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Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

PARIS (Reuters) - Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat.

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Designer Oscar de la Renta's funeral to be private New York affair

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar de la Renta, the renowned fashion designer who died on Monday at the age of 82, will be buried at a private funeral in New York early next month.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.

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With U.S. Ebola fear running high, African immigrants face ostracism

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Vienna inaugurates monument to World War Two deserters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria inaugurated a monument on Friday to thousands of its nationals who deserted Hitler's army during World War Two, marking a new step in efforts to acknowledge the nation's...

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Nero's buried golden palace to open to the public - in hard hats

ROME (Reuters) - The golden palace that the Emperor Nero built as a monument to himself after half of ancient Rome was consumed by fire is reopening to the public even though its renovation isn't...

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Trip Tips: New York City for music lovers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There are 8 million rhythms in the naked city.

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Italy court clears designers Dolce and Gabbana in tax evasion case

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top court cleared fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Friday over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.

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Japan's party animals closer to dancing the night away

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's cabinet approved changes on Friday to a 66-year-old law that bans late-night dancing in clubs, a decision that will help businesses cash in on an expected influx of tourists...

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Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of...

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World War One bombs a part of life in Belgium even 100 years on

YPRES Belgium (Reuters) - Pondfarm in western Belgium is used to digging up an unusual crop.

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With panache, reforming prisoners perform for U.S. attorney general

NORCO Calif. (Reuters) - In a prison on a hill in California, 18 inmates came face to face with the nation's top law enforcement official. And they came in full makeup.

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Massive gold nugget goes on sale for $400,000 in San Francisco

(Reuters) - A 5-pound gold nugget dug up in Northern California this past summer and believed to be the largest privately held piece of its kind from the state was offered for sale at $400,000 on...

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Alaska's indigenous languages now official along with English

JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska's governor signed a bill on Thursday to officially recognize the state's 20 indigenous languages in a symbolic move that gives a nod to tribal efforts to save Native...

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Massive gold nugget goes on sale for $400,000 in San Francisco

(Reuters) - A 5-pound gold nugget dug up in Northern California this past summer and believed to be the largest privately held piece of its kind from the state was offered for sale at $400,000 on...

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Millions view talking dogs online spoof of U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A comedy sketch with dogs portraying members of the U.S. Supreme Court - picture Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Chihuahua - had scored more than two million YouTube views by...

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Pistorius shoves race, crime and punishment in South Africa's face

PRETORIA (Reuters) - As Oscar Pistorius spent his first day behind bars this week, a suspected child rapist and murderer went on trial at the same Pretoria court in a case that has also provoked...

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California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

East Porterville Calif. (Reuters) - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump...

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French entrepreneurs launch test to detect pork in food

ASNIERES France (Reuters) - Two French entrepreneurs have launched a portable device to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims who abide by dietary laws.

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Gay community under attack in Liberia over Ebola outbreak

DAKAR/NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leroy Ponpon doesn't know whether to lock himself in his flat in Monrovia because of the deadly Ebola virus, or because he is gay. Christian churches'...

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Belgium chocolate maker ISIS needs to change its name again

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Late last year, a Belgian chocolate maker changed its name from Italo Suisse, because the company no longer had any real association with either country. Now it's changing the...

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Tate Modern's Serota named most powerful person in contemporary art

LONDON (Reuters) - The man who runs London's Tate Modern - an art gallery in a former power station that looms over the River Thames - was named on Thursday the most powerful figure in the world of...

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U.S. returns stolen artwork to Peru

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - U.S. officials returned two stolen, colonial-era paintings to the government of Peru on Wednesday in a repatriation ceremony at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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U.S. pastor defrocked over son's same-sex wedding faces Methodist council

MEMPHIS Tenn. (Reuters) - A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an appeal to hang onto his ordination before a Methodist...

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Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland

LONDON (Reuters) - Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the...





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