Egyptian women challenge social norms by practicing Parkour

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CAIRO (Reuters) – A group of Egyptian women gather at an abandoned park in a Cairo suburb once a week, climbing walls and jumping around in the strenuous physical discipline known as Parkour, while also challenging the country’s conservative social norms. Egyptian women from Parkour Egypt “PKE” practice their parkour skills around buildings on the
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Swiss folklore fans gather for world’s biggest alpine horn festival

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NENDAZ, Switzerland (Reuters) – The soft sounds of hundreds of wooden Swiss alpine horns filled the valley below Switzerland’s Mount Tracouet on Sunday, as the world’s largest festival of its kind concluded after three days. A flag thrower and alphorn blowers perform on the last day of the Alphorn International Festival on the alp of
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Cuba’s draft constitution opens path to gay marriage

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HAVANA (Reuters) – The draft of Cuba’s new constitution opens the path to same-sex marriage, a government official said on Saturday, which would make the country that once persecuted homosexuals an unlikely leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. A cat climbs the stairs as a placard opposing gay marriage is seen on a
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Tightrope walker stuns Parisians with Montmartre performance

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PARIS (Reuters) – French tightrope artist Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga impressed hundreds of Parisians on Saturday with a performance that featured a walk on a rope suspended 35 meters (115 feet) above the ground in the city’s hilly northern district of Montmartre. Tightrope walker Tatian-Mosio Bongonga advances on a tightrope as she scales the Monmartre hill towards
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Austrian mountains play host to classic car rally

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GROEBMING, Austria (Reuters) – More than 200 motorists driving a variety of classic cars have taken to the mountain roads of Styria, southern Austria, for the annual Ennstal-Classic race, cheered on by tens of thousands of spectators. Participants drive their car during the Ennstal Classic car rally in the village of Puergg, Austria July 19,
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Bodysuits, boots and masks galore as Comic-Con opens in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – There were bodysuits, boots and masks galore in San Diego as thousands of comic, superhero and anime fans flocked to the opening of Comic-Con on Thursday. Highlights of this year’s Comic-Con include the introduction of the first female “Doctor Who”, played by British actress Jodie Whittaker, and a reunion for the
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Florida family allowed to keep ‘Starry Night’ house mural

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(Reuters) – A Florida couple has won a nearly year-long legal battle for their right to cover their house and wall with a mural of Vincent van Gogh’s famed “The Starry Night” painting, after being told the unusual decoration violated city code. Nancy Nembhauser poses in front of the house with the “Starry Night” mural
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In Siberia, Trump burger joint draws customers, occasional ire

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KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) – A new burger joint named after Donald Trump has been drawing in customers in Siberia, its manager said on Wednesday, amid increased Russian interest in the U.S. president after his summit talks this week with Vladimir Putin. A customer visits Trump Burger, a new Russian diner named after U.S. President Donald
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