive 3 hours in sea

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Knocked overboard in rough seas off New Zealand, a German yachtsman credited his jeans with saving his life after fashioning them into a make-shift life jacket that

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Mooing, no booing for roller-skating Spanish farmer with a dream

LLANUCES, Spain (Reuters) – After tending to his cows all day, Pablo Pato swept the hay off the floor and transformed, almost Cinderella-like, into a freestyle roller skater without leaving

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UK town battens down the hatches for crazy ‘royal’ football game

Players fight for the ball during the annual Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne, Britain March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of people descended on the town of

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