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Foodies rejoice! A dozen Washington eateries get Michelin stars

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Butterfly photobombs koala at Australian wildlife park

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Is it a ship? A diamond? Hadid's Port House opens in Antwerp

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Obama says new black history museum tells story of America

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U.S.-China 'bromance' sparked by stolen iPhone moves China's netizens

SHANGHAI Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:08pm IST

BuzzFeed writer Matt Stopera (L) of the U.S. reacts as he looks at a mobile phone held by 'Brother Orange' (C) of China, at an airport in Jieyang, Guangdong province March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

1 of 3. BuzzFeed writer Matt Stopera (L) of the U.S. reacts as he looks at a mobile phone held by ‘Brother Orange’ (C) of China, at an airport in Jieyang, Guangdong province March 17, 2015.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – It was a rare, if bizarre, moment of tenderness in the otherwise tense US-China relationship: an American journalist embracing the Chinese man who had been using his stolen iPhone.

Matt Stopera and Li Hongjun met for the first time on Tuesday night at an airport in southern China, in the latest chapter of what some Chinese are calling an international “bromance”.

In February, Stopera, a New York-based writer for website Buzzfeed, became famous in China for an article describing how photos from China began to appear on his phone’s photo stream after his iPhone was stolen in New York.

Chinese netizens tracked the photos, and the stolen iPhone, to Li Hongjun, a 30-year-old restaurateur in Meizhou, a city in the southern province of Guangdong. Li and Stopera, who is 25, connected online and planned this week’s meeting in Meizhou.

Li, known online as Brother Orange after his selfies with tangerine trees showed up in Stopera’s photo stream, said his nephew gave him the secondhand phone as a gift last October, but he had no idea where the phone came from.

Many iPhones stolen in the US end up in China.

Fittingly for a relationship developed over the Internet, the activities of Stopera and Li in Meizhou were exhaustively documented online.

Stopera, whose month-old Weibo account has nearly 180,000 fans, posted pictures of himself eating Chinese porridge and pickled radish, planting a tree, and taking a selfie with Li and tangerine trees.

Weibo users seemed tickled by the duo. “A genuine and slightly serious middle aged man versus an amiable, smiley American fellow – such an interesting pair,” wrote one user.

Reached by telephone, Li said his life had not changed much since meeting Stopera.

“It’s no big deal if customers want to take pictures with me. People call me ‘Brother Orange’, or take pictures of me when I’m walking on the street. It doesn’t bother me. It feels really good.”

Meizhou, a city of about 5 million people about 2,000 km (1,243 miles) from the capital, Beijing, is about 360 km (224 miles) from Shenzhen, where Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn makes the iPhone.

(Reporting by Alexandra Harney; Additional reporting by Anita Li; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Top chefs launch campaign to eat more small fish

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:28am IST

Fishmongers sell fish at a market in central Madrid November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

1 of 2. Fishmongers sell fish at a market in central Madrid November 13, 2014.

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SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) – Top chefs from around the world gathered in the north of Spain on Tuesday to launch a campaign to eat more small fish such as anchovies in the interests of feeding more people and reducing pressure on the world’s oceans.

Eating fish such as sardines and herring directly rather than processing them as fish meal to feed farmed salmon, pigs and chickens is a more efficient way of using protein, says non-profit ocean conservation organization Oceana, which started the campaign.

Chefs including Brett Graham of two-Michelin-starred The Ledbury in London and Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio attended the event in San Sebastian, the capital of the northeast Basque region and one of the cities in the world with the most Michelin stars.

The chefs have committed to serve anchovies and other small fish at their restaurants starting on World Oceans’ Day on June 8.

“We can feed tens of millions more people if we simply eat anchovies and other forage fish directly rather than in form of a farmed salmon or other animals raised on fish meal and fish oil,” said Andy Sharpless, chief executive officer of Oceana.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates 37 percent of all marine fish caught worldwide are processed into fish mean and fish oil.

(Writing by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Ancient teeth reveal early human entry into rainforests

WASHINGTON Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:27am IST

The site of Batadomba-lena in Sri Lanka, where human teeth dating back 20,000 years old were excavated, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Patrick Roberts/University of Oxford/Handout via Reuters

The site of Batadomba-lena in Sri Lanka, where human teeth dating back 20,000 years old were excavated, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters March 11, 2015.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People adapted to living in tropical rainforests thousands of years earlier than previously known, according to scientists who found crucial evidence in 20,000-year-old fossilized human teeth discovered in Sri Lanka.

The researchers said there has been a debate over when our species first began living in rainforests, with some experts arguing such habitats may have been too daunting for early human hunter-gathers.

In a study published on Thursday in the journal Science, the scientists examined teeth from 26 people found at various archaeological sites in Sri Lanka for evidence of whether their diet consisted of rainforest plants and animals.

They obtained small tooth enamel samples using a diamond-tipped drill and analyzed them with an instrument called a mass spectrometer.

Almost all the teeth, including the oldest ones from about 20,000 years ago found at the Batadomba-lena rock-shelter in southwestern Sri Lanka, indicated a diet primarily of food from the rainforest.

“Humans have been manipulating and living within dynamic rainforest environments for at least 20,000 years and probably even longer,” said University of Oxford archaeologist Patrick Roberts, who studies early human adaptations.

“The lifestyle, as we can see, was dedicated rainforest subsistence,” Roberts added.

Scientists previously had not found direct evidence of human occupation of rainforest regions before about 10,000 years ago.

Compared to open habitats, rainforests present difficulties such as dense vegetation that makes it tough to get around, small, nimble and often arboreal prey animals and a bewildering array of plants and fruit, including poisonous ones.

“However, it is clear that hunting and gathering communities in Sri Lanka figured out how to adapt to such settings,” said Oxford archaeologist Mike Petraglia, another of the researchers.

The researchers said these people hunted monkeys, giant squirrels, mouse deer, porcupines and other mammals, as well as freshwater and forest snails, while also eating nuts and starchy rainforest plants.

“These results further the picture that our species was incredibly adaptive, and it is arguably this that made us the first species to expand across the diversity of the globe’s ecologies and environments,” Roberts said.

While the study provides the earliest direct evidence for human reliance on rainforest resources, the researchers said other evidence suggests people may have taken to Sri Lanka’s rainforests as early as 38,000 years ago.

Roberts said archaeological work in Africa, Southeast Asia and Melanesia also suggests humans may have used rainforest resources at least 45,000 years ago.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Terry Pratchett, author of fantasy 'Discworld' novels, dies at 66

LONDON Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:17am IST

British author Terry Pratchett poses for photographers after receiving his knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London February 18, 2009. REUTERS/Ian Nicholson/Pool

British author Terry Pratchett poses for photographers after receiving his knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London February 18, 2009.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Terry Pratchett, the British author whose fantasy novels sold in their tens of millions worldwide, has died of a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease aged 66, his publisher said on Thursday.

News about the death of Pratchett – who campaigned during his final illness for legalizing assisted death – came on his Twitter account in a series of tweets written in the style of his Discworld novels, where Death always talks in capital letters.

“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER,” said the first tweet on @terryandrob. “Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night,” said the second, while a third read simply: “The End”.

Pratchett died at home surrounded by his family with his cat sleeping on his bed, Transworld Publishers said. The BBC reported that his publisher had said Pratchett’s death was entirely natural and unassisted, despite his campaigning for the right of terminally ill people to be helped to commit suicide.

The author, who wore a trademark broad-brimmed black hat, was diagnosed in 2007 with posterior cortical atrophy, a progressive degenerative condition. Continuing to write, he completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014 before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

Pratchett gave numerous interviews and lectures in which he spoke frankly about his disease – and his love of 16th century English composer Thomas Tallis.

“I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds,” he said in 2010.

“If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.”

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Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: “His books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness”.

Literary figures also expressed their sadness. Canadian author Margaret Atwood wrote: “I vastly enjoyed his playful, smart Discworld books.”

His publishers said the world had lost “one of its brightest, sharpest minds”. “In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him,” said Larry Finlay, managing director at Transworld, a division of Penguin Random House.

“As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world. He did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humor and constant invention,” he said.

A unique creation, Discworld is a circular world set on the backs of four elephants standing on the shell of a giant turtle, populated by a vast and colorful cast of characters inspired by the worlds of fantasy, folk tales and mythology.

Pratchett used Discworld to parody those genres, but also to send up aspects of modern life by drawing often incongruous connections between his imaginary world and things ordinary people living in 20th century Britain would recognize.

Selections of Pratchett’s quotes quickly appeared on British newspaper websites while fans exchanged their favorite quips from Discworld characters online.

This was one popular example:

“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING,” said Death. “JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”

(Editing by Michael Holden, Guy Faulconbridge and David Stamp)

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Lion spotted in Gabon for first time in 20 years

DAKAR Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:16am IST

DAKAR (Reuters) – A lion has been spotted in Gabon for the first time in nearly 20 years, raising hopes the animals long feared extinct in the country could be returning, conservationists said on Thursday.

Lions used to roam Central Africa in their hundreds in the middle of the last century. But the population has fallen sharply due to poaching and loss of habitat.

Hidden cameras planted as part of a chimpanzee study in southeastern Gabon’s Bateke Plateau have captured on tape a single male lion three times since January, said Dr. Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordinator for campaign group Panthera.

“I couldn’t believe it. As soon as I could, I went there to set up more cameras,” he told Reuters by phone from Libreville, adding that a new study was being launched in the hope of finding more of the big cats.

Lions are known to live a few hundred kilometers (miles) away in Democratic Republic of Congo and Henschel said the animal could have swum across the Congo river, one of the world’s largest, and traveled over to Gabon’s savannah.

Male lions are often solitary roamers and can travel long distances in search of a mate.

Henschel said that researchers were considering naming the lion after Gabon’s President Ali Bongo — a known lover of cats whose father Omar Bongo at one point had a pet tiger at home.

“We are thinking of naming the lion ‘Ali’ after the president as he’s a cat fanatic,” said Henschel.

Since Bongo was elected in 2009, Gabon has stepped up anti-poaching patrols in its 13 national parks which are also home to elephants and gorillas. The last lion, a female, was spotted in Gabon in 1996.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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German court fines relatives for abducting gay Muslim

BERLIN Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:09pm IST

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German court fined the father and two uncles of an 18-year-old Muslim citizen for depriving him of his personal freedom when he was a minor in an attempt, the victim says, to force him into marriage with a woman despite his homosexuality.

In a case highlighting the problems Germany faces in integrating its four-million-strong Muslim community, Nasser El-Ahmad, who has a Lebanese background, has also told German media that his family tortured him for being gay.

Found in a car at the Romanian-Bulgarian border two days after he went missing in December 2012, prompting an Interpol alert, El-Ahmad says he was kidnapped by his family in order to arrange his marriage to a Lebanese girl.

After a five-minute hearing on Thursday, the judge handed the three accused men, who were not present, fines of 1,350 euros ($1,436) each for detaining him and taking him abroad.

El-Ahmad, wearing a black shirt and trousers, black earrings and a “STOP HOMOPHOBIA” badge, said the court had done what it deemed right. “I did what I have the strength to do. At least this came to court, I’m happy about that,” he said, adding he had not expected his relatives to turn up. “I’m not someone who hides. I don’t want to suppress my sexuality.”

El-Ahmad has told German media his father vowed to slit his throat and his uncle threatened to burn him after dousing him with petrol because they could not allow him to be gay.

The court did not deal with allegations of torture or forced marriage but the abduction happened after he was put into care.

While Germany has long struggled to stop the practice of forced marriage, the case has exposed risks faced by gay men. Some estimates put the number of forced marriages in Berlin at about 450 a year, with only a few dozen affecting men.

“It was a very brave step as a homosexual .. to question a religious society that is very conservative and lives in the Middle Ages,” said film director and gay rights activist Rosa von Praunheim. “Gays and young women are in the same boat.”

The case also feeds into a debate about the role of Islam in Germany, brought to a head by the anti-immigration PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) group which won support with warnings about being overrun by Muslims.

Although its popularity is waning, the grassroots movement put the question of Islam’s role in Germany on the political agenda and its weekly marches in Dresden were at their height when Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned them and declared: “Islam belongs to Germany”.

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(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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