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Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Kate Bornstein, the American author and pioneer gender activist, this is a pivotal time in history for transgender people as the rigid concept of two sexes...

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Winging it: Chicago man smashes Philadelphia eating record

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A professional competitive eater from Chicago downed 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, narrowly edging out his nearest rival and...

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Britain marks 50 years since wartime leader Churchill's funeral

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain marked 50 years on Friday since the state funeral of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with the boat which carried his coffin under the dipping dockside cranes in...

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Trip Tips: On the trail of Solidarnosc in Gdansk

GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) - Gdansk, the biggest city in northern Poland, seaside destination and party zone, was once a key center of opposition to Communist rule.

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China classrooms must 'keep out' Western values

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China must keep educational materials that promote "Western values" out of its classrooms, the state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Minister of Education Yuan Guiren as saying.

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Hershey's Krave buy reflects hunger for healthier snacks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hershey Co's announcement on Thursday that it will buy jerky maker Krave Pure Foods Inc reflects a growing appetite for healthy snacks in the United States, even those that were...

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Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of...

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Ex-supermodel Waris Dirie says FGM can end in her lifetime

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Supermodel turned campaigner against female genital mutilation Waris Dirie said on Thursday she was optimistic that FGM could be eradicated in her lifetime,...

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'Puppy Bowl' highlights cuteness, adoptions at Super Bowl

PHOENIX (Reuters) - As dozens of fans cheered, the players tussled over the ball as they neared the end-zone then began rolling around and biting each other on the neck, the chance of a touchdown...

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'Humans of New York' blog raises over $1 million for Brooklyn school

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The popular photo blog "Humans of New York" said it had raised more than $1 million by Thursday to pay for college trips and tuition for middle-school students in one of the...

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Vatican to offer haircuts, shaves as well as showers to Rome's homeless

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis' charity office...

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U.S. activists keep domestic violence in Super Bowl spotlight

PHOENIX (Reuters) - As fans gather for Sunday's Super Bowl in Arizona, billboard trucks are expected to travel around Phoenix with messages reminding revelers of what critics see as an inadequate NFL...

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As U.S. Northeast shivers, Super Bowl fans slap on sunscreen

PHOENIX (Reuters) - As the northeastern United States shivered under heavy snowstorms, organizers of Sunday's Super Bowl worried about fans suffering from another climatic risk: sunburn.

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Dads, pups, Kardashian battle for Super Bowl ad buzz

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dads comfort crying kids and animals look adorable as brands take a play-it-safe route this year in the fiercely fought ad battle that will unfold during Sunday's broadcast of...

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German carnival drops Charlie Hebdo-inspired float after Paris attack

COLOGNE (Reuters) - A German carnival has dropped plans to build a "Charlie Hebdo" float with a cartoonist forcing a pencil into the barrel of a terrorist's gun, after receiving messages from locals...

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As Ebola 'fear factor' eases, African tourism edges back

NAIROBI (Reuters) - From the jungle-clad slopes of the Great Lakes to the game parks of South Africa, tourism is beginning to recover as the Ebola outbreak in a corner of the continent ebbs and...

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Colleen McCullough, Australian author of The Thorn Birds, dies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77.

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Ebony seeks buyer for photo archive, the 'African American Getty'

(This version of the Jan. 27th story corrects relationship between Johnson Publishing and Mark Lubell in paragraph 5)

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Wedding bells and curlers at Gaultier for fashion week

PARIS (Reuters) - Jean Paul Gaultier kicked off his haute couture show in Paris on Wednesday turning fashion on its head with a wedding gown - usually reserved as the final look - worn by a model...

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Jobless and desperate, Egyptians risk all in perilous Libya

AL-OUR, Egypt (Reuters) - Facing grim economic prospects at home, desperate young Egyptians are seeking jobs in Libya - a country sliding into lawlessness where armed groups battle for control and...





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