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Leica M-E - why it's worth the money

"How much?" was the response I got when I admitted what my new Leica M-E camera set me back. Since then I've tried to dodge the question – "Oh look, a hoopoe bird"; "Anyone for coffee?" – or fudge it: "Well, I sold a lot of kit and used a tax rebate which paid off most of it." But I've been gulping …

North Korea: Kim Jong-un judges rocket shooting contest - video

North Korea's state television broadcasts footage of its leader Kim Jong-un watching an artillery unit conduct a shooting contest. Kim, accompanied by high-ranking military officers, can be seen looking through binoculars before judging the marksmanship of his army officers - the best of whom are …

The Countries Where Men Do the Most Housework

Slovenian and Danish men lead the pack; Indian men, not so much.<p>It may come as no surprise to Indian women, but their menfolk do some of the least housework in the world. At least, that’s what the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found when they looked at gender disparities in …

Exclusive: Russia wants IMF to move ahead on reforms without U.S. - sources

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian officials are pushing for the International Monetary Fund to move ahead with planned reforms without the United States, which could mean the loss of the U.S. veto over major decisions at the global lender, sources said.<p>Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov …

Lemur takes selfie at London zoo

So far, 2014 has been a vintage year for that evergreen journalistic obsession: the bizarre animal story.<p>The genre took a turn into tragedy when we learned of the sad fate of Denmark's Marius the giraffe.<p>Earlier this week, as I'm sure you know, a snake ate a crocodile in Queensland (Australia is …

UN experts seek Venezuela probe into abuse allegations

<b>A group of UN-appointed human rights experts has asked Venezuela for "prompt clarification" of allegations of abuse against anti-government protesters.</b><p>The six independent experts said that they were "deeply disturbed" by allegations of cases of arbitrary detention of protesters.<p>They also asked for …