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English language exit talk was only banter, says EU's Juncker
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was only joking when he said the English language was on the way out in Europe due to Brexit, he said on Friday.
Hong Kong leader can't rule out barring even former governor Patten as China flexes muscles
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader denied on Friday that China had taken over immigration controls in the city after a British activist was refused entry, but she couldn't rule out barring even the last colonial governor and frequent China critic, Chris Patten.
Insider trading suspect out of U.S. jail as judge weighs 'Jekyll & Hyde' risk
BOSTON (Reuters) - A former Akebia Therapeutics Inc employee accused of insider trading was released from jail on Thursday despite a judge's concern that the man's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" tendencies could lead him to violate his bail conditions.
Bulgarians use 'speed dating' to get know migrants
SOFIA (Reuters) - Couples lining up to face each other are given 30 seconds to chat before moving on - in a version of speed dating that, rather than sparking romance, aims to promote understanding and integration for new immigrants.
Bulgarians use "speed dating" to get know migrants
SOFIA, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Couples lining up to face each other are given 30 seconds to chat before moving on - in a version of speed dating that, rather than sparking romance, aims to promote understanding and integration for new immigrants.
No visas, bad jobs: Venezuelan emigrants reluctantly return home
CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - Early last year, Leandro Colmenares sold his car and his apartment and fled Venezuela's profound economic crisis, joining a wave of emigration to other Latin American countries.
Collective consciousness to replace God - author Dan Brown
FRANKFURT, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Humanity no longer needs God but may with the help of artificial intelligence develop a new form of collective consciousness that fulfills the role of religion, U.S. author Dan Brown said on Thursday.
Italy's Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives
PARIS (Reuters) - Italy's Gucci will stop using fur in its designs from next year, joining a growing number of fashion houses looking at alternatives after coming under pressure from animal rights activists and changing consumer tastes.
Swiss flushing away millions in gold and silver every year
ZURICH (Reuters) - While London's sewers can get clogged with fatbergs made up of grease and diapers, it seems Switzerland's waste system is flecked with silver and gold.
Earthlings test warning system as asteroid flies by
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming.
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