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Belgian Barkeepers Demonstrate Against Smoking Ban

More than 800 Belgian bar owners and their supporters demonstrated Saturday against a decision to widen a smoking ban in public spaces to cover all cafes and the kingdom's nine casinos from July 1.

The demonstration in Brussels was organized by the federation of cafe owners and restaurateurs, which claims that 4,000-5,000 of the country's 12,000 cafes are threatened with closure by the new legislation.

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Russians 'Never, Ever had Sex in Space'

Russian or Soviet cosmonauts never had sex in space in the 50 years of human exploration of the cosmos. And that's official, according to a Russian expert. As for Americans, well, you'd better ask them.

"There's no official or unofficial evidence that there were instances of sexual intercourse or the carrying out of sexual experiments in space," Valery Bogomolov, deputy director of the Moscow-based Institute of Biomedical Problems told the Interfax news agency.

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Dead Sea Turtle Found on Sidon Beach

Emergency teams of the Sidon municipality found a dead sea turtle on the coast of the southern port city, the National News Agency reported Friday.

NNA said that waves had washed up the huge turtle on the city’s al-Qamleh beach.

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Cooked-Up Phone Claim Brings S. Korea Prison Term

A South Korean who cooked his mobile phone in a microwave and then claimed compensation from the maker Samsung Electronics was Friday jailed for one year for extortion.

The 28-year-old surnamed Lee received about five million won ($4,500) in compensation from Samsung after claiming his phone exploded while being charged.

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British Tourist Catches US Baby Falling From Balcony

A toddler was saved during a potentially deadly fall from a fourth-floor balcony at an Orlando hotel after landing in the arms of a British tourist, police said Thursday.

Helen Beard, 44, told police she was in the pool of the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites when she saw the small girl dangling from the balcony.

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Russia's Medvedev Lets Loose in Youtube Dance Video

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev was shown dancing awkwardly to a pop song in a video spreading across Russian Internet on Wednesday that he said showed a reunion of his university class.

The brief clip uploaded on YouTube by an unidentified person showed the Russian leader in a suit jacket and jeans stepping and waving his hips alongside several other people to a perestroika-era hit song "American Boy" with a concentrated expression on his face.

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Iguana, Turtle or Mega-Rodent: Colombian Easter Fare

Green iguana, slider turtles and the world's largest rodent, capybara: it's not a trip to the zoo. It's what's for traditional Easter dinner in Colombia.

"This is the season we have them all coming in," said nutritionist Carolina Rangel, at a center for confiscated animals in the Colombian capital. She showed Agence France Presse about 30 confiscated "outlawed" slider turtles, common here and in Venezuela, as well as a rogue green iguana officials picked up on a bus.

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3D Porn Film Beats Avatar at Hong Kong Box Office

A Hong Kong movie billed as the world's first 3D porn film has broken the city's first-day box office record previously set by Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, the porn movie's publicist told Agence France Presse on Thursday.

"3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" notched up HK$2.8 million ($360,000) on its first day last week, outpacing director James Cameron's science fiction epic which drew HK$2.6 million, The film has grossed more than HK$15 million since its release, she added.

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South Korean Cuts Finger in Protest Against Japan

A South Korean almost severed his own finger Thursday in a solo protest against Japan's renewed claims to disputed islets, police told Agence France Presse.

The 47-year-old identified only by his surname Choi shouted "Japanese ambassador apologize!" outside the Japanese embassy, with his left little finger almost severed, an officer told AFP.

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Study Shows Attractive Men Have Long... Ring Fingers

The longer a man's fourth or ring finger is compared to his index finger, the more likely he is to be judged attractive by women, according to a study released Wednesday.

The results, published in the British Royal Society's journal Biological Sciences, unveil intricate links between foetal exposure of males to hormones, the development of certain physical traits, and what turns on the opposite sex.

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