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Japan's Java wars: Convenience stores angle for coffee market crown

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's convenience store operators are jostling for eminence in a famously cut-throat industry, and one product has come up trumps for the market's top players - coffee.

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UK's Prince William and wife Kate expecting baby in April

LONDON (Reuters) - The second child of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate is due to be born in April, his office announced on Monday.

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Has sugar lost its sweet spot? Paraguayan plant upends market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that...

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Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be...

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Thai scholar faces royal insult charge over medieval king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A prominent Thai intellectual has been accused of insulting a medieval king, a government spokesman said on Monday, and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

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What opportunity? Nordic equality fails to infiltrate corporate club

STOCKHOLM/OSLO/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - When it comes to equality at home and in the political arena, Nordic countries have long outperformed the rest of the world. But a look at their blue-chip...

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Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

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'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front...

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Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million...

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Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be...

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What opportunity? Nordic equality fails to infiltrate corporate club

STOCKHOLM/OSLO/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - When it comes to equality at home and in the political arena, Nordic countries have long outperformed the rest of the world. But a look at their blue-chip...

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Catholic bishops drop moves to accept gays

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever...

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Vandals bring down sex toy shaped sculpture in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - Vandals attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the most famous squares in Paris in the early hours of Saturday after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry.

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More young mourners showing love, remembrance with 'RIP' shirts

CHICAGO (Reuters) - At the crowded funeral of 13-year-old Demureye' Macon, who was shot on a Chicago street, older mourners wore sober suits and dresses in beige and black.

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Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of...

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Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of...

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Frank Gehry's Louis Vuitton art museum sails onto Paris skyline

PARIS (Reuters) - Billowing sails of glass join the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month, when the new Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art...

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Trip Tips: Ancient Side beckons on Turkey's Mediterranean

SIDE Turkey (Reuters) - After thousands of years of settlement by newcomers ranging from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians to pirates, Arabs and Jews, the town of Side on the Turkish...

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Montana to give bison from Yellowstone to tribes instead of zoos

(Reuters) - An Indian reservation in Montana will receive 145 bison from Yellowstone National Park that were quarantined to create a herd free of a disease that threatens ranchers' cattle, according...

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Vatican waters down gay references in translation of divisive paper

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a...

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Vatican to limit Sistine Chapel visitors to protect fragile frescoes

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican will restrict the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million a year to protect Michelangelo's delicate frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing...

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Novelist Dubus now looks homeward after gritty memoir

NEWBURY Mass. (Reuters) - Andre Dubus III put his faded hometown of Haverhill, Massachusetts, on the map of modern literature with his gritty memoir, “Townie.”

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London show holds up magnifying glass to Sherlock Holmes

LONDON (Reuters) - How do you make an exhibition about a man who never existed?

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Iraq, Syria refugees from Islamic State get winter aid kits: agency

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of refugees in Iraq and Syria, fleeing attacks by Islamic State, will be given emergency winter kits to help them cope with the approach of cold, rainy...

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Family farms produce 80 percent of world's food, speculators seek land

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite renewed interest in industrial agriculture by investment banks and sovereign wealth funds, more than 80 percent of the world's food is still produced by...





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