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Bug business: Cockroaches corralled by the millions in China to…

Bug business: Cockroaches corralled by the millions in China to…

Published 10/12/2018

JINAN, China (Reuters) - In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them - millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks [more…]

Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

Published 06/12/2018

BEIJING/JIAXING, China (Reuters) - Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times [more…]

‘Cheating’ gorillas show clever puzzle-solving

‘Cheating’ gorillas show clever puzzle-solving

Published 04/12/2018

BRISTOL, England (Reuters) - Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game - [more…]

Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating

Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating

Published 02/12/2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating [more…]

Air New Zealand Christmas ad replicates Trump’s U.N. laughter moment

Air New Zealand Christmas ad replicates Trump’s U.N. laughter moment

Published 30/11/2018

(Reuters) - An Air New Zealand advertisement released for the Christmas season this week takes a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump by portraying an [more…]

Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for 169,000 euros in Paris…

Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for 169,000 euros in Paris…

Published 28/11/2018

(This November 27 story corrects to make clear Disneyland is in California) PARIS (Reuters) - A piece of the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel [more…]

Thais pray they’re barking up the right tree looking for lottery luck

Thais pray they’re barking up the right tree looking for lottery luck

Published 22/11/2018

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Superstition and looking for luck are a part of daily life in Thailand. In one temple in central Bangkok, visitors hope to [more…]

Who brings olive oil to Portugal? Police foil cocaine smuggler’s ploy

Who brings olive oil to Portugal? Police foil cocaine smuggler’s ploy

Published 20/11/2018

LISBON (Reuters) - Who would bring a suitcase full of olive oil to Portugal, one of the world’s biggest producers of the stuff? Police at [more…]

Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

Published 17/11/2018

(Reuters) - Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted [more…]

Japan cybersecurity and Olympics minister: ‘I’ve never used a…

Japan cybersecurity and Olympics minister: ‘I’ve never used a…

Published 15/11/2018

(Corrects minister’s time in parliament in second paragraph of this Nov. 14 story.) TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s recently appointed cybersecurity and Olympics minister has told [more…]