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At 103, Indian Man Votes in First Election

Frail, aided by his grandson and beaming with pride, 103-year-old Asgar Ali was among thousands who cast their ballots for the first time in elections held in eastern India on Thursday.

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Tripoli Cafes Offer Libyans Taste of Normality

Weaving between tables at a seaside restaurant in Libya's capital bearing freshly baked rosemary bread, Abdelmuttaleb Twigiri shuttles between the wood-fired oven and his customers in a blur of hospitality.

It's the opening night of his brainchild Toucan, a Mediterranean "fusion" eatery that Twigiri hopes will give residents of once-bustling Tripoli a rare taste of normality amid political chaos.

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Big Ben to Fall Silent for Months during Repairs

Big Ben will fall silent for several months while the iconic London clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament undergoes "desperately" needed repairs next year, officials said on Tuesday.

The bell, whose chimes feature on British radio broadcasts, will be silenced as part of the £29 million (37 million euros, $42 million) repairs.

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Pimp my Rickshaw: Indonesian Karaoke Goes Mobile

An Indonesian rickshaw fitted with a karaoke machine blasts out loud music next to a row of food stalls, as revelers sing and dance enthusiastically nearby.

The musical pedicab is among a wave of new innovations helping Indonesians indulge their love of singing wherever they can, from specially equipped trains and buses to services that bring karaoke to your home.

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'Louis Vuitton Fried Chicken' Owner Fined in S. Korea

A South Korean court has ordered a fried chicken restaurant owner to pay 14.5 million won ($12,500) for refusing to comply with a ban on using the luxury Louis Vuitton brand name for his outlet, a report said Tuesday.

The owner, identified only by his surname Kim, had called his restaurant in Seoul, "LOUIS VUITON DAK" -- a play on the word "tongdak" which means whole chicken in Korean.

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British Poet Laureate Pens Ode to Gas Meters

Britain's poet laureate is working on a new poem -- about the demise of traditional gas and electricity meters.

Carol Ann Duffy admitted the work marking the government's decision to fit all British homes and small businesses with smart meters by 2020, was "one of my most unusual projects".

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Canada PM Lights up Internet Explaining Quantum Computing

He has impressed world leaders, has a growing army of fans -- many female -- and is even credited with driving up tourism to Canada.

But photogenic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now displayed another gift even few of his most ardent supporters knew he had: a more than passable knowledge of quantum computing.

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Strong Interest in U.S. Cab Service Just for Women and Children

U.S. entrepreneur Michael Pelletz's project of a rideshare service for women and children with vehicles driven by women has prompted such interest that he is postponing the service's launch date.

Chariot For Women, fully funded by its founder and close associates, was initially set to kick off on Tuesday.

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Close Living Room Encounter with Dangerous Cassowary

An Australian couple had a close encounter with one of the most dangerous birds in the world when a giant flightless cassowary wandered into their home, sending them running for cover.

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So Long, Suckers! Inky the Octopus Makes an Amazing Escape

Inky the octopus waited until it was dark and the staff had gone home from the National Aquarium of New Zealand before making his move.

He squeezed and pushed his way through a tiny gap in the mesh at the top of his tank and slithered 2 meters (6.6 feet) to the floor. Then he made a beeline across the room to a drain hole.

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