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  • Japanese magazine ridiculed for 'Socrates' dating advice

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    A Japanese magazine that advised women to compliment men on their intelligence by saying "You sound like Socrates" has been ridiculed in the country ranked one of the world's worst for gender parity. "JJ", a major fashion magazine targeted at young women, encouraged readers to compare men to the classical Greek philosopher when they say something complicated. The tips were based on a comic book by a female manga artist, the magazine said, playing on a popular trope where women compliment men and feign stupidity.

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 01:54:07 -0500
  • Japanese man, 71, arrested for 'making 24,000 complaint calls'

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    A Japanese pensioner has been arrested after ringing a phone company 24,000 times to complain they had violated his contract, police and local media reported. Tokyo police said they took 71-year-old Akitoshi Okamoto into custody last week after he made hundreds of toll-free calls over eight days to the customer service section of major telephone operator KDDI.

    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 02:43:15 -0500
  • 'One Team', '#KuToo' buzzwords for 2019 in Japan

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    Japan rugby team's slogan "One Team", the "#KuToo" campaign against a de-facto requirement to wear heels at work, and the new imperial era name "Reiwa" were chosen Monday as the most memorable 2019 buzzwords. "One Team" was declared the top buzzword of the year live on national TV, after the Brave Blossoms captured Japan's imagination by reaching the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time. Campaigners say wearing high heels is seen as near-obligatory when job hunting or working at many Japanese companies.

    Mon, 02 Dec 2019 04:23:04 -0500
  • Burglars hit East German secret police museum in Berlin

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    Burglars broke into Berlin's Stasi Museum, which showcases items of East Germany's hated secret police, making off with collectible medals and gold jewellery, authorities said Sunday, days after a spectacular diamond heist in Dresden. The time of the raid was unclear but a museum employee found showcases smashed in the exhibition rooms on Sunday morning. Museum director Joerg Drieselmann told the Tagesspiegel daily that among the medals taken were a gold Patriotic order of Merit, an Order of Karl Marx -- the highest honour awarded in the former communist East Germany and an Order of Lenin.

    Sun, 01 Dec 2019 13:36:46 -0500
  • Costly holiday tree scandalises Russian coal town

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    An expensive holiday tree installed in the centre of an industrial Siberian city has been ridiculed online and on national media as a symbol of corruption, though authorities defended the high-tech purchase. Russian comedian Ivan Urgant, who hosts a show on popular Channel One, ridiculed the Kemerovo tree as having "very expensive ornaments -- real rabbits, bears, cars and planes" and hinted at corruption in the city hall.

    Fri, 29 Nov 2019 09:28:19 -0500
  • Japan store to replace staff 'period badges' after uproar

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    A Japanese department store has scrapped a "period badge" for employees that let colleagues know they were menstruating, after the policy sparked an internet storm, a spokeswoman said Friday. One of Daimaru's upscale department stores in the western city of Osaka began the programme last month, adopting an idea proposed by female employees.

    Fri, 29 Nov 2019 06:25:56 -0500
  • 'Curry for salarymen': Top 'La Liste' chef recalls early days

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    A Tokyo chef whose restaurant has been ranked one of the world's top places to eat told AFP how he was once reduced to whipping up lowly curry to attract diners to his empty tables. Seiji Yamamoto is chef of the famously innovative Ryugin restaurant in Tokyo, which was placed joint top of La Liste's "guide of guides" published on Friday. Yamamoto said he was "honoured" to receive the accolade but it led him to reflect on his struggles when he opened his first restaurant more than a decade ago.

    Thu, 28 Nov 2019 19:15:33 -0500
  • New toll road cuts Moscow-Saint Petersburg drive in half

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    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday opened what has been billed as Russia's first modern motorway, almost halving the driving time between the two biggest cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The "Neva" toll road, running 669 kilometres (416 miles) and named after Saint Petersburg's main river, is Russia's first long-distance toll road. It boasts no traffic lights and a higher maximum speed limit of 130 kilometres per hour (81 miles per hour) versus 110 kph on other roads.

    Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:06:18 -0500
  • Dutch supermarket drops staff underwear photo request

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    The Netherlands' top supermarket chain said Tuesday it has ditched plans to ask staff to upload photos of themselves in their underwear to work out sizes for new uniforms. "I saw a poster hanging in our canteen and I was shocked," 17-year-old Jochem de Haes, who works at the Nijmegen branch, told NRC. Albert Heijn insisted the plan was voluntary and was aimed at helping bring in new uniforms for staff at its 1,000 Dutch stores.

    Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:16:42 -0500
  • Unmasked: costume capers stir New York's Times Square

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    The 32-year-old Peruvian is one of dozens of men and women, mostly from Latin America, trying to eke out a living as costumed characters inside New York's beating heart. Dressed as Sesame Street fuzzballs Elmo and Cookie Monster and superheroes like Batman and Hulk, they pose for photos with tourists in exchange for tips, vying with topless women in body paint and a semi-naked guitar-playing cowboy. For many visitors, the mascots are part of the frenetic entertainment district's charm but to some New Yorkers they symbolize a crowded neon nightmare that is best avoided.

    Mon, 25 Nov 2019 20:32:58 -0500
  • French zoo finds runaway red panda

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    A zoo in central France said it found a runaway red panda on Saturday, a week after it escaped by scaling branches broken by snowfall. The zoological park in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine said a man discovered the endangered furry mammal in his garden. A team headed immediately to the site and recovered the red panda.

    Sat, 23 Nov 2019 06:21:39 -0500
  • Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy set for university degree

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    The Belgian boy will in December receive a degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, which will make him one of the world's youngest graduates. Far from being fazed by his achievements, which also saw him complete the course in just nine months instead of the usual three years, Laurent says it's "normal" -- although he adds too that it's "cool". "Laurent's qualities are all simply extraordinary," says Sjoerd Hulshof, programme director for electrical engineering at the university, a course that itself is considered particularly difficult.

    Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:34:02 -0500
  • Sleeping bears force Polish TV to shift New Year party

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    A Polish TV channel learnt the truth of the saying on Friday, being forced to abandon plans to hold its noisy New Year's Eve party near bear caves. The TVP station -- which hosts a gala event each New Year featuring concerts and a lot of drinking -- wanted to relocate the party to Poland's most famous ski resort in the Tatra mountains. TVP chief Jacek Kurski confirmed the event would move back to its previous location in the town of Zakopane, saying New Year's Eve "must unite us, not divide us".

    Fri, 22 Nov 2019 08:59:17 -0500
  • Austrian police probe theft of chocolate truck

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    Austrian police said Friday they were looking for a stolen truck carrying 20 tonnes of chocolate worth 50,000 euros from a Milka factory. The truck was loaded last week in the town of Bludenz in western Austria. The Austrian company in charge of the transport outsourced it to a Hungarian company, which in turn tasked a Czech partner with the job.

    Fri, 22 Nov 2019 08:27:27 -0500
  • High spirits at Singapore's school for gin

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    In a Singapore distillery, the smell of pine, citrus and flowers fills the air as students crush juniper berries, blending them with their own choice of ingredients to make custom gin with an Asian twist. The students are encouraged to get creative and build their own flavour profile -- citrus, floral, herbal, or spicy -- blending classic ingredients such as juniper and coriander seeds with those used in local cuisines. "You can go as little as three botanicals, or you can go crazy and put a million botanicals in it," she said.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:56:07 -0500
  • French language watchdogs warn of rise of 'franglais'

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    A centuries-old institution regarded as the guardian of the French language has warned state officials against encouraging the spread of "franglais", saying it could have dire consequences for the future of the language. L'Academie francaise, established in 1635 to defend the purity of the French language, said in an official statement that it had never been hostile to the introduction and use of foreign terms. "But today it (the academy) is deeply worried by the development of franglais," it said in a statement late on Thursday.

    Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:46:07 -0500
  • What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos

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    They were as much a symbol of Paris as croissants and the Eiffel Tower, though they had more than a whiff of scandal from the start. Now the much-mourned "pissotieres", the dark-green public urinals that gave relief to generations of Parisian men, are finally getting their place in the city's social and architectural history.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:19:09 -0500
  • ChickTok: Indonesian kids given pets to wean them off smartphones

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    Officials in one Indonesian city have hatched a plan to wean children off smartphones -- by giving them their own fluffy chicks to raise. Around 2,000 four-day-old chicks will be handed out to pupils at elementary and junior high schools in Bandung in the coming weeks in an attempt to distract the kids from their gadgets. "There is an aspect of discipline here," said Bandung's mayor Oded Muhammad Danial.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:00:43 -0500
  • French ducks allowed to keep quacking... for now

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    A French court has allowed a group of ducks in the southwest of the country to keep on quacking after complaints from neighbours over their noisy behaviour, at least pending a detailed investigation of noise levels. The case of the ducks in the southwestern Landes region was the latest in the country to pit traditions of rearing animals against the tastes of newcomers, following the well-publicised legal dispute over a rowdy rooster in western France. A couple who bought a neighbouring property last year had complained of "significant noise" from the group of around 50 ducks and geese kept the backgarden of Dominique Douthe, 67, in the town of Soustons.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 04:45:55 -0500
  • Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

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    An Australian wildlife ranger has recounted his terrifying escape from the clutches of a "particularly cunning" crocodile, after wrestling with the reptile and sticking a finger in its eye. Craig Dickmann, who made a split-second decision to go fishing last Sunday in a remote part of Northern Australia known as "croc country" last Sunday, said a 2.8-metre (nine-foot) crocodile came up from behind him as he was leaving the beach. "As I've turned to go, the first thing I see is its head just come at me," he told reporters on Friday from his hospital bed in the town of Cairns in Queensland state.

    Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:15:05 -0500
  • Airbus plane winging its way to France after 'wet sock' complaint

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    A new Airbus plane will be sent back to engineers in France following complaints of a "smell of wet sock" from cabin crew in the Pacific island territory of New Caledonia. The Airbus A330neo came into service on October 4 as part of a fleet renewal at Air Caledonie International (ACI), the french territory's international airline. The Airbus A330neo, one of two in ACI's fleet, has been grounded for two weeks and will shortly be sent to Airbus' workshops in Toulouse.

    Fri, 15 Nov 2019 06:13:53 -0500
  • US cows swim miles to safety after storm sweeps them into the sea

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    Three cows swept into the ocean when Hurricane Dorian struck the US east coast in September were found living on a string of sandy islands miles away from their home, US media reported Thursday. The bovine trio is believed to have swum four to five miles (six to 10 kilometers) before placing hoof on land -- in this case an island of sand dunes and scattered vegetation that is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Charlotte Observer newspaper reported. The animals were recently discovered by park rangers at the Cape Lookout National Seashore, a long chain of undeveloped barrier islands off the North Carolina coast.

    Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:11:21 -0500
  • Chinese tourists say 'I do' to Serbia

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    Enticed by visa-free travel and low costs compared to Western Europe, the Chinese have been coming to Serbia in their droves. The landlocked Balkan state is now one of the fastest-growing destinations in Europe for Chinese travellers, topping the charts last year, and has been rolling out the red carpet. From Chinese restaurants, to street signs in Mandarin, infrastructure has quickly sprung up.

    Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:59:00 -0500
  • Whodunnit? US library baffled by mystery of vanishing 'liberal' books

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    For more than a year, books critiquing Donald Trump, advocating gun control or supporting gay rights have been vanishing from a US library -- only to be found later, mysteriously hidden in dark corners of the wrong shelves. An anonymous person appears to find a malicious pleasure in hiding "liberal" books that he or she dislikes to prevent others from reading them. "It's censorship, plain and simple," library director Bette Ammon told local press in Coeur d'Alene, a town in the northwestern state of Idaho.

    Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:45:42 -0500
  • Canadian declares canoe travel as a moving expense

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    A Canadian teacher -- pushed to test the limits of tax laws after losing a court fight -- has successfully claimed a canoe trip as a moving expense, public broadcaster CBC said Tuesday. John Konecny loaded his belongings into a canoe and paddled up the Rideau canal from Whitby, Ontario to Ottawa for a summer teaching job in 2018. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) allows Canadians who move more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) for work or school to deduct eligible expenses from their taxable income.

    Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:17:43 -0500
  • Rogue 'Laden' elephant gets a job, renamed 'Krishna'

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    An elephant that killed five Indian villagers, earning it the moniker of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has been renamed after the Hindu god Krishna and will be trained to patrol parks, officials said Tuesday. The male elephant, dubbed "Laden" by frightened villagers in the northeastern state of Assam, was tracked for days by forestry officials and tranquilised on Monday after its deadly rampage through Goalpara district in late October. If possible we would try to turn it into a captive elephant by training it," Assam's Forest Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya said.

    Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:30:41 -0500
  • Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

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    A Singaporean baggage handler has been jailed for 20 days for swapping tags on nearly 300 suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at wrong destinations around the world. Tay Boon Keh, 66, had pleaded guilty to charges of swapping the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the world's busiest hubs. Suitcases originally bound for various parts of the world, including Perth, Manila, Frankfurt, London and San Francisco, were affected, according to court documents.

    Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:38:01 -0500
  • Licensed to thrill: Bond author's steamy letters go on sale

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    Sexually-charged letters between James Bond creator Ian Fleming and his wife Ann were put up for auction on Tuesday, part of a collection of correspondence that also charts the success of his 007 books. The letters reveal the intensity of their relationship, particularly before they married. In one, Ann wrote to ask Fleming to "put me in your bed with a raw cowhide whip in my hand so as I can keep you well behaved for forty years".

    Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:24:10 -0500
  • Shock in Russia as Napoleon expert confesses to chopping up lover

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    A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia. Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer who received France's Legion d'Honneur from Jacques Chirac in 2003, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of the icy Moika River with a backpack containing a woman's arms. Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell into the Moika, a tributary of the Neva, in central Saint Petersburg as he tried to dispose of body parts near the offices of investigators.

    Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:06:56 -0500
  • Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless mediaeval manuscripts

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    They recount tales of Viking raids, Norse history, kings and gods: a priceless collection of mediaeval manuscripts, bequeathed by an Icelandic scholar to the University of Copenhagen in the 18th century, that Iceland now wants back. The UN cultural organisation UNESCO has called them "the single most important collection of early Scandinavian manuscripts in existence", with the earliest one dating from the 12th century. Some of the texts -- known as the Arnamagnaean Collection -- have already been returned to Reykjavik, but 1,400 documents are still locked away in Copenhagen.

    Sun, 10 Nov 2019 01:19:22 -0500
  • French woman told not French enough for Quebec residency

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    A French woman seeking permanent residency in Quebec was turned down on grounds on her French was not good enough. Emilie Dubois, 31, has lived in the mainly French-speaking province since 2012, completed her doctoral thesis at Laval University in Quebec City in French, started a small business in the province and even passed a language test. French is the official language of government, commerce and the courts in Quebec -- a former French colony ceded to Britain in 1763.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:31:28 -0500
  • Too 'dead' for jail? A US court is not persuaded

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    An inmate serving life for murder in the US state of Iowa offered a novel legal appeal, saying he should be released because he "died" four years ago. Schreiber, who was handed a whole life term without the possibility of parole after bludgeoning a man to death in the 1990s, became gravely ill in March 2015 when large kidney stones led to septic poisoning. Schreiber, 66, was eventually returned to prison.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:19:25 -0500
  • Centuries old warships linked to 'Vasa' found in Sweden

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    Swedish maritime archeologists have discovered two wrecks believed to be 17th century warships, and at least one is likely the sister ship of the iconic Swedish vessel "Vasa", which sank on its maiden voyage, the Swedish Museum of Wrecks said Friday. The two wrecks were found in the Swedish archipelago outside the town of Vaxholm in a strait leading into Stockholm. At least one of the ships is believed to be the sister ship Sweden's most famous warship the "Vasa," a 69-metre ship carrying 64 cannons, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:02:19 -0500
  • Russian goat who made unlikely friends with tiger dies

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    A Russian goat named Timur whose unusual friendship with a tiger won him nationwide fame, has died, the director of the safari park where the pair lived, said Friday. "Timur's heart stopped beating on November 5," Dmitry Mezentsev, director of a safari park outside the Pacific port of Vladivostok, told AFP. The billy goat, believed to be around five years old, was cremated and will be buried "with full honours", his keeper Elvira Golovina said in a statement.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 07:26:39 -0500
  • Old McDonald's: Aussie mates show off burger bought in 1995

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    A McDonald's burger allegedly bought in 1995 and kept in an Australian shed for years has never decomposed, according to two men who now refer to the quarter-century Quarter Pounder as their "mate". Casey Dean, 39, and Eduards Nits, 38, claim they ordered the Quarter Pounder with cheese from a McDonald's outlet in Adelaide as teenagers -- and have hung onto it ever since. The American chain closed its only three branches in Iceland during the island's financial crisis in 2009 and just before the restaurant's closure, Hjortur Smarason bought a menu for conservation.

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:02:39 -0500
  • 'OK, boomer': New Zealand MP hits out at parliament age gap

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    With the quickfire putdown "OK, boomer", a 25-year-old New Zealand politician dismissed a heckler during a speech about climate change -- highlighting the generation gap between herself and other MPs in a clip that has gone viral. Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick used it to hit back at interjections while speaking this week in support of a bill to reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. "How many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep (climate change) behind closed doors?" she said.

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 01:15:16 -0500
  • Lost pup turns out to be a rare purebred dingo

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    It's little wonder Wandi was mistaken for a dog when he was found in an Australian backyard -- but DNA testing has confirmed he's a rare 100 percent dingo. The pup was discovered whimpering and alone in a country town in Victoria in August with talon marks on his back, leading to speculation it could have been dropped by a large bird of prey. Australian Dingo Foundation director Lyn Watson said that when Wandi "fell out of the sky" it was an "answer to a prayer" -- he can now join 40 other dingoes in a breeding program at the charity's sanctuary.

    Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:18:08 -0500
  • Boat stuck above Niagara Falls for over a century moves downriver

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    An iron boat stuck above Niagara Falls for more than a century has moved because of severe weather, a park official said. Known as the "Iron Scow," the boat is an iconic feature of Niagara Falls and had been stuck in the rocks about 600 meters from the edge of the falls. The boat broke loose from a tug on August 6, 1918, leaving two men stranded aboard, but they were rescued the following day, according to Niagara Parks.

    Sun, 03 Nov 2019 16:56:35 -0500
  • Australia win the inaugural 'Ashes' of jousting against England

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    Australia and England took their storied sports rivalry to another level, and another century, this weekend as the two nations faced off in a jousting tournament, won by the Australian side Sunday. Dubbed the "Ashes" of jousting -- a reference to the historic cricket Test matches between the two countries -- three Australian "knights" bested a trio of English counterparts over two days of competition in a small town in rural Victoria state. Dressed head-to-toe in medieval-style armour an mounted on steeds sporting skirts in team colours, the competitors charged one another on opposite sides of a barrier, scoring points if they could break their wooden lances against the opponent's torso -- one point for a broken lance, three points if it shatters.

    Sun, 03 Nov 2019 03:57:00 -0500
  • Disneyland then World Cup as Kolisi's dad makes first overseas trip

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    Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has arranged for his father to watch him in Saturday's World Cup final -- his first-ever overseas trip -- and Kolisi senior headed straight for Disneyland. Kolisi, the first black captain of the South Africa rugby union team, grew up in the poor township of Zwide outside Port Elizabeth and his father has never left the country until now. Kolisi will not only lead out his country in a World Cup final, but also celebrate his 50th cap and he revealed that his father had watched him live only once before -- for his South Africa debut.

    Fri, 01 Nov 2019 02:34:18 -0400
  • No porkies: Boks win could be written in the stars

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    South Africa will be counting on more than oriental fortune-telling to lift the World Cup -- but for followers of ancient Chinese astrology, the Springboks could be worth a flutter. Under the Chinese zodiac system, the year of the pig falls every 12 years and as such the South Africans should turn England into crispy bacon in Saturday's blockbuster final in Yokohama -- 12 years after their last title in 2007, which in turn came 12 years after their first. "There's no reason we can't be a force in world rugby," said South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus, wearing a pair of bracelets on his left wrist in an attempt to summon the bravery of Japan's fabled samurai warriors.

    Fri, 01 Nov 2019 02:14:22 -0400
  • The science of zombies: Will the undead rise?

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    There are in fact a growing number of documented examples in the animal kingdom of parasites that change their hosts' behavior -- and increasing evidence that humans are not immune to zombie-like manipulations. It's a subject that fascinates theoretical evolutionary biologist Athena Aktipis of Arizona State University, who hosts a podcast called "Zombified" that applies real world science to the types of apocalyptic stories first popularized by filmmaker George Romero in the 1960s and now a staple horror genre.

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 22:20:20 -0400
  • At Lucca's Comics festival, 'cosplayers' take to the streets at Halloween

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    In the days around Halloween, a visitor to the scenic Tuscan city of Lucca might be forgiven for thinking the locals are a bit larger than life. Each year, the walled city is invaded by thousands of fans of comics, video games and animated films who prowl the medieval streets dressed as their favourite characters during the Lucca Comics and Games festival. Launched in 1966 as a comic book festival, the event is now one of the largest in Europe, attracting 400,000 visitors last year from fans of Japanese manga to Marvel comics and everything in between.

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:38:57 -0400
  • 'Hero" dog to get a White House homecoming: Trump

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    The "hero" dog wounded in the US commando raid that culminated in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is getting a White House homecoming next week, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump revealed that the military dog, a Belgian Malinois, is named "Conan" -- heretofore a closely guarded secret because the information could be used to identify the special forces unit that carried out the raid in Syria over the weekend.

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:40:57 -0400
  • Chinese baby eel smugglers sentenced in France

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    A French court on Wednesday sentenced two Chinese nationals who tried to smuggle 60 kilos (132 pounds) of live baby eels in their luggage onto a flight to China. Young European eels -- called "glass eels" because of their transparent bodies -- can fetch around 5,000 euros ($5,600) a kilo in China and a local prosecutor said the case was part of a "new form of trafficking that is exploding". The 20-year-old woman and 44-year-old man were stopped on Monday at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on a transit stop from the city of Toulouse in southwest France.

    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:39:32 -0400
  • 'Justice for Jerry': Runaway bull charms Croatia

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    The plight of a fugitive one-year-old bull named Jerry has won hearts in Croatia after the animal escaped from a slaughterhouse last Friday and has been on the lam ever since. "Justice for Jerry" and "Hang in there Jerry!" read some of the comments rooting for the bull on social media. A cat-and-mouse game has emerged as police, veterinarians and hunters help search for the bull, who was nicknamed after the mouse in the iconic Tom and Jerry cartoon series.

    Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:31:14 -0400
  • Croatian turns garden into site for plane parties

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    Strmec Stubički (Croatia) (AFP) - In the middle of a tiny village in northwestern Croatia lies a Fokker-100 plane parked in a local resident's garden, but after 23 years of travelling the world, the aircraft will not be going anywhere. Plane enthusiast Robert Sedlar, 50, and his friends are finding a new use for the aircraft by transforming it into a tourist attraction where it will be rented out for all sorts of events and parties. The Dutch jet, made in 1991 and retired in 2014, was used by companies in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and Croatia.

    Sat, 26 Oct 2019 20:22:02 -0400
  • Trump takes swipe at Apple for ditching iPhone home button

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    President Donald Trump took a swipe at Apple chief Tim Cook with a Tweet lamenting the removal of the iPhone home button. "To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!" he tweeted Friday. Trump switched from an Android mobile to an iPhone in March 2017, the same year Apple dropped the physical home button from its top models.

    Sat, 26 Oct 2019 07:01:36 -0400
  • France lays out new rules to rein in e-scooters

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    The French government issued Friday a series of rules on the use of e-scooters, whose exploding popularity has proved a headache for officials seeking to safely incorporate them into crowded urban landscapes. Speeds for e-scooters as well as hoverboards, monowheels and other motorised "personal transporters" will now be capped at 25 kilometres (15 miles) per hour for riders who must be at least 12 years old, junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in a statement.

    Fri, 25 Oct 2019 06:59:16 -0400
  • Yesterday's news: Trump cancels Times, Post

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    President Donald Trump doesn't like what he reads in two of America's biggest newspapers, The New York Times and Washington Post -- so he won't be getting them any longer. This will be a significant cost savings to taxpayers," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told AFP. Grisham also told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that the White House plans to require all federal agencies to cancel their subscriptions to the two newspapers.

    Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:52:23 -0400
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