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

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's political establishment is in chaos over Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May's days in office are numbered but the kingdom and the Tower of London appear safe from legendary doom after the birth of four raven chicks...

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:00pm

Take or pay: Belgian ex-king faces paternity fines

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian court has ordered the country's former king to pay 5,000 euros ($5,600) a day until he takes a DNA paternity test to resolve a long-running case brought by a woman who says she is his daughter. A judicial source said the 84-...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:00pm

Australia's central bank takes 'responsibilty' for note typo

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Millions of A$50 ($35) banknotes in Australia have an embarrassing typographical error that was overlooked by the country's central bank before they were printed and circulated. The goof first became known on Thursday when a listener on radio outlet Triple M sent...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:00am

Facebook announces privacy-focused redesign; critics call out potential pitfalls

Facebook announced a significant redesign on Tuesday, rolling out features geared toward privacy in response to years of scandals over its handling of private user data and status as a vehicle for Russian election interference. But critics say the new features could cause problems of their own....

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:42pm

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

By Devjyot Ghoshal 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 the abominable snowman, the military said on Tuesday...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:01am

'Thou shall not gossip', Pope tells hairdressers

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has often warned against gossiping among friends and neighbors, but now he says it should also be avoided in those modern temples of cheap talk: beauty parlors and hair salons. The pope exhorted some 230 Italian...

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:48pm

This Facebook feature could help prevent you from seeing spoilers

2019 Update: Although Facebook never fully rolled out its Keyword Snooze tool, you can still "snooze" that person on your who keeps posting Avengers: Endgame spoilers that show up in your News Feed.  Tired of seeing spoilers for the new episode of The Walking Dead or the newest season of...

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 4:52pm

Business schools, companies getting creative to stem decline in MBA enrollment

One of the obstacles to getting an MBA has always been time. Getting an advanced business degree often means taking time away from the job in which you want to grow. And in today's all-consuming work culture, who can afford to take a break? As the cost of higher education grows, that time has...

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 2:36pm

Thieves pinch rifles as Kenyan police watch Champions League football

By Humphrey Malalo 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 unmanned post and made off with...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 10:00am

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 word which roughly translates to "the saved one" - was brought to shore for a health check after being found dehydrated...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 5:00am

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 application to predict which character has the best chance to claim the coveted Iron Throne in the HBO hit...

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Swiss government says coffee 'not essential', stockpiling to end

By John Miller 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 opposition to the proposal is brewing...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

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 has become a makeshift home to the world's media...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 1:00pm

Measles outbreak in NYC has Northeast on guard

New York City declared a public health emergency over an outbreak of measles on Tuesday, requiring unimmunized people in one neighborhood to get vaccinations, as health officials weighed in on chances of the disease spreading through the Northeast corridor. Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at a press...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 5:12pm

Ancient four-legged whale from Peru walked on land, swam in sea

(Reuters) - Scientists have unearthed fossils in a coastal desert of southern Peru of a four-legged whale that thrived both in the sea and on land about 43 million years ago in a discovery that illuminates a pivotal stage in early cetacean evolution. The 13-foot-long (4-meter) mammal, named...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 4:20pm

Texas civil court judge accidentally resigns

By Gabriella Borter (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 media and a county official, after he shared...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00am

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

By Malcolm Foster TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese printers rushed to turn out calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of "Reiwa" a day after its unveiling gripped the nation...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 8:00am

Lawsuit says TGI Fridays potato skins contain no potato skins

By Jonathan Stempel 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 snack chips that are not made from potato skins. A New York City woman on...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

Jiving eighty-year-old DJ parties in Poland

By Gosia Wojtunik WARSAW (Reuters) - Donning yellow trousers, shiny platform shoes, red lipstick and headphones, 80-year-old "DJ Wika" stands behind the decks, mixing party music in a huge Warsaw club. Instead of...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

Conor McGregor being investigated for sexual assault in Ireland

Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor is being investigated by Irish police over a claim of sexual assault, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Early Tuesday morning, McGregor announced on Twitter that he was retiring from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has made him one of the...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 5:45pm