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Japan monarch spends symbolic night with goddess to end throne rituals

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In the chill pre-dawn hours of Friday, Japan's Emperor Naruhito emerged from a shrine compound where he had spent a symbolic night with the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe his family descends, completing the rituals of his accession.

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Sea animal lanterns shine in Paris

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Giant lanterns in the shape of killer whales, octopuses and clown fish were lit up on Friday in the middle of a four-centuries-old botanical garden in Paris.

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Victoria Beckham knew fashion industry would dismiss her as a wannabe

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Former pop-star Victoria Beckham knew she'd have to win over hard-to-impress fashion critics when she launched her first clothing line a decade ago, but the one-time Spice Girl said the industry was much harder to crack than she had ever imagined.

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'Spirit of adventure' celebrated on Guinness World Records Day

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(This Nov. 13 story corrects to 51 days, not 40 days, in paragraph 4)

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Self-taught violin maker from North Macedonia wins international fame

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(In November 4 item, corrects paragraph 9 to say American Rachel Barton purchased violin but does not perform on it)

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Malawi receives 17 black rhinos from South Africa

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Seventeen black rhinos have been released into Malawi's Liwonde national park after arriving from South Africa as part of conservation efforts aimed at keeping the local population of the endangered species healthy and safe.

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World’s first airport therapy pig hogs the limelight at San Francisco airport

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Pigs might not fly, but LiLou the therapy pig wants to make air travel less stressful.

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Bolivians turn to Day of Skulls for hope as protests rage

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With Bolivia racked by angry political protest, some in the landlocked South American nation turned to a more pensive task: honoring skulls, an ancient tradition rooted in indigenous beliefs that is meant to bring good fortune and protection.

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Haiti's cyclists brave protests and poor roads in race for gold

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Ousline Georges, 22, only started to take cycling seriously a year ago, wary of the many hurdles she faced such as the prohibitive cost of a decent bicycle and the treacherous roads in her home country of Haiti, the poorest in the Americas.

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Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversary

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A pigeon has been pinching poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Australia's national war memorial in Canberra and using them to build a colorful nest in the lead-up to Remembrance Day commemorations.

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Wanted: Artists to live and work in Lagos, Nigeria

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(This 4th November story is refiled to fix punctuation in name of foundation)

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DNA test shows abandoned pup in Australia is endangered dingo

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A DNA test has revealed that a stray dog found in the garden of an Australian east coast home is a rare purebred dingo, rather than an abandoned puppy as rescuers first thought.

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Dying for a better life: South Koreans fake their funerals for life lessons

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A South Korean service is offering free funerals - but only to the living.

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Doris Day auction to feature animal artifacts, Golden Globe awards

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Doris Day's four Golden Globe awards, her piano, and a collection of her gowns are among 800 items going up for auction next year, along with dozens of artifacts reflecting her passion for animals, Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday.

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Hidden Banksy mural to be uncovered in heart of London's Notting Hill

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A Banksy mural, covered up by builders' hoarding and scaffolding for the past few months, will be uncovered on Monday in the heart of London's Notting Hill area.

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Jennifer Aniston returns to TV with 'The Morning Show'

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Jennifer Aniston returns to television on Friday in "The Morning Show", an original show for Apple Inc's new subscription video service, in which the actress reunites with her "Friends" sister Reese Witherspoon.

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Trump views mixed martial arts fight at New York's Madison Square Garden

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U.S. President Donald Trump presided over a bruising Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) showdown on Saturday in his first visit to New York City after declaring his exodus from the Big Apple and as an impeachment inquiry looms over his presidency.

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Olivia Newton-John's 'Grease' outfit sells for $405,700

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Olivia Newton-John's tight black pants and leather jacket from the movie "Grease" sold for $405,700 at a Beverly Hills auction on Saturday, more than double the expected price, Julien's Auctions said.

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Guatemalans remember their dead with giant kites as Day of the Dead begins

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Thousands gathered in Central Guatemala on Friday to watch giant kites take flight, a local tradition intended to reconnect the living and the deceased, as Day of the Dead celebrations kicked off throughout the region.

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Time for fungus? Indonesian watchmaker turns to mushroom leather

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A watchmaker in Indonesia's Bandung city thinks the next step in sustainability is a wristwatch with a strap made out of the complex root structure of a mushroom.

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