Thousands dance through Berlin to promote gay and lesbian rights
BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of revelers danced through the streets of Berlin on Saturday, many of them waving rainbow-colored flags, as they promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in... ...
Princess Diana's personal music collection among items to go on show at palace
LONDON (Reuters) - Rarely-seen possessions belonging to Britain's late Princess Diana including her music collection and ballet shoes are to go on display this summer at London's Buckingham Palace to... ...
Iraqis numb pain of Islamic State in newly re-opened bar
QARAQOSH, Iraq (Reuters) - In a town ravaged by the war against Islamic State, amid ransacked homes and shuttered shops, a flashing sign above the entrance to one business beckons visitors:... ...
Winning toilet paper gowns offered to brides-in-need
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on... ...
Postcards from Rohtang La: One of the World’s Highest Traffic Jam
I have crossed the Rohtang Pass many times but never clicked a photograph before. The reason for the same is mainly the tedious nature of the crossing. One needs to generally wake up too early to catch the early morning buses going towards either Spiti or Lahaul. Also, the traffic jam on the pass is generally atrocious and tiresome and mostly one ends up yearning for the journey to end, giving up on all creative pursuits. However, this time I made a serious attempt to take a few photographs jus...
China blogger highlights generational tensions over marriage
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese female blogger who posed as a man's Lunar New Year girlfriend says her experience illustrates the generational tensions over finding a marriage partner in China. ...
In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humor. ...
Mongolian-born wrestler turned Japanese to get to grips with sumo
NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the Japanese city of Nagoya, as 11 gigantic wrestlers wearing only loincloths take turns... ...
Tennis ball-sized 'diamond in the rough' too big to sell
TORONTO (Reuters) - In the mysterious world of diamond mining, it turns out that some stones are too big to sell. ...
Tourists eye Cambodia's new world heritage site
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Tourists flocked to Cambodia's newest world heritage site on the weekend, the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk after it was recently added to the U.N.... ...
Turkish oil wrestlers grapple to win 600-year-old title
EDIRNE, Turkey (Reuters) - Some 2,200 oil wrestlers began fighting bouts at a stadium in the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne on Friday, competing to win a golden belt in a contest dating back to... ...
Pope tacks sign on his apartment door: 'No Whining'
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - If anyone had any doubts how Pope Francis feels about people who always complain, the answer is now tacked to the door of his frugal suite in a Vatican residence: "No... ...
Woman bouncer pulls no punches in Indian capital
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Joking with clients and colleagues, Mehrunnisha Shokat Ali might be mistaken for any other patron of the Social watering hole in the Indian capital's swanky Hauz Khas... ...
Tired of war, South Sudanese youth turn to art to push for peace
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese activists are using music, poetry, theater, comedy, dance and fashion to preach tolerance in the world's youngest nation which has been divided by years of civil war. ...
Malana Tourist Ban: What it Means, and What it Doesn’t
So, this is NOT a travelogue. If you want to read a travelogue you can read my Malana post from 2015 that also has other practical details about reaching the place. I am having to write this one due to certain interesting developments in Malana in the last few days, and also because I coincidentally happened to be around when this development was taking place. What exactly has happened? So, the news is that the “deity” of Malana is angry due to the excessive intrusion of the touri...
Bought for 100 euros, World War Two Enigma machine sells for 45,000
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Someone in Romania thought he'd made a fair amount of money when he sold an old typewriter for 100 euros at a flea market. He was wrong. ...
Wounded Afghan soldiers set for Invictus Games debut
KABUL (Reuters) - In a sprawling military base on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, Mohammad Esa, who lost both legs to a roadside bomb, is getting ready to compete in the Invictus Games in... ...
Hungarian hospital helps injured birds back into the skies
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A unique veterinary hospital in eastern Hungary is saving the lives of wild birds, including many who sustain severe injuries during their long migratory journey to Africa to... ...
Eyeing sleepy office workers, China's 'sharing economy' opens nap capsules
BEIJING (Reuters) - For China's sleep-deprived white-collar workers needing a place for a nap, a booming "sharing economy" offering a growing range of services has come up with a cheap,... ...
Thousands of goldfish bring Tokyo art exhibit to life
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese artist has used thousands of fish in illuminated tanks to create a sprawling psychedelic visual art installation, drawing tens of thousands of viewers in Tokyo. ...