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Whisky with your wax? South Africa rides ‘metrosexual’ wave

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Before male beauty parlors began popping up in South Africa a few years ago, image-conscious men like Gerhard Joubert felt awkward being pampered and preened in salons filled with women. FILE PHOTO: FIA worker gestures as he grooms a client at the Bespoken Man, a full-service gentleman’s barber shop in Sandton, South Africa, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko “It’s a male environment. They give you a whisky if you want a whisky. In the old days we had to go to female hair salons,” said Joubert, reclining…

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Iran’s Chain Murders: A wave of killings that shook a nation

Image caption Some of the victims of the 1998 killings It was an incident they were told never to talk about and for several years they heeded that warning. A group of 21 Iranian poets, writers and journalists believed they were heading to a literary conference in neighbouring Armenia in August 1996. But what should have been a routine trip turned into one of the most terrifying experiences of their lives. They had hired a bus to drive them high up into the mountains through the mist-covered Heyran Pass, a…

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University students hit by wave of fake tax refund emails

Image copyright Getty Images University students have been bombarded with fake tax refund emails in the last month, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of students have been targeted in a bid to steal their banking and personal details. The fraudsters appear to be using .ac.uk email addresses that look genuine, in order to avoid detection. HMRC said email, text or voicemail would never be used for real refunds. “Although HMRC is cracking down hard on internet scams, criminals will stop at…

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Mexico City receives first wave from migrant caravan

Image copyright EPA Image caption The sports stadium is being prepared for thousands of migrants The first migrants from a large convoy of people travelling through Mexico towards the United States have arrived in the capital, Mexico City. About 450 people, mostly men and boys, have been given temporary shelter at a sports stadium. The convoy, known as a caravan, set off from Honduras several weeks ago and is now about 5,000 strong. US President Donald Trump says troops will be deployed to stop them crossing the US-Mexican border. Critics…

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Family gang behind east England ‘crime wave’

An extended-family gang carried out more than 250 burglaries during an 11-month crime spree in the east of England, police said. The 12 men stole jewellery, cash, cars and guns worth a total of £2m from homes and businesses across five counties in 2017. The extent of the enterprise can now be reported – after three of them were convicted at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday. Det Insp Craig Harrison, from Cambridgeshire police, said the men considered crime “just a way of life”. The crimes were committed in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk,…

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Technology 

Riding e-commerce wave, Wirecard sees core profits growing sixfold by 2025

MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Wirecard, the fintech company that last month joined Germany’s DAX blue-chip index, said on Tuesday it expects core profits to grow sixfold by the middle of the next decade thanks to a boom in e-commerce and digital payments. FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Wirecard AG, an independent provider of outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payment transactions is seen in Aschheim near Munich, Germany September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo The company, founded in 1999, is the leading German player in a payments sector that is…

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Waiting list for avocado trees amid NZ crime wave

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Want to grow your own avocados for toast? There’s a waiting list Nurseries in New Zealand are struggling to keep up with demand for avocado trees as the country’s love of the pulpy fruit has seemingly fuelled a crime wave, it’s been reported. According to the Stuff.nz news website, garden centres are reporting waiting lists dozens deep of people who want to grow their own, as prices for a single fruit nudge around NZ$3 ($1.95; £1.50) per fruit. Earlier this year, the price peaked…

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Science 

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The wave was measured by a buoy at Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean Scientists in New Zealand have documented what they believe is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The 23.8m (78ft) wave was measured by a buoy on New Zealand’s Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday, the country’s weather authority said. It eclipses a 22.03m wave that was identified south of the Australian state of Tasmania in 2012. Larger waves have been recorded in the northern hemisphere.…

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Iran condemns wave of Israeli air strikes in Syria

Image copyright Israel Defense Forces Image caption The Israel Defense Forces released video of an air strike on a Syrian missile launcher Iran has backed Syria’s “right to defend itself” after Israel launched strikes on what it said was Iranian military infrastructure inside Syria. In the first comments by Iran since Thursday’s wave of strikes, the foreign ministry condemned the “blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty”. The strikes were the heaviest carried out by Israel on Syria in decades. They came after 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military positions in…

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