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Blackface skit in China's new year gala sparks racism accusations

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A skit on China's widely-watched Lunar New Year gala on state television featuring a Chinese actress made up to appear African has provoked accusations of racism online...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:55 AM

Yes he can fetch, but Angus the dog can't run for Kansas governor

(Reuters) - In the dog-eat-dog world of U.S. politics, a 3-year-old wire-haired Vizsla in Kansas was scratching his head, and behind his ears, after being denied a chance to run for governor, his owner said on Tuesday. The Kansas man, who registered his dog...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:55 AM

South Korea's 'penis park' draws an Olympic crowd

By James Pearson and Heekyong Yang SINNAM, South Korea (Reuters) - Even the bright red lighthouse in the tiny South Korean port of Sinnam is shaped like a penis. The port is home to Haesindang Park,...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:11 AM

'A' is for Armani: public grade school in Tokyo adopts designer uniforms

TOKYO (Reuters) - A public elementary school in Tokyo's upscale shopping district of Ginza has raised parents' eyebrows with a plan to adopt uniforms designed by Italian fashion brand Giorgio Armani for its students, media said on Thursday. Taimei Elementary...

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:35 AM

How do you like your eggs, Norway? By the thousand..

By Ilze Filks PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Egg sandwiches. Bacon and eggs. Egg salad. Eggs on toast. Scrambled eggs, or fried. After taking receipt of 15,000 eggs instead of...

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:35 AM

Locust swarms pose threat to World Cup pitches: Russian official

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Swarms of locusts pose a threat to Russia's soccer World Cup as they could attack stadium pitches and cause a "global scandal", an Agriculture Ministry official said on Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin is hoping to use the World Cup...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 10:30 AM

Italian postman never rings once, hoards mail instead

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police have arrested a postman from the northern town of Vicenza after finding more than half a tonne (1,100 lb) of undelivered mail stashed away in his garage....

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 12:40 PM

Kosovo farmer names one of his wolves Trump

GJAKOVA, Kosovo (Reuters) - When Hysni Rexha from Kosovo finally made his dream happen and took four wolves from the wild to feed and raise them he had no doubts over...

Monday, January 29, 2018, 8:40 AM

New Orleans pulls 46 tons of Mardi Gras beads from storm drains

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) - The colorful beaded necklaces that are a signature of New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras celebration have left the city known as "The Big Easy" with a big mess. New Orleans city officials said on Thursday that more...

Friday, January 26, 2018, 4:25 PM

The pain of chocolate as French shoppers brawl over Nutella

PARIS (Reuters) - Brawls broke out in a chain of French supermarkets as shoppers fought over cut-price tubs of Nutella chocolate spread. The Intermarche supermarket chain on Thursday cut the price of a 950g (2 lb) jar of Nutella -- so popular in France that...

Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 AM

Baboons go on the run after jumping Paris zoo enclosure

PARIS (Reuters) - Several baboons escaped from their enclosure at a zoo in Paris on Friday, prompting evacuation of the premises while police hunted for the missing monkeys. The alarm was raised when an employee bumped into one of the baboons in a...

Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 AM

A golden idea? Museum offered 18-karat toilet to Trump: Washington Post

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - New York's Guggenheim Museum offered to lend an 18-karat gold toilet to President Donald Trump after the White House asked to borrow a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, the Washington Post reported on Thursday....

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:50 PM

New Hampshire man bites police dog, gets arrested

A New Hampshire man was arrested for biting a police dog while officers were investigating reports of a shooting in the town of Boscawen, police officials said on Tuesday. The incident unfolded on Sunday when police reported to a home where they were told a person had been shot. Two people at the...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 1:53 PM

Scientists reconstruct face of 9,000 year-old Greek teenager

By Deborah Kyvrikosaios ATHENS (Reuters) - The last time anyone looked on Dawn's face was 9,000 years ago. Now the teenager can be seen again, after scientists...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:20 AM

Prize camels keep tradition alive in changing Saudi, but please no Botox!

By Stephen Kalin AL-RUMAHIYA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The dromedaries paraded down a dusty racetrack as judges rated the size of...

Monday, January 22, 2018, 10:10 AM

Pope defends in-flight wedding from conservative headwinds

By Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday defended his decision to marry a couple aboard a plane in Chile last week, responding to criticism by conservatives that it flew in the face of Church rules and set a bad precedent...

Monday, January 22, 2018, 10:10 AM

Motorists of the world take heart: even popes get flat tires

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis may have divine inspiration but not divine inflation: on Friday he suffered what millions of ordinary people have to deal with -- a flat tire. While the...

Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:00 PM

Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

By Alana Wise NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years...

Friday, January 19, 2018, 3:41 PM

Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route to Lithuania

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Tobacco smugglers are using river iceflows and GPS technology to transport their goods into Lithuania, where an estimated one in every six cigarettes smoked in 2016 was illegally imported. The Baltic country's border guard said on...

Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:50 AM

Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens, saying it looks like Satan

ATHENS (Reuters) - Black-clad protesters in southern Athens have torn down a red sculpture shaped like an angel and broke its wings in a fresh act of violence against an artwork critics liken to Satan. Protests against the 8-metre high sculpture called...

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 4:20 PM