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  • Turkmen leader dedicates poem to 'wonderful' wheat

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    Turkmenistan's eccentric and authoritarian leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has penned a poem celebrating wheat and the farmers that grow it, state media in the Central Asian country reported Tuesday. Berdymukhamedov is portrayed by local media as a prolific author, poet and composer, while reverence for wheat is a tradition deeply rooted in the Soviet Union that oil-rich Turkmenistan separated from in 1991. The poem published in the state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan hailed wheat as a "wonderful cereal, miracle seed."

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:01:53 -0400
  • Bias against women driven by people who think it doesn't exist: study

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    Managers who believe gender discrimination is a thing of the past showed bias against women by suggesting a female job candidate be paid eight percent less than an identically qualified man, according to new research. The study, which comes after a United Nations report said around 90 percent of people globally hold some prejudice against women, found that bias persists even when female representation in a particular field increases. "Quite critically, this research demonstrates that managers who think bias is no longer an issue in their profession are, perhaps ironically, the key drivers of bias," the authors said.

    Sun, 28 Jun 2020 20:57:22 -0400
  • Fourth time lucky? Danish PM forced to postpone wedding again

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    Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen thought she had finally found a date for her wedding, but has now had to postpone it for a third time due to an EU summit, she said Thursday. Many a wedding plan has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and it seems not even world leaders are immune. "I am really looking forward to marrying this fantastic man," Frederiksen wrote in a Facebook post alongside a photo of herself and her fiance Bo.

    Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:32:31 -0400
  • Stranded surfer says Argentina must repatriate dogs too

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    An Argentine adventurer stranded in Peru because of the coronavirus lockdown says he wants to go home, but not without his dogs which he has adopted on his travels. "We are waiting in Lima for a humanitarian flight that will take my pets so we can fly to Argentina," 33-year-old surfer Michael Graef told AFP. After walking and cycling through much of Peru for 40 days, Graef arrived in Lima, where he spends the nights with his pets in a tent near the Argentine embassy.

    Wed, 24 Jun 2020 22:29:40 -0400
  • Never mind the skyscrapers, grab a deckchair on Milan's 'beach'

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    Milan sun-worshippers, finally emerging from months of coronavirus lockdown, do not have to travel far to find a deckchair and a parasol: a "beach" beckons right in the middle of one of the city's main business districts. It's not the seaside, concedes 22-year-old student Mauro Manara Rossino. Lido Bam, or Bam Beach, appeared at the weekend in a park in Milan's Porta Nuova district, home to Italy's tallest skyscraper, the Unicredit Tower.

    Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:39:47 -0400
  • Maurice, the French rooster who ruffled feathers, will crow no more

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    A French rooster, who became a symbol of tensions between traditional rural France and encroaching urbanity in a court battle over his early-morning crowing, has died, his owner said Thursday. Maurice the cockerel rose to national fame after his dawn cock-a-doodle-doos so annoyed a retired couple with a holiday home on the picturesque island of Oleron in western France that they took the owner to court in a bid to silence him. The case last year was seen as a symbol of the strains between the traditions of rural France and city-dwellers, who use the countryside as a place for second homes but have a thin skin for countryside smells and sounds.

    Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:39:58 -0400
  • Must be glove: the Japan man obsessed with lost gloves

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    Tokyo (AFP) - Koji Ishii can't help himself: whenever he sees a lost glove on the streets of his hometown Tokyo, he just has to stop and document it.

    Thu, 18 Jun 2020 04:28:11 -0400
  • Putin has 'disinfection tunnel' to protect him from coronavirus

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    Visitors meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin at his country residence must first pass through a walk-through device that sprays them with disinfectant to protect him from the coronavirus, officials said. Putin has been self-isolating at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow under lockdown although he made a public appearance without a mask at an outdoor event on the June 12 Russia Day holiday. As part of precautions to protect the president, visitors walk through the device and get sprayed from above and the side, a video posted Tuesday evening on Twitter by Kremlin pool journalists from RIA Novosti state news agency showed.

    Wed, 17 Jun 2020 07:54:02 -0400
  • Vienna man fined 500 euros for deliberate 'massive flatulence'

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    Austrian police fined a man 500 euros for loudly breaking wind after officers stopped him earlier this month to check his identity. The police defended the massive fine saying he had deliberately emitted a "massive flatulence," lifting his backside from the bench where he was sitting.

    Tue, 16 Jun 2020 20:06:49 -0400
  • Plain plane go away: UK PM orders official jet paint job

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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson doesn't like the plain plane he uses for state visits and has ordered a more colourful makeover to fly the flag for Britain, it was reported Tuesday. The paint job on the RAF Voyager transport plane sounds like something "from Austin Powers", the source added. The Austin Powers character flew around on a psychedelic-coloured Boeing 747 in the "Goldmember" film of the 1990s spoof spy franchise.

    Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:49:37 -0400
  • Sub surfaces to let Norway sailors take the plunge

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    It was an unusual sight: on a hot sunny day this weekend, it wasn't a Norwegian navy submarine seen plunging into the North Sea, but rather its swimsuit-clad crew who were observed diving in off the hull for a refreshing dip. With the men in trunks and the women in bikinis, a couple of dozen sailors were photographed diving off the hull of their submarine, the KNM Uthaug, in a fjord in Norway's southwest. With a fleet of six submarines, Norway is tasked with defending NATO's northern flank, opposite Russia's mighty Northern Fleet.

    Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:18:38 -0400
  • 'Baby dragons' go on display in Slovenia

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    Slithering through their subterranean aquarium, three "baby dragons" have gone on display in a Slovenian cave, where they hatched in 2016 in a rare successful breeding, officials said Thursday. Only 30 visitors per day will be allowed to visit the so-called baby dragons -- ancient underwater predators that can live up to 100 years and only breed once in a decade. "We are proud to present three out of the 21 baby olms, the world-famous 'dragon's offspring', which we have kept a close eye on since 2016," the Postojna cave said in a statement.

    Thu, 11 Jun 2020 15:10:42 -0400
  • In Spain, the white lion cub whose mum didn't want him

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    Guillena (España) (AFP) - His name is White King, he's 10 days old and the zoo says he's a real "teddy bear". Born on May 31, the cub is the first white lion born in a Spanish zoo. "It was a bad birth," he told AFP, adding that the mother, a white lioness brought over from Thailand four years ago had "laboured for 14 or 15 days before giving birth".

    Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:25:27 -0400
  • US author declares decade-long treasure hunt in Rockies finally over

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    A decade-long hunt for treasure hidden in the Rocky Mountains that drew in 350,000 seekers and is believed to have cost five lives has ended with someone finally uncovering the chest, the man who designed the riddle said. Forrest Fenn, a Santa Fe writer and artifacts dealer, said he hid $1 million in the western mountains in 2010 and offered clues to its whereabouts in a 24-line poem published in his autobiography the same year. Fenn, a former Vietnam War fighter pilot who went on to become an art dealer and author, said he had packed the bronze chest with gold dust, expensive rubies and emeralds, rare coins and even pre-Columbian animal figures, worth a total of $1 million dollars.

    Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:50:20 -0400
  • 'We'll be back': Italy prison escapees promise to return

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    Two inmates who escaped from a prison in Rome last week left guards a courtesy note, saying they had business to take care of but would be back shortly, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The two cousins, Davad Zukanovic, 40, and Lil Ahmetovic, 46, broke out of Rebibbia prison overnight on June 2 by scaling a wall using a water hose left in a courtyard. At the end of the signed note, Zukanovic and Ahmetovic promised to return in about 15 days once everything was sorted, the paper said.

    Tue, 09 Jun 2020 05:44:27 -0400
  • Sick of lockdown: Panda escapes confinement in Copenhagen zoo

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    Humans are not the only ones tiring of confinement during the coronavirus pandemic -- a panda escaped from his enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo on Monday. Xing Er, a six-year-old male panda -- soon to be seven -- then took a tour of the zoo, which was closed at the time. "The veterinarian of the zoo anaesthetised the panda and he was brought back to the enclosure," Hoeck said.

    Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:29:18 -0400
  • Gran Theft Auto: finger flexes keep 90-year-old gamer console-ready

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    Every day, 90-year-old Japanese grandma Hamako Mori flexes her fingers to keep them nimble. Not for knitting or needlepoint, but to keep them in shape for playing video games. The pensioner known as "Gamer Grandma" spends three or more hours a day battling monsters and going on missions in the virtual worlds of her favourite games, and even has a popular YouTube channel for her fans.

    Sat, 06 Jun 2020 22:17:00 -0400
  • Banana, bean cake and fertiliser stunts in Hong Kong's legislature

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    Outnumbered and with the rule book written against them, Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have embraced rotten plants, red bean cakes, bananas and a dizzying array of other weird objects for theatrical stunts inside the rambunctious chamber. In the latest event to infuriate the pro-Beijing majority, opposition lawmaker Ray Chan threw a foul-smelling fertiliser onto the green carpet of the Legislative Chamber on Thursday. The incident occurred on the anniversary of China's 1989 deadly crackdown on Tiananmen protesters, and Chan said the jar of brown liquid represented the "stink" of that tragedy.

    Thu, 04 Jun 2020 05:09:06 -0400
  • Back in the saddle: Turkmen leader heads up giant bike parade

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    Thousands of tracksuit-wearing officials in Turkmenistan were brought along for the ride Wednesday as eccentric leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov spearheaded a cycling parade to mark World Bicycle Day. Turkmenistan -- one of the few countries that has not reported a single case of the coronavirus -- has given little thought to social distancing in recent months, celebrating key occasions in the national calendar with customary pomp. World Bicycle Day, a date that the United Nations recognised in 2018 following a proposal by Turkmenistan, saw a large throng of officials follow Berdymukhamedov on a trip through the capital Ashgabat where roads were closed for the occasion.

    Wed, 03 Jun 2020 05:10:36 -0400
  • S.Africa thieves stage liquor heist under lockdown

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    Thieves in South Africa dug through a concrete floor into a shop to steal thousands of dollars worth of liquor days before an alcohol sales ban was lifted, police said Tuesday. The thieves made off with whisky, brandy, gin, vodka and beer valued at around $17,000. Workers at the Shoprite supermarket in the Newtown district of Johannesburg discovered the heist when they went in last Friday to prepare for the resumption of sales on June 1.

    Tue, 02 Jun 2020 06:33:41 -0400
  • Britain denies virus restrictions encourage 'sex ban'

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    The British government on Tuesday defended tweaks to its coronavirus lockdown rules, after claims that a ban on overnight stays between households would criminalise sex. The new guidelines came into force on Monday, easing some restrictions on social gatherings but prohibiting two people from different households from meeting in a private place.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:22:19 -0400
  • Singapore minister sheepishly admits woolly thinking over cotton

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    Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing made the error in a video interview on Saturday while attempting to explain tiny Singapore's reliance on foreign trade. It was not long before Chan cottoned on to the error, and said he had a "good laugh" when he realised what he had done. "To any one (especially young children) watching the video -- cotton definitely doesn’t come from sheep, it comes from cotton plants!" he said in a Facebook post.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:06:57 -0400
  • Paris cafes to get extra terrace space as lockdown eases

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    Restaurants, cafes and bars in Paris will be able to put more tables outside when they reopen Tuesday after two months of lockdown, allowing them to serve more clients even as their inside dining rooms must remain closed. While other restaurants across France can fully reopen Tuesday, the high number of COVID-19 cases and higher contagion risks in the densely populated Paris region prompted authorities to allow only limited operations for now. "This is going to let these businesses get back up and running," said Didier Chenet, president of the GNI Synhorcat of restaurant owners.

    Sun, 31 May 2020 05:45:40 -0400
  • Gibraltar moves to protect its monkeys against coronavirus

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    Authorities in Britain's tiny enclave of Gibraltar, fearful of a coronavirus epidemic among its famous Barbary monkeys, have banned tourists from touching the animals. The macaques, Europe's only wild population of monkeys, are a popular tourist attraction, and local folklore has it that Gibraltar would cease to be British if the monkeys were to leave the Rock. With the arrival of the coronavirus, it "will be taking strict measures to prevent contact with the macaques," the government said in a statement late Friday.

    Sat, 30 May 2020 06:41:21 -0400
  • Rare cognac fetches record price at auction: Sotheby's

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    Auctioneers Sotheby's said on Thursday that an "exceedingly rare" bottle of Cognac preserved since the end of the 19th century had set a new auction sales price record. The cognac, bought by an Asian private collector, was known as "Grand Frère" -- or the "Big Brother" -- of the trio, the auction house added. Its little sister is housed in the museum of the French cognac distillery Maison Gautier, while its little brother was sold at auction in New York in 2014.

    Thu, 28 May 2020 20:18:05 -0400
  • World's officially oldest man dies in UK aged 112

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    The world's oldest man, according to the Guinness World Records, has died from cancer in Britain at the age of 112, his family confirmed on Thursday. Bob Weighton, a former teacher and engineer from the central English county Hampshire, died "peacefully" in his sleep at home on Thursday morning, they said. Weighton took up the title of the oldest man in the world in February after the death of the previous holder, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan.

    Thu, 28 May 2020 13:29:09 -0400
  • Making massssks from Florida python skin

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    A Florida craftsman has come up with a novel way of tackling both the coronavirus pandemic and the problem of invasive pythons and iguanas that damage the state's fragile ecosystem. Brian Woods, the 63-year-old owner of All American Gator Products, has turned his hand to designing face masks made out reptile skin. "I took something that's very serious and turned it into a fashion statement," he said at his workshop in Dania Beach, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Miami.

    Fri, 22 May 2020 17:26:16 -0400
  • Phantom lock picker of Paris parks becomes folk hero

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    A mysterious figure who picks the locks of Paris parks at night for people who have been cooped up in the city's tiny apartments has become something of a folk hero. Parks have been chained up in Europe's most densely populated capital since the coronavirus lockdown began more than eight weeks ago. Despite the city's mayor Anne Hidalgo pleading with the government to allow them to reopen if people wore masks, ministers have been unmoved.

    Fri, 22 May 2020 11:04:15 -0400
  • US family turns in $1 mn found on street

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    A sheriff's department in the US state of Virginia praised a family who turned in two large mail bags they found in the middle of the road -- filled with nearly $1 million in cash. Emily Schantz told local television station WTVR that her family was out driving on Saturday when they ran over one of the bags. At first, the family thought they had hit a bunch of trash.

    Thu, 21 May 2020 12:41:15 -0400
  • In Spain, bar bot serves up contact-free beers

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    He maybe silent and his moves mechanical but he can pull you a pint without the slightest concern about contamination: meet Beer Cart, the robotic barman serving beer in Seville. Sitting in the middle of the bar at La Gitana Loca (The Crazy Gypsy), the giant robotic arm with a "Captain Hook" pincer smoothly reaches over to a dispenser, takes a plastic cup then spins around to hold it at an angle under the tap. Serving up small draft beers -- or canas -- for just over a week in the centre of Seville, the bionic barman has drawn a steady stream of both customers and curious onlookers.

    Wed, 20 May 2020 04:49:50 -0400
  • Singapore knicker nicker gets nicked for lockdown breach

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    A serial underwear thief has admitted to breaching Singapore's strict coronavirus lockdown to sneak into a backyard and try to purloin women's lingerie. Lee Chee Kin has stolen underwear from homes on at least 30 occasions since 2018 and police found more than 100 bras during a raid on his home last year, according to court documents. "The accused used the stolen bras and panties for his own sexual gratification."

    Tue, 19 May 2020 07:18:45 -0400
  • UK royal 'swan marker' confirms census cancellation

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    The man who counts swans on England's River Thames on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday confirmed that this year's census had been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The so-called Swan Upping, a royal tradition dating back to the 12th century, was due to take place over five days in July along a length of the river west of London. Crowds typically gather to watch the Swan Uppers in scarlet uniforms on traditional rowing skiffs as they measure, weigh and check the swans.

    Mon, 18 May 2020 13:12:52 -0400
  • Turkmen leader instructs grandson to compose propaganda songs

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    Turkmenistan's autocratic leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov instructed his favourite grandson to compose songs reflecting "the rhythm of the country's development" to mark public holidays, state media said Monday. Footage aired on national television showed Berdymukhamedov and his teenage grandson Kerimguly Berdymukhamedov catching up as they biked through otherwise deserted roads in the capital Ashgabat.

    Mon, 18 May 2020 06:00:29 -0400
  • Masks blossom among roses at French perfume capital

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    May roses are blooming in Grasse, the birthplace of French perfumes, but out in the fields, some of those who pick them face a problem this year. "Working with a mask and not smelling," the flowers, "is pretty frustrating," horticulturist Carole Biancalana acknowledges. Biancalana can still tick off a list of adjectives to describe the "complex, multiple and varied" scent of the centifolia rose, a fragile variety that cannot even stand by itself in a vase.

    Mon, 18 May 2020 05:36:25 -0400
  • South Korean football club sorry for 'X-rated' sex doll controversy

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    One of South Korea's top football clubs apologised for causing "deep concern" Monday after being accused of using sex dolls to fill empty seats at a weekend game. FC Seoul insisted the mannequins -- used in the absence of fans, who are banned because of the coronavirus -- had "no connection to sex toys". Other mannequins, which wore facemasks and were separated according to social distancing guidelines, held placards advertising the company and some of its models.

    Mon, 18 May 2020 02:56:23 -0400
  • UK royal swan census cancelled due to virus: reports

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    An annual swan census on the River Thames in southeast England, a royal tradition dating back to the 12th century, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, press reports said Sunday. The so-called Swan Upping, which involves measuring, weighing and checking swans on a stretch of the waterway between Surrey and Oxfordshire, is usually conducted over five days in July. The spectacle, which involves so-called Royal Swan Uppers in scarlet uniforms on traditional rowing skiffs, draws crowds along the riverbank with many schools typically invited to meet the Swan Uppers during their journey.

    Sun, 17 May 2020 09:51:45 -0400
  • NZealand's Ardern turned away from cafe under virus rules

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    In New Zealand, no one is exempt from the strict coronavirus prevention measures -- not even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was denied entry to a cafe because of her own social distancing rules. Ardern, her fiance Clarke Gayford and a group of friends were turned away from a cafe in Wellington on Saturday because it had already reached its customer limit. As New Zealand eases out of its coronavirus lockdown, cafes were allowed to reopen on Thursday, but must maintain social distancing between tables and customers must remain seated.

    Sat, 16 May 2020 17:54:06 -0400
  • Prickly pastime: Cactus inspires lockdown art project

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    What do a match-studded turnip, celeriac embedded with coffee capsules and a kiwano melon decorated with lollipops and pins have in common? All are the brainchild of a British man trying to keep busy during lockdown, reproducing the shape of the novel coronavirus from everyday objects. "The idea started a bit randomly," Lorenzo Saa told AFP at his flat in north London.

    Sat, 16 May 2020 07:02:08 -0400
  • Bears on the loose in Estonian capital

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    Coronavirus aside, residents of a Tallinn neighbourhood had ever the more reason to stay indoors Friday, after local authorities warned that bears were on the loose in the Estonian capital. The animals, thought to be a mother with one or more cubs, were first spotted on forest trails in the Haabersti district on Thursday morning, while one of the later sightings placed them at a school parking lot. "We ask folks in Haabersti to pay attention, to not go looking for the bears on their own, to keep dogs on leashes and, if they notice a bear, to dial 112 immediately," rescuers wrote on their Facebook page Friday.

    Fri, 15 May 2020 11:44:25 -0400
  • 100-year-old Russian beats coronavirus

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    Russia celebrated a rare bit of good news on Wednesday as a 100-year-old woman left a Moscow hospital after fully recovering from the coronavirus. In the country's first reported case of a survivor that old, the woman, Pelageya Poyarkova, was discharged on her 100th birthday, the Moscow clinic treating her said. Russian television showed the elderly woman wearing a face mask and clutching a bouquet of red roses as she exited in a wheelchair, surrounded by doctors and journalists.

    Wed, 13 May 2020 11:23:58 -0400
  • Ancient British archery event cancelled due to virus

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    A British archery competition that has been running for more than 300 years has been cancelled for the first time since the 1940s because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ancient Silver Arrow tournament had been set to take place in northern England on May 16. Organisers describe it as the world's longest-established and oldest recorded sporting event, dating back to 1673.

    Tue, 12 May 2020 11:40:08 -0400
  • Scruffy shoppers welcome reopening of Europe's shops

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    Queues of shoppers -- many with unkempt hair or beards -- formed in parts of Europe on Monday, as more countries further eased anti-virus lockdowns. In Istanbul, barbers set to work taming the unruly beards that locked-down men have grown during their confinement. People have had longer beards.

    Sun, 10 May 2020 20:01:22 -0400
  • Inter-species lockdown meet-up at Japan aquarium

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    A Japanese aquarium has come up with a wild idea to entertain the public during its temporary closure due to the coronavirus outbreak -- introducing sea animals to each other and sharing the results online. "They're not actively trying to get to know each other, but I'm sure they're interested in each other," aquarium spokesman Naoya Goto told AFP.

    Fri, 08 May 2020 18:37:01 -0400
  • Five-year-old pulled over in US while driving to California

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    A police officer in the western US state of Utah was stunned after stopping what he thought was an impaired driver on a highway only to find a five-year-old behind the wheel. The Utah Highway Patrol said the boy told the trooper who pulled him over on Monday that he left home following an argument with his mother who had refused to buy him a Lamborghini. "He decided he'd take the car and go to California to buy one himself," the Highway Patrol said in a tweet.

    Wed, 06 May 2020 13:46:37 -0400
  • Welcome baby X Æ A-12: Musk and Grimes do it their way

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    Fans hoping for clarity and perhaps some pronunciation tips were left floundering Wednesday after Elon Musk's girlfriend, the musician Grimes, explained their newborn son's name -- X Æ A-12. Musk, the outspoken Tesla chief, announced the birth of the couple's first child earlier this week, before Grimes broke down the unusual moniker. Musk, the 48-year-old CEO of SpaceX, gently corrected Grimes on Twitter to say the plane was an SR-71 -- a Cold War spy aircraft.

    Wed, 06 May 2020 12:31:18 -0400
  • Virus hangover for French brewers as they dump 10 mn litres of beer

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    France will discard 10 million litres of beer -- four Olympic-sized swimming pools full -- due to expire, undrunk, with consumers in coronavirus lockdown, the national brewers' association said Wednesday. Most of the wasted brew is craft beer, which is often unpasteurised unlike traditional blonde lagers, and quicker to spoil, said the Brasseurs de France. "These are very hoppy beers, and if they are kept for too long, when they spend more than two to three months in storage, the olfactory and taste effects, the aroma, disappears," brewery association boss Maxime Costilhes told AFP.

    Wed, 06 May 2020 11:39:47 -0400
  • Free-roaming horse Jenny cheers up German lockdown

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    Every morning white mare Jenny leaves her stable to stroll through her Frankfurt neighbourhood. Bringing trams to a halt and smiles to people's faces, the free-roaming horse is brightening up the coronavirus lockdown for many. "Everyone else has to live with coronavirus restrictions but Jenny is as free as ever," her owner Anna Weischedel, 65, told AFP.

    Sun, 03 May 2020 07:50:19 -0400
  • Forget me not: Japan aquarium seeks video-chats for eels

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    A Japanese aquarium closed during the coronavirus outbreak is asking people to make video calls to their eels so the sensitive creatures remember humans exist and don't pose a threat. The Sumida Aquarium, housed in the landmark Tokyo Skytree tower, has been closed since the start of March and its animals have become used to a largely human-free environment during the two-month calm. "Creatures in the aquarium don't see humans except keepers and they have started forgetting about humans," it said on its Twitter account this week.

    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 23:52:46 -0400
  • Two pizzas and a spliff please: Interpol warns of lockdown drug deliveries

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    Criminal gangs are using fast-food couriers to deliver recreational drugs to people confined at home because of coronavirus lockdowns, policing agency Interpol said Thursday. Cocaine, marijuana, ketamine and ecstasy are among the drugs being moved in pizza boxes or other takeaway containers in countries including Ireland, Malaysia, Spain and Britain, Interpol said in a statement. "In one Malaysian case, a food delivery rider in the Gombak district of Kuala Lumpur contacted police and asked for his food package to be inspected after he became suspicious," Interpol said.

    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:02:29 -0400
  • Porch costumes provide cheer in troubled times

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    It started as a way for Erin Kemble to entertain her young cousins, who she misses seeing, and to keep herself busy after the catering company where she works closed. When that image got 30,000 social media "likes" she thought she might be onto something -- besides just flaunting her new-found fame to her three college- and high school-age children. "I could probably do this for the rest of my life," a smiling Kemble tells AFP.

    Wed, 29 Apr 2020 15:28:29 -0400
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