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JAPAN-SUMO/
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18 Jul. 2017
The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks... more
JAPAN-SUMO/
RTX3BZMU
18 Jul. 2017
Nagoya, Japan
The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, as 11 gigantic wrestlers wearing only loincloths take turns throwing each other out of a ring of sand. The wrestlers, or 'rikishi', at the prestigious Tomozuna stable spend more than three hours each morning practising holds in Japan's 15-century-old national sport, with defeat facing the first to fall or be forced out of the ring. With rare permission granted by sumo's governing body, Reuters was able to observe the stable's wrestlers training at their temporary Buddhist temple base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament that kicked off last week, gaining insight into the intricacies of sumo. Entering the world of sumo is to eat, live, and breathe Japanese - from the samurai-style topknots to the rigid hierarchy. But the tough training and tradition-bound ways have put off many local youth from the sport, leaving sumo to be dominated by foreign Ð mainly Mongolian Ð wrestlers, who face a gruelling path to assimilation. "Language was the biggest source of stress," said Tomozuna Oyakata, better known by his fighting name Kyokutenho, the first Mongolian-born wrestler to lead a sumo stable. "I couldn't understand anything when I was being scolded, or even when I was being praised," said the master, one of the first six Mongolians to be inducted into the sport in 1992. REUTERS/Issei Kato SEARCH "KATO SUMO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: JAPAN-SUMO/
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL-PICTURES
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11 Jul. 2017
People run in panic after a coalition airstrike hit... more
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11 Jul. 2017
People run in panic after a coalition airstrike hit... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/PROTESTERS
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29 Jun. 2017
A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield and a knife... more
USA-IMMIGRATION/CANADA-TAXI
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10 May. 2017
Cab driver Curtis Seymour got the call at 3:30 a.m.... more
USA-IMMIGRATION/CENTRAL AMERICA
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5 May. 2017
The Trump administration has pointed to a sharp decline... more
USA-SXSW/
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17 Mar. 2017
An attendee plays Tough Coded onstage during the Gaming... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/
RTX2Z431
1 Feb. 2017
Newly recruited Houthi fighters take part in a parade... more
PEABODY-BANKRUPTCY/CLEANUP
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27 Jan. 2017
Shannon Anderson is seen in Gillette, Wyoming, U.S.... more
PEABODY-BANKRUPTCY/CLEANUP
RTSXKMG
27 Jan. 2017
Shannon Anderson drives on U.S. Highway 14/16 near... more
U.S. Presidential Election
U.S. Presidential Election
Confirmation hearings for Trump's nominees
25 PICTURES
YEMEN-SECURITY/
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4 Jan. 2017
Newly recruited Houthi fighters shout slogans as they... more
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4 Jan. 2017
Newly recruited Houthi fighter shouts slogans as he... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/
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3 Jan. 2017
Newly recruited Houthi fighters rehearse for a parade... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/
RTX2XDB0
3 Jan. 2017
A young newly recruited Houthi fighter applies dust... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/
RTX2XDAF
3 Jan. 2017
A newly recruited Houthi fighter takes part in a parade... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/
RTX2XDA2
3 Jan. 2017
Newly recruited Houthi fighters rehearse for a parade... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/
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3 Jan. 2017
Newly recruited Houthi fighters rehearse for a parade... more
YEMEN-SECURITY/
RTX2XD8C
3 Jan. 2017
Newly recruited Houthi fighters rehearse for a parade... more
PHILIPPINES-DRUGS/DUTERTE-VIEWS
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28 Dec. 2016
Weng Ruda, 36, mother of three walks her daughter to... more
PHILIPPINES-DRUGS/DUTERTE-VIEWS
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28 Dec. 2016
Kimee Enciso (L), 21, student and Blanchi Marasigan... more
GEORGIA-STALIN/
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15 Dec. 2016
Retired accountant Olga Danelia, 62, poses for a portrait... more
GLOBAL-HIGHLIGHTS/PICTURES
RTSUXAD
6 Dec. 2016
People run in panic after a coalition airstrike hit... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
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4 Oct. 2016
The hands of French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
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4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
RTSQQVN
4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
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4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
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4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
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4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
RTSQQUC
4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
GB-UNION/FRANCE-SAPIN
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4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
BRITAIN-EU/FRANCE
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4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
BRITAIN-EU/FRANCE
RTSQQS4
4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
BRITAIN-EU/FRANCE
RTSQQRK
4 Oct. 2016
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks during... more
SINGAPORE-FOOD/HAWKERS
RTX2N3A0
25 Aug. 2016
Singapore's beloved hawker industry faces an uncertain... more
In the Headlines
In the Headlines
Philippines' deadly drug war
31 PICTURES
HONGKONG/
RTSISGY
20 Jul. 2016
QUALITY REPEAT - A Chinese yuan currency sign is illustrated... more
PHILIPPINES-POLICE/
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16 Jun. 2016
For Manila's struggling police, the June 30 inauguration... more
VENEZUELA-EDUCATION/
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16 Jun. 2016
Many poor and middle-class Venezuelans can no longer... more
PUERTORICO-DEBT/
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28 Apr. 2016
The Government Development Bank (GDB) is seen in San... more
EGYPT-STRONGMAN/PHARAOH
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25 Mar. 2016
Egyptian strongman Karim Hussein, 38, carries a wooden... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QZN
8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
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8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
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8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
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8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
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8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QZ0
8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
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8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QYY
8 Mar. 2016
Swimmer Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait at the U.S.... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QUV
8 Mar. 2016
Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QUQ
8 Mar. 2016
Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QUI
8 Mar. 2016
Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QUH
8 Mar. 2016
Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait with... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QUG
8 Mar. 2016
Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QUB
8 Mar. 2016
Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson poses for a portrait at... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QR0
8 Mar. 2016
Decathlete Ashton Eaton poses for a portrait at the... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QQX
8 Mar. 2016
Decathlete Ashton Eaton poses for a portrait at the... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
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8 Mar. 2016
Decathlete Ashton Eaton poses for a portrait at the... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QQV
8 Mar. 2016
Decathlete Ashton Eaton poses for a portrait at the... more
OLYMPICS-USA/
RTS9QQR
8 Mar. 2016
Decathlete Ashton Eaton poses for a portrait at the... more
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