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Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

TIRANA Albania (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his strongest criticism of Islamist militants to date, said on Sunday no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be "the armor of...

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Czech zoo burns rhino horns to help save endangered species

DVUR KRALOVE Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech zoo burned around 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns on Sunday, part of an international campaign designed to highlight the plight of a species...

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Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of...

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Pope orders review of annulment process to simplify procedure

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to...

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Pope's Albania visit prompts long-awaited facelift for Tirana square

TIRANA (Reuters) - Pope Francis has worked a small miracle in Albania even before his arrival here on Sunday -- spurring bitter political foes to join forces to spruce up the rundown square where he...

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Kentucky preservation society cracking century old bourbons

LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A Louisville preservation society will raise a glass in December to toast the end of the Prohibition Era, but not with just any ordinary drink.

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Alice, steampunk and a false name: enigma of an American jailed in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named "Preston Somerset", acquaintances...

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Dog found 3,000 miles away to be flown home to Philadelphia

PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A dog found almost 3,000 miles away from home after vanishing five months ago will be flown back to her owner by the company that made the microchip responsible for...

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As NFL tries to reassure women, sponsor Crest is first to retreat

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When NFL players strap on their pink shoes and gloves in October for the league's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, it will be doing so with one less...

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Allowing blood donations from gay men could help save over a million lives: U.S. study

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million...

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David Bowie exhibition lands in Chicago for only U.S. visit

CHICAGO (Reuters) - David Bowie has been best-known throughout his five-decade career as a prolific musician and songwriter, with hits like "Changes" and "Space Oddity" in constant radio circulation.

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L.A. pulls 'unacceptable' ads for Fox TV show from buses

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles transit officials have pulled posters for a new Fox television network off nearly 200 buses after deeming the language used to describe actress Octavia Spencer's...

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Three years after Somali famine, new hunger crisis looms

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - When African peacekeepers and Somali troops launched an offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia's small seaside town of Marka, Rukia Nur and her 10 children joined the...

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Canada human rights museum stirs controversy as doors open

WINNIPEG Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada's museum showcasing human rights opened in the Prairie city of Winnipeg on Friday, dogged by controversy that began long before the first visitor arrived.

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Vienna's Jewish Museum returns painting seized by Nazis to heirs

VIENNA (Reuters) - A Jewish museum in Vienna returned a painting that was seized by the Nazis in 1938 to the artist's grandnieces on Friday, part of a wider move in Austria to deal with art illegally...

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University of California votes not to divest from fossil fuels

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The University of California voted on Friday to maintain its investments in fossil fuels, frustrating a student-led effort to divest its portfolio in oil, natural gas and coal.

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The horror of genocide needs to be shown: UK film director

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The surviving prisoners didn’t know what to expect when British troops entered the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in northwest Germany on April 15,...

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Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People's Party after a documentary film showed them singing and toasting one...

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India gets its first transgender TV news anchor: newspaper

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian television news station has recruited the country's first transgender news anchor, five months after a court ruled that transgender people be...

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Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards

BOSTON (Reuters) - Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the...

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R&A allows women members after overwhelming 'yes' vote

LONDON (Reuters) - After 260 years of exclusion, women will be allowed to join the Royal and Ancient golf club after an overwhelming members' vote opened the doors to the famous St Andrews clubhouse...

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Stateless in New York: A woman's life as a 'legal ghost'

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When she was a schoolgirl in Kuwait, Mona Kareem would ask her parents why she didn't have a passport and why they never left the country to visit...

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San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were...

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New York offers illegal immigrants zoo trips, museum tours with ID cards

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio offered free access to some of his city's famed cultural destinations on Thursday in a bid to coax illegal immigrants to join an identification card...

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Photographer finds young Rwandans building a nation of peace

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A long row of school kids are seated on the woodland floor, heads bowed in remembrance of local teachers killed protecting their charges during Rwanda’s genocide...





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