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Gold 'Viagra' ring and first Playboy issue sold in Hefner auction

(Reuters) – A red smoking jacket worn by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner fetched $41,600 at an auction of the late publisher’s possessions in Los Angeles, as fans and collectors snapped up such items as his college typewriter and the magazine’s first issue. Bidders at the two-day auction conducted by Julien’s Auctions included comedian Jim Belushi, […]

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Bangladesh seeks action against Myanmar minister over Rohingya 'brainwashed' remark

DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh summoned the Myanmar ambassador on Wednesday to condemn “irresponsible remarks” made by Myanmar’s religion minister about Rohingya Muslims, and called for action against him, senior officials at the Bangladesh foreign ministry said. Rohingya Muslims living as refugees in Bangladesh after escaping Myanmar are being “brainwashed” into “marching” on the Buddhist-majority nation, […]

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Three migrants find new life in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – Ali Mohammad Rezaie does not celebrate his birthday because his Afghan parents never noted the date he was born. Yet he knows exactly when he arrived in Berlin to seek asylum: Oct 15, 2015. That day changed his life. “It wasn’t a special day. I was tired and had been on the […]

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PM suggests Serbia could intervene if Kosovo sets up full army

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister suggested on Wednesday that any creation of a standing army in Kosovo could provoke a military intervention by Belgrade, two decades after Kosovo Albanians’ uprising against Serbian rule. The predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo parliament is set to vote on Dec 14 on whether to transform its 4,000-strong, but lightly […]

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France delays food price rise for farmers after protests

PARIS (Reuters) – France, reeling from violent protests over the cost of living, said on Wednesday it will delay a planned rise in minimum food prices, incurring the wrath of the main farmers group which urged street action next week. A powerful constituency in French politics, farmers have long complained of being hit by a […]

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Bulgaria will shun U.N. migration pact

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria will not join a United Nations accord on regulating the treatment of migrants worldwide and would not attend the conference marking its formal adoption in Morocco next week, its centre-right government decided on Wednesday. The Black Sea state’s government said it would also abstain in a subsequent vote on a resolution […]

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Treated sewage water to become tap water in El Paso

Climate change forces people to make some unpalatable decisions. As the climate changes, several cities around the world are struggling to supply water to their ever-expanding populations. Twenty or 30 years ago, the city of El Paso in southern Texas had a plentiful water supply. The mighty Rio Grande roared nearly 3,000 kilometres from the […]

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France delays food price rise for farmers after protests

PARIS (Reuters) – France, reeling from violent protests over the cost of living, said on Wednesday it will delay until early next year minimum food price rises, incurring the wrath of the main farmers group which called on its members to take to the streets next week. Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume blamed the proposed delay, […]

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Plan to combat fake news proposed as EU elections approach

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive proposed on Wednesday spending more money to counter fake news on the Internet, establishing an early warning system to alert governments and pushing tech companies do more to stop disinformation before next year’s EU elections. The European Commission’s plan, which must be agreed by EU leaders, is part […]