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Forbidden fruit: Taiwan urges people to eat more pineapples after China ban

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on people to eat more pineapples to help farmers on Friday, saying Taiwan had been "ambushed" by a ban on the fruit by neighbouring long-time rival China which claims the island as its own. Learn More


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No dancing with the devil - Cyprus Eurovision entry raises some hackles

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Some Christians in Cyprus are in a lather over the country's offering this year to the annual Eurovision song contest, saying it has scandalised the faithful with its references to the devil. More »


Gorilla loses appetite, lions develop cough after catching COVID-19 at Prague Zoo

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country. More »


Popcorn-on-demand: Belgian cinema chain gets creative amid pandemic

(Reuters) - Unconventional ideas such as popcorn deliveries could help cinemas get through the coronavirus pandemic, the head of Belgian cinema group Kinepolis said on Thursday. More »


Baarack from the brink: Wild sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 35 kg fleece

(Reuters) - A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilogrammes - nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo - after being shorn for the first time in many a year. More »


Five-year-old Egyptian rally driver's son takes the wheel

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian Mansour Tarek hopes to follow in his father's footsteps and become a professional rally driver when he's older. More »


Don't mope - move!: German woman becomes TikTok fitness star at 81

BERLIN (Reuters) - When Germany went into lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, Erika Rischko, now 81 years old, posted her first 12-second video on TikTok in which she danced the popular Cha-Cha Slide line dance with her husband. More »


Pakistan police pop their rollerblades on to catch Karachi's criminals

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Police in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, are deploying an armed rollerblading unit to curb theft and harassment on its teeming streets. More »


Shots bar: Israelis offered drinks on the house with their vaccine

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - An Israeli bar doubled as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, with free drinks given to those who got the shots. More »


Sexist tea mugs leave a sour taste in China: Shanghai Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A popular chain of Chinese tea shops has apologised for a range of cups and teabags sporting sexist slogans, after they sparked widespread outrage on the internet, the Shanghai Daily reported on Monday. More »


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