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London’s Chelsea Flower Show to open with a volcano and a secret garden

LONDON (Reuters) – A secret garden and model erupting volcano are among the main attractions of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Britain’s premier gardening show which is enticing royalty and…

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Cairo lantern-maker champions old craft against Chinese imports

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian artisan who makes the traditional lanterns that adorn Middle Eastern streets during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan believes he has found a way to stop a flood of…

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Collection bag from Apollo 11 moon mission to be sold at auction

(Reuters) – It is a simple, square white bag that traveled to the moon in 1969 on Apollo 11 and carried back to Earth the first sample of lunar material ever collected. That bag could fetch up to $4…

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From fear of water to gold medal, Bosnian swimmer beats the odds

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Six-year-old Bosnian Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity and overcame his fear of the water to win a gold medal at a regional swimming competition.

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Hotel de Crillon banks on recovery in Paris pulling power

PARIS (Reuters) – When Paris’s landmark Hotel de Crillon reopens in July after a four-year 200 million euro ($222 million) revamp, it will be hoping to catch a rebound in the luxury hotel trade after…

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Star lot withdrawn at Sotheby’s, a Malevich fetches $21 million at N.Y. auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Impressionist and modern art achieved some respectable results at Sotheby’s on Tuesday, but the sale was marked by the 11th-hour withdrawal of its much-hyped star offering, an…

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Ride-through cafe is home-from-home for Cairo bikers

CAIRO (Reuters) – Motorcyclists in Cairo have taken to hanging out at a cafe where they can drive their bikes through the front door and get a bit of the love they feel is lacking on the streets of…

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Recipe for success: discipline and diplomacy, says top Slovenian chef

KOBARID, Slovenia (Reuters) – Nestled in a valley just a few miles from the Italian border, Ana Ros’ restaurant lures food-lovers from around the world with her quirky dishes: eel with pomegranate,…

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When Noah meets Emma: Top U.S. baby names for 2016

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When 18-year-olds register as first-time voters in the 2034 U.S. congressional elections, many of the signatures will include the names Emma and Noah.

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Pope canonizes Fatima visionaries, giving Church new children saints

FATIMA, Portugal (Reuters) – Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church two of its youngest saints on Saturday, canonizing shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in a Portuguese…

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