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Desperate Kenyan maids abused in Middle East despite ban

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Lebanon, a Kenyan maid has bleach poured over her head as punishment for cleaning the bathroom too slowly by an employer who threatens to send her home in a...

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Fear silences human trafficking victims: Mexico prosecutor

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Zunduri, enslaved at a dry cleaners shop in Mexico City, was so thirsty at one point she blistered her mouth trying to drink steam from an iron, and was so...

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Macau casinos seek resort cure for China gambling hangover

HONG KONG (Reuters) - As revenue plummets at China's only legal gambling hub, global casino operators have a new mantra - what happens in Vegas, must also happen in Macau.

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California's PacSun pulls inverted flag T-shirt after criticism

(Reuters) - A California-based clothing company said it will no longer sell a T-shirt emblazoned with an upside-down American flag following a barrage of criticism on social media that the item was...

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Luxottica sets its sights on restoring Venice bridge

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian eyewear group Luxottica will pay to restore and maintain the only wooden bridge over Venice's Grand Canal, becoming the latest in a string of private companies to put...

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Couple celebrates homey joys of Middle Eastern cuisine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Traditional Middle Eastern home cooking is the shared passion of Israeli-born chefs Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer, the husband and wife team behind “Honey & Co.: The...

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Danish radio station defends killing baby rabbit live on air

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish radio station is defending a show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, live on the air, saying it was intended to show the...

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West Virginia's 20-week abortion ban takes effect

(Reuters) - A law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy took effect in West Virginia on Tuesday, making the state one of 12 to prohibit abortions after that period.

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Oxford University unveils new Hadid-designed Middle East wing

OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect, has designed a futuristic addition to the Oxford University campus: a curvy bridge building for St. Antony's College's Middle East...

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U.S. returns 25 stolen artefacts to Italy

ROME (Reuters) - The United States returned 25 stolen artefacts to Italy including ancient vases, frescoes and manuscripts that had been illegally removed and found in museums, auction houses and...

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Homicide probe to be launched into B.B. King's death: officials

(Reuters) - Nevada officials said on Monday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age 89, after two of his daughters leveled accusations that...

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Australia looks to scrap tampon tax after student protest

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government on Tuesday bowed to pressure and took the first step to end a controversial sales tax on women's sanitary products, a day after a student carrying a giant...

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Thousands of bikers gather in Washington to honor vets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One week after a gathering of biker gangs in Texas that resulted in nine deaths and 170 arrests, thousands of motorcycle riders roared into the nation's capital Sunday to honor...

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Battle ropes become popular go-to fitness tools in U.S. gyms

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Battle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also...

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Thousands of bikers gather in Washington to honor vets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One week after a gathering of biker gangs in Texas that resulted in nine deaths and 170 arrests, thousands of motorcycle riders roared into the nation's capital Sunday to honor...

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In North Korea, men call the shots, women make the money

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is a militarized, male-dominated society, but it is women who are making the money as the insular nation allows an unofficial market-based economy to take shape.

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Former rebels, devout cheer as murdered archbishop beatified in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, the final step before sainthood, 35 years after he was gunned down at the altar by a right-wing death squad for...

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Argentina's president seeks arts legacy with concert hall

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - With less than a year to go in her presidency, Cristina Fernandez has sought her place in Argentina's cultural history, unveiling Latin America's largest arts complex, housed...

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Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalized...

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San Francisco police keep eye out for missing 'Eyeball' mask

SEATTLE (Reuters) - San Francisco police have asked people to be on the lookout for a valuable mask depicting an eyeball wearing a top hat, an artifact made famous by an avant garde rock band, saying...





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