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Fairouz Cafe brings Levantine nostalgia to southern Iraq

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Mohammed Abdul Ameer’s nostalgia for better days and his roots in the Levant were what inspired him to open Basra’s first mixed-gender cafe since the rule of Saddam Hussein, and themed in honor of the Lebanese singer Fairouz. An Iraqi woman reads a book at a cafe called Fayruz Cafe after the famous female Lebanese singer Fayruz, in Basra, Iraq December 29, 2018. Picture taken December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani The southern Iraqi city, the home of Abdul Ameer’s father, has since Saddam was toppled in…

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Top 25 roundup: Texas Southern upsets No. 18 Oregon

Trayvon Reed scored 23 points on 9-of-9 shooting as visiting Texas Southern recorded a stunning 89-84 upset of No. 18 Oregon on Monday night at Eugene, Ore. Nov 26, 2018; Spokane, WA, USA; North Dakota State Bison forward Rocky Kreuser (34) controls the ball against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Filip Petrusev (3) in the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs won 102-60. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports John Jones added 20 points for the Tigers (2-4), who halted a four-game losing streak. Jalyn Patterson notched 13 points and…

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Eleven hikers killed in flash flooding in southern Italy

Image copyright EPA Image caption A search and rescue operation was launched after the flash flood At least 11 hikers have been killed and others are missing after flash flooding in southern Italy. They were walking in a gorge in a national park in the Calabria region when they were hit by a torrent swollen by heavy rain. Eighteen others were rescued, including a 10-year-old boy, the regional head of civil protection told Italian TV. Six people have been taken to hospital. Local officials say the exact number of those…

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Bertens stuns Kvitova to reach Western & Southern final

Kiki Bertens continued her recent success against Top 10 players by ousting Petra Kvitova on Saturday to reach the championship match of the Western & Southern Open at Mason, Ohio. Aug 18, 2018; Mason, OH, USA; Kiki Bertens (NED) reacts to defeating Petra Kvitova (CZE) in the Western and Southern tennis open at Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Bertens recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 semifinal victory over the eighth-seeded Kvitova, who badly wilted in the final set. Aug 18, 2018; Mason, OH, USA; Kiki Bertens…

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Serena Williams loses to Petra Kvitova at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open

Serena Williams was looking to win her third title in Cincinnati Former world number one Serena Williams says she is at the start of a “long comeback” after losing 6-3 2-6 6-3 to Czech Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. The second-round loss comes on the back of her heaviest career defeat, a 6-1 6-0 loss to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the Silicon Valley Classic first round. “I’m still at the very beginning,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “I’m just going to continue to work hard, and hopefully I’ll start winning…

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Sacre bleu! Blue wine makes a splash in southern France

SETE, France (Reuters) – A glass of blue, sir? It is a question that may dismay purist winemakers in France, where wine is a way of life rather than simply a drink, but in the southern town of Sete consumers cannot get enough. A glass of Vindigo, Mediterranean chardonnay wine, is seen at a beachfront restaurant in Sete, France, August 9, 2018. The wine is filtered through a pulp of red grape skins which contain a natural pigment, anthocyanin, and gives the wine its blue colour. REUTERS/Antony Paone In the…

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Dozens dead in southern Syria suicide attacks

Suicide attacks in southern Syria have killed at least 38 people, state media and monitors say. The attacks took place in and around the government-held city of Sweida, reports said. The Islamic State group says it was behind the violence. Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least another 30 people were wounded. The Syrian government has retaken control of much of southern Syria in recent months. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the…

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Cows make annual pilgrimage to greener pastures in southern France

SAINT-COME-D’OLT, France (Reuters) – Wearing colorful headdresses, floral decorations and large bells around their necks, herds of cows headed up toward the Aubrac Plateau in southern France over the weekend in an annual trip toward greener pastures for the summer months. Each year, farmers from around the area in the elevated Massif Central region organize festivities to mark the occasion when the animals leave the valley, where they spend winter, for better quality grass higher up in the mountains. Some of the Aubrac cows, which are known for their hardiness,…

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Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink trains cancelled and delayed

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Passengers had been urged to plan ahead and check revised timetables Rail passengers are reporting delays and cancellations this morning after new timetables were introduced. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) rescheduled every service on its Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern franchise as part of an overhaul billed as the biggest in the UK. The operator apologised after it cancelled dozens of trains, hours after its new timetable began on Sunday. It called the change a “significant logistical challenge”. The Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise…

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Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink trains cancelled

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Passengers had been urged to plan ahead and check revised timetables A rail firm cancelled dozens of trains – hours after its new timetable began. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) rescheduled every service on its Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern franchise as part of an overhaul billed as the biggest in the UK. It said the “huge logistical challenge” of introducing the new timetable meant “some services are not initially running”. It was unable to confirm how many trains had been cancelled on Sunday. A GTR…

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