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'Pawri' power: 5-second social media clip pulls India, Pakistan closer

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Pakistani student who shot to fame after her five-second video went viral on social media across the subcontinent, hopes numerous renditions of her monologue will translate into more dialogue between rival neighbours India and Pakistan. Learn More

 

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Dubai cat cafe hopes rescues will find purr-fect new homes

DUBAI (Reuters) - A haven for humans craving furry feline company, a cat cafe in Dubai also doubles as an adoption centre for some of the United Arab Emirates' many strays. More »

 

Cuba approves animal welfare law after civil society pressure

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has approved a long called-for decree on animal welfare in what some rights activists are hailing as an unusual triumph of civil society in the Communist-run country where animal sacrifice and cock and dog fighting remain commonplace. More »

 

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. More »

 

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 »

 

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