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  1. Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    Mexican firm sorry for royally selling president short

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - It could have been the height of diplomatic embarrassment for Mexico's president.
    When Enrique Pena Nieto hosted towering King Felipe of Spain this week, it was ...

  2. No sweat? Colombia turns to lie detectors to tackle government graft

    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's government plans to carry out lie detector tests on senior civil servants who allocate contracts to private companies as it tries to clamp down on widespread corruption a...

  3. Actor mistaken for terrorist on plane

    Actor mistaken for terrorist on plane

    A Portuguese actor humming a prayer as he meditated to a sacred Tibetan text onboard a plane awaiting takeoff from Paris was mistaken for a terrorist by alarmed passengers and taken off the flight by police.

  4. California cancer patient with amnesia faces identity crisis

    By Marty Graham
    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has turned to social media ...

  5. Two injured after six-year-old turns on helicopter

    Two injured after six-year-old turns on helicopter

    Two people have been injured at an airshow in the US after a six-year-old boy was able to turn on a helicopter.

  6. Man in wheelchair robs New York bank, gets away

    Man in wheelchair robs New York bank, gets away

    Police on Tuesday were searching for a man in a wheelchair who is suspected of robbing a New York bank and rolling out of the building with $1,200 cash to make a clean getaway.

  7. Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? 'Wait and see,' Vatican says

    Will pope chew coca leaves in Bolivia? 'Wait and see,' Vatican says

    By Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will decide for himself if he chews coca leaves in order to ward off altitude sickness when he lands next week at La Paz, Bolivi...

  8. Paris time lords extend Greek deadline - by a second

    Paris time lords extend Greek deadline - by a second

    PARIS (Reuters) - By pure chance, Greece will gain fractionally more time to meet a midnight deadline on Tuesday to pay its IMF debts - thanks to a move by international time arbiters in the Paris Obs...

  9. Diamond too rough for Qantas club

    Diamond too rough for Qantas club

    Caitlin Bassett makes her living in sneakers but the WA netball star’s choice of of attire saw her fall foul of a Qantas Club crackdown on dress codes while flying to Perth yesterday.

  10. Milwaukee museum to display portrait of pope made of condoms

    By Brendan O'Brien
    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Milwaukee Art Museum says it hopes a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms will ignite a conversation about the AIDS epidemic in Afr...

  11. Decapitated animal carcasses stymie investigators in California capital

    By Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Authorities in California are trying to determine why someone has been dropping bags filled with the bodies of decapitated animals nea...

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