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  • A protester demonstrates against the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons by Russia, while standing outside the New York Stock Exchange

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the White House announced last week that it had hired its first transgender staff member, the move was hailed as a milestone in the fight for equality for one of the most marginalized groups in the U.S. workforce. "There are a lot of great transgender people out there who are …

  • In this Saturday, June 6, 2015 photo, a customer at left pays for produce with cash to a worker at a stand at the Atlanta Farmers Market. The Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for July on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months.

  • Botticelli painted modern beauties - in 1400s, show … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:49 PM SGT

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - An exhibition that portrays the 15th-century Italian painter Sandro Botticelli and his blonde Venuses as an inspiration for the modern Western ideal of female beauty will open this month in Berlin and in March in London, curators said on Thursday. The show will feature some 150 paintings, …

  • Clive Owen makes Broadway debut in Pinter's "Old … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:49 PM SGT
    Actor Clive Owen poses during a photo call for the Broadway revival of "Old Times" at American Airlines Theater in New York

    The "Children of Men" and "Closer" actor, who has London theatre credits to his name, will appear alongside fellow Britons Eve Best, who previously starred in Pinter's "The Homecoming", and "True Detective" actress Kelly Reilly. In the play, Owen's character Deeley and his wife Kate receive a visit from her longtime friend …

  • Antonio Banderas takes on new role in fashion Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:46 PM SGT
    Banderas holds his Premio Platino de Honor (Platinum Award of Honor) for Lifetime Achievement during the second Premios Platino Ibero-American Film Awards in Marbella

    By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has added a new skill to his range of talents -- he has enrolled in a fashion course at London's prestigious Central St Martins College. The picture, which showed the actor posing with his arms draped over a group of dress-making dummies, was captioned: …

  • Manspreading, hangry, Grexit join Oxford online di … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:03 PM SGT

    REUTERS - Feeling hangry? Can't find a seat on the subway because of manspreading? Annoyed by people butt-dialing you? All three slang words officially joined OxfordDictionaries.com on Thursday in a quarterly update of popular phrases that also included Grexit (a potential Greek exit from the Eurozone) and brainfart …

  • British photographer focuses on plight of 1 billion … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 7:10 PM SGT

    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When photographer Graeme Robertson who has covered wars and famines met a boy in Uganda whose skin looked as if it was falling off his face, he was shocked to discover the boy had been attacked for being blind. "Sometimes when you have a blind child they will try and …

  • ABBA piano seen raising money, money, money at auc … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 5:32 PM SGT

    The piano used to play the glissando that kicks off ABBA's disco hit "Dancing Queen" will be one of the star attractions at a rock and pop auction at Sotheby's next month where it is expected to sell for up to 800,000 pounds ($1.24 million). The instrument comes with a certificate of authentication from ABBA co-founder …

  • Texas judge orders $10 million set aside for 'Fifty … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 6:42 AM SGT
    "Fifty Shades of Grey" badges are seen at the film's UK premiere in London

    By Marice Richter FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - An Australian woman who helped publish "Fifty Shades of Grey" was ordered by a Fort Worth judge on Wednesday to set aside $10 million for a Texas woman a jury said was defrauded out of her share of the royalty rights for the steamy best-selling novel. Jennifer Pedroza of …

  • By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When war photographer Graeme Robertson met a boy in Uganda whose skin looked as if it was falling off his face, he was shocked to discover the boy had been attacked for being blind. "Sometimes when you have a blind child they will try and kill them, set them on fire, …

  • US durable goods orders up 2 percent in July Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 12:11 AM SGT
    FILE - In this June 9, 2015, file photo, a Ford Motor Co. employee works on the instrument panel of a 2016 Ford Explorer at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago. The Commerce Department releases durable goods orders for July on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose for a second month in July, and demand in a key category that tracks business investment plans jumped by the largest amount in 13 months.

  • "Star Wars" toys get marathon roll-out in … Reuters - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 12:08 AM SGT
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members, Abrams, producer Kennedy and show host Breznican appear at the kick-off event of the Star Wars Celebration convention

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars" producers on Wednesday announced a marathon, worldwide roll-out of toys next week for its upcoming "The Force Awakens" movie in a promotional push that seeks to capture the excitement that once greeted new "Harry Potter" book releases. The toys will be introduced online over an 18-hour …

  • Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' wears a hoodie, … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 8:42 AM SGT

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a "Hamlet" for our time in London in a production that played to his strengths, dresses up Shakespeare for a younger crowd and had the British actor's fans roaring in approval at the end. Ever since the 12-week run was announced a year ago and sold out …

  • Bob Dylan's 'Hard Rain' lyrics a-gonna … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 3:20 AM SGT
    U.S. musician Bob Dylan performs on the second day of the Hop Farm Music Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent

    (Reuters) - A draft of the lyrics for Bob Dylan's protest song "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is going up for auction in London next month and is expected to fetch up to 200,000 pounds ($314,000), Sotheby's auction house said on Tuesday. The typewritten manuscript, with the date 1962, contains many scribbled revisions and …

  • Damon, Bullock lead stars descending on Toronto for … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 2:09 AM SGT

    By Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - The 40th Toronto International Film Festival will play host to a star-studded roster of top filmmakers and movie stars next month, including Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock and Johnny Depp. The festival, a frequent launch pad for Oscar contenders, will showcase 289 feature films …

  • High-end author A.L. Kennedy dives into sci-fi with … Reuters - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 1:28 AM SGT
    Author Kennedy reacts after winning the Costa Book Award with her book "Day" at the Intercontinental Hotel in central London

    By Andrew Heavens LONDON (Reuters) - A.L. Kennedy, the feted British writer of high-end literary fiction, knew she was reaching a different audience when websites such as Nerdist.com started praising her depiction of Dr. Who. The Scottish author, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Costa Book Award winner, …

  • US new-home sales rebound in July Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:01 PM SGT
    FILE - In this June 8, 2015, file photo, a sold sign is displayed outside a new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. The Commerce Department releases new home sales for July 2015 on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July, with sales surging in the Northeast.

  • Afghan satire 'Kabul Taxi' angers spies, scribes … Reuters - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 8:41 PM SGT

    By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - The biting political satire of a Facebook page called Kabul Taxi has got under the skin of Afghanistan's spy agency - enough so that it summoned the two journalists it suspects of being behind it for a two-hour grilling. Kabul Taxi's acerbic take on the foibles of the Afghan government, …

  • Recycling - fashion world's antidote to environmental … Reuters - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 6:42 PM SGT
    The logo for an H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) store is pictured in London

    By Anna Ringstrom STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Hennes & Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching a new effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw materials. Sweden's H&M, which is launching a line of jeans …

  • One Direction's Horan says band to take break, … Reuters - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 11:42 AM SGT
    Members of the pop group One Direction pose for photographers at the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain

    LONDON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One Direction member Niall Horan said Monday that the hugely successful British boy band will take a "well earned break" next year, but are not splitting up. Horan, 21, told his 23 million fans on Twitter that the group will continue to tour and play new music, after a report in a British …

  • Luke Bryan holds onto Billboard top spot for second … Reuters - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 8:28 AM SGT
    Luke Bryan accepts the award for male video of the year for "Play It Again" during the 2015 CMT Awards in Nashville

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Luke Bryan held onto the top spot of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, holding off Ed Sheeran and Dr Dre. "Kill The Lights," the fifth studio album from Bryan, sold 83,000 albums, 114,000 songs and was streamed 6.8 million times, for a …

  • DJ Calvin Harris outdoes Jennifer Lawrence with $66 … Reuters - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 2:07 AM SGT
    Calvin Harris arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas

    Scotland's Calvin Harris on Monday topped a Forbes list of the world's highest paid DJs, earning an estimated $66 million in an annual payday that surpassed "Hunger Games" actress Jennifer Lawrence and reflected the explosion of electronic dance music (EDM). Harris, 31, a record producer who has worked with the likes of …

  • One Direction to split for year after new album -  … Reuters - Mon, Aug 24, 2015 3:58 PM SGT
    Members of the pop group One Direction pose for photographers at the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain

    The break will come after the band, reduced to four members following the departure of Zayn Malik earlier this year, release their fifth album in March, the report in the Sun said. “The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boyband,” a source told The Sun. “They fully deserve to have …

  • British Muslim drag queen braves backlash to inspire … Reuters - Mon, Aug 24, 2015 1:15 PM SGT

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Death threats are nothing new for Asif Quaraishi, but the gay Muslim hopes that a documentary about Muslim drag queens will encourage gay British Asians to come out of the closet rather than provoke a backlash against Britain's "hidden" community. The film "Muslim …

  • Organisers of the Sarajevo film festival, the Balkans' largest industry gathering, called on Russia on Saturday to release an Ukrainian film director who has been tried under terrorism charges and could be jailed for 23 years. Oleg Sentzov was arrested last year while protesting against Russia's annexation of Crimea and …

  • Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas … Reuters - Sat, Aug 22, 2015 7:17 PM SGT
    Author Kazuo Ishiguro during interview with Reuters.

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, "The Remains of the Day," the university said. The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki, Japan, …

  • German scientists find rare dinosaur tracks Reuters - Sat, Aug 22, 2015 2:22 AM SGT

    By Josie Le Blond BERLIN (Reuters) - German scientists have found an unusually long trail of footprints from a 30-tonne dinosaur in an abandoned quarry in Lower Saxony, a discovery they think could be around 145 million years old. "It's very unusual how long the trail is and what great condition it's in," excavation leader …

  • Unemployment stays low in US states with nomination … Associated Press - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 11:27 PM SGT
    FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, file photo, a sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. The Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for July 2015 on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 24 U.S. states last month, including some of those with early presidential nominating contests.

  • Youngest Nobel peace prize winner Malala celebrates … Reuters - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 9:52 PM SGT
    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai poses with girls for a picture at a school for Syrian refugee girls, built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

    Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel peace prize, has another reason to celebrate after posting a string of top grades in her GCSEs, a set of important exams faced by British teenagers. After rising to global fame as an education activist after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan …

  • Fed's tightening cycle scenario involves risky … Reuters - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 5:18 PM SGT
    Sun rises to the east of the U.S. Federal Reserve building in Washington

    By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve officials planning to lift interest rates as soon as September have been encouraged by solid U.S. jobs growth, but inflation holds the key to how far the Fed can go in moving rates away from zero. Fed officials have said that they do not need to see prices accelerate …

  • British spies reveal file on Nobel winner Doris Le … Reuters - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 7:25 AM SGT
    British novelist Lessing waits to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature at the Wallace Collection in London

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - Nobel Prize-winning writer Doris Lessing was under surveillance for more than 20 years during her youth by British spies who took a dim view of her Communist beliefs and anti-racist activism, declassified intelligence files have revealed. Lessing first came to the attention of colonial-era …

  • Street artist Banksy's "Dismaland" is … Reuters - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 2:07 AM SGT
    A sculpture is pictured at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England

    By Paul Sandle WESTON-SUPER-MARE, England (Reuters) - Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland", opens on Friday, with a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees, all courtesy of British street artist Banksy. The "Bemusement Park" in Weston-super-Mare, an English …

  • Santa goes bust over Finnish tax bill Reuters - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 12:30 AM SGT
    A man dressed as Santa Claus looks over some of the thousands of letters received at the Santa Claus Office located on the Arctic Circle

    Finland's Santa Claus Office has been declared bankrupt over unpaid taxes after a sharp drop in visits from recession-hit Russians, once the centre's best customers. The Santa Claus Office, one of several Santa-themed businesses in Lapland, had some 300,000 visitors last year and revenues of about 2 million euros.

  • RBI continues to watch monsoon, global factors - R … Reuters - Thu, Aug 20, 2015 1:39 PM SGT
    Vehicles move along a flooded road after a heavy rain downpour in Chandigarh

    The Reserve Bank of India continues to watch the progress of monsoon to assess the overall impact on inflation as well as global developments, governor Raghuram Rajan said on Thursday. The comments come amid rising market expectations for a rate cut at the RBI's next policy review on Sept. 29 after consumer inflation eased …

  • US consumer inflation slowed in July Associated Press - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 9:33 PM SGT
    In this June 4, 2015 photo, a customer shops for home accessories at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark. The Labor Department releases its Consumer Price Index for July on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.

  • E-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than tobacco … Reuters - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 7:06 AM SGT
    A woman displays a a package of E-cigarette in Bordeaux

    By Angus Berwick LONDON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarettes are around 95 percent less harmful than tobacco and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit, a study by an agency of Britain's Department of Health said on Wednesday. E-cigarettes, tobacco-free devices people use to inhale nicotine-laced vapour, have …

  • Italy hires foreign directors to cure "sclerotic" … Reuters - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 12:59 AM SGT
    Close-up detail shows Michelangelo's statue of David at the Accademia museum in Florence.

    The museums that house masterpieces such as Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus will soon be run by foreign directors for the first time as Italy overhauls what a senior official called its "sclerotic" museum management. Following an international head-hunt, the culture ministry on Tuesday named 20 new managers …

  • Beatles first record contract up for auction in New … Reuters - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 12:52 AM SGT
    A window cleaner carries his ladders past a mural of the Beatles painted on the end of a row of terraced houses in Liverpool

    The first recording contract ever signed by The Beatles - during their early days in Hamburg, Germany - is expected to fetch about $150,000 when it goes up for auction in New York next month, the company handing the sale said on Tuesday. The contract, written in German and signed in 1961 by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, …

  • London council becomes first in Britain to ban "hippy … Reuters - Mon, Aug 17, 2015 10:13 PM SGT

    They have become a common sight in London's gutters after a hard night of partying: small, silver cylinders that contained nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, Britain's most popular "legal high". The popularity of laughing gas is growing, according to a government survey, in which 7.6 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds said they …

  • Morning dance parties let "conscious clubbers" … Reuters - Mon, Aug 17, 2015 7:05 PM SGT
    Club-goers dance at 'Morning Gloryville' at the Ministry of Sound in south London

    By Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Blaring house music, coloured lights, glittery faces and gyrating bodies are not your typical weekday morning. Morning dance parties with names like "Morning Gloryville" and "Daybreaker" are gathering steam in cities across the world, giving rise to a movement known as "conscious …

  • British queen poised for record after rallying troubled … Reuters - Sun, Aug 16, 2015 3:05 PM SGT
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves after the State Opening of Parliament, at the Palace of Westminster in London

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth, who rallied support for the monarchy despite presiding over what was once known as the world's most famous dysfunctional family, next month becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch. "It is a job for life," the 89-year-old Elizabeth once said, and unlike some European …

  • 'Star Wars' land coming to Disney's California, … Reuters - Sun, Aug 16, 2015 10:26 AM SGT
    The character of Mickey Mouse greets guests during Disneyland's Diamond Celebration in Anaheim

    By Piya Sinha-Roy Anaheim, Calif. (Reuters) - "Star Wars" is being transported from a galaxy far, far away to California and Florida after Walt Disney Co announced plans for two theme park expansions that will bring the celebrated film franchise to life. The 14-acre (6-hectare) "Star Wars" lands at Anaheim, California's …

  • Hip hop mogul Dr Dre tops UK album chart after 16 year … Reuters - Sat, Aug 15, 2015 1:02 AM SGT
    Dr. Dre performs at 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio

    U.S. hip-hop mogul Dr Dre topped the British album chart on Friday with "Compton", his first record in 16 years, while "Marvin Gaye," U.S singer Charlie Puth's collaboration with Meghan Trainor, climbed 89 places to become the highest-selling single. Compton, which the 50 year-old rapper has dedicated to his Californian …

  • US factory output climbed in July, lifted by auto  … Associated Press - Fri, Aug 14, 2015 10:18 PM SGT
    FILE - In this Monday, June 22, 2015, file photo, a worker helps assemble a helicopter at the AgustaWestland's aircraft manufacturing facility, in Philadelphia. Auto plants, clothing makers and plastics factories drove a sharp rebound in U.S. manufacturing in July, according to industrial production figures released by the Federal Reserve, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Auto plants, clothing makers and plastics factories drove a sharp rebound in U.S. manufacturing in July.

  • US producer prices up just 0.2 percent in July Associated Press - Fri, Aug 14, 2015 9:07 PM SGT
    FILE - In this April 6, 2015, photo, Marta Crebilo, left, and Jason Thompson prepare chocolate molds at Olive and Sinclair Chocolate in the East Nashville area of Nashville, Tenn. The Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for July on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.

  • TRIP TIPS - LUXE City Guides – Epicurean Barcelona Reuters - Fri, Aug 14, 2015 7:20 PM SGT
    File photo of a man walking past the La Pedrera building in Barcelona

    If you are the type who lives to eat, rather than eats to live, then head to Barcelona. "All sorrows are less with bread" is the Cervantes adage that springs to mind when you slip into the warm, fragrant fold of Hotel Praktik Bakery (hotelpraktikbakery.com). Lázaro Rosa Violan’s paean to the humble panadería provides …

  • Australian court curbs "Dallas Buyers Club" … Reuters - Fri, Aug 14, 2015 3:02 PM SGT
    Shell, Meyer,  Alves, McConaughey, Karpen and Langley, attend the premiere of the film "Dallas Buyers Club" in Beverly Hills

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Friday forced makers of the film "Dallas Buyers Club" to cap penalties for illegal downloaders, a ruling welcomed by Internet companies as a "knockout blow" to the controversial tactic of threatening pirates into paying fines. The ruling puts Australia at odds with …

  • US business stockpiles jump in June Associated Press - Fri, Aug 14, 2015 12:40 AM SGT
    In this March 31, 2015 photo, Roy Livesey stacks a pallet of 2x4's at Allegheny Millwork and Lumber Company in Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department releases business inventories for June on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in June by the largest amount in more than two years.

  • US retail sales rose in July, aided by autos and r … Associated Press - Thu, Aug 13, 2015 11:27 PM SGT
    In this June 4, 2015 photo, shoppers check out at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark. The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for July on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more cars, restaurant meals and building supplies in July, a rise in spending that points to steady economic growth anchored by an improving job market.

  • Music boosts recovery from surgery, reduces pain Reuters - Thu, Aug 13, 2015 7:12 AM SGT

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Listening to music before, during and after surgery reduces patients' pain, eases anxiety and lessens the need for painkillers, British scientists said on Thursday. After reviewing evidence from around 7,000 patients, the scientists said people going for surgery should be allowed to …

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