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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. Learn More


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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 »


UK PM Johnson to the rescue: girlfriend adopts a rescue puppy

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, revealed on Monday that they had adopted a rescued Jack Russell puppy. 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 »


Climbing: Polish climber Dzienski pips lift in man vs. machine race

(Reuters) - It may not match the feeling of winning a world championship but Polish climber Marcin Dzienski's feat of racing and defeating an elevator up 23 meters will certainly have given him a lift. More »


Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian cricket journalist in Britain for the Ashes test series is claiming to have drunk "the most expensive beer in history" after being charged nearly A$100,000 ($68,120) for the tipple. More »


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