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Send a comedian to war? Quit clowning around!

Clay, one of the members of Clowns Without Borders, entertains Syrian refugee children in Jab Janine, West Bekaa June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Sharif Karim

Clay, one of the members of Clowns Without Borders, entertains Syrian refugee children in Jab Janine, West Bekaa June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Sharif Karim

Amid war, send in the clowns

Aid group Clowns Without Borders travels to the front lines of Syria’s humanitarian crisis to lift refugee children’s spirits.

 

‘Mega-Earth’ uncovered

Scientists discover a rare, rocky planet weighing 17 times as much as our home planet beyond the solar system.

 

Gallery: They volunteer!

Protesters in Thailand adopt the three-finger salute made popular in the blockbuster book and movie franchise “The Hunger Games.”

 

How do you say ‘early bird special’ in Japanese?

Learning a second language can help keep older minds feeling young, a new study shows.

World Cup behind bars and a scofflaw puppy

Prisoners participate in the opening ceremony of their own version of the 2014 World Cup at the Castro-Castro prison in Lima, June 2, 2014.  REUTERS/ Mariana Bazo

Prisoners at own version of the 2014 World Cup at the Castro-Castro prison in Lima, June 2, 2014.
REUTERS/ Mariana Bazo

Gallery: World Cup — behind bars

A prison in Lima, Peru hosts its own version of the World Cup — albeit one with higher stakes, perhaps.

 

A brighter, less smoky future?

Hopes for an upcoming U.N. climate conference grow after China announces 2016 CO2 emission caps.

Lasers in your mouth, guns at Sonic and pot at the voting booth

Brazilian sex worker Laura Maria do Espirito Santo (R), holds packets of condoms. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Brazilian sex worker Laura Maria do Espirito Santo, holds packets of condoms. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Gallery: New meaning to the term ‘romance language’ [NSFW]

A group of sex workers in Brazil learns quick and dirty English phrases in anticipation of the World Cup. (Note: Some of these images are NSFW.)

 

Double-bacon burger, a grape slush — hold the .44 Magnum

Sonic and Chili’s restaurant chains ask customers to refrain from bringing firearms to their establishments.

Happy Friday: Here’s a frolicking baby giraffe

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: A six-foot-tall baby

The Bronx Zoo introduces its new (as of now, unnamed) baby giraffe.

 

Two steps forward, one step back

An increasing number of state governors and attorneys general are reluctant to challenge rulings overturning gay marriage bans, Reuters reported. But at one Republican convention, at least, two GOP gay rights groups are persona non grata.

 

A nice day for a white wedding?

A day to… start agaaaaaain! Or not? Reuters presents its list of ways to avoid getting fleeced during your nuptials.

 

Yes, I’ll take a pack of the blanks, please?

France mulls a move to institute brand-free cigarette packets, in an effort to cut down on smoking.

Can you use ‘jitters’ in a sentence, please?

Amber Robinson of Homestead, Florida struggles with her word during round three of the preliminaries at the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Amber Robinson of Homestead, Florida struggles with her word at the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Gallery: Noooo pressure…

At the Scripps National Spelling bee, young scholars engage in a multi-day l-o-g-o-m-a-c-h-y, culminating in the final round tonight.

 

One egg, hold the bacon

Muslim consumer groups call for a boycott of Cadbury, best known for its Easter-time Cream Eggs, after traces of pork DNA were discovered in its products.

Tattooers, climbers and drivers

James Ward has a tribal tattoo removed from his face with a laser by Jill France at her "What Were You Inking" clinic in downtown Denver April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

James Ward has a tribal tattoo removed from his face with a laser by Jill France at her “What Were You Inking” clinic in downtown Denver April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Gallery: So you’re having second thoughts about that face tattoo

At the “What Were You Inking” tattoo removal parlor, paying and pro-bono clients alike look to wipe away the past.

 

Debbie does responsibility

The California Assembly passes a measure requiring “adult” film actors to wear condoms while working. The industry’s not happy.

In praise of second chances

A participant in London’s tweed on wheels bike ride

Slideshow: Not your usual catwalk

Yup, it’s the long-awaited London tweed run. Check out the cyclists who dress up in their checkered best and cycle through the center of the British capital.

Deadline do-over

Nevermind the hype. Colleges still have hundreds of open slots left.

Channeling David, Goliath and Godzilla

Utah’s Mia Love, a Republican darling who could become the first conservative black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, is back on the ballot.

Breakingviews video: A lesson from Italy

Our commentators explain how Matteo Renzi’s European election triumph will supercharge his reforms.

Welcome, robot overlords

The Care-O-Bot III robot carries a bottle of drink through a kitchen in the Fraunhofer institute in Stuttgart August 5, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

The Care-O-Bot III robot carries a bottle of drink through a kitchen in the Fraunhofer institute in Stuttgart August 5, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

The loving care only motorized steel can provide

With Americans living longer, the task of caring for older adults may soon fall to an army of robots.

 

To kill a lawsuit

A judge reinstates Harper Lee’s legal action against a museum that she claims is illegally profiting from her work.

What’s black and white and makes the NSA red all over?

Protesters hold masks depicting former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden during a demonstration in Berlin May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Protesters hold masks depicting former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden during a demonstration in Berlin May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Video: Snowden mad! Snowden smash!

No, he doesn’t have super powers. But NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is getting his own comic book.

 

Fishermen pinched in illegal lobster catch

A group of seafarers is in hot water after collecting protected crustaceans.

 

But here are some water-dwellers worth netting

Comb jellies could be the unlikely source of inspiration for treatments on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The questionable virtues of airline fees and processed foods

The Statue of Liberty is seen in New York October 27, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Statue of Liberty is seen in New York October 27, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


Green lady, meet blue ocean

Thirty different famed U.S. landmarks – including the Jamestown settlement, the Kennedy Space Center and the Statue of Liberty – face “imminent risks” due to climate change and rising sea levels, according to some researchers.

 

Those peanuts will be $82, please

The U.S. government proposes stricter rules requiring airlines to disclose extra fees.

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