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Die Lehrer = The Teachers Die Zeitung = The Newspaper
Should it not be a plural newspaper?
You're confusing sexual gender of real word objects with grammatical gender. They are (mostly) unrelated concepts. A newspaper is sexually neuter of course, but the word die Zeitung has feminine gender. One has nothing to do with the other.
It's not exceptions to the rules, it's the rule. And not just in German, for example Russian or French and many other languages have it the same way. In fact grammatical genders in Old English worked just like that too.