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Alien enthusiasts descend on Nevada desert near secretive U.S. base

RACHEL, Nev. (Reuters) - Scores of UFO enthusiasts converged on rural Nevada on Thursday for a pilgrimage of sorts to the U.S. installation known as Area 51, long rumored to house government secrets about alien life, as law enforcement officials beefed up security around the military base. Learn More


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Philippines' Duterte pestered again as gecko stalls speech

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just keeps getting bugged during his public speeches. More »


If marathons weren't hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

NAIROBI (Reuters) - This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon - with saplings strapped to their backs. More »


Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain's Blenheim Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Burglars have stolen a fully-functional 18-carat gold toilet from Britain's Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit, police said on Saturday. More »


Egyptian masseur plays with fire to ease muscle pain

GHARBEYA, Egypt (Reuters) - An Egyptian masseur plays with fire to relieve his clients' muscle pain at his spa in the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbeya. More »


Rugby: Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts

(Reuters) - Samoan players will wear their hearts on their sleeves - but keep traditional Pacific islander tattoos under wraps with skin suits during the World Cup in Japan to avoid offending their hosts. More »


Rugby: Octopuses predict Japan will beat Ireland but not reach knockouts

TOKYO (Reuters) - Two octopuses in Obira, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, have predicted the hosts of the Rugby World Cup will not progress from their pool when the tournament begins later this month. More »


Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet to make emergency landing

LONDON (Reuters) - A commercial flight with 326 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing when hot coffee was accidentally spilled over the cockpit control panel over the Atlantic ocean, according to a report on Thursday. More »


French literati ponder 'brexit' dictionary entry

PARIS (Reuters) - French literary types aghast at the political turmoil engulfing Britain as it seeks to leave the European Union launched a tongue-in-cheek Twitter campaign on Wednesday to add 'Brexit' to the national lexicon. More »


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