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'Refugees' chosen as Word of the Year 2015 in Germany

With roughly one million migrants arriving in Germany this year, the Society for the German language on Friday chose “Fluechtlinge” — refugees — as Word of the Year 2015. In second place was “Je suis Charlie”, a phrase that became a widespread slogan after January’s attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Then followed “Grexit”, the term coined to describe the risk of Greece tumbling out of the euro. But “Fluechtlinge”, which comes from the verb “fluechten” — to flee — and the derivative “ling”, a person who ...

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Nobel Peace Prize laureates call for fight against terrorism, Palestine solution

A Tunisian pro-democracy group accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday and set the fight against terrorism and helping Palestinians to achieve self-determination as global priorities. The National Dialogue Quartet, which won the Peace Prize for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, accepted the award at a ceremony in Oslo held under tight security following the armed attacks in Paris on Nov. 13. “Today we are most in need of making the fight against terrorism an absolute priority, which means perseverance on coordination and cooperation between ...

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Nothing less than perfection is on the menu for the Nobel banquet

Young chefs work to prepare the Nobel menu in the kitchen of the city hall, where the Nobel Banquet, one of the most prestigious banquets, will be held, in Stockholm, Sweden, December 8, 2015. Reuters/Johan Ahlander In a shiny new kitchen beneath Stockholm’s city hall, more than 40 chefs are peeling, scooping, molding and baking local ingredients late into the night to feed an army of the world’s great and gifted. The Nobel Banquet is held every year since 1901, when the first Nobel prizes were awarded. Thea dress code ...

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Metal detectorist finds Viking treasure in Britain

A hoard of Viking coins, silver and jewelry could shine new light on the history of how the Kingdom of England came to exist, after it was discovered by a British amateur metal detectorist. The 186 coins, seven pieces of jewelry and 15 silver ingots were buried around the end of the 870s AD as Anglo-Saxon kings, in what is today England, began to fight back against Viking expansion across Britain. “The hoard comes from a key moment in English history,” said Gareth Williams, curator of Early Medieval Coinage at ...

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Nobel laureates to collect awards amid heightened security

The winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet members, (L-R) Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union Houcine Abassi, President of the National Order of Tunisian Lawyers Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, Tunisian Human Rights League… Reuters/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. NO ...

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Dazzling New York City holiday windows delight children, adults

NEW YORK – From a winter palace with couture fashions, to a gingerbread kingdom and sweet shop and a tribute to Charlie Brown of the comic strip “Peanuts,” department stores in New York revealed their holiday window displays to the delight of children and adults. Macy’s, which began the holiday windows tradition in 1870, treated viewers to a mini jazz concert and songs from a children’s choir as it unveiled its Charlie Brown-themed windows. Lord & Taylor opted for window displays based on the theme of “A Few of Our ...

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Tibet to get first KFC next year, amid China expansion

A man walks past a logo of KFC, outside a restaurant in Shanghai, China, July 30, 2015. Reuters/Aly Song KFC is expected to open its first restaurant in Tibet next year, as parent Yum Brands Inc looks to expand in the Chinese market and shake off a series of food scares and marketing blunders that have severely dented its sales in the country. A franchisee will open the KFC restaurant, known for its American-style fried chicken, in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, in the first half of 2016, Yum said in ...

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Transgender Venezuelan lawmaker vows to fight for gay rights

Venezuela’s first transgender lawmaker says she will fight for gay rights and gender equality, drawing inspiration from a flurry of new laws on marriage and civil unions in the rest of traditionally Roman Catholic Latin America. After her historic election to the National Assembly as part of an opposition triumph, lawyer and activist Tamara Adrian told Reuters she would seek to change Venezuela’s often “macho” society. “In Venezuela we don’t have any rights,” Adrian, 61, said of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. The lawmaker-elect had to register ...

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Corked? Fine wines languish in China warehouses as consumers cool

(Corrects name of ASC Fine Wine owner to Suntory Group, not Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd, removes reference to listed company ticker in Nov 2 story) By Adam Jourdan The crates of Chateau Brehat wine from Bordeaux had gathered dust for three years in a bonded warehouse on the outskirts of Shanghai before the owners cut their losses in July, slashing three-quarters off the $ 50 price tag. The fire sale was prompted by a huge oversupply of wine that had built up after a swarm of importers jumped at ...

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Actress Joan Collins auctions gowns, jewelry and memorabilia

NEW YORK – Gowns, jewelry and memorabilia owned by actress Joan Collins during a career that spanned decades will be sold later this month in Beverly Hills by Julien’s Auctions. Highlights of the sale on Dec. 16 will include costumes Collins wore as Alexis Carrington Colby in the 1980s television drama “Dynasty,” couture dresses from the 1960s, vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunks and a custom-made white fox and mink cape.  This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s ...

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