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Aug 21, 2014
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Volunteers make risky journey to protect Afghan children from polio


Performers puts on their make-up before a Peking opera performance “Hong Niang” (The Matchmaker) at a theatre in Beijing June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The show goes on

China’s Peking Opera begins a New York tour with 90 singers, dancers and acrobats, to mark the birth of Mei Lanfang, one of the first to bring the art form to the United States.

Aug 20, 2014
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Politics happens next to the guy in the chicken suit


Texas Governor Rick Perry leaves the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ashley Landis

Slideshow: Texas Governor Rick Perry is indicted

Governor Perry appeared at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas, to provide fingerprints and a mugshot. The governor is facing felony charges of abuse of power.

Aug 19, 2014
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A Hindu celebration and comics for toddlers

Students spin an idol of Lord Krishna during celebrations marking the Janmashtami festival inside a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Slideshow: Celebrating Janmashtami

Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna with the festival of  Janmashtami in Mumbai with costumes, theater and human pyramids.

Aug 18, 2014
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War gains, lost homes


Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Broken lives in Iraq

Young Iraqis yearn for the homes they left behind after Islamic State militants forced them to flee.

Aug 14, 2014
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Brain food, robot chores and inner peace


Men take part in a yoga class in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

In a restless city

Slideshow: A nonprofit group in inner-city Chicago is offering men’s yoga groups to help promote meditation and inner peace.

Aug 13, 2014
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A Times Square justice league


A street performer dressed as Elmo buys food from a street food cart in Times Square, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Times Square characters fight their bad rep 

The costumed performers who posed for tourists in the heart of New York want to form their own justice league after a spate of arrests and bad publicity

Jul 30, 2014
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Compatibility games



Did they need a dating site? A couple kisses at a bus stop in Buenos Aires July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

OkCupid’s user experiment doesn’t win any love

“We took pairs of bad matches … and told them they were exceptionally good for each other,” OkCupid’s President wrote. Some predict an inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission.

Jul 8, 2014
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A limping dictator, the running of the bulls and everyone’s favorite musical

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun at midnight on Tuesday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the demise of President Kim Il Sung in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 8, 2014.

North Korea’s supreme leader limps into the spotlight

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had an unexplained limp in a televised ceremony to celebrate Un’s granfather, Kim Il Sung, who died 20 years ago.

Jul 7, 2014
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Baby Joanne, studying the risks of e-cigarettes and spitting cherry pits

A man uses an E-cigarette. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

After hot dogs, we spit cherry pits

After the annual hot dog eating contest in New York, the record-holder for the longest distance one can spit a cherry pit held onto his title at the annual event in Michigan.

The vape gets in your eyes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a series of research experiments to test e-cigarettes for health risks and their appeal to children.

Jun 23, 2014
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Of knights and men

Men dressed as knights pose for a photo during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Perfect day for a sail

Reuters’ Alex Smith climbs aboard Ben Ainslie’s yacht for a voyage around the Isle of Wight where they talk about the next big event the Olympic sailor is preparing for — The America’s Cup.