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  • Rapper Khalifa smokes a marijuana cigarette at a special screening of "Jimi: All Is by My Side" at the ArcLight theatre in Los Angeles

    American rapper Wiz Khalifa has scored the fastest selling single of the year, as his tribute to actor Paul Walker, "See You Again", climbed 21 places to top the British chart, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. The song featuring Charlie Puth is on the sound track to the movie "Furious 7", and it pays tribute …

  • U.S. jury hears Bryant Gumbel testimony in HBO libel … Reuters - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 5:52 AM SGT
    Bryant Gumbel participates in a panel for the HBO television show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" during the TCA presentations in Pasadena

    A federal jury heard testimony from Bryant Gumbel on Friday at a trial in which HBO faces libel claims over a report aired on the TV journalist's popular sports news programme that focussed on child labour in India. Gumbel's videotaped deposition came on the fifth day of the trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan over …

  • 'King and I' gets royal treatment in new Broadway … Reuters - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 4:34 AM SGT

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1951 musical "The King and I" is getting the royal treatment on Broadway with a 29-piece orchestra and huge cast in a production critics say is breathtaking and beautiful. The show that opened on Thursday night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater …

  • Kate Winslet says she can "never stop learning" … Reuters - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 1:07 AM SGT
    Winslet arrives for the "A Little Chaos" gala at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto

    Kate Winslet has won numerous awards including an Oscar as well as widespread critical acclaim in her 20-year acting career but the "Titanic" star admits that she does not always think she has done the best she can on screen. The 39-year-old, who has received six Oscar nominations in all, is best known for her roles in …

  • Higher US gas prices sparked modest inflation in M … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:30 PM SGT
    FILE - In this April 6, 2015 file photo, a vehicle is refueled at a gas station in New Orleans. Rising gas prices in March led to a slight increase in inflation, a sign that some of the broader economic impact from cheaper oil is fading. The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March. Inflation moved at that same pace in February, which ended three straight monthly declines caused largely by falling oil and gasoline prices. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher-priced gasoline slightly boosted consumer prices in March, a sign that some of the effects of cheaper oil are fading and that inflation may be edging up to healthier levels.

  • Soviet-era thriller "Child 44" hits screens … Reuters - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 8:09 PM SGT

    A Hollywood film about a Soviet-era serial killer hits cinema screens on Friday, but it will not be shown in Russia after Moscow pulled the movie because of what it called a "distortion of historical facts". "Child 44", based on the 2008 novel by Tom Rob Smith, revolves around the hunt for a child murderer during the 1950s …

  • Brussels brewer uses leftover bread to make beer Reuters - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 5:06 PM SGT
    Sebastien Morvan, one of the founders of microbrewery Brussels Beer Project, displays bottles of beer called Babylone in his office in central Brussels

    By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A small Brussels-based brewery has embarked on a project to make beer from leftover bread, harking back to antiquity, when bread, rather than barley, was the main ingredient. The idea for brewing with bread came when 31-year-old Frenchman Sebastien Morvan talked to a friend …

  • Canadian broadcaster slammed for failing to halt abuse … Reuters - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 3:46 AM SGT
    Ghomeshi, a former celebrity radio host who has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, leaves court alongside his lawyer Henein in Toronto

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corp was slammed on Thursday for failing to halt the abusive conduct of star radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who is facing criminal charges for sexual assault and choking. An independent report investigating whether senior managers at the national public broadcaster ignored Ghomeshi's behaviour because …

  • Silver coins worth $50 million recovered from WW2 wreck … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 11:06 PM SGT

    Marine salvage experts have recovered $50 million in silver coins from a ship sunk by a German submarine in 1942 as it was transporting the cash from India to London to help finance Britain's efforts in World War Two. Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search, the firm in charge of the salvage 700 km (400 miles) south of the South …

  • 'Finding Neverland' gets its hook into Bro … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 11:04 PM SGT
    Jennifer Hudson performs during the American Theatre Wing's 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Finding Neverland," Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein's musical about the story behind the creation of "Peter Pan," debuted on Broadway but critics found the production "overstuffed" and said it failed to take flight. The show, which opened on Wednesday night at the Lunt-Fontanne …

  • Lady Gaga, Sam Smith booked at Montreux jazz festi … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 9:30 PM SGT
    Singer Lady Gaga arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills

    By Stephanie Nebehay LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett headline the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival and Brazilian legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil will appear in a rare double billing. The line-up for the July 3-18 event also includes veterans Santana, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz as …

  • Swiss winemaker toasts Russian crisis with glass half … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 8:32 PM SGT
    A view of the restaurant at the Le Meridien Bristol hotel in Warsaw

    By Maria Kiselyova and Olga Sichkar MOSCOW (Reuters) - For Swiss winemakers Renaud and Marina Burnier a drop in the rouble has opened up new possibilities for a Russian venture they once doubted would get off the ground.

  • Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd" … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 8:22 PM SGT
    Actress Mulligan signs a poster at the world premiere of "Far From the Madding Crowd" at the BFI Southbank in London

    Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd" comes to the big screen in a new adaptation of the English novelist's first literary success that introduced his readers to his fictional rural Wessex settings. Set in Victorian England, the film stars British actress Carey Mulligan, known for her roles in "The Great Gatsby", …

  • Book Talk: Nefarious corporation, South London rave … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 8:10 PM SGT

    By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Since his 2010 debut, novelist Ned Beauman has established a reputation for clever plots replete with memorable characters, vivid prose and odd medical conditions. His third novel, "Glow," follows Raf, a young Londoner with a rare sleep disorder who loves raves and pirate radio. …

  • Walker tribute drives 'Furious 7' to top of … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 4:16 AM SGT
    Cast member Diesel poses at fans at the premiere of "Furious 7" at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An emotional tribute song to late actor Paul Walker in Universal Pictures' blockbuster film "Furious 7" drove the movie's soundtrack to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday. The "Furious 7" soundtrack, which features Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's …

  • Royal Opera's Pappano says "mathematician … Reuters - Thu, Apr 16, 2015 1:32 AM SGT

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The Royal Opera's music director Antonio Pappano said modern composers were ill-served by "mathematician conductors" who fail to find emotion in the music. The comments appeared to be a pre-emptive defence for a new work by Austria's Georg Friedrich Haas that is part of the 2015-16 …

  • Rickman arrives for the "A Little Chaos" gala at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto

    By Rollo Ross LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Alan Rickman returns to the director's chair after nearly 20 years with romantic period drama "A Little Chaos," starring Kate Winslet as a landscape designer commissioned to work on the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. The film is Rickman's second as director since 1997's …

  • Industrial production in March posts biggest drop since … Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015 10:40 PM SGT
    In this Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo, a man welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa. The Federal Reserve releases industrial production for March on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production registered the biggest drop in almost six years last month, another sign that the economy got off to a stumbling start in 2015.

  • HBO tells jury it was 'generous' to British … Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015 11:40 AM SGT
    The logo for HBO,Home Box Office, the American premium cable television network, owned by Time Warner, is pictured during the HBO presentation at the Cable portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills

    HBO on Tuesday sought to turn the tables on the British sporting goods company suing it for libel over a report about child labour in India, telling a federal jury in Manhattan the claims against it were baseless. The trial, which opened Monday, follows years of litigation over the report on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," …

  • Netflix takes Marvel to dark corners in bloody  … Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015 3:19 AM SGT
    Producer Steven DeKnight is photographed in Beverly Hills, California

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He doesn't have Thor's hammer or Iron Man's suit, but that's not stopping Marvel's latest superhero from seeking justice in the seedy underbelly of Hell's Kitchen in Netflix Inc's first superhero series. "Marvel's Daredevil," which premiered all 13 episodes on the online streaming …

  • Anne Frank remembered in her own words 70 years after … Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015 12:23 AM SGT
    The well-known first diary of Anne Frank sits on display in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

    Young diarist Anne Frank was remembered through her own words rather than a minute's silence on Tuesday, in a new UK campaign to commemorate 70 years since her death in World War Two. The Anne Frank Trust UK has launched a social media campaign called #notsilent in which celebrities and the public are invited to record …

  • US businesses boosted stockpiles 0.3 percent in Fe … Associated Press - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 10:33 PM SGT
    In this March 31, 2015, photo, Ed Fotta sorts hardwood at the Allegheny Millwork and Lumberyard in Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department releases business inventories for February on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles by a moderate amount in February although total business sales were weak for a seventh straight month.

  • US retail sales heat up in March; has big thaw arr … Associated Press - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 9:34 PM SGT
    In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 photo, women enter a high end fashion store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for March on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending on autos, furniture, clothing and building materials in March, lifting retail sales for the first time in four months.

  • More expensive gas lifts wholesale prices in March Associated Press - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 9:30 PM SGT
    In this March 11, 2015 photo, newly-filled and sealed cans of Coors Banquet beer move along on a conveyor belt at the MillerCoors Brewery, in Golden, Colo. The Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for March on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher gas costs drove up wholesale prices last month, ending a string of four straight declines.

  • Kate Winslet takes on Versailles gardens in new film … Reuters - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 7:57 PM SGT
    Actress Kate Winslet waves as she arrives for the European premiere of "Divergent" at Leicester Square in London

    Oscar winner Kate Winslet returns to the big screen as a landscape designer tasked with constructing the grand gardens of Versailles, but the British actress says she is not so green-fingered when it comes to her own backyard. The 39-year old star of "Titanic" plays Sabine De Barra in romantic period drama "A Little Chaos", …

  • U.S. jury told HBO 'concocted' child labour … Reuters - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 11:27 AM SGT

    A federal jury in Manhattan heard charges about fiction masquerading as fact on Monday, at the opening of a trial in which HBO faces libel claims over a report on child labour in India. The trial is the culmination of years of litigation over the report on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," which first aired in September …

  • Manuscript by Nazi code breaker Alan Turing sells for … Reuters - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 3:56 AM SGT
    Notebook of British mathematician and pioneer in computer science Alan Turing is displayed in front of a photo of him during an auction preview in Hong Kong

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 56-page handwritten notebook that belonged to World War Two Nazi code breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing, played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the film "The Imitation Game," sold for more than $1 million at an auction in New York, Bonhams said on Monday. Turing, a British …

  • Ali Smith, Anne Tyler make Baileys Women's Prize … Reuters - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 2:20 AM SGT
    Ali Smith, Nominee in the 2014 Costa Book Awards and winner of the Costa Novel Award category, poses with her book "How to be Both" prior to the announcement of the overall winner, in London

    Ali Smith's highly praised "How to be Both" and Pulitzer-winning American novelist Anne Tyler's "A Spool of Blue Thread" are among the six books short-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the prize committee said on Monday. Other books on the list for the prize, which is in its 20th year and whose winner will …

  • HBO goes to trial over alleged 'hoax' child … Reuters - Tue, Apr 14, 2015 12:35 AM SGT

    Jury selection began on Monday in a trial in which Home Box Office Inc faces libel claims over a report linking British sporting goods company Mitre Sports International to child labor in India. The trial in federal court in Manhattan is the culmination of years of litigation over the report on "Real Sports with Bryant …

  • Musician Carlos Varela seeks to bridge U.S. and Cuban … Reuters - Mon, Apr 13, 2015 11:48 PM SGT
    Carlos Varela performs in concert at the National Theater in Havana

    By Saundra Amrhein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, dubbed "The Poet of Havana," has walked a cultural tightrope in Cuba for decades, questioning the island's communist government in his lyrics, while also hitting out at Washington's five-decades-old trade embargo. His songs earned him a following …

  • Tribute to late "German Sinatra" is surprise … Reuters - Mon, Apr 13, 2015 9:47 PM SGT
    Juergens holds up his trophy for Lifetime Achievement during Bambi 2013 media awards ceremony in Berlin

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - A German musical celebrating 20 of the top hits from pop star Udo Juergens has become the show to see in Berlin after the German-speaking world's answer to Frank Sinatra died at the age of 80 late last year. The musical "Ich war noch niemals in New York" (I've never been in New York) …

  • Kinks musical, Miller play are big winners at Oliv … Reuters - Mon, Apr 13, 2015 11:06 AM SGT

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - "Sunny Afternoon," based on the music of the 1960s rock group the Kinks, blew away American competitors to win best new musical at the Olivier Awards on Sunday, while a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" took best play revival. Kevin Spacey won a Special Award, presented …

  • Singer Jess Glynne arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in London

    Singer-songwriter Jess Glynne topped the British singles chart for the third week in a row, fending off the challenge of U.S. artist Nick Jonas by 5,000 sales, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. Glynne's song "Hold My Hand" came in ahead of "Jealous", Jonas's debut solo single, and former number-one "King" by …

  • From film to fashion, Dubai bids to be creative capital … Reuters - Sun, Apr 12, 2015 5:26 PM SGT

    Dubai is launching a drive to become one of the Arab world's top centres for art, design, film and fashion - areas that have traditionally been dominated by old Arab cities outside the Gulf. It is throwing hundreds of millions of dollars and the latest technology into its effort, using state-linked companies to develop …

  • Van Nieuwerburgh places a symbolic quill in the hand of a statue of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "This is the short and the long of it," as William Shakespeare wrote in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." A play called "Double Falsehood" published in 1728 by a man who claimed it was based on a lost Shakespeare play but has long been dismissed as a forgery may indeed be the real deal. …

  • Move over sci-fi: 'Climate fiction' finds way … Reuters - Sat, Apr 11, 2015 1:53 AM SGT
    Laborer dismantles scaffoldings near the India Gate war memorial on a smoggy day in New Delhi

    By Kyle Plantz LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Students at a Massachusetts college have just read "The Windup Girl", the tale of a dystopian future Bangkok where climate change has pushed up temperatures and sea levels, and viruses acquired from genetically modified food are killing people. The book, by debut novelist …

  • 'Wolf Hall' brings deceit, betrayal of Tudor … Reuters - Sat, Apr 11, 2015 1:50 AM SGT
    Actors Nathaniel Parker and Ben Miles perform in an adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" during a photocall in London

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Tudor court of England's King Henry VIII, with all its intrigue, greed and betrayal, comes alive on Broadway in "Wolf Hall Parts One & Two," the theatrical adaptation of author Hilary Mantel's award-winning historical novels. The two-part production by the Royal Shakespeare …

  • Harry Potter fans become wizards in Hogwarts-style … Reuters - Sat, Apr 11, 2015 1:42 AM SGT
    Participants listen to instructions as they attend a workshop before the role play event at Czocha Castle in Sucha

    Clad in robes and pointed hats, would-be sorcerers wave their wands and cast spells as they hone their magic skills at their very own College of Wizardry. Poland's Czocha Castle on Thursday opened its doors to 130 would-be witches and wizards for a four-day live-action role play (LARP) inspired by the hugely successful …

  • At Tribeca Film Festival, movies make room for live … Reuters - Fri, Apr 10, 2015 10:32 PM SGT

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - From a crime thriller based on a memoir to a zombie drama set in small-town America or peeks into the lives of a ballerina and a singer, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival is showcasing a varied mix of movies along with live dance, music and comedy. "We had no idea of the particular …

  • New British royal baby faces tricky life as the &# … Reuters - Fri, Apr 10, 2015 8:04 AM SGT
    Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George alongside her husband Prince William as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The newest member of Britain's royal family, due to make an entrance this month when Prince William's wife Kate gives birth to the couple's second baby, will be taking on one of royalty's toughest roles -- life as "spare to the heir". The "spare" role is an undefined one that allows …

  • US wholesale stockpiles edge up in February Associated Press - Thu, Apr 9, 2015 10:22 PM SGT
    FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, a worker stocks clothing at the new Costco in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for February on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Mark Bugnaski, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in February, while sales kept falling.

  • Gaza police seize Banksy painting in legal row Reuters - Thu, Apr 9, 2015 9:34 PM SGT

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian police confiscated from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap. The artist Belal Khaled had paid 700 shekels ($175) for the image of a goddess holding …

  • British "queen of memorabilia" eagerly awaits … Reuters - Thu, Apr 9, 2015 9:07 PM SGT
    A kitchen dresser covered in commemorative crockery is seen at the house of Margaret Tyler in west London

    Statues of two Corgi dogs either side of the doorstep provide an extra hint of what awaits inside the home of pensioner Margaret Tyler - a shrine to Britain's royal family. Crammed with pictures, statues, plates and tea towels, Tyler's hoard of more than 10,000 items is believed to be the biggest private collection of …

  • Book Talk: Andrew O'Hagan on killing characters, … Reuters - Thu, Apr 9, 2015 8:02 PM SGT

    By Nicholas P. Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - In "The Illuminations," by Scottish novelist Andrew O'Hagan, former photographer Anne Quirk battles creeping dementia while her soldier grandson, Luke Campbell, fights a brutal war in Afghanistan. It is the fifth novel by O'Hagan, who is a creative writing fellow at King's College …

  • Gay pride festival heads for pastures new in Latvi … Reuters - Thu, Apr 9, 2015 5:31 PM SGT

    By Katya Golubkova and Gederts Gelzis RIGA (Reuters) - Religion and politics are likely to make for a heady mix in Riga this summer when a former Soviet state plays host to Europe's highest-profile gay pride event for the first time. The annual EuroPride festival will descend in mid-June on the capital of Latvia, a country …

  • Wale edges out 'Furious 7' for top spot on … Reuters - Thu, Apr 9, 2015 4:30 AM SGT
    Rapper Wale attends the re-opening of 40/40 Club in New York

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Wale's latest studio record topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, but it was the soundtrack to Universal Pictures' hit "Furious 7" movie that posted the largest rise this week. Wale's "The Album About Nothing," which features narration by comedian …

  • Taylor Swift, Sam Smith lead Billboard Music Awards … Reuters - Wed, Apr 8, 2015 3:21 AM SGT
    Pop singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

    Pop star Taylor Swift and British soul singer Sam Smith, who were among the top-selling musical acts in the United States last year, led the nominations for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards finalists on Tuesday. Swift, 25, picked up 14 nominations while Smith, 22, got 13, including nods for top artist. Swift's "1989" will …

  • Electronic music group The Prodigy went straight in at the top of the British music album chart on Sunday with "The Day Is My Enemy", their first studio album in six years, the Official Charts Company said. The track is the band's sixth number one album in their 25-year career, and pushed last week's chart topper, James …

  • End of robust hiring streak raises doubts about job … Associated Press - Sat, Apr 4, 2015 2:57 AM SGT
    Frances Scoggins, left, speaks to Michael McCall, general manager for Chattanooga Labeling Systems, about her resume during a huge 15-county North Georgia job fair at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Scoggins has been unemployed for the past 4-months and is looking for a safety or manufacturing job. The U.S. government issues the March jobs report on Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, the U.S. economy's strength has been flagging.

  • Streak of strong US hiring likely extended into Ma … Associated Press - Fri, Apr 3, 2015 8:15 PM SGT
    Frances Scoggins, left, speaks to Michael McCall, general manager for Chattanooga Labeling Systems, about her resume during a huge 15-county North Georgia job fair at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Scoggins has been unemployed for the past 4-months and is looking for a safety or manufacturing job. The U.S. government issues the March jobs report on Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers are expected to have hired at another solid pace in March despite signs that the broader economy has weakened.

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