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Duvets discarded, cushions thrown at Japan's Pillow Fighting Championship

ITO, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (Reuters) - The Japanese may be known for their neatness, particularly when it comes to making their bed in the morning, but all social norms went out the window on Saturday during qualifying for the All-Japan Pillow Fighting Championships in Shizuoka Prefecture. Learn More


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Cambodia's royal oxen predict plentiful rice harvest amid EU tariffs

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's royal oxen predicted a plentiful harvest of rice, the country's biggest crop, at an ancient plowing ceremony on Wednesday. More »


Belgian monks resurrect brewery after two century break

GRIMBERGEN, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgian monks at the Grimbergen abbey are on the verge of brewing beer again after a break of more than 200 years. More »


Polish sextuplets surprise parents and doctors expecting five

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's first sextuplets on record, two boys and four girls, were born in the southern city of Krakow on Monday to the surprise of parents and doctors who had expected five babies. More »


Eiffel Tower climber in custody after daring ascent

PARIS (Reuters) - Rescuers successfully talked down a man who scaled the upper heights of the Eiffel Tower on Monday, forcing the monument's evacuation, and handed him over to police. More »


Raven chicks in the Tower ward off prophecy of doom for Brexit Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's political establishment is in chaos over Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May's days in office are numbered but the kingdom and the Tower of London appear safe from legendary doom after the birth of four raven chicks at the famous fortress. More »


Take or pay: Belgian ex-king faces paternity fines

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian court has ordered the country's former king to pay 5,000 euros ($5,600) a day until he takes a DNA paternity test to resolve a long-running case brought by a woman who says she is his daughter. More »


Stop bugging him: Philippine leader brushes off finger-sized pest

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seemed unfazed when a finger-sized cockroach scrambled onto his shoulder as he spoke at a campaign rally on Wednesday night. More »


Australia's central bank takes 'responsibilty' for note typo

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Millions of A$50 ($35) banknotes in Australia have an embarrassing typographical error that was overlooked by the country's central bank before they were printed and circulated. More »


Tanzania plans cable car for Mount Kilimanjaro

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania wants to boost tourist numbers by putting a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and is in talks about the project with a Chinese and a Western company. More »


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