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Spain horse whisperer's animals mirror stress sufferers' state of mind

MADRID (Reuters) - In the Guadalix mountains outside Madrid, Argentine horse whisperer Fernando Noailles uses his animals to help people suffering from stress and anxiety....

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 8:05 AM

Ready, aim, fire: Australian diners given water pistols to ward off seagulls

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Annoyed at seagulls that pester its patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has armed customers with water pistols to stop the birds from...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 3:10 AM

China's multi-story hog hotels elevate industrial farms to new levels

By Dominique Patton YAJI MOUNTAIN...

Friday, May 11, 2018, 6:20 AM

'Hello kitties' turns to 'beware bobcats' in Texas

By Lisa Maria Garza SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - With big blues eyes and stubby tails, two kittens taken in by a San Antonio family looked adorable until the fiery seven-week-old felines ripped apart formula bottles and repeatedly bit the hands that...

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 4:55 PM

Welshman Williams reflects on world title win - naked

(Editor's note: Language in the third paragraph might offend some readers) (Reuters) - Mark Williams stayed true to his word after clinching his third world snooker title on Monday by...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 8:05 AM

Carrot-addicted kangaroos hopping mad at tourists

By Will Ziebell MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Kangaroos are one of Australia's biggest tourist draws, but visitors to one park are getting more than they bargained for. Tourists in Lake Macquarie, a two-hour train ride from Sydney...

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5:30 AM

Horses throw toads to win quirky British pub championship

LONDON (Reuters) - With the final brass "toad" nestled at the bottom of the hole, team members from the Black Horse club jumped in the air to chest bump after becoming world champions at one of Britain's more obscure pub games. Toad, which is said to have...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:15 PM

Marx birthplace cashes in on 0 euro notes for anniversary

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German city of Trier is struggling to keep up with demand for 0-euro notes, bearing the face of its most famous son and communism's creator Karl Marx, and sold for 3 euros each as part of celebrations for his 200th birthday...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:00 PM

You want tarantula with that? At U.S. burger joint, it's an option

DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) - Kristin Barnaby, a self-described arachnophobe, found a way to overcome what she dreads at a North Carolina burger joint. "I am going to eat my fear," the 27-year-old said at the Bull City Burger and Brewery, where she...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:05 PM

Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Take the highway past the Dutch village of Jelsum and the road will play you a tune. Created by strategically laid "rumble strips" as a way of livening up journeys...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 4:30 PM

Japanese man, 112, recognized as world's oldest male

ASHORO, Japan (Reuters) - A 112-year-old Japanese man born months before Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity was recognized on Tuesday as the world's oldest man. Masazo Nonaka, born on July 25, 1905, took the title after...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:15 AM

Temasek stake values 'Salt Bae' Turkish restaurant owner at $1.2 billion

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Singapore's Temasek and Britain's Metric Capital have bought into Nusr-Et steakhouse owner D.ream in a deal valuing the Turkish firm at $1.2 billion. Nusr-Et was made famous by butcher-turned-social media star Nusret Gokce, who went...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 12:40 PM

UK Wife Carrying champ beats the mud to win place in world final

DORKING, England (Reuters) - With a sliding dive worthy of a rugby try, Chris Hepworth flung himself and his partner over the finishing line to become UK Wife Carrying champion, and now has his eye on...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 7:50 AM

Far from war, Basra's cats lap it up in their own hotel

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A world away from Iraq's battlegrounds, Basra's cat-lovers have found a haven for their favorite pets. Veterinary student Ahmed Taher Maki has turned his home in the southern...

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 7:50 AM

No more pain for Philippine devotee nailed to cross for 32nd time

CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) - A Philippine man who has been nailed to a cross every Easter for the past 32 years in a Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus Christ's crucifixion says he no longer feels any pain from his wounds. Ruben Enaje, 58,...

Friday, March 30, 2018, 7:20 AM

Unheard for 300 years, Italian mass rediscovered

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lost for about 300 years, a mass by Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is proving popular with audiences across Europe after being rediscovered by researchers...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1:00 PM

At 55, 'French spiderman' keeps climbing world's skyscrapers

Alain Robert, sometimes known as the "French Spiderman" for climbing skyscrapers world worldwide, is still defying gravity at the age of 55. He scaled the summit of the fourth-tallest building in Paris' modern business district on Wednesday after evading security officers who had...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:00 AM

Slovenia claims world's first blockchain monument

KRANJ, Slovenia (Reuters) - The first monument to the blockchain technology that underpins crypto-currencies took center stage on Tuesday on a roundabout in Slovenia, authorities in the country's fourth largest city said. Weighing three tonnes...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:40 PM

Putin says grandfather cooked for Stalin and Lenin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin's paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday. In the two-hour documentary, called Putin, the president said Spiridon Putin...

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:50 PM

Twice as nice - Barbra Streisand cloned beloved dog

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me would we, could we?" Barbra Streisand had a hit singing this question in "The Way We Were," but when it comes to getting a new pet she does not have to wonder. The "Funny Girl"...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 3:45 PM