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Hamster hero? How a Japanese cartoon became Thai youth protesters’ symbol

Hamster hero? How a Japanese cartoon became Thai youth protesters’ symbol

Published 01/08/2020

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s emerging student pro-democracy movement has adopted a Japanese cartoon hamster, Hamtaro, as a creative way to get support from young people [more…]

Snazzy face mask fashion reaches Nairobi neighbourhood

Snazzy face mask fashion reaches Nairobi neighbourhood

Published 31/07/2020

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Most of us have accepted COVID-19 face masks as an inconvenient, albeit necessary, safety measure. For the style conscious like James Maina [more…]

Lowly flies get super names as scientists find inspiration in Marvel

Lowly flies get super names as scientists find inspiration in Marvel

Published 29/07/2020

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists said on Wednesday they have given five fly species scientific names that pay tribute to the Marvel comic universe, including [more…]

Woolly mammoth skeleton found in lake in Russia’s Arctic

Woolly mammoth skeleton found in lake in Russia’s Arctic

Published 28/07/2020

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian scientists are poring over the stunningly well-preserved bones of an adult woolly mammoth that roamed the earth at least 10,000 years [more…]

Norway plan to save giant Picasso murals divides opinion

Norway plan to save giant Picasso murals divides opinion

Published 27/07/2020

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway began tearing down a landmark building adorned with giant murals by Pablo Picasso on Monday as part of efforts to rebuild [more…]

Man parades down Oxford Street wearing nothing but mask

Man parades down Oxford Street wearing nothing but mask

Published 24/07/2020

LONDON (Reuters) - A man strolled down central London’s most popular shopping street on Friday with only a mask to cover his nudity, leaving passerbys [more…]

Gambling addiction spikes among South Korea’s work-from-home day traders

Gambling addiction spikes among South Korea’s work-from-home day traders

Published 21/07/2020

SEOUL (Reuters) - Day traders seeking help for gambling addiction have tripled in number in South Korea, as COVID-19 social distancing and working-from-home has freed [more…]

Movie magic as Paris turns the Seine into open-air cinema

Movie magic as Paris turns the Seine into open-air cinema

Published 19/07/2020

PARIS (Reuters) - While the cinema drive-in may have gotten a boost as lockdowns gradually come to an end amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Paris [more…]

Coronavirus fans flames of love in Nigeria’s online dating scene

Coronavirus fans flames of love in Nigeria’s online dating scene

Published 17/07/2020

LAGOS (Reuters) - Oreoluwa Akinnawo is in his element. Lagos’s bars and restaurants are shut and Nigerians are struggling to socialise. The pandemic is his [more…]

Dancing robots replace fans at Japanese baseball game

Dancing robots replace fans at Japanese baseball game

Published 08/07/2020

TOKYO (Reuters) - With their stadium devoid of fans due to coronavirus restrictions, Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have come up with an imaginative [more…]