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In waist-deep mud, soccer played in slow motion at swamp World Cup

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In waist-deep mud, soccer played in slow motion at swamp World Cup

As soccer enthusiasts around the globe gear up for the World Cup’s grand finale in Russia, the champions of a far muddier version of the game were crowned at a swamp in northern Finland on Saturday.

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Hand-carved wooden furniture helps put Bosnian town on the map

A family in southern Bosnia is producing hand-crafted wooden furniture for export, helping to revive a century-old craft that suffered during the country’s war in the 1990s.

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World Cup’s spirit of openness rubs off on some Russians

The World Cup has been an eye-opener for Russian waitress Lena Tikhomirova: mingling with visiting fans and experiencing new cultures has whetted her curiosity and now she plans to live abroad.

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After 118 years, Paris to bid ‘au revoir’ to its Metro tickets

They’ve been in use since 1900, when the Paris Metro opened for business, but soon the city’s familiar rectangular tickets will become a thing of the past, replaced by a fully automated system…

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Artist captures war as seen by children – toys included

U.S. photographer Brian McCarty wants you to see the horrors of war, but through the eyes of a child.

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From caviar to veal tongue, fans get true taste of Russia

Many soccer fans knew little or nothing about Russian cuisine before the World Cup, but have tucked into local gastronomy with relish, trying everything from luxurious caviar to staples like veal…

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Lithuanian couple win world wife-carrying championship title in Finland

Fifty-three men slung their wives or partners over their shoulders and hurtled off on an hour-long race in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, as thousands of fans cheered from the…

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Pay with a song: sing or the engine stops in Finnish karaoke taxi

Driver Topias Uusipere has been giving rides to music festival goers in the Finnish city of Turku since Friday — for a song.

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First new steps for Syrian girl who used tin cans for legs

Eight-year-old Maya Merhi, who was born with no legs, had to shuffle around a camp in northern Syria on makeshift limbs fashioned from old tubing and tin cans.

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Archaeologists in Peru uncover Incan burial site in desert valley

TUCUME, Peru (Reuters) – Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered an extensive Incan burial site inside an adobe pyramid in a coastal desert valley far from the Andean heart of the empire.

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