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Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain

Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Cropmarks - patterns of shading in crops and grass seen most clearly from the air - form faster in…
Brussels courthouse to get makeover after 40 years in scaffolding
Thousands gather in Israeli desert for meteor shower
Australians eat ‘parma’ for drought-stricken farmers
Festival-goers in Budapest cool off in the Danube
Pastis the pig lives high on the hog in Belgian retirement home

Pastis the pig lives high on the hog in Belgian retirement home

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CHIEVRES, Belgium (Reuters) - Pastis the pot-bellied pig likes nothing better than snuggling down for the night with the ponies at his retirement home, but also enjoys playing with the elderly cats. Belgian Valerie Luycx, a founder of the association "Les Petits Vieux" acting as home for dozens of elderly animals, including dogs, cats, pigs…
In find of ancient gold earring, echoes of Greek rule over Jerusalem

In find of ancient gold earring, echoes of Greek rule over Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A gold earring believed to date back more than 2000 years has been unearthed near the site of the ancient Jewish temples in Jerusalem, in what Israeli archaeologists called rare evidence of Hellenistic influence. An employee of Israel's Antiquities Authority holds a gold earring believed to date back more than two millennia…
Tying herself in knots, Serbian skin artist boggles senses

Tying herself in knots, Serbian skin artist boggles senses

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SMEDEREVO, Serbia (Reuters) - Armed with makeup brushes and pencils, skin artist and illusionist Mirjana Kika Milosevic gets to work on her own torso, sketching elaborate knots and making chunks of her flesh disappear, earning her videos millions of views on YouTube. The self-taught makeup artist, 36, from Smederevo, an industrial town 70 kilometers south…
Made in China since the Qing dynasty: Beijing shoemaker taps into the future

Made in China since the Qing dynasty: Beijing shoemaker taps into the future

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BEIJING (Reuters) - In an ornately decorated building in central Beijing, cobbler Cai Wenke painstakingly makes shoes by hand in a process that has hardly changed since the business first started in 1853. Cobbler Cai Wenke puts the finishing touches to a 'thousand-layer' cloth shoe at the demonstration workshop of the Neiliansheng shoemaker in Beijing,…