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  • The plaintiff who failed to convince a Los Angeles jury that Led Zeppelin plagiarized the opening guitar passage for its 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven" plans to appeal the verdict, court papers show. Michael Skidmore, the trustee for the songs of Randy Wolfe, a member of the band Spirit, on Saturday filed a notice …

  • The world's first clone of an adult animal, Dolly the sheep, bleats during a photocall at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The heirs of Dolly the sheep are enjoying a healthy old age, proving cloned animals can live normal lives and offering reassurance to scientists hoping to use cloned cells in medicine. Dolly, cloning's poster child, was born in Scotland in 1996. Now researchers have allayed those fears …

  • Picture illustration shows smartphone with Mossack Fonesca logo in front of a display of U.S. banknotes

    The Panama Papers financial scandal is going to Hollywood. Streaming service Netflix said on Tuesday it had acquired the rights to a book written by two German investigative journalists and was turning it into a feature movie to be produced by John Wells. It is the second proposed movie on the scandal that thrust tax …

  • Harrison Ford arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London

    A production company involved in making "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has pleaded guilty in a British court to failing to protect actors and workers after an incident in which Harrison Ford's leg was broken, officials said on Tuesday. The star, who plays the much-loved character Han Solo, was injured after he became trapped …

  • Water tower at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators on Tuesday accepted Paramount Pictures' concessions to end anti-competitive movie-licensing deals with British pay-TV group Sky UK, but said the case against five other Hollywood studios would continue. The U.S. studio's offer came after the European Commission …

  • Harry Potter's 'Cursed Child' story already … Reuters - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 1:16 AM SGT
    British author JK Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series of books, poses during the launch of new online website Pottermore in London

    By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harry Potter is casting a spell, again, over the publishing industry Nine years after the publication of the seventh and last book in the best-selling boy wizard series, pre-orders for the script of a new, sold-out London play is the most pre-ordered book since 2007 in the United …

  • Bolshoi Ballet marks 60th anniversary of landmark London … Reuters - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 10:49 PM SGT
    Palm trees are seen in front of Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow

    By Vera Afdjei MOSCOW (Reuters) - At the height of the Cold War, dancers from Russia's Bolshoi Ballet did their bit to thaw East-West relations, flying to London in 1956 to make their first performances for British audiences who had never seen anything quite like it. This week, they return to mark the 60th anniversary …

  • Greece may win over tourists shunning Turkey, but could … Reuters - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 7:59 PM SGT
    Tourists sunbathe on the Red Beach on the Greek island of Santorini, Greece

    Greece may win over last-minute visitors scared away from tourist rival Turkey after a failed military coup but overall growth in the sector remains fragile, according to the country’s largest tourism body. Tourism accounts for about 17 percent of its 185 billion euro economic output and employs one in five people in work. …

  • 'Game of Thrones' cast tight-lipped at Comic-Con; … Reuters - Sat, Jul 23, 2016 7:54 AM SGT
    Actor Kristian Nairn arrives for the season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in San Francisco

    By Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - There is no shortage of gruesome, tragic deaths in HBO's hit medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones," but the demise of the show's friendly giant Hodor last season still affected the crowd at a Comic-Con panel on Friday, as they loudly cheered his name. Actor Kristian …

  • Director and producer Luc Besson poses on red carpet as he arrives for the screening of the film "The last Face" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Rollo Ross SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - French director Luc Besson lifted the lid on his sci-fi space epic "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at Comic-Con, showing fans the first footage from the ambitious project following two space travelers in the 28th century. "Valerian and the City …

  • Ab Fab's Patsy and Edina grow older disgracefully … Reuters - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 8:52 PM SGT
    Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders arrive for the world premiere of ''Absolutely Fabulous'' at Leicester Square in London

    Patsy and Edina, British television's raucous partying duo, may have aged a bit since they first appeared on screens in the 1990s, but they are as badly behaved as ever in "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie". In the movie, which hits U.S. and Canadian theatres on Friday after premiering in Britain last month, Jennifer Saunders …

  • Queen Elizabeth's dresses on show to mark 90th … Reuters - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 8:10 PM SGT
    Curator Caroline de Guitar poses for photographers  ahead of the opening of an exhibition at Buckingham Palace, in London

    Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress is on display at Buckingham Palace in a collection of her clothes that will open to the public on Saturday, part of celebrations of the 90th birthday of the world's oldest monarch. Elizabeth is by far the oldest monarch in British history and last year she surpassed her great-great-grandmother …

  • Dying on stage: comedian Marx has come closer than … Reuters - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 4:45 PM SGT
    Comedian Carey Marx performs at the Up The Creek Comedy Club in Greenwich, London

    By Robin Pomeroy GREENWICH, England(Reuters) - Like most stand-up comedians, Carey Marx has stories about "dying on stage", but in his case they are almost literally true. Just weeks after a heart attack at the age of 46 which he put down to smoking, drinking and poor diet, economic necessity forced Marx back to work. …

  • Rahat Fateh Ali Khan unites Bollywood and Qawwali in … Reuters - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:38 PM SGT
    Queen Latifah looks on as Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performs at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo

    Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, known for both Bollywood hits and Qawwali, Sufi devotional music that dates back more than 700 years, is taking the two genres to Britain in August for three concerts. Khan, who performed at last year's Nobel Peace Prize awards, said his brief British tour would include classical music from …

  • British clothing retailers face Brexit double wham … Reuters - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 8:00 PM SGT
    Clothes hang on Marks and Spencer branded coat hangers in their Oxford Street store in London

    By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Already hamstrung by the battle to compete with online rivals, Britain's major clothing retailers now risk a hit to sales and profits from the higher costs and plummeting consumer confidence that have followed the vote to leave the European Union. At the same time, consumer confidence …

  • A woman takes a picture of a Comic-Con sign in San Diego, California

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A slew of superheros, magic and King Arthur are just some of the bait that movie studios are using to entice fans at this year's San Diego Comic Convention as Warner Bros' DC Comics franchise goes head-to-head with Disney's Marvel universe. The four-day event, which has become …

  • A woman walks past a Louis Vuitton shop in downtown Ulan Bator

    By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - LVMH boss Bernard Arnault is considering a change of creative director at Louis Vuitton with the up-and-coming Jonathan Anderson, now at sister brand Loewe, viewed as the best candidate to replace Nicolas Ghesquiere, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. LVMH declined …

  • Britain's Pippa Middleton engaged to hedge fund … Reuters - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 8:54 PM SGT
    Pippa Middleton on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

    Pippa Middleton, sister of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge and possibly the country's most eligible single woman, is engaged to marry a hedge fund millionaire. Boyfriend James Matthews went down on one knee to propose to Pippa, 32, on a walk last weekend in the picturesque Lake District in northwest England. Pippa said …

  • 'Episode VIII' to break 'Star Wars' … Reuters - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 8:16 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - The anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VIII" will pick up from the cliffhanger in the final scene of "The Force Awakens," fans of the franchise were told at a special event, while a new Han Solo was unveiled for a stand-alone film on the much-loved character. Director Rian Johnson said "Episode VIII," due out …

  • Nice cancels jazz festival after Bastille Day kill … Reuters - Sat, Jul 16, 2016 5:37 PM SGT
    A French gendarme boat patrols waters near the beach two days after an attack by the driver of a heavy truck who ran into a crowd on Bastille Day killing scores and injuring as many, in Nice

    PARIS (Reuters) - A five-day jazz festival in Nice has been cancelled following the killing of at least 84 people in the city by a truck driver, organisers said. The festival, which had lined up acts such as Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour and British trip hop act Massive Attack, was scheduled to run from July 16 until …

  • 'Rogue One' unveils gritty, grounded new 'Star … Reuters - Sat, Jul 16, 2016 8:59 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - A "Star Wars" world with a host of new characters and a new feisty female lead was unveiled at a special fan event on Friday, as the cast of the upcoming film "Rogue One" discussed the latest chapter of the much-loved franchise. British actress Felicity Jones, who follows in the heels of newcomer Daisy Ridley …

  • US business inventories rose slightly in May Associated Press - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 10:12 PM SGT
    In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, Home Depot door and window specialist Joe Choiniere, of Woonsocket, R.I., moves a door down an isle at a Home Depot store location, in Bellingham, Mass. On Friday, July 15, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on business stockpiles in May. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Inventories held by U.S. businesses rose modestly in May, as retailers stocked up to meet customer demand.

  • US retail sales post solid rise in June Associated Press - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 8:32 PM SGT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales posted a healthy increase in June, another sign that consumer spending picked up in the spring.

  • Mick Jagger, 72, to become father for eighth time Reuters - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 5:33 PM SGT
    Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs at a free outdoor concert at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana sports complex  in Havana

    LONDON (Reuters) - Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, 72, is to become a father again for the eighth time. A spokesman for the veteran rock band on Friday confirmed media reports saying that Jagger's girlfriend, 29-year-old American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, was pregnant. Jagger, who turns 73 on July 26, already …

  • Actor Idris Elba makes surprise appearance before Star … Reuters - Fri, Jul 15, 2016 4:20 AM SGT
    Actor Idris Elba arrives at the Met Gala in New York

    British actor Idris Elba made a surprise appearance outside a London pub on Thursday where street artist Jim Vision had created a giant graffiti mural featuring characters from Elba’s new movie, “Star Trek Beyond”. Elba, 43, climbed onto a scissor lift and was elevated to the top of the building where he added the finishing …

  • David Bowie's private art collection to go on display … Reuters - Thu, Jul 14, 2016 7:20 PM SGT
    British Pop Star David Bowie screams into the microphone as he performs on stage during his concert in Vienna

    David Bowie's private art collection, including works by Henry Moore and Damien Hirst, will go on display to the public for the first time before heading for auction later this year, Sotheby's said on Thursday. The "Bowie/Collector" three-part sale in November will feature around 400 items from the pop icon's private collection …

  • Crisis-hit Greece to recruit man's best friend … Reuters - Thu, Jul 14, 2016 12:08 PM SGT

    Greece will be recruiting dogs to sniff out potential tax dodgers trying to take cash out of the crisis hit country, where mass bank withdrawals prompted capital controls last year. In a posting on a government web portal on Wednesday, the Finance Ministry said it would be putting together a team to assess tenders for …

  • From Uganda slum to Disney heroine, chess champion … Reuters - Thu, Jul 14, 2016 12:11 AM SGT

    By Nesserine Fellah LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The true story of a teenager from a Ugandan slum who transformed her life from corn seller to international chess player is to make its European premiere at the London Film Festival in October. The Disney movie, "Queen of Katwe", is based on the life of Phiona …

  • More space adventures as crew return in 'Star Trek … Reuters - Wed, Jul 13, 2016 5:32 AM SGT

    By Sara Hemrajani LONDON (Reuters) - The crew of the USS Enterprise are back for more space adventures in "Star Trek Beyond", the latest episode in the film reboot of the popular science fiction series that marks its 50th birthday this year. The television show, which introduced characters like Captain James T. Kirk and …

  • Singer Annie Lennox attends U.S. President Barrack Obama's Town Hall meeting at Lindley Hall in London

    By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ending some of the world's deadliest diseases is within reach but only if donor governments dig deeper into their pockets to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, singer and activist Annie Lennox said on Tuesday. Lennox was among activists calling …

  • Qatar to build Zaha Hadid hotel shaped like desert … Reuters - Wed, Jul 13, 2016 12:16 AM SGT
    From the Files - The Works of Zaha Hadid

    Qatar will construct two buildings designed by late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, including a tower shaped like a desert flower close to the site of the 2022 soccer World Cup final, a member of its ruling family said on Tuesday. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, the brother of Qatar's Emir, commissioned Hadid in …

  • Shekhar Kapur's teen daughter hopes to emerge from … Reuters - Tue, Jul 12, 2016 11:19 PM SGT
    Director Shekhar Kapur smiles at the premiere of his movie "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" at the Gibson amphitheater in Universal City

    The teenage daughter of one of India's best known movie directors has had her first chart hit - with a song she wrote when just 11 years old. Kaveri Kapur, now 15, hopes her voice and her songs will be what get people talking, rather than her famous parents.

  • Taylor Swift tops Forbes highest paid celebrity li … Reuters - Tue, Jul 12, 2016 5:14 PM SGT
    Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California

    LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Taylor Swift has topped this year's Forbes list of the world's 100 highest paid celebrities, earning $170 million mainly thanks to her hugely successful "1989" world tour. The "Shake It Off" singer, 26, came ahead of boy band One Direction, currently on a break, who …

  • Matt Damon returns as former CIA assasin in latest … Reuters - Tue, Jul 12, 2016 4:56 AM SGT
    Actor Matt Damon poses for photographs on the red carpet event promoting his new film "Jason Bourne" in Seoul

    Actor Matt Damon returns as a troubled former CIA assasin in the latest edition of the hit "Bourne" movie series this month, reprising a role he says was physically tough to get ready for over a decade and a half since he first took it on. "Jason Bourne" - the fifth installment of the franchise - hits movie theatres on …

  • Burberry to replace Bailey as CEO with Céline's … Reuters - Tue, Jul 12, 2016 1:58 AM SGT
    A customer walks in front of a Burberry store in central London

    By James Davey and Astrid Wendlandt LONDON (Reuters) - British luxury brand Burberry has recruited Marco Gobbetti, the Italian boss of French brand Celine, to succeed Christopher Bailey as chief executive next year, freeing Bailey to focus again on the design role that made his name. Bailey's dual roles of CEO and chief …

  • Minor injuries, no gorings at San Fermin's fifth … Reuters - Mon, Jul 11, 2016 5:09 PM SGT
    Runners lead Jandilla bulls during the fifth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona

    PAMPLONA, Spain (Reuters) - The fifth run of Pamplona's week-long bull-running festival on Monday saw only a handful of injuries and no gorings during a quick, 3-minute and four-second dash through the northern Spanish city. The nine-day San Fermin summer festival, during which half-tonne, specially-bred bulls chase …

  • British singer Cliff Richard pursues legal action over … Reuters - Mon, Jul 11, 2016 12:31 AM SGT
    British singer Cliff Richard performs after receiving the 4th German Sustainability Award in Duesseldorf

    British singer Cliff Richard is pursuing legal action against the BBC and the police after the broadcaster televised a raid on his house, saying his reputation had been "unnecessarily damaged". One of Britain's best known entertainers, Richard, 75, was investigated over allegations of sexual offences between 1958 and 1983, …

  • Man dies, two others gored in Spanish bull-runs Reuters - Sat, Jul 9, 2016 7:38 PM SGT
    Jose Escolar Gil fighting bulls fall on top of each other at Estafeta corner during the third running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona

    A Spaniard died and two other men, including a Japanese, were gored in bull-runs in Spain on Saturday, as the San Fermin festival in the northern town of Pamplona entered its third day. The 28-year-old died after a bull's horn pierced his lung and heart during a run in the southeastern village of Pedreguer near Valencia, …

  • New 'pop-up' paper launches for Britons hankering … Reuters - Sat, Jul 9, 2016 2:20 AM SGT
    A Union flag flies next to the flag of the European Union in Westminster, London

    By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - A new "pop-up" newspaper aimed at the 48 percent of Britons who voted unsuccessfully to stay in the European Union hit the news stands on Friday aiming to cater for what it called their sense of dismay and anger. "The New European," costing two pounds ($2.65) a copy, will appear weekly …

  • On 'Wannabe' 20-year anniversary, Spice Girls … Reuters - Sat, Jul 9, 2016 2:14 AM SGT
    The Spice Girls perform during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Three members of the Spice Girls hinted at a reunion as they released a video on Friday marking 20 years since their band's debut single "Wannabe" stormed the charts worldwide. Emma Bunton, known as Baby Spice, Mel B, Scary Spice and Geri Halliwell (now Horner), Ginger Spice, thanked fans for their support in a video posted …

  • Emma Watson film takes $61 at limited UK cinema op … Reuters - Fri, Jul 8, 2016 1:51 AM SGT
    Actress Emma Watson arrives at the Met Gala in New York

    LONDON (Reuters) - British actress Emma Watson's latest movie, "The Colony," took just $61 in its UK box office opening weekend after showing in only three cinemas while immediately being made available for home streaming. The film, already out in other countries, was released in the form of Video on Demand …

  • The Wider Image: Nigeria's booming music scene

    By Alexis Akwagyiram LAGOS (Reuters) - Each night as darkness descends on Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, sweat-drenched young men and women descend on the megacity's numerous nightclubs to dance to the latest hit songs. Much like the famous "Nollywood" film industry, music is now big business in Africa's most populous …

  • Pooch protection and profit: South Korea to overhaul … Reuters - Thu, Jul 7, 2016 12:12 PM SGT
    Veterinarian Kwon Beom-suk examines a dog at his animal clinic in Seoul

    By Christine Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea aims to regulate the increasingly common ownership of pets in a bid to promote an unsupervised sector that the government sees as economic growth opportunity, and to crack down on animal abuse and neglect. Measures announced on Thursday will enable South Koreans to legally …

  • No Mega Millions winners on Tuesday, prize reaches … Reuters - Wed, Jul 6, 2016 3:47 PM SGT
    A ticket is seen ahead of the Mega Millions lottery draw which reached a jackpot of $415 Million in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

    (Reuters) - The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery drawing rose to $508 million, the seventh largest in U.S. lottery history, after nobody won the grand prize on Tuesday, lottery officials said. No ticket matched all of the winning numbers - 29, 46, 53, 64, 73 with the Mega Ball 10 - selected at 11 p.m. EDT, Mega Millions …

  • US factory orders drop in May; military spending p … Associated Press - Tue, Jul 5, 2016 10:12 PM SGT
    In this April 6, 2016, photograph, a technician works on a door assembly for a Nissan Altima on the line at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Miss. On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders for May. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders at U.S. factories dipped in May, dragged down by less demand for steel, aluminum, furniture, electrical appliances and military aircraft.

  • Comedienne Rebel Wilson makes London stage debut in … Reuters - Mon, Jul 4, 2016 11:35 PM SGT
    Actress Rebel Wilson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills

    Having made audiences laugh in movies such as "Bridesmaids" and "Pitch Perfect", Australian comedienne Rebel Wilson now sets her sights on the London stage, making her West End debut in musical "Guys and Dolls". It was kind of like a definite yes just because I've never done a West End show before and I've always really …

  • New "pop-up" paper on Europe for the losing … Reuters - Mon, Jul 4, 2016 11:15 PM SGT
    A Vote Remain T-shirt hangs on a wall in the village of Penally, Near Tenby, Pembrokeshire in Wales

    By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - A new "pop-up" weekly newspaper aimed at the 48 percent of Britons who voted unsuccessfully to stay in the European Union is being launched this week in what its publishers said was an effort to cater for people feeling a real sense of loss. Will Hattam, chief marketing officer at …

  • By Radu-Sorin Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanians are offering a glimmer of hope for millions of disappointed Britons who voted to remain in the European Union last week - adopting British 'Remainians' and providing them with symbolic identity papers. The Brexit referendum result stunned global financial markets, …

  • Spielberg takes on daunting challenge to bring 'The … Reuters - Fri, Jul 1, 2016 3:04 PM SGT
    Director Steven Spielberg poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the screening of the film "The BFG" (Le Bon Gros Geant) out of competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    Steven Spielberg has rarely shied away from a challenge, from deadly sharks in "Jaws" to resurrecting dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park," but when it came to creating a giant for "The BFG," his latest film, the veteran director found the prospect "very daunting." "I don't usually get intimidated by technology," Spielberg told …

  • Giant diamond fails to sell at auction, trade inte … Reuters - Thu, Jun 30, 2016 11:30 AM SGT
    A model shows off The 1109-Carat "Lesedi La Rona", rough diamond during a media event in London

    The biggest uncut diamond to be discovered in over a century failed to sell at a Sotheby's auction on Wednesday, but the chief executive of Lucara Diamond Corp, the company that found the gem, said there was interest from buyers in the diamond trade. Sotheby's had estimated that the diamond, found last November at Lucara's …

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