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  1. Iraqis numb pain of Islamic State in newly re-opened barFri, 21 Jul 2017 04:58:22 -0400
    QARAQOSH, Iraq (Reuters) - In a town ravaged by the war against Islamic State, amid ransacked homes and shuttered shops, a flashing sign above the entrance to one business beckons visitors: "Welcome", it reads. More...
  2. Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-needThu, 20 Jul 2017 19:18:04 -0400
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle. More...
  3. Hijab cosplay takes off as Muslim women embrace fan cultureFri, 21 Jul 2017 04:22:07 -0400
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - After donning a blue Cinderella dress, Sind Yanti carefully arranges her pale yellow "hijab", or traditional headscarf, into folds that resemble hair. More...
  4. China blogger highlights generational tensions over marriageWed, 19 Jul 2017 14:15:22 -0400
    BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese female blogger who posed as a man's Lunar New Year girlfriend says her experience illustrates the generational tensions over finding a marriage partner in China. More...
  5. Egypt's 'Cool Runnings' Special Olympians train for snowshoeing - on sandThu, 20 Jul 2017 12:03:09 -0400
    ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) - For Egypt's Special Olympics athletes, a lack of snow in their homeland did not stop them winning medals at this year's Winter Games. They trained on a surface that Egypt has plenty of: sand. More...
  6. Swedish train to be named Trainy McTrainface in tribute to BoatyThu, 20 Jul 2017 09:32:44 -0400
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains "Trainy McTrainface" after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll. More...
  7. Save our fries! Belgians say EU spares national dishWed, 19 Jul 2017 17:30:29 -0400
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls "French fries", has been saved. More...
  8. In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedyWed, 19 Jul 2017 03:26:20 -0400
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humor. More...
  9. From trash to treasure: British composer Holst's lost manuscripts found in New ZealandWed, 19 Jul 2017 03:22:46 -0400
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Two handwritten music manuscripts discovered in a library clearout at an amateur orchestra in New Zealand have been confirmed as the work of British composer Gustav Holst, untraced for more than a century. More...
  10. Party don't stop: Belgium's Ghent festival still draws the crowdsWed, 19 Jul 2017 12:37:26 -0400
    GHENT, Belgium (Reuters) - Despite of a wave of militant attacks in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe in recent years, the city of Ghent continues to host one of Europe's most popular urban music and culture festivals. More...
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