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Queen Elizabeth owns how many swans? Annual count gets underway

CHERTSEY, England (Reuters) - An 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth started on Monday, an annual ceremony of "swan upping" that in modern times has become a means of wildlife conservation. Learn More


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Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat France in World Cup final

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Reuters) - Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, has predicted that Croatia will defeat France in Sunday's World Cup final. More »


Georgia police use coin toss to decide whether to arrest woman

(Reuters) - Two police officers in Georgia have been suspended after they used a coin toss to decide whether to arrest a 24-year-old motorist they stopped for speeding, police said. More »


Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring almost 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday. More »


Florida man with no arms charged with stabbing man with scissors

(Reuters) - A 46-year-old homeless man with no arms was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, for stabbing another man with a pair of scissors using his feet, police said on Wednesday. More »


Lithuanian couple win world wife-carrying championship title in Finland

SONKAJARVI, (Finland) (Reuters) - Fifty-three men slung their wives or partners over their shoulders and hurtled off on an hour-long race in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, as thousands of fans cheered from the stands. More »


KFA decides against punishing egg-throwers

SEOUL (Reuters) - The Korea Football Association (KFA) has decided not to pursue charges against people who threw eggs at the national team after they arrived home from the World Cup, police said on Tuesday. More »


U.S. beats Belgium to win (Quidditch) World Cup

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Already bored of the soccer World Cup with its single ball, earth-bound players and tiresome reliance on the laws of physics? More »


Shootout win is perfect gift for Russian newlyweds

PUSHKIN, Russia (Reuters) - Russian couple Yekaterina and Dmitry Vasilyev enjoyed a perfect wedding celebration on Sunday as they briefly halted their nuptials to watch the hosts defy the odds by beating Spain in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. More »


'Brides' enjoy match-making on World Cup stage

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Russian women wearing elaborate bridal dresses took to the pitch in the World Cup host city of Kazan on Saturday for a friendly soccer match intended to show their love for the sport. More »


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