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  • A mural of Donald Trump embracing Boris Johnson is seen on a building in Bristol

    A giant mural of Donald Trump locked in a kiss with former London mayor Boris Johnson in the style of a legendary Soviet-era image has been unveiled by a group campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union. Painted on the side of a building in Bristol, southwest England - home of the celebrated graffiti artist …

  • Cast members Cohen, Wasikowska, Hathaway and Depp pose at the premiere of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood

    Lewis Carroll's much-loved heroine Alice returns to the big screen for more fantasy adventures in "Alice Through the Looking Glass", going through a mirror and then travelling back in time to help her friend, the flamboyant Mad Hatter. The colourful movie with plenty of special effects follows the 2010 box office hit "Alice …

  • Actor Matt LeBlanc poses for a portrait in Los Angeles

    British motoring show "Top Gear" roars back onto television screens this weekend with a new line-up of presenters taking over one of the BBC's most successful programmes. The show, watched around the world, has British television and radio presenter Chris Evans and former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc as the new co-hosts, …

  • Burt Kwouk, famed for "Pink Panther" films, … Reuters - Tue, May 24, 2016 9:49 PM SGT
    British actor Kwouk poses for photographers with his Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace in London

    British actor Burt Kwouk, best known for his role as Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato Fong in the "Pink Panther" comedy films, died on Tuesday aged 85, his agent said. Born in northern England but raised in Shanghai in China, Kwouk's career began on British television in the 1950s and over the next six decades he had …

  • Private collectors display their Banksy art in Rom … Reuters - Tue, May 24, 2016 7:40 PM SGT
    A man takes a picture of an artwork by British street artist known as Banksy during the exhibition "War, Capitalism & LIiberty" organized by "Fondazione Terzo Pilastro" in Rome

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - The mysterious British street artist known as Banksy has stencilled on surfaces from London to Gaza, but now a large collection of his work is going on display in a much more conventional setting - a museum in Rome. Banksy's identity has never been revealed, but his subversive murals, sculptures …

  • Bone fragment of murdered archbishop of Canterbury … Reuters - Tue, May 24, 2016 1:53 PM SGT
    Members of the Catholic church view the Hungarian relic of St Thomas a Becket during a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London

    A fragment of bone belonging to the murdered archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, has returned to England from Hungary for the first time in 800 years. The relic is believed to be from the arm of Becket, slain at the altar of Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, after his relationship with medieval English King Henry II soured …

  • Versace names former head of Alexander McQueen as new … Reuters - Tue, May 24, 2016 1:55 AM SGT
    Company logos are pictured outside a Versace store in Vienna

    By Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Versace named the former head of British brand Alexander McQueen as its new chief executive, in an unexpected move ahead of a planned stock market listing against a backdrop of slowing luxury industry growth. Jonathan Akeroyd will take over from Gian Giacomo Ferraris …

  • Rome opera house taps Hollywood glitz for new ' … Reuters - Tue, May 24, 2016 1:19 AM SGT

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Rome's opera house has called on the star power of Hollywood and high fashion for a new production that is already racking up record ticket sales for an institution that until two years ago was grappling with debt and labour disputes. Stars of stage and screen, including reality TV celebrity …

  • Angelina Jolie to teach at London School of Economics … Reuters - Mon, May 23, 2016 9:05 PM SGT
    UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie looks on as she meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion in Athens

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday. The LSE said the course, which starts next year, is the first of its kind globally …

  • Factbox: Cannes Film Festival award winners Reuters - Mon, May 23, 2016 5:41 PM SGT

    CANNES, France (Reuters) - Feature film award winners at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday: Palme d'Or (Best Film): "I, Daniel Blake", directed by Ken Loach (Britain) Grand Prix: "Juste la Fin du Monde" (It's Just the End of the World), directed by Xavier Dolan (Canada) Jury Prize: "American …

  • Ken Loach wins second Cannes Palme d'Or with 'I, … Reuters - Mon, May 23, 2016 10:39 AM SGT
    Director Loach, Palme d'Or award winner for his film "I, Daniel Blake", poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    By Julien Pretot CANNES, France (Reuters) - British veteran director Ken Loach won his second Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival when "I, Daniel Blake", his latest social-realist drama, took the Best Picture award on Sunday. Loach, 79, is one of only nine directors to have won the top prize at Cannes twice. Loach …

  • Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' wins Palme … Reuters - Mon, May 23, 2016 2:34 AM SGT
    Director Ken Loach, Palme d'Or award winner for his film "I, Daniel Blake", reacts during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    CANNES, France (Reuters) - "I, Daniel Blake" by British director Ken Loach won the Palme d'Or for Best Picture at the 69th Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Loach had already won the highest distinction in 2006 for "The Wind That Shakes the Barley". The Iranian film "Forushande" (The Salesman) …

  • British celebrities back remaining in EU in letter … Reuters - Fri, May 20, 2016 9:51 PM SGT
    The Scottish saltire flag and Union flag fly outside the Scottish Office in central London

    British actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Helena Bonham Carter are among more than 250 celebrities from the arts world who have signed a letter urging Britons to vote to remain in the European Union. Some of Britain's best-known artists, musicians and writers are also signatories to the …

  • Tears, catharsis and a standing ovation in Cannes for … Reuters - Fri, May 20, 2016 8:56 PM SGT

    By Julien Pretot CANNES, France (Reuters) - Solveig Anspach's "The Together Project" (L'Effet Aquatique) got a long standing ovation at a Cannes Film Festival "Directors Fortnight" showing, described by her co-writer as cathartic after the director's death last year. The cast and crew - most of them also involved in …

  • Justices of the Supreme Court leaving the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in London

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an injunction preventing the English press from naming a celebrity who was involved in a much publicised extra-marital threesome. In a four-to-one majority ruling, the Supreme Court said that even though the threesome story was easily accessible …

  • Adele named songwriter of the year at Britain's … Reuters - Fri, May 20, 2016 12:26 AM SGT
    Adele arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

    British singer Adele added to her list of many accolades on Thursday, winning Songwriter of the Year at Britain's Ivor Novello Awards. The 28-year-old, whose latest album "25" shot up the charts around the world upon its release last year, received her third Ivor Novello -- a music industry award recognising British and …

  • Director Jim Jarmusch and singer Iggy Pop pose during a photocall for the film "Gimme Danger" out of competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    By Julien Pretot CANNES, France (Reuters) - With "Gimme Danger", a witty documentary on Iggy Pop and the Stooges premiering on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, director Jim Jarmusch sheds a bright, playful light on the 1960s band that pre-dated and strongly influenced punk rock. While "Paterson", Jarmusch's feature …

  • Post-it note art war engulfs ad agencies on New York … Reuters - Thu, May 19, 2016 12:49 PM SGT
    A message created with Post-it notes are seen in windows of 200 Hudson street in lower Manhattan, New York

    By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - A conversation conducted using sticky Post-it notes on the windows of two offices in Lower Manhattan has delighted passersby and drawn a number of neighboring advertising agencies to join what is now a highly contested art battle. It all began when employees at one firm, Havas Media, …

  • Blue diamond soars to world record $57.6 million at … Reuters - Thu, May 19, 2016 5:24 AM SGT
    A Christie's employee poses with the 14.62 carats Oppenheimer Blue diamond during a preview in Geneva

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The "Oppenheimer Blue", a large and rare diamond, sold for 56.837 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) at auction on Wednesday, setting a world record for any gem after a dramatic see-saw bidding process, Christie's in Geneva said. "It's the most expensive jewel …

  • Pizza restaurateur's recipe for back-taxes: rob … Reuters - Thu, May 19, 2016 2:17 AM SGT

    Saddled with back-taxes and other debts, an Italian restaurateur in Portugal left the pizzas aside, took a plastic replica pistol and held up a dozen banks to pay the tax man, court officials and local media said on Wednesday. The Sicily-born 36-year-old who owned two struggling pizza joints has confessed to the robberies …

  • British author J.K. Rowling says Trump has a right … Reuters - Wed, May 18, 2016 11:03 AM SGT
    Author Rowling poses for a portrait while publicizing her adult fiction book "The Casual Vacancy" in New York

    Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labelled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. Rowling, who won the prize for her efforts to fight inequality and censorship, criticised the presumptive Republican nominee, who has called for a temporary …

  • Pear-shaped pink diamond sells for $31.5 million at … Reuters - Wed, May 18, 2016 10:29 AM SGT
    An assistant poses with a 15.38 carat vivid pink diamond at Sotheby's auction house in London

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A rare pear-shaped vivid pink diamond fetched 30.8 million Swiss francs ($31.46 million) at auction on Tuesday, Sotheby's said, but several other large stones failed to reach the reserve prices set by the sellers. "The Unique Pink set a new world record for a fancy vivid pink diamond …

  • Magic mushroom ingredient may ease severe depression, … Reuters - Tue, May 17, 2016 6:28 PM SGT

    By Kate Kelland London (REUTERS) - Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, may one day be an effective treatment for patients with severe depression who fail to recover using other therapies, scientists said on Tuesday. A small-scale pilot study of psilocybin's use in cases of treatment-resistant depression …

  • South Korean novelist Han wins Man Booker International … Reuters - Tue, May 17, 2016 10:35 AM SGT
    South Korean author Han Kang poses with her novel "The Vegetarian", which is nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, during a media event in London, Britain

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction on Monday for her novel "The Vegetarian", a dark, surreal story about a woman who gives up eating meat and seeks to become a tree. The 45-year-old Han had been short-listed for the prize for fiction in translation …

  • The X-Men are back, this time fighting "Apoca … Reuters - Tue, May 17, 2016 12:52 AM SGT
    Actor Jennifer Lawrence poses with James MacAvoy (L) and Oscar Isaac at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London

    Hollywood stars Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy reprise their roles as powerful mutants in "X-Men: Apocalypse", this time joining forces against a new supervillain. Oscar-winner Lawrence returns as the blue, shape-shifting Mystique, while McAvoy plays the younger, mind-reading Professor Charles Xavier, a role portrayed …

  • Director Andrea Arnold smiles during a news conference for the film "American Honey" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    By Sarah Mills CANNES, France (Reuters) - The British director of the new film "American Honey" said she had discovered a "different America" in her research for the gritty drama, and was shocked by the poverty she had witnessed. Andrea Arnold's movie, competing for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, follows …

  • Interview: Still angry, Ken Loach finds it hard not … Reuters - Sun, May 15, 2016 10:01 PM SGT
    Director Ken Loach poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the screening of the film "I, Daniel Blake" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    By Julien Pretot CANNES, France (Reuters) - Fifty years after TV play "Cathy Come Home" shocked viewers with its grim depiction of the slide into homelessness, director Ken Loach is still angry about the precarious reality of life on the breadline in Britain, and tries not to be too pessimistic. In his latest film "I, …

  • Singers, actors, riders to honour Queen Elizabeth in … Reuters - Sun, May 15, 2016 11:07 AM SGT
    Guardsman stand in formation at Windsor Castle for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their lunch with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth is due to attend a celebration of her 90th birthday on Sunday featuring some of the leading stars of show business and almost 1,000 horses. Pop performers Kylie Minogue and Jess Glynne, opera singers Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli and soul singer Beverley Knight are scheduled to take part …

  • Film veteran Ken Loach attacks EU but warns against … Reuters - Sat, May 14, 2016 1:10 AM SGT
    Director Ken Loach arrives at a news conference for the film "I, Daniel Blake" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    By Julien Pretot CANNES, France (Reuters) - British film director Ken Loach launched a scathing attack on the European Union at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, but said Britain should stay a member to avoid lurching towards the far right. Loach was talking to journalists about his film "I, Daniel Blake" in which Dave …

  • Rap star show at war centenary pulled after French … Reuters - Sat, May 14, 2016 1:07 AM SGT

    French authorities have pulled the plug on a popular rap star's show during war commemorations in the town of Verdun after a clamour of criticism, notably from far-rightists who said the singer's presence was inappropriate. The rapper, Black M, was to have performed after a late-May memorial ceremony where Germany leader …

  • UK receptionist petition on high heels at work gets … Reuters - Fri, May 13, 2016 10:10 PM SGT
    A woman walks down street in central Kiev

    A London temporary worker, sent home for wearing flat shoes, has collected more than 120,000 signatures so far in a petition calling for Britain to make it illegal for a firm to require women to wear high heels at work. Reaching that total on Friday easily put Nicola Thorp's petition over the 100,000-signature threshold …

  • US producer prices rise in April for first time in … Associated Press - Fri, May 13, 2016 8:47 PM SGT
    FILE - In this Friday, June 5, 2015, file photo, Sarah Hinkes places freshly baked bread onto a rack at Zak the Baker in Miami. On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in April. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. manufacturers, farmers and other producers rose for the first time since January, lifted by higher costs for gas, steel and medicines.

  • Not so stupid now! Australia through to Eurovision … Reuters - Fri, May 13, 2016 4:06 PM SGT
    Australia's Dami Im and her team cheer in the Green Room during the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 semi-final 2 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden

    Be it bat or ball, Britain and Australia have long enjoyed a fierce sporting rivalry but when it comes to facing off behind the microphone in the kitsch pop music world of Eurovision, some aren't so keen to play along. Comedian Graham Norton, host of British television coverage of the annual musical showpiece, sparked …

  • Stone Roses return with 'All For One', first … Reuters - Fri, May 13, 2016 4:02 PM SGT
    Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown performs at Finsbury Park in London

    The Stone Roses, the English band that influenced a generation of others including Oasis, has released its first original single in 21 years to mixed reviews. "'All For One' captures that classic Roses sound but drags it right into the 21st century." The Guardian newspaper was less congratulatory about the new song.

  • Jodie Foster's "Money Monster" holds … Reuters - Fri, May 13, 2016 2:00 AM SGT
    Director Jodie Foster and cast members pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Money Monster" out of competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

    By Julien Pretot CANNES, France (Reuters) - With Jodie Foster's "Money Monster", which premieres on Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood is expressly holding the banks responsible for the financial crisis. Foster's fourth feature film sees a TV financial guru played by George Clooney held hostage live on air …

  • Britain calls for more "distinctive" BBC … Reuters - Thu, May 12, 2016 10:38 PM SGT
    The main entrance to the BBC headquarters and studios in Portland Place, London.

    By Paul Sandle and Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The BBC will face external regulation for the first time in its 94-year history, the government said on Thursday, subjecting it to tighter scrutiny but stopping short of the heavy-handed intervention that some stars and programme-makers had feared. In a once-in-a-decade …

  • Britain imposes stricter regulation on BBC Reuters - Thu, May 12, 2016 6:48 PM SGT
    The main entrance to the BBC headquarters and studios in Portland Place, London.

    The British government said the publicly-funded BBC would not regulate itself in future, with a new unitary board taking over the responsibilities of the BBC Trust and external regulator Ofcom being brought in to oversee the corporation. "It is no longer supportable for the BBC to regulate itself," Culture Secretary John …

  • Johnny Depp back as Mad Hatter in 'Alice Through … Reuters - Thu, May 12, 2016 11:38 AM SGT
    Actor Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard arrive at the Southport Magistrates Court on Australia's Gold Coast,

    The movie follows on from the 2010 box office hit "Alice in Wonderland", which starred Depp alongside Australian actress Mia Wasikowska as the titular heroine and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. "It's a lot of fun to revisit the Mad Hatter," Depp told reporters at the movie's London premiere on Tuesday …

  • BBC braces for government verdict on its charter r … Reuters - Thu, May 12, 2016 7:12 AM SGT
    A man talks on a mobile phone inside the BBC headquarters in London

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - The future of the BBC will become clear on Thursday when the minister who has challenged the publicly funded broadcaster's size, scope and purpose in a changing media landscape publishes proposals for its once-in-a-decade charter renewal. Battle lines were drawn nearly a year ago when …

  • Singer Cliff Richard performs during the Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace in London

    (Corrects last year to 2014 in par 6 in this story released on May 10, 2016.) LONDON (Reuters) - Prosecutors said they would consider whether singer Cliff Richard, one of Britain's best-known entertainers, should face charges over alleged historical sex crimes after being handed a file of evidence by police on Tuesday. …

  • Jeremy Clarkson goes on a "Grand Tour" for … Reuters - Wed, May 11, 2016 9:29 PM SGT
    Aegon Championships

    Former BBC "Top gear" host Jeremy Clarkson's new car show will be called "The Grand Tour" because it will be recorded in a big tent pitched in different countries for each episode, maker Amazon said on Wednesday. The series, which launches in the autumn, reunites Clarkson with his co-presenters and producer from "Top Gear", …

  • Axel Springer CEO says Bundesliga rights not a mus … Reuters - Wed, May 11, 2016 8:27 PM SGT
    Doepfner, CEO of German publisher Axel Springer, awaits the start of the annual shareholders meeting of Axel Springer in Berlin

    By Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German publisher Axel Springer plans to participate in an upcoming auction of broadcasting rights for Bundesliga soccer, but will not be dragged into an irrational bidding war, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Apart from Sky, Britain's Perform Group, German free-to-air broadcasters …

  • File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping with Queen Elizabeth II at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth has been caught on camera saying Chinese officials were "very rude" during a state visit to Britain by President Xi Jinping that London had said would herald a "golden era" in relations with Beijing. The queen's remarks may not be helpful to the British government's …

  • Singer Cliff Richard performs during the Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace in London

    Prosecutors said they would consider whether singer Cliff Richard, one of Britain's best-known entertainers, should face charges over alleged historical sex crimes after being handed a file of evidence by police on Tuesday. Richard, 75, has twice voluntarily met officers from South Yorkshire Police after it launched an …

  • Britain's Prince Harry condemns "incessant" … Reuters - Sun, May 8, 2016 6:52 PM SGT
    Britain's Prince Harry leaves the memorial service for victims of the attack on the Bardo Mudeum in Tunis and the Tunisian holiday resort of Port El Kantaoui in Sousse, at Westminster Abbey in central London

    Britain's Prince Harry criticised what he called an "incessant need" of the media to delve into his private life, saying he would work hard to protect the line dividing his public and personal life. Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, was often pursued by the press and died in a car crash in 1997 as she was chased …

  • Axl Rose to make debut with AC/DC at Lisbon concer … Reuters - Fri, May 6, 2016 11:45 PM SGT
    Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro

    Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will make his debut with AC/DC at a concert in Lisbon on Saturday, standing in for lead singer Brian Johnson on the veteran Australian rock band's world tour. AC/DC, known for songs such as "Highway to Hell" and "Back in Black", had to reschedule dates on the U.S. leg of the "Rock or Bust" …

  • UK polar ship named after BBC naturalist but Boaty … Reuters - Fri, May 6, 2016 6:03 PM SGT
    Naturalist David Attenborough arrives for a memorial service for his brother Richard Attenborough at Westminster Abbey in London

    A new 200 million pound ($290 million) polar research ship is to be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough but the government promised on Friday that "Boaty McBoatface", the name which topped a public poll, would not be ignored. The naming of the Royal Research Ship (RRS) attracted huge interest after the …

  • British tabloid paper closes after just two months Reuters - Thu, May 5, 2016 10:40 PM SGT

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The first national newspaper to launch in Britain in 30 years is to close after just two months, its publisher Trinity Mirror said on Thursday, after it failed to find readers in a print market decimated by the growth of the internet. Instead, it sold fewer than 40,000 daily copies in …

  • World's biggest diamond to be auctioned in Lon … Reuters - Thu, May 5, 2016 5:07 PM SGT
    A model displays the 1109 carat "Lesedi La Rona" diamond at Sotheby's in the Manhattan borough of New York

    By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Lesedi la Rona," the largest gem-quality rough diamond discovered in more than 100 years, will be auctioned in London next month and is expected to sell for $70 million, international auction house Sotheby's said on Wednesday. Ahead of the auction on June 29, the 1,190-carat diamond, …

  • 'You can't always get what you want,' Stones … Reuters - Thu, May 5, 2016 10:40 AM SGT
    Members of the Rolling Stones arrive for the "Exhibitionism" opening night gala at the Saatchi Gallery in London

    The Rolling Stones told Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday to stop using the band's music for his campaign after artists such as Adele and R.E.M. made the same request. "The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all …

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