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  • British TV personality Cilla Black dies aged 72 Reuters - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    British television personality and singer Cilla Black, whose instantly recognisable Liverpool 'scouse' accent won over generations of music fans and television viewers, died in Spain aged 72, Spanish police said on Sunday. Police in Malaga said Priscilla White, her real name, had died in Estapona in the Costa del Sol region. …

  • By Edward Baran LONDON(Reuters) - On one of London's most exclusive streets, the drivers of some expensive cars are getting ready to leave their parking spots. Such supercars are a regular sight in the wealthy Knightsbridge neighbourhood - home to some of the British capital's most expensive properties. Last week, the …

  • Italian police stopped California rapper Snoop Dogg on Friday as he prepared to board a private plane bound for Britain with $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage, said an Italian lawyer representing the entertainer. In the European Union, the maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take on board a plane is 10,000 …

  • Chemical Brothers go straight to the top of UK album … Reuters - Sat, Aug 1, 2015 1:04 AM SGT
    "The Chemical Brothers" perform at Sonar Night during the Sonar Festival in Barcelona

    The Chemical Brothers went straight in at number one on the British album chart with "Born In The Echoes," the Official Charts Company said on Friday. The feat, which gives the band their sixth chart-topper, means the duo lay claim to the most Number 1 studio albums for a dance act. "Shine" by electronica trio Years and …

  • Minister intervenes to give Chinese artist Ai Weiwei … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 11:53 PM SGT
    Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei with his son Ai Lao leave the airport in Munich

    British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday. On Thursday the artist, whose passport was returned by Chinese authorities last …

  • One Direction release surprise first single as a f … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 9:30 PM SGT
    Members of the pop group One Direction pose for photographers at the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain

    Best-selling boy band One Direction released a surprise first single as a foursome on Friday, two days after former member Zayn Malik announced a new record deal as solo artist. The foursome -- Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson -- posted a video message on Twitter announcing the new single. In …

  • Mel B wants to "gather troops" for Spice … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 8:20 PM SGT
    Judges Mandel, Brown, Klum and host Cannon attend a panel for the television series "America's Got Talent" during a NBC summer press day in Pasadena

    Pop singer turned television talent show judge Mel B has hinted at a possible Spice Girl reunion, saying she would like to "gather the troops" to mark the 1990s group's 20th anniversary next year. "When you say it's our 20th anniversary coming up, it does make you think, 'Oh my gosh it really has been that long'," Mel …

  • "Spot the fake!" Mirren meets herself in … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 5:41 PM SGT
    British actor Helen Mirren poses with waxwork models of herself at Madame Tussauds in London

    LONDON (Reuters) - "Spot the fake!" British actress Helen Mirren joked as she posed with not one but three wax figures of herself, including as her Academy Award winning "The Queen" role. London's Madame Tussauds wax museum has put up a display of the figures to commemorate the actress' 70th birthday. Mirren is portrayed …

  • Zoo keeper steps in with teddy bear to hand-rear baby … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 4:53 PM SGT

    When baby sloth Edward Scissorhands' mother stopped producing milk and could not care for her infant, a London zoo keeper stepped in as a replacement mother - with the help of a teddy bear from a gift shop. The two-toed, seven-week sloth, born to second-time parents Leander and Marilyn, is being hand-reared by zoo keeper …

  • By Ankush Arora NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian pop group has made a music video honouring Udham Singh, an independence activist who assassinated a British official in revenge for a 1919 massacre, at a time of renewed calls in India for reparations from Britain for excesses during colonial rule. The animated video tells …

  • Three more 'Game of Thrones' seasons likely, … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 9:03 AM SGT
    Actress Emilia Clarke arrives for the season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in San Francisco

    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Richwine BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - HBO's most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones," will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he defended the show's gritty violence. Executives have planned to run at least seven …

  • In rural China, shoppers go online - with a little … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 6:13 AM SGT
    Zheng Liying looks at a computer screen in front of a picture of Alibaba founder Jack Ma, seen on the cover of a publication, at Zheng's Alibaba rural service centre in Jinjia Village, Tonglu

    By Sue-Lin Wong TONGLU, China (Reuters) - Cheng Yonghao left his village in central Henan province almost 20 years ago, not expecting to return. Cheng is just one of an army of local recruits who are part of Alibaba Group's big bet on rural e-commerce as China's internet giants invest billions in outpost service hubs …

  • Clarkson and "Top Gear" presenters sign with … Reuters - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 1:36 AM SGT
    Aegon Championships

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's former BBC "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show for the online retailer's subscription service alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain's …

  • New York honours John Lennon with 'yellow submarine' … Reuters - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 8:49 PM SGT
    Yoko Ono reacts next to Bono and The Edge during the unveiling of a tapestry honoring John Lennon at Ellis Island in New York

    Nearly 40 years after he obtained his green card, John Lennon has been honoured in New York with a tapestry showing Manhattan as a yellow submarine and the late Beatle holding up a peace sign at the helm. Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and U2 rockers Bono and The Edge helped unveil the artwork at the Ellis Island National Museum …

  • Tourism boom drives Japan to convert offices into  … Reuters - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 6:09 AM SGT
    "Business-class" cabins are seen at First Cabin hotel, which was converted from an old office building, in Tokyo

    By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Record tourists to Japan are stretching the ability of hotels to accommodate them in a sector constrained by high costs, forcing developers to think out of the box for means to quickly increase lodging options without breaking the bank.  Japan is on target this year to beat the record …

  • Hay for cheese? Barter booms in cash-squeezed rural … Reuters - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 2:14 AM SGT
    Kostas Zavlagas, who produces cotton, wheat, and clover, walks by his farm, near the village of Lianokladi, Greece

    By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos LAMIA, Greece (Reuters) - Wild boar and power cuts were Greek cotton farmer Mimis Tsakanikas' biggest worries until a bank shutdown last month left him stranded without cash to pay suppliers, and his customers without money to pay him. Squeezed on all sides, the 41-year-old farmer began informal …

  • Huge Detroit, Bethlehem Banksy murals to be sold in … Reuters - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 9:01 PM SGT

    A large street mural painted on a derelict Detroit auto factory by elusive British artist Banksy is going up for auction in Beverly Hills and could fetch up to $400,000 dollars for a local non-profit group, Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday. The 7 feet by 7 feet mural (2.1 by 2.1 meters) called "I Remember When All …

  • UK's Bramley apple filling gains EU protection … Reuters - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 8:09 PM SGT

    The European Commission on Wednesday said it would register Britain's "traditional Bramley apple pie filling" as a protected historical delicacy in the European Union. The British pie filling is a blend of fresh Bramley apples, sugar, and water. It may optionally contain Bramley apple puree, corn flour, and lemon jui …

  • Jamaican author makes Man Booker long list with Bob … Reuters - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 7:16 PM SGT

    LONDON (Reuters) - The long list of 13 titles for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English, published on Wednesday, features the first Jamaican author in contention for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize. Marlon James is nominated for his third novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings," the story …

  • Grand illusions, mind readings and death-defying escapology come to London this summer in a magic show billed as "the biggest in decades" in the British capital. Running for five weeks, "Impossible" will seek to wow audiences with its line-up of magicians, tricksters and daredevil performers at its West End venue, close …

  • Mealworms, algae make a tasty dish at London fest Reuters - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 2:32 AM SGT

    By Simon Falush LONDON (Reuters) - India Hamilton and Danny Jack use meal worms, algae, tree sap and homegrown flowers in a delicious spread served in a tree house to get their customers thinking about where their food comes from and its impact on the planet. In a project subsidised by the global health foundation, the …

  • Cavorting, snorting British peer quits House of Lo … Reuters - Tue, Jul 28, 2015 5:26 PM SGT
    A man shelters under a 'House of Lords' embossed umbrella near Britain's Houses of Parliament in central London

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A senior British peer said on Tuesday he was leaving the House of Lords, Britain's unelected upper parliamentary chamber, after a newspaper published a video which it said showed him using cocaine and cavorting with prostitutes. John Buttifant Sewel had already quit as deputy speaker …

  • Orders for US durable goods jump 3.4 percent in Ju … Associated Press - Mon, Jul 27, 2015 11:50 PM SGT
    FILE - In this June 22, 2015 file photo, a worker helps to assemble a helicopter at AgustaWestland's aircraft manufacturing facility in Philadelphia. Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, the Commerce Department reported Monday, July 27, 2015, while business investment rebounded after two months of declines. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, but the advance was fueled by higher demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of this volatile category, a key category that represents business investment rose by a far more modest amount.

  • Words gain ground at Britain's summer music fe … Reuters - Sun, Jul 26, 2015 6:21 PM SGT

    By Jan Harvey MALMESBURY, England (Reuters) - Poetry is the latest crowd draw at Britain's music festivals, once havens of rebellious rock but now as settled in the nation's summer calendar as Wimbledon and Royal Ascot horse racing. The Hip Yak Poetry Shack, in a woodland corner of the world music WOMAD festival, pulled …

  • Bayreuth Wagner fest opens with triumphant "T … Reuters - Sun, Jul 26, 2015 3:42 PM SGT

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The opening-night audience on Saturday for the Bayreuth Festival was ready for anything in a new production of Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" directed by his great grand-daughter Katharina Wagner, known to make radical changes in his works. What they got, courtesy of a splendid …

  • Leaving runways behind, Delevingne finds spotlight … Reuters - Sat, Jul 25, 2015 9:32 PM SGT
    Cast member Cara Delevingne poses for photos at a photo call promoting her film "Paper Towns" at Claridges in London

    By Kara Warner LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the lead of teen film "Paper Towns" and with a slew of upcoming high-profile roles under her belt, British supermodel Cara Delevingne is happy to leave the runway behind as she steps onto the big screen. Delevingne, 22, the striking face of fashion houses and brands from Chanel …

  • Little Mix's 'Black Magic' tops UK singles … Reuters - Sat, Jul 25, 2015 1:22 AM SGT
    Members of the pop group Little Mix pose for photographers at the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain

    Former ‘X Factor’ winners Little Mix have topped the British singles chart for a second week with 'Black Magic,' becoming the first girl group in eight years to remain at Number 1 for more than a week, the Official Charts Company said on Friday. The last group to manage the feat were the Sugababes, who spent four weeks …

  • US new-home sales hit June slump Associated Press - Fri, Jul 24, 2015 10:34 PM SGT
    In this June 4, 2015, photo, a sign indicates a site has been sold in a new home development in Nashville, Tenn. The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in June on Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans bought new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market might not be as hot as it appeared at the start of summer.

  • Nikkei CEO vows to ensures FT's editorial inde … Reuters - Fri, Jul 24, 2015 7:10 PM SGT
    Nikkei's President and CEO Okada attends news conference in Tokyo

    Top executives at Nikkei Inc. pledged on Friday to preserve the editorial independence of the Financial Times after the Japanese media group's $1.3 billion purchase of the British business newspaper, which has sometimes been critical of its new owner. "I would like to clearly state that we have complete faith in their …

  • Hemp flour of Azienda Agricola Fiore Marzio ILario is seen in this handout photograph taken in London

    Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won't get you high, but do provide a healthy, tasty alternative to the traditional, wheat variety. "Hemp food is truly organic," said Marzio Ilario Fiore, 30, whose farm in the Molise region produces …

  • Norah Jones or Sex Pistols? Thinking style moulds taste … Reuters - Thu, Jul 23, 2015 2:06 AM SGT
    Norah Jones performs the song "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from the film "Ted" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - If you like the mellow sounds of jazz singer Norah Jones, you could well be what a new study calls "an empathiser" who responds to the emotions of others. If, on the other hand, you go for the Sex Pistols, the same study says you could be a "systemiser" who likes to analyse rules and …

  • Ottawa, the city fun forgot, tops on infidelity we … Reuters - Wed, Jul 22, 2015 3:30 AM SGT
    Homepage of Ashley Madison website displayed on iPad, in photo illustration taken in Ottawa

    One in five Ottawa residents allegedly subscribed to adulterers' website Ashley Madison, making one of the world's coldest capitals among the hottest for extra-marital hookups - and the most vulnerable to a breach of privacy after hackers targeted the site. Hackers threatened to leak details including the credit card information, …

  • Unemployment rates fell in 21 US states in June, rose … Associated Press - Tue, Jul 21, 2015 11:54 PM SGT
    In this photo taken Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Luigi Valdivieso, left, talks about job opportunities to Richard Solano at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for June on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell last month in 21 U.S. states and were unchanged in 17, as widespread job growth and a shrinking workforce reduce the ranks of those out of work.

  • "I'm not quitting," says hunter of Loch … Reuters - Tue, Jul 21, 2015 11:12 PM SGT

    The world's most dedicated Loch Ness monster hunter has scotched reports that has finally given up looking for the legendary Scottish beast after a quarter of a century of searching. Last week, the Times newspaper reported that Steve Feltham, who gave up his job, house and girlfriend 24 years ago to look for the creature …

  • World Chefs: Robin Gill brings the farmhouse to fine … Reuters - Tue, Jul 21, 2015 7:06 PM SGT

    By Matilda Egere-Cooper LONDON (Reuters) - Irish-born chef Robin Gill trained in Michelin-star kitchens across Europe for more than 10 years before realising that scene wasn’t for him. After stints at Marco Pierre White’s The Oak Room and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, he headed south in 2012 to open The …

  • Festival to celebrate Irish playwright Brian Friel Reuters - Tue, Jul 21, 2015 10:30 AM SGT

    Brian Friel, widely considered to be Ireland's best living playwright, will be celebrated in an annual festival starting this August which this year will include a new production of his most famous play, "Dancing at Lughnasa". The Lughnasa International Friel Festival will be held in County Donegal in Ireland and in Belfast, …

  • The $100 million question: are we alone in the cos … Reuters - Mon, Jul 20, 2015 11:02 PM SGT
    Yuri Milner arrives on the red carpet during the second Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards in Mountain View

    By Sarah McBride and Ben Hirschler SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists are about to embark on the biggest search yet for alien life, sweeping the skies for signals of civilisations beyond our solar system with $100 million from a Russian billionaire and the backing of physicist Stephen Hawking. It’s time to commit …

  • Fans take refuge in St Andrews' favourite '19th … Reuters - Sun, Jul 19, 2015 1:04 AM SGT
    People stand inside a bar near the course after play was suspended due to high winds during the second round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland

    By Martyn Herman ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Sheena Willoughby has served countless thirsty fans at five British Opens since taking the keys to the Dunvegan Hotel 21 years ago. But the Scot has never seen a day like Saturday. After strong winds had stopped play early in the morning, the thousands who'd flooded …

  • British girls vie for co-star chance in Harry Potter … Reuters - Sun, Jul 19, 2015 12:00 AM SGT

    By Anastasia Gorelova LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of girls queued to audition in east London on Saturday for a chance to co-star in the planned Harry Potter spin-off movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Whoever gets the role will star alongside Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, who will portray "magizoologist" …

  • Palace scolds Sun for publishing Queen's childhood … Reuters - Sat, Jul 18, 2015 9:07 PM SGT
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit Sydney Russell School in Dagenham, east London

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - Buckingham Palace scolded Rupert Murdoch's top-selling Sun tabloid on Saturday for publishing a previously unknown film from 1933 that appears to show Britain's Queen Elizabeth performing a Nazi salute as a young girl. The black-and-white film from the year Adolf Hitler came to …

  • Hockney plays with perspective in new photos, paintings … Reuters - Sat, Jul 18, 2015 8:05 PM SGT
    British artist David Hockney is interviewed in front of his painting "The Group V" at a preview of his exhibition "Painting and Photography" at the L.A. Louver gallery in Venice, Los Angeles

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From his classic 1967 Los Angeles pool scene "A Bigger Splash" to his interpretations of Yorkshire forests, British artist David Hockney has always injected the world around him with a vibrant palette, most recently in a study of perspectives. "David Hockney: Painting and Photography," …

  • Little Mix top UK singles chart with "Black M … Reuters - Sat, Jul 18, 2015 1:19 AM SGT
    Members of the pop group Little Mix pose for photographers at the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain

    LONDON (Reuters) - "Black Magic," the new single from Girl group Little Mix topped the British pop charts on Friday, their third No. 1 single since winning the 2011 series of ITV's "X Factor" talent show, Electronica trio Years and Years’ stayed at No.2 for a second week with "Shine" while “Are You With Me?” by Lost Frequencies …

  • Old Lisbon market cooks up food-to-media concept to … Reuters - Fri, Jul 17, 2015 10:06 PM SGT

    By Andrei Khalip LISBON (Reuters) - In the past year, Lisbon's 19th-century riverside market has soared from dilapidated oblivion to a top attraction on a zesty blend of fine food, drinks, arts and hip shopping - a concept its owners now plan to replicate in London and New York. Aside from serving as a gigantic window …

  • Rising gas prices push inflation up modestly in Ju … Associated Press - Fri, Jul 17, 2015 9:35 PM SGT
    In this photo taken June 12, 2015, shopper Julia Esquivel picks onions at a local grocery store in the Little Havana area of Miami. The Labor Department reports on consumer prices for June on Friday, July 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising gasoline prices pushed inflation up modestly in June, leaving overall consumer prices higher than they were a year earlier for the first time since December.

  • Factbox - Key nominees for the Emmy Awards Reuters - Fri, Jul 17, 2015 1:47 AM SGT
    Nominees Aduba and Deeley and Television Academy chairman and CEO Rosenbaum are pictured during the nomination announcements for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in West Hollywood

    REUTERS - Following is a list of nominations in key categories for the Primetime Emmy Awards, the highest honors in U.S. television, announced on Thursday. The Emmys are awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and will be handed out in a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sept. 20. ...

  • Future of BBC up for grabs as UK government kicks off … Reuters - Thu, Jul 16, 2015 10:37 PM SGT
    A pedestrian walks past a BBC logo at Broadcasting House in central London

    By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's newly elected Conservative government signalled on Thursday it would cut back the BBC, the opening salvo in a battle over the future of the world's biggest public service broadcaster. Any attempt to change the 92-year-old broadcaster provokes a fierce reaction in Britain, where …

  • Robbie Williams turns auctioneer, raises $226,000 for … Reuters - Thu, Jul 16, 2015 7:27 PM SGT
    Singer Robbie Williams performs on stage during a concert to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the reign of Albert II, in Monaco

    Pop singer Robbie Williams has turned auctioneer at a charity sale of his belongings and raised some $226,000 for a British children's hospice. The "Let Me Entertain You" singer appeared at London's Bonhams auction house on Wednesday for the "Doing it for the Kids" sale, held to raise money for the Donna Louise Children's …

  • Loch Ness monster hunter concludes: it's a big … Reuters - Thu, Jul 16, 2015 5:51 PM SGT

    After nearly quarter century camping out by the banks of Scotland's Loch Ness hoping to glimpse "Nessie", the most dedicated hunter of the legendary monster has given up, concluding it is just a very big catfish. Steve Feltham, who gave up his girlfriend, house and job in southwest England in 1991 to spend his life looking …

  • US factory output flat for 2nd straight month Associated Press - Wed, Jul 15, 2015 10:20 PM SGT
    In this June 22, 2015 photo, a Buick Verano is assembled at General Motors' Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. U.S. factory production was unchanged for a second straight month in June, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, July 15, 2015, as a sharp drop in auto manufacturing was offset by greater output of furniture and chemicals. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory production was unchanged for a second straight month in June as a sharp drop in auto manufacturing was offset by greater output of furniture and chemicals.

  • Egg prices blowing up because of avian flu Associated Press - Wed, Jul 15, 2015 10:19 PM SGT
    FILE - In a Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, eggs sit waiting to be cooked at the Waveland Cafe, in Des Moines, Iowa. Prices for the producers of goods and services rose modestly in June, a sign that broader inflation is being kept in check. But an outbreak of avian influenza caused the cost of eggs to nearly double, as prices soared at the fastest pace ever recorded.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eggs are getting much more expensive — by the dozen and otherwise.

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