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  • 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, …

  • 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 …

  • Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visits the newly opened "Magic Garden" at Hampton Court Palace, west of London, Britain

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Duchess of Cambridge played with children amidst a dragon nest and moats at a new play area inspired by Tudor Court legends which she officially opened at London's Hampton Court Palace on Wednesday. The wife of Prince William, Kate met the youngsters at the palace's 'Magic Garden' …

  • Members of a Star Wars fan club in Thailand, dressed as Kylo Ren, entertains children during Star Wars Day celebration at the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok

    From dressing up as stormtroopers to hosting movie marathons, film fans celebrated Star Wars Day on Wednesday with all things dedicated to the blockbuster sci-fi franchise. "Star Wars" enthusiasts marked the day celebrating the space saga by chanting or tweeting "May the Fourth Be With You", a play on the films' catchphrase …

  • Lennon's lyrics, Cobain's letter and Gaga's … Reuters - Wed, May 4, 2016 6:46 AM SGT

    John Lennon's handwritten lyrics, Lady Gaga's first piano and an angry note from Kurt Cobain discussing the possibility of disbanding Nirvana after an unflattering magazine article are among the top items being offered at an upcoming auction. Hundreds of items belonging to rock musicians, from guitars and drum kits to …

  • Radiohead releases single under cloud of intrigue Reuters - Wed, May 4, 2016 4:27 AM SGT
    Radiohead performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio

    British rockers Radiohead returned to the Internet on Tuesday with a new music video, after the band stumped fans by deleting all posts on their Twitter account over the weekend. Both "Burn the Witch" and "Radiohead" quickly became two of the top 10 trending terms on Twitter in the United States Tuesday after the video …

  • Crash, bang, wallop! Drivers take flight at UK car … Reuters - Tue, May 3, 2016 8:17 PM SGT

    Their engines revving and with paramedics on standby, daredevil drivers took flight over a line of old vehicles in southern England on Monday competing for this year's UK car jumping title. On a racing track in Angmering village in West Sussex, drivers sped up a ramp, seeking to fly over eight pairs of wrecks and land …

  • Beyonce's 'Lemonade' tops Billboard, Prince … Reuters - Tue, May 3, 2016 1:37 AM SGT

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B star Beyonce stormed to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with her surprise visual concept album "Lemonade," while late singer Prince's music dominated the chart as fans continued to remember his legacy through his music. "Lemonade," the sixth solo album …

  • Ready, Steady, Mow! British lawnmower racing season … Reuters - Mon, May 2, 2016 7:26 PM SGT

    Behind a start line in a field in southern England, a group of drivers rev their engines, raring to open the throttle on noisy machines more used to cutting grass than racing across it. For a few dedicated motor sport lovers, Sunday marked the start of the British lawnmower racing season, in which participants drive laps …

  • UK royal Kate appears on cover of Vogue's 100th … Reuters - Sun, May 1, 2016 10:09 AM SGT
    Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Taj Mahal in Agra

    The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, will appear on the cover of the 100th anniversary edition of the British version of fashion magazine Vogue, following in the path of her husband's late mother, Princess Diana. Late on Saturday Vogue revealed the cover of its June edition on its website, which goes on sale on Thursday, …

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth features with Obamas … Reuters - Sat, Apr 30, 2016 10:11 PM SGT
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip welcome U.S President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their arrival at Windsor Castle for a private lunch, in Windsor

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth has appeared with U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in a light-hearted video to promote a sporting event for injured British, American and allied military personnel. Prince Harry, the queen's grandson, launched the first of the Invictus games in London in 2014 and the second will …

  • Fourteen Prince albums climb UK charts, but Beyonce … Reuters - Sat, Apr 30, 2016 2:05 AM SGT
    Singer Beyonce arrives at TIDAL X: 1020 concert at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York

    Fourteen albums by U.S. pop superstar Prince have flooded back in to the British charts since his sudden death last week but Beyonce's "Lemonade" went straight to the top after notching up some of the fastest sales of the year. "The Very Best Of" Prince was at two, "Ultimate" was third and "Purple Rain – OST" from "Prince …

  • Simulating Mars exploration, British astronaut guides … Reuters - Sat, Apr 30, 2016 12:42 AM SGT

    British astronaut Tim Peake drove a rover on Mars on Friday -- or at least pretended to by test-driving the exploration vehicle on earth remotely from space. From the International Space Station (ISS) some 250 miles above earth, the European Space Agency astronaut guided rover prototype "Bridget" around a cave set up in …

  • 'Sleepless slugs' skip hibernation to breed … Reuters - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 8:35 PM SGT

    British gardeners should brace themselves for an invasion of slugs this year as many of the pests skipped their usual hibernation due to a warm winter and spent their time breeding instead. "They usually go into a hibernation in winter but due to this very warm winter they have not. "The vast majority of slugs and snails …

  • Christie's fetes 250 years in business with major … Reuters - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 10:28 PM SGT
    A man is reflected as he passes Andreas Gursky's "Pyongyang II" , as a woman looks at Pablo Picasso's "Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto" in London

    From Joshua Reynolds to Lucian Freud, works spanning several centuries of British art will go under the hammer as part of a sale celebrating 250 years since auction house Christie's was founded. The highlights are three major works, led by "Ib and her Husband", an intimate 1992 portrait by Freud of his pregnant daughter …

  • In risks to bees, study finds not all neonicotinoids … Reuters - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 9:05 PM SGT
    A bumblebee gathers pollen from a sunflower in Sumartin on Croatia's Adriatic Island of Brac

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids that have been banned in Europe due to fears about potential harm to bees have been found in new research to have very differential risks for bumblebees. Scientists who conducted the research said their findings showed that at …

  • Elections get dirty as adult filmmakers set up political … Reuters - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 11:13 AM SGT
    Visitors take photos and videos of two performers during the13th annual Erotica LA (ELA) at the Convention Center in Los Angeles

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California politics got a bit more racy on Wednesday, as producers and actors in the adult film business said they had formed a political action committee, or PAC, to fight a ballot initiative to require the use of condoms when shooting explicit sex scenes. The move by …

  • Court names administrator for superstar Prince's … Reuters - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 3:42 AM SGT
    U.S. musician Prince performs at the Hop Farm Festival near Paddock Wood

    (Reuters) - A Minnesota judge appointed a bank on Wednesday to safeguard the estate of the late music legend Prince and scheduled a probate hearing for next week after the performer's sister said he left no known will, court records showed. Acting on a request from the star's sister, Tyka Nelson, a judge in Carver County, …

  • Prince died without a will, 6 siblings likely to share … Reuters - Wed, Apr 27, 2016 4:22 AM SGT
    Musician Prince gestures on stage during Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York

    Music superstar Prince left no known will when he died last week, his sister said in court documents on Tuesday listing his six siblings or half-siblings as heirs to a legacy estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars. The sister, Tyka Nelson, asked that a special administrator be appointed to handle Prince's affairs …

  • London's Big Ben clock chimes to be silenced for … Reuters - Tue, Apr 26, 2016 10:53 PM SGT
    People are silhouetted against the sky as the pass the Big Ben bell tower at the Houses of Parliament  in London, Britain

    The famous chimes of Big Ben will fall silent next year as the 160-year-old parliamentary clock tower undergoes essential repairs as part of a 29 million-pound ($42 million) project. The last significant repair work on Big Ben was in 1983-85 and both the clock and its 96-metre (315 ft) tower urgently need attention.

  • Prince cremated; family, friends honour him at ceremony … Reuters - Sun, Apr 24, 2016 11:57 AM SGT
    Woman holds a dove at memorial for musician Prince in Minnesota

    By Jane Ross CHANHASSEN, Minn. (Reuters) - Prince's remains have been cremated and his family and friends attended a private ceremony on Saturday to pay their respects to the late pop superstar at the studio complex where he died in a suburb of Minneapolis, a Prince spokeswoman said. Among those seen entering the Paisley …

  • Canada minister urges new media laws to boost local … Reuters - Sun, Apr 24, 2016 10:42 AM SGT

    Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the Globe and Mail in a report on Saturday, announcing a new policy direction in what she called a broken system. Canada's broadcast …

  • U.S. President Barack Obama tours the Globe Theatre in London

    By Roberta Rampton and Alex Fraser LONDON/STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on Saturday by visiting the Globe theatre in London for a performance of a scene from Hamlet, where the Danish prince poses the question: "To be or not to be". …

  • Obama pays tribute to 'jewel' Queen Elizabeth … Reuters - Sat, Apr 23, 2016 11:09 AM SGT
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh stand with the President and First Lady of the United States Barack Obama and his wife Michelle (both centre), in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle

    By Roberta Rampton WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama flew to Queen Elizabeth's castle on Friday to wish happy birthday to the world's oldest monarch a day after she turned 90, calling her one of his favourite people. The queen and her husband Prince Philip greeted the president and U.S. first lady …

  • 'Purple Rain' superstar Prince, 57, dies at … Reuters - Sat, Apr 23, 2016 7:49 AM SGT
    U.S. musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island

    By Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters) - Prince, the innovative pop superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," died on Thursday in Minnesota. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios …

  • No signs of trauma or suicide in Prince's death: … Reuters - Sat, Apr 23, 2016 6:48 AM SGT
    Musician Prince performs for members of the news media in Miami Beach

    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Jill Serjeant (Reuters) - Police found no signs of suicide or obvious trauma in the death of U.S. music superstar Prince, but it could take weeks before autopsy results reveal how the groundbreaking performer died, authorities said on Friday. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, whose office is investigating …

  • By Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Viacom's Paramount Pictures has offered EU regulators concessions aimed at averting a possible fine over geographical restrictions within Europe on movie licensing deals between Sky UK and six U.S. studios. The European Commission said the concessions proposed …

  • Hamlet, Lear line the Thames in London Shakespeare … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 10:57 PM SGT
    Flaming depiction of William Shakespeare is seen during a firework display at Royal Shakespeare Company marking 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in Stratford-upon-Avon

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Some of Shakespeare's best known characters - Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and King Lear - will be featuring along a stretch of the River Thames this weekend, as part of celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of England's greatest playwright. Short films of the Bard's plays …

  • Russian ballerina's refugee camp visit to inspire … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 7:25 PM SGT
    Russian ballet star Irina Kolesnikova surrounded by ballet dancers poses for a picture inside the National Theatre in Belgrade

    By Miran Jelenek TABANOVCE, Macedonia (Reuters) - The plight of thousands of migrants stranded in the Balkans has helped inspire Russian prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova to prepare for a new ballet version of "Carmen" - this one set in a refugee camp. Kolesnikova, more normally seen dancing with the St Petersburg Ballet, …

  • Crowds celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 5:16 AM SGT
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth is driven through Windsor in an open top Range Rover with Prince Philip on her 90th Birthday, in Windsor

    By Georgina Cooper WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth greeted thousands of well-wishers from across Britain and beyond as she celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday, demonstrating the world's oldest monarch's intent to keep doing the job she has performed for more than six decades. Usually the queen's birthday …

  • Scottish royal wardrobe exhibit marks Queen's  … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 5:16 AM SGT
    Gallery worker Caroline de Guitaut, curator at the royal collections trust, poses with part of the largest exhibition of The Queen's dresses and accessories ever shown in Scotland at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland

    An exhibition of spectacular gowns and jewels worn by Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who turns 90 on Thursday, opened in Scotland, charting the monarch's public appearances since childhood to date. The exhibition at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh includes a pink coat and bonnet worn by Elizabeth as a child in 1937, with the matching …

  • Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday marked with new … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 5:16 AM SGT
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is seen walking in the private grounds of Windsor Castle on steps at the rear of the East Terrace and East Garden with four of her dogs

    Three new portraits of Queen Elizabeth taken by American photographer Annie Leibovitz were released on Thursday to mark Britain's longest-reigning monarch's 90th birthday. Leibovitz, who has photographed Elizabeth before, took the official pictures at Windsor Castle, west of London. In the second picture, she sits with …

  • Bond director Guy Hamilton dies at 93 - BBC Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 1:17 AM SGT

    British film director Guy Hamilton, who worked on four James Bond movies, has died at the age of 93 in Majorca, the BBC reported on Thursday. Hamilton directed Sean Connery in "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds are Forever" and Roger Moore in "Live and Let Die" and "The Man with the Golden Gun". "Incredibly, incredibly saddened …

  • As queen turns 90, report values British monarchy at … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 12:55 AM SGT
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth is driven past well-wishers during celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday, in Windsor

    The value of the British monarchy stands at around $84 billion, according to a report released on Thursday as Queen Elizabeth marked her 90th birthday. Consultancy Brand Finance estimated the figure of 58.4 billion pounds by adding 21 billion pounds of tangible assets like the Royal Collection treasure trove, private estates …

  • Security drill staged in glamourous Cannes ahead of … Reuters - Thu, Apr 21, 2016 10:45 PM SGT

    With just a few weeks to go until Hollywood stars descend on Cannes for its famed film festival, the glamourous spot on the French Riviera played host to a different kind of drama on Thursday when police staged a security exercise. The drill, which saw gunmen storm the Festival Palace -- where major celebrities come to …

  • Russians look to dacha country plots to beat soaring … Reuters - Thu, Apr 21, 2016 9:55 PM SGT
    Pensioner Lyudmila Kholeva demonstrates how she tends to vegetable sprouts and seeds at the balcony of her apartment in Moscow, Russia

    By Elena Fabrichnaya MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russians have long grown vegetables on land around their out of town cottages, or dachas, but the country's economic crisis has triggered a surge in seed sales as some families increasingly turn to home-grown food to get by. Humble or grand, the dacha is a central part of Russian …

  • Versace CEO sees growth slowing down in 2016 Reuters - Thu, Apr 21, 2016 8:52 PM SGT
    Versace logo is seen in a shop in downtown Rome

    By Astrid Wendlandt and Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Versace sees 2016 as a tough year with slower sales growth as tourist traffic in European cities such as London, Paris and Brussels has been hit by security concerns and demand remains unstable, its chief executive said. Versace, known for its glittering …

  • UK Supreme Court urged to uphold press ban on celebrity … Reuters - Thu, Apr 21, 2016 8:13 PM SGT
    British newspapers are displayed at a newsagent's stand in central London

    Britain's Supreme Court was urged on Thursday to maintain a ban on the English press naming a celebrity who was involved in an extra-marital threesome, even though the details are easy to find online. The case has stirred debate in Britain about whether injunctions, court orders banning publication of private information, …

  • Press ban in tatters as UK celebrity threesome story … Reuters - Thu, Apr 21, 2016 8:13 PM SGT

    In England, the answer is to obtain an injunction -- a court order banning media from publishing private information against your will. Britain's Supreme Court will hold a hearing on Thursday at the end of which it will decide whether the ban should remain in place. The person obtained an injunction in January covering …

  • Berlusconi's Mediaset to fight TV soccer rights … Reuters - Thu, Apr 21, 2016 4:07 PM SGT

    By Stephen Jewkes and Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset said it would appeal after being fined more than 50 million euros ($56.5 million) by Italy's antitrust authority for breaching competition laws during the 2014 sale of soccer TV rights. The competition watchdog fined the Milan-based broadcaster …

  • Adele tops young musicians' Rich List after success … Reuters - Thu, Apr 21, 2016 1:00 PM SGT
    British singer and songwriter Adele arrives at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London

    Adele’s best-selling album "25" added 30 million pounds ($43 million) to the London-born singer’s fortune, putting her top of the Sunday Times newspaper's Young Musicians 2016 rich list for performers under 30. The worldwide hit released last November boosted the 27-year-old singer's fortune to 85 million pounds and lifted …

  • "Queen of Parts": car components used for … Reuters - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 8:05 PM SGT
    The Queen & Duke Of Edinburgh Carry Out Engagements In Windsor

    Queen Elizabeth has been painted and photographed by some of Britain's top artists and photographers. Now there is an image of her made from components usually found in a mechanic's garage. To mark the 90th birthday of Britain's longest-reigning monarch on Thursday, a company specialising in auto parts repair has unveiled …

  • Britain's Prince William says he is not worksh … Reuters - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 5:28 PM SGT
    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit the Taj Mahal in Agra

    Britain's Prince William said he was ready to take on more royal duties and help foster a more modern monarchy, shrugging off newspaper accusations that he is lazy and spends his time enjoying the high life while shirking official tasks. British newspapers have accused "workshy Wills" and his wife Kate of being idle and …

  • Shirley Temple's rare blue diamond ring fails to … Reuters - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 8:59 AM SGT
    Fancy Deep Blue diamond ring is displayed at Sotheby's in New York

    (Reuters) - A 9.54-carat rare blue diamond ring once belonging to the late Shirley Temple, one of Hollywood's most famous child actors, failed to sell at a New York auction on Tuesday, where it had been estimated to fetch between $25 million and $35 million. The Sotheby's auction for the Fancy Deep Blue Diamond ring, …

  • AC/DC frontman says 'crushed' over hearing … Reuters - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 2:47 AM SGT
    AC/DC lead singer Johnson performs during their first concert in Australia on their 'Rock or Bust' world tour in Sydney

    Brian Johnson, lead singer of veteran Australian rock group AC/DC, said on Tuesday he was "personally crushed" to give up touring due to his hearing loss, but vowed that he was not retiring and will continue to record with the band in the studio. The British singer was replaced by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose for the …

  • May the royal force be with you: British princes get … Reuters - Tue, Apr 19, 2016 11:23 PM SGT
    Britain's Prince William and Proince Harry pose with actors and director during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London

    LONDON (Reuters) - Battling with light sabres and sitting in an A-wing fighter, Britain's royal princes got a taste of the "Star Wars" universe on Tuesday when they visited the set of latest episode in the sci-fi saga. Accompanied by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, the young stars of "The Force Awakens", …

  • The unkindest cut? Shakespeare more popular abroad … Reuters - Tue, Apr 19, 2016 10:11 PM SGT
    A Shakespeare First Folio discovered nearly 400 years after his death is displayed at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland

    By Bethany Rielly LONDON (Reuters) - On the 400th anniversary of his death, Shakespeare is more popular abroad than in Britain, according to a survey published on Tuesday which also found he makes a significant contribution to the UK’s prosperity and influence. The British Council, which commissioned the YouGov survey …

  • French baker fires his saviour instead of giving him … Reuters - Tue, Apr 19, 2016 9:09 PM SGT

    A French baker who promised to give his business to the homeless man that saved his life has fired him instead. Michel Flamant was close to dying of carbon monoxide poisoning when Jerome Aucant, the homeless man, raised the alarm. Flamant caused a minor media sensation by pledging to sell his business to Aucant for one …

  • India says British queen should keep her crown jew … Reuters - Tue, Apr 19, 2016 12:43 PM SGT
    QUEEN MOTHER'S CEREMONIAL CROWN LIES ON TOP OF HER COFFIN DURING
PROCESSION.

    (Corrects crown in which the Koh-i-Noor diamond is set) NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India should relinquish its claim to a huge diamond it has fought for decades to get back from the British, the government told the Supreme Court on Monday, because the stone was given to its former colonial ruler rather than stolen. One of …

  • British royals hike to mountain monastery in Bhuta … Reuters - Sat, Apr 16, 2016 12:44 PM SGT
    Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, spin prayer wheels at the Paro Taktsang Monastery

    By Sunil Kataria PARO VALLEY, Bhutan (Reuters) - Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge trekked on Friday to a Buddhist monastery on a mountainside in Bhutan, going one better than the duke's father, Prince Charles, who on a 1998 trip broke off his hike to paint a watercolour. Click http://in.reuters.com/news/picture/william-and-kate-in-india?articleId=INRTX299X7) …

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