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Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite

SEOUL Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labor for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the isolated country scrambles to unearth new sources of hard currency amid intensifying international sanctions. | Video

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Greek church bells ring funeral toll over sex change law 16 Oct 2017

ATHENS Churches in a western Greek region will ring funeral bells every day until Saturday to protest a new law that makes it easier for people to change their legally recognized gender, clerics said on Monday.

Fruit, prawns off the menu at China's austere party Congress 15 Oct 2017

BEIJING No free fruit in hotel rooms, no free hair cuts and no prawns on the menu - delegates at this week's Communist Party Congress in China can expect austere treatment in keeping with President Xi Jinping's pledge to crack down on corruption and extravagance.

French cabaret Crazy Horse returns to Singapore after a decade 13 Oct 2017

SINGAPORE Crazy Horse, a French cabaret known for its topless female dancers, has returned to Singapore a decade after a franchise club failed in the conservative Southeast Asian city-state.

Oxford to become first UK city to ban petrol and diesel cars from center 12 Oct 2017

LONDON The university city of Oxford has unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its center as part of the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution.

Toy-telligence the smart choice for children at Christmas 12 Oct 2017

LONDON Tyler the Playful Tiger, who roars, purrs and moves during play is among a group of animatronic toys tipped to be the most in demand for Christmas, according to the world's oldest toy shop.

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