Society

Cuba's famed cigars get a foot in door of U.S. market

. Cuban cigars for sale are on display at a hotel in Havana December 19, 2014.
21 Dec 2014
Milagros Diaz has been rolling cigars for 48 years, so long she cannot even smell tobacco anymore, and she is thrilled that the U.S. market is finally opening up for her handmade Cuban "habanos". Since U.S. President Obama...
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Zoo visitors escape angry chimpanzee, jump into crocodile-infested waters

21 Dec 2014
Zoo visitors tried to flee an attack from an angry chimpanzee who sent a man to the hospital on Saturday, only for some to risk themselves in crocodile-infested waters, said eyewitnesses.   About 30 visitors were on a boat tour of a...
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Hero's welcome for SAfrica's first Miss World in 40 years

AFP | Rolene Strauss, the newly crowned Miss World 2014, gives a speech upon her arrival at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on December 20, 2014
20 Dec 2014
South Africa on Saturday welcomed home Miss World winner Rolene Strauss with wild cheers and ululation. Hundreds turned up at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World...
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Old rowers defy boredom

The elderly practicing rowing
19 Dec 2014
You see a small boat from Al-Galaa Bridge. At first glance, they appear to be strong young men rowing, but if you look closer, you will see wrinkled hands. After finishing his work in the operating room, 80-year-old plastic surgeon Ahmed...
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White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges

A woman lies in the grass reading a book and listening to music at Columbia University in New York, April 14, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/CARLO ALLEGRI
19 Dec 2014
The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. The U.S. Education Department will rate institutions on their performance...
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Rights groups criticize use of dog skin in China

18 Dec 2014
Dog skin produced by Chinese factories is used to make gloves, shoes and other products destined for export, footage provided to Reuters by an animal rights group shows.   China has faced criticism for its treatment of animals,...
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Pope treats homeless to new sleeping bags

© AFP/File | A homeless woman sleeps at the Termini train station in Rome. Pope Francis is sending sleeping bags out to homeless people in the Italian capital this winter
 
 
 
18 Dec 2014
Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday. Konrad Krajewski, the archbishop in charge of the pope's charity work, led an...
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Italy labor leader boasts Arab ancestry, points to regional economic ties

The head of the Italian Labor Union Carmelo Barbagallo2
17 Dec 2014
The head of the Italian Labor Union Carmelo Barbagallo has expressed pride of his Arab ancestry, voicing optimism for Africa’s economic future despite challenges.   Barbagallo said he was proud of his ancestor Gawhar al-Siqilli...
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Children's cartoons 'deadlier' than films for adults

 AFP/File | File picture shows a dress rehearsal for a production of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
17 Dec 2014
Children's cartoons depict death more often than films for adults, and their main characters are more than twice as likely to be killed off, according to research released on Tuesday. The study found the main characters in children...
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Conventional reconciliations persist as way-out of vendettas

Two Giza families hold a conventional reconcilation gathering
16 Dec 2014
Under tight security measures, two Giza families agreed Tuesday to end vendetta killings in a conventional reconciliation session, a practice that has persisted for years to resolve bloody inter-communal disputes.   At Kafr Hakim...
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