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Strong Swiss franc boosts trade at German brothels
ZURICH (Reuters) - A jump in the Swiss franc against the euro, which threatens to push the country's economy into recession, is boosting trade in brothels across the border in Germany.
Romania says sorry for embassy invitation gaffe
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's foreign ministry apologized on Friday after its embassy in Paris sent out invitations for a reception and accidentally attached a spreadsheet with unflattering descriptions of some of the guests.
Palace apologizes over Belgian queen mother "death" notice
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's royal family has apologized to members of the public who were sent official cards that wrongly appeared to announce the death of King Philippe's mother.
Gun hidden inside book turns up in Maine thrift store
BRUNSWICK, Maine (Reuters) - A thrift store employee in coastal Maine got more than he bargained for when he opened a donated book and found a gun.
Joggers warned to beware of angry owl in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon officials are warning early morning joggers and park visitors in the state capital Salem to watch out for an owl who has an affinity for hats after at least four people were attacked in a month. 
Chimps joining new troop learn its 'words': study
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just as Bostonians moving to Tokyo ditch "grapefruit" and adopt "pamplemousse," so chimps joining a new troop change their calls to match those of their new troop, scientists reported on Thursday in the journal Current Biology.
Nepal ex-king's prized birds 'starving' in royal lodge
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nearly seven years after Nepal's former king was deposed, hundreds of birds in his private aviary are starving in cages on the grounds of a royal hunting lodge, a conservationist said.
Texas man arrested for fight at tax office over tightly folded money
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man has been arrested for taking tightly wound currency into a county office to pay his $600 property tax bill and then launching a tirade when asked to help unfold the money, the Wichita County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday.
Breakaway Episcopal churches in South Carolina can keep property: judge
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A breakaway group of Episcopal churches in South Carolina can retain its diocese name after leaving the U.S. Episcopal Church and keep historic church real estate worth $500 million, a judge has ruled.
Berlin expects serious policies, not formal attire, from Greeks
BERLIN (Reuters) - Greece's casually-attired finance minister can dress as he pleases when he visits Berlin this week, German officials said on Wednesday, provided he offers a sharp account of his government's plans.
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