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If marathons weren't hard enough already: strap a tree to your back
NAIROBI, Sept 15 (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.
Olympics-Test marathon gives Tokyo a taste of what to expect at 2020 Games
TOKYO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Tokyo held a marathon on Sunday as a test case for whether organizers, athletes, and spectators can cope with sweltering temperatures expected during next year's Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games.
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.
Thieves steal $5 mln gold toilet from Britain's Blenheim Palace
LONDON, Sept 14 (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.
Treasured Notre-Dame tapestry restored after blaze
PARIS, Sept 13 (Reuters) - An ornate tapestry woven in the early 1800s and rescued from Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral after a massive fire in April is going on public display for only the third time in recent decades.
Going for a song? UK police arrest suspected hacker of music stars
LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Friday arrested a man suspected of hacking famous music acts to steal unreleased songs and sell them for cryptocurrency.
Famed ancient skeletons buried hand-in-hand revealed to be two men
LONDON, Sept 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A pair of ancient skeletons known as the "Lovers of Modena" after being found in Italy buried hand-in-hand were actually two men, Italian scientists have found.
Tokyo Olympic organizers say no plans to ban 'Rising Sun' flag despite South Korean demand
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympic organizers said on Friday that the display of Japan's "Rising Sun" does not constitute a political statement and a spokesman said there were no plans to ban the controversial banner, as demanded by South Korea.
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.
Tokyo snow: Japan's Olympic organizers trial slush machines to beat summer heat
TOKYO (Reuters) - Olympic officials used a snow machine to spray a crowd of volunteers with shaved ice and slush on Friday as they tried out ways to keep spectators cool at next year's summer games in Japan.
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