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Venezuelans find solace in comedy amid economic travails

CARACAS (Reuters) - A genie appears from a lamp in the hands of an astonished Venezuelan boy to declare: "You can ask for anything - except toilet paper!"

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U.S. online jeweler Blue Nile experiments with brick and mortar

(Reuters) - Diamond rings on display at Nordstrom's flagship Seattle store are not for sale. Shoppers can try them on, inspect the gems' quality up close, but to buy them requires a visit to Blue...

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Britain to turn off lights to mark World War One centenary

LONDON (Reuters) - On the eve of World War I, Britain's foreign minister, Edward Grey, observed: "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

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Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast

ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said...

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Turkish women laugh online to protest deputy PM's remarks

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of Turkish women posted pictures of themselves laughing on Twitter on Wednesday to protest comments by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, who had urged women not to...

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Baltimore poised to impose strict new youth curfew

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - City officials in crime-ridden Baltimore on Tuesday defended plans for one of the toughest U.S. youth curfews against criticism from residents who were skeptical about police...

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Italy's former communist L'Unita daily to stop publication

ROME (Reuters) - L'Unita, the left-wing daily founded by Antonio Gramsci, one of the fathers of Italian communism, will suspend publication from Friday after its shareholders failed to reach...

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Table for five: Obama gets barbecue with Kansas City penpals

KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) - Valerie McCaw, a single mom who owns a small engineering firm and has a son in college, emailed President Barack Obama last week "in the middle of the night," describing...

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Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast

ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said...

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Malaysia tries to parlay appeal to Muslim visitors into medical tourism push

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Muslim tourists have long chosen Malaysia, its beaches and its malls as a holiday destination thanks to cultural affinity.

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American opinion of Arabs, Muslims is getting worse: poll

(Reuters) - How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

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Holocaust victim, artist Charlotte Salomon's life premieres as opera

SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) - The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called "Life? or Theatre?" before she was killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at...

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Macho sport looks to feminine side in women's World Cup

PARIS (Reuters) - It is seen as the ultimate macho sport, but for the 12 captains in Paris on Tuesday at the official launch of the women's World Cup there is much more to rugby than a chance to...

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars sing to heal wounds of war

GDYNIA Poland (Reuters) - It's a long way from the refugee camps of Africa to Poland's balmy Baltic coast, but for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the message is still the same.

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In change of heart Nepal to allow cremation of Tibetan monk

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal will allow a monk prominent in Tibetan Buddhism to be cremated in a monastery in Kathmandu, a minister said on Tuesday, disregarding fears of possible anti-China protests...

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Eric Clapton pays musical tribute to long-time friend JJ Cale

LONDON (Reuters) - A year after the death of American cult singer-songwriter JJ Cale, his close friend Eric Clapton has launched a tribute with an album and documentary featuring the likes of Willie...

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Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years — and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan.

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Table for five: Obama to dine with Kansas City penpals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Valerie, a single mom from Kansas City, Missouri, who owns a small business, wrote to President Barack Obama last week "in the middle of the night," describing just how hard...

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World Chefs: Judy Joo brings Korean flavors to home cooks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Riding the wave of global popularity of Korean cuisine, chef Judy Joo travels around her parents' homeland and adopts kimchi, pickled cabbage, and other local dishes for home...

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World music fest adds the actual taste of what people hear

CHARLTON PARK England (Reuters) - In their native Iran, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are best known for their soaring voices, flawless harmonies and dedication to the art of singing in the face of tough...

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Holocaust victim, artist Charlotte Salomon's life premieres as opera

SALZBURG Austria (Reuters) - The Berlin-born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon left behind a body of watercolors and text she called "Life? or Theatre?" before she was killed at Auschwitz in 1943 at...

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U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings across the country to back gay marriage.

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Arial, Times New Roman ... and now the 'Hugo Chavez' font

CARACAS (Reuters) - Supporters of Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez on Monday unveiled yet another novel way of keeping his memory alive - a font for typing in "El Comandante's"...

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September 11 museum allowed to display Ground Zero cross-shaped beam

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A cross-shaped steel beam pulled from the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York days after the September 11, 2001, attacks can be displayed in the national...

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September 11 museum allowed to display Ground Zero cross-shaped beam

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A cross-shaped steel beam pulled from the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks can be displayed in the national memorial...





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