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  • Artwork on sex, passion and sensuality up for sale … Reuters - Sat, Feb 11, 2017 5:07 AM SGT

    By Sara Hemrajani LONDON (Reuters) - Love, sex and passion - in all their forms - have inspired a new sale collection at Sotheby's in London. "We've put together 107 works of art ranging from antiquity to contemporary," said Sotheby's senior director, Constantine Frangos. According to Sotheby's, the sale has attracted …

  • French chef Yannick Alleno poses with chef Fanny Rey after been awarded with three Michelin stars for his Alpine restaurant Le 1947 in the ski resort Courchevel, making him a six-star chef, in Paris

    The Michelin Guide dining publication said on Thursday it had awarded new star ratings to about 70 restaurants in France in its latest publication, with just one establishment taking the top accolade. The Michelin Guide for France gave its only new three-star rating this year to "Le 1947", a restaurant located in a luxury …

  • Would you play for the Nazis? 'Django' movie … Reuters - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 2:55 AM SGT
    Cast members Bim Bam Merstein, Cecile de France, director Etienne Comar, Reda Kateb and Beata Palya arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the movie 'Django', during the opening gala of the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin

    By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - When the Nazis asked Django Reinhardt to play for troops heading to the Eastern Front, the musician faced a moral dilemma relevant to artists today, the director of a biopic on the jazz guitar pioneer said on Thursday. "Django", which opens the Berlin Film Festival, tells the story …

  • Wanted: high-tech grads to work with Aussie farmer … Reuters - Mon, Feb 6, 2017 11:40 AM SGT
    Grains farmer John Ridley stands over at his failed wheat crop on his farm near the town of West Wyalong

    By Cecile Lefort SYDNEY (Reuters) - Parts of Australia's farming industry are rushing to recruit a new generation of tech-savvy graduates as the sector swaps its bucolic past for a future of drones, robots and automated sensors. "For the first time in many years, we're finding it easier to attract graduates because agriculture, …

  • Factbox: Commercials slated to air during the 2017 … Reuters - Fri, Feb 3, 2017 7:39 AM SGT

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The 51st edition of the Super Bowl will kick off on Sunday from Houston’s NRG Stadium, pitting the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons. The National Football League’s championship game is annually the most-watched television program in the United States, with last year’s game commanding …

  • Star designer Riccardo Tisci leaves Givenchy Reuters - Fri, Feb 3, 2017 1:53 AM SGT
    FILE PHOTO - Italian designer Riccardo Tisci appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2015 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Givenchy during Paris Fashion Week

    By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - Riccardo Tisci, who revitalised Givenchy with his dark, edgy vibe, is leaving after twelve years as creative designer, the French fashion house said on Thursday. Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH, Givenchy's parent, said: "The chapter Riccardo Tisci has …

  • Flowering compost urinals adorn smelly corner of P … Reuters - Wed, Feb 1, 2017 4:46 PM SGT

    Two compost urinals topped with miniature gardens have been installed at a notoriously smelly site in Paris - behind the Gare de Lyon station in the east of the French capital. Other Paris sites suffering from 'pipi sauvage' - which translates roughly as freestyle wee-ing - have also installed plastic chemical toilets …

  • Europe's oncologists back biosimilar versions of … Reuters - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 10:00 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - Europe's leading association of oncologists has thrown its weight behind cheaper copycat versions of biotech cancer drugs that have lost patent protection, saying they are effective and affordable. Off-patent chemical medicines have for decades been copied with precision and sold as cheap generic versions, …

  • Norway to switch off FM radio in risky, unpopular shift … Reuters - Fri, Jan 6, 2017 12:00 AM SGT

    By Joachim Dagenborg and Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit. Of particular concern are the 2 …

  • McDonald's opens near Vatican, upsetting some  … Reuters - Wed, Jan 4, 2017 1:24 AM SGT
    A McDonald's sign is seen at Via della Conciliazione in Rome, in front of Vatican City's St. Peter's Square

    McDonald's has opened a franchise just steps away from the gleaming white marble dome of St. Peter's Basilica, giving indigestion to some cardinals and local business owners. There was no fanfare for the Dec. 30 opening of the U.S. fast food giant's new venue behind a subdued exterior on the picturesque Borgo Pio, just …

  • Minister calls for ban on vegetarian "pseudo-meat" … Reuters - Thu, Dec 29, 2016 2:18 AM SGT
    German Agriculture Minister Schmidt answers reporters questions during a Reuters interview in Berlin

    Germany's agriculture minister called on Wednesday for a ban on "pseudo-meat" labels such as "vegetarian schnitzel" and "vegan curry sausage", arguing that they mislead consumers. In a land famous for its love of the sausage and other pork and veal dishes such as schnitzel, the minister appeared to be backing the German …

  • Wall Street holiday parties are back...but don't … Reuters - Thu, Dec 22, 2016 4:24 PM SGT
    Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

    By Lawrence Delevingne and Olivia Oran NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street holiday parties this year took place in luxury venues like the Waldorf Astoria, featured women dressed as glowing angels, and had fine wine, scotch and bourbon on hand. Catering managers and event planners said that while holiday party spending is …

  • Whippocalypse? U.S. ready-made whipped cream in short … Reuters - Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:49 AM SGT
    A barista puts whipped cream on a drink at a newly designed Starbucks coffee shop in Fountain Valley, California

    By Timothy Mclaughlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - American sweet tooths may suffer this holiday season as a ready-made whipped cream shortage could leave such favorites as apple pie or a mug of hot chocolate without a little extra on top. The creamy dessert topping is in short supply after an August explosion at an Airgas Inc …

  • Refugees bring a taste of Syria to German Christmas … Reuters - Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:02 PM SGT
    Syrian refugees Mayar and Nawar Ballish serve falafel sandwiches at a traditional German Christmas market in the small Bavarian town of Schillingsfuerst

    By Michelle Martin and Ameenah Sawwan SCHILLINGSFUERST, Germany (Reuters) - Alongside the traditional gluehwein and sausages on offer at a Christmas market in small-town Bavaria, visitors could also try more exotic fare: falafel and kibbeh served by a family of refugees from the Syrian war. "I feel comfortable here but …

  • Afghan filmmaker, seeking to free oppressed voices, … Reuters - Sat, Dec 10, 2016 10:21 AM SGT

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Filmmaker Hassan Fazili fled Afghanistan last year in search of a home where he could speak freely after the fundamentalist militant Taliban threatened him with death over one of his movies. It is a rarely expressed critique by an Afghan man on patriarchy in Afghanistan. …

  • Tag Heuer bucks downturn, expands in China - CEO Reuters - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:22 PM SGT
    Tag Heuer Chief Executive Jean-Claude Biver  speaks during a news conference unveiling the Tag Heuer "smartwatch" in New York

    By Astrid Wendlandt and Pascale Denis PARIS (Reuters) - Tag Heuer's renaissance is far from over, its chief executive told Reuters, adding the high-end watch brand still had room to expand in China and other markets after some of the strongest sales growth in the industry this year. LVMH's biggest watch brand in terms …

  • Poland says final 'no' to Polanski's e … Reuters - Tue, Dec 6, 2016 8:17 PM SGT
    File photo of filmmaker Polanski walking on a corridor during a break of a court hearing in Krakow

    By Lidia Kelly WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's supreme court on Tuesday upheld an earlier verdict that Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski cannot be extradited to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction, bringing a definitive end to the Polish case. The top court's verdict marks a defeat for Polish Prosecutor …

  • Patti Smith and a speech by proxy to fill Dylan void … Reuters - Mon, Dec 5, 2016 6:57 PM SGT
    File photo of U.S. musician Bob Dylan performing during on day 2 of The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood

    Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan will provide a speech and fellow American singer-songwriter Patti Smith will perform one of his best-known songs in his absence during Stockholm's prize celebrations, the awards body said on Monday. Smith will perform "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel banquet on Dec 10 while …

  • No price like home: Big spenders reappear in China Reuters - Sun, Dec 4, 2016 1:18 PM SGT
    A man walks outside a department store selling luxury brands in Beijing

    By Jackie Cai and Jake Spring SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's wealthiest shoppers are spending at home again, roused from a three-year slumber by a weaker yuan, lower prices and a crackdown on overseas sales agents - a welcome boost for the world's luxury brands. China's rich make up almost a third of the world's …

  • Haute cuisine? Santa serves up sleigh-borne dinner … Reuters - Sat, Nov 26, 2016 9:08 PM SGT
    Guests enjoy dinner at the table "Santa in the sky", lifted by a crane and decorated to match the appearance of a "Santa Sleigh" as part as the Christmas festivities, in Brussels

    By Clement Rossignol BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Not waiting at home for Santa Claus, gourmets in Brussels are flying off aboard his sleigh to dine with him above the city's rooftops and twinkling Christmas lights. "Santa in the Sky" is a novel twist on the Belgian capital's "Dinner in the Sky" venture, where diners and the …

  • Wider Image: Beijing's scrap collectors swept up … Reuters - Thu, Nov 24, 2016 9:10 PM SGT
    The Wider Image: Scrap collectors swept up in migrant crackdown

    By Sue-Lin Wong BEIJING (Reuters) - Working in the shadow of Beijing's looming skyscrapers, Yin Xueqiang weighs a pile of cardboard and old shoe racks in a dusty scrapyard, the latest casualty of a crackdown on migrant workers in China's capital.    Last week, security guards blocked the road Yin and fellow scrap collectors …

  • Coloured diamonds soar, Russian royal gems stall at … Reuters - Thu, Nov 17, 2016 6:41 AM SGT
    File picture of the Miroir de l'Amour during a sale preview at Christie's in London

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Coloured diamonds fetched strong prices on Wednesday, with rare and large pink and blue stones finding new owners who paid in the double-digit millions for "rare treasures", Sotheby's said. London-based jeweller Graff Diamonds Ltd bought the top lot, a step-cut fancy intense pink …

  • Pink diamond nets $18 million in 'healthy' … Reuters - Wed, Nov 16, 2016 6:20 AM SGT

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A pear-shaped pink diamond sold for 18.127 million Swiss francs ($18.11 million) on Tuesday to an Asian collector bidding by telephone at an auction marked by "healthy prices", Christie's said. The top lot at its semi-annual Geneva sale, the stone weighs 9.14 carats …

  • A woman poses with a 150g of Toblerone chocolate in Loughborough

    British fans of Toblerone chocolate bars have bared their sweet teeth over a cost-cutting move to space out the distinctive jagged peaks on versions of the Swiss treat sold in the UK. The scaled-down version was prompted by higher commodity prices and had nothing to do with the British pound's plunge in value since Britons …

  • Greek, Turkish Cypriots open restored monastery as … Reuters - Tue, Nov 8, 2016 12:10 AM SGT
    People take pictures next to the bell tower of the Church at the newly renovated Apostolos Andreas Monastery in north-eastern Cyprus after the structure was reopened after two years of renovation

    Cypriot Greek and Turkish communities on Monday opened the newly restored Apostolos Andreas monastery - a jointly funded project - as the island's two leaders met in Switzerland for talks on a conflict that has defied mediation for decades. The money came from Evkaf, a Turkish Cypriot religious foundation, and the Church …

  • Beer experts gather in Brussels to pick best brews Reuters - Sat, Nov 5, 2016 1:40 AM SGT
    A jury member fills an evaluation sheet during the Brussels Beer Challenge in Brussels

    With more than 1,000 brews from around the world on tap, international beer experts have gathered in Brussels for a three-day tasting contest. The fifth edition of the Brussels Beer Challenge this weekend sees some 80 judges scoring the brews in different categories and awarding gold, silver and bronze medals to the winners. …

  • Michelin dishes stars to 26 Chicago restaurants Reuters - Thu, Nov 3, 2016 2:17 AM SGT

    Michelin said on Wednesday it awarded its coveted stars to 26 Chicago restaurants in the latest edition of its dining guide that will be launched on Dec. 7, up from 22 in last year's edition. The latest guide cast a spotlight on a burgeoning food scene where local chefs showcase their interpretation of American cuisine. …

  • People walk past a store of the Louis Vuitton brand in Cannes

    MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) - Italy's market watchdog has fined LVMH Managing Director Antonio Belloni 350,000 euros ($388,185), saying he divulged confidential information to a fund manager before the luxury group's 2011 acquisition of jeweller Bulgari. Belloni informed Alessandro Sonvico, an asset manager at Swiss-based wealth …

  • Film festival brings Chinese contemporary art to Beirut … Reuters - Wed, Nov 2, 2016 11:35 PM SGT
    Uli Sigg of Switzerland poses in front of a Chinese contemporary artwork in Hong Kong

    By Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) - When Uli Sigg began looking for contemporary art in China nearly three decades ago, he was surprised nobody was collecting it systematically. The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, a documentary to be screened alongside 44 others at this month's Beirut Art Film Festival tells how Sigg became …

  • Switzerland tells slightly tipsy volunteer firefighters … Reuters - Wed, Oct 26, 2016 7:02 PM SGT

    Switzerland is easing an alcohol ban for volunteer firefighters and other emergency workers using heavy vehicles, saying it had led to staffing shortages when crises demanded quick action, especially in smaller towns lacking professional personnel. Starting on Jan. 1, slightly tipsy volunteer firefighters and off-duty …

  • Michelin hands stars to 54 San Francisco restauran … Reuters - Wed, Oct 26, 2016 3:08 AM SGT

    Michelin awarded stars to 54 San Francisco-area restaurants in the 2017 edition of its eating guide on the City by the Bay that will be launched on Wednesday. Michelin, whose anonymous reviewers rate restaurants in 28 countries and whose stars are a recognised sign of quality dining around the world, awarded 50 eateries …

  • Trump supporters tricked into buying beers at Mexico … Reuters - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 1:40 PM SGT
    Bartenders fix their wigs as they impersonate Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a Mexican brewery booze-up in Mexico City

    By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Supporters of U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump unwittingly helped pick up the tab for a booze-up in Mexico City on Thursday, after they were duped into buying cleverly concealed anti-Trump t-shirts designed by a local brewery. Trump, who has labeled Mexicans rapists and drug …

  • Obama honors Andres with the Outstanding American by Choice award during a naturalization ceremony at the White House in Washington

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first-ever Michelin Guide for Washington selected a dozen restaurants for its coveted stars on Thursday in recognition of the U.S. capital's vibrant dining scene and chefs' use of local foods. The little red book awarded two stars to Spanish-born chef Jose Andres' Minibar, chef …

  • Billionaires had a rough year in 2015 - relatively Reuters - Thu, Oct 13, 2016 9:00 PM SGT
    Picture illustration of hands silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the picture of various currencies of money

    Billionaires on average became poorer last year as their collective fortunes shrank, even as Asia continued to crank out a new billionaire nearly every three days, a study released on Thursday found. Transfers of assets within families, falling commodity prices and a stronger dollar helped reduce total billionaire wealth …

  • "Sky Blue" diamond seen fetching $25 million … Reuters - Wed, Oct 12, 2016 1:24 AM SGT

    A rare "fancy vivid blue" diamond ring goes on display in London this week ahead of a November auction where it is seen fetching up to $25 million. The stone, named "The Sky Blue Diamond", weighs 8.01 carats and is mounted on a ring by jeweller Cartier. "It really is the colour of a summer sky with this beautiful brilliance …

  • Actor Malkovich wins libel suit over Le Monde tax  … Reuters - Fri, Oct 7, 2016 11:04 PM SGT
    American actor John Malkovich attends a photocall to promote the film "The Casanova Variations" during the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival in San Sebastian

    U.S. actor John Malkovich won libel damages from French daily Le Monde on Friday over an article in which the newspaper suggested he had held a secret Swiss bank account. A French court ordered Le Monde and two of its reporters, Gerard Davet et Fabrice Lhomme, to pay 14,000 euros ($15,600) in fines and damages to the …

  • New York's Met is sued over Picasso sold in Nazi, … Reuters - Sat, Oct 1, 2016 2:48 AM SGT

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan was sued on Friday for the return of a Pablo Picasso masterpiece allegedly sold under duress in 1938 because of Nazi and Fascist persecution in Europe. A complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court by the great-grandniece of Paul Leffmann, …

  • McGregor says wife behind "American Pastoral" … Reuters - Thu, Sep 29, 2016 1:57 AM SGT
    Actor Ewan McGregor and actor Jennifer Connelly take part in a photocall to promote the feature film American Pastoral at the San Sebastian Film Festival

    Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, in his directorial debut, brought an adaptation of Philip Roth's novel "American Pastoral" to the Zurich Film Festival this week and said his wife helped him get behind the camera. McGregor also stars in the movie, set in late 1960s America, alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, …

  • Time Out to run food and drink markets in London and … Reuters - Tue, Sep 27, 2016 7:40 PM SGT

    Time Out, best known for its listings magazines, said on Tuesday it was close to setting up its own food and drink markets in London and Porto, after the British firm's first such venture attracted more than a million visitors in Lisbon. Chief Executive Julio Bruno said revenue at Time Out Market Lisbon had more than doubled …

  • Oxford ranked world's top university, just as Brexit … Reuters - Thu, Sep 22, 2016 6:59 PM SGT
    The rooftops of the university city of Oxford are seen from the south west

    By Peter Hobson LONDON (Reuters) - The University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world and feeder for the British elite, has topped a global education ranking for the first time, but its vice-chancellor warned that Brexit could damage its long-term prospects. Oxford knocked the leader for the …

  • London's National Gallery sued in NY over alleged … Reuters - Thu, Sep 8, 2016 12:31 AM SGT

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Gallery of Art in London was sued on Wednesday in New York for the return of the 1908 Henri Matisse painting "Portrait of Greta Moll" by three grandchildren of its subject, who claim it was stolen. Margarete Moll, known as Greta and a pupil of Matisse, lived in Germany …

  • Roan Johnson's "Piuma" brings laughs … Reuters - Tue, Sep 6, 2016 1:56 AM SGT
    Director Roan Johnson poses with actors Blu Yoshimi and Luigi Fedele as they attend the photocall for the movie "Piuma" at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice

    Among the dramas and thrillers screening in Venice this year, Roan Johnson's story of two Roman youngsters and their families coping with an unwanted pregnancy is part of a genre much rarer at film festivals: a comedy. A fast-paced Italian movie filled with laughs and irony, "Piuma" (Feather) tells the story of Ferro and …

  • Consumer giants court Muslims with halal face creams, … Reuters - Fri, Sep 2, 2016 2:41 PM SGT
    A saleswoman at a shop selling beauty products walks past a display cabinet while waiting for customers in a traditional market in Jakarta

    By Martinne Geller and Randy Fabi LONDON/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Some of the world's biggest consumer groups are making halal face creams and shampoos for Indonesia ahead of a new labeling law, part of a broader push to cater to growing Muslim populations as sales in many Western markets slow. Unilever, Beiersdorf and L'Oreal …

  • Factbox - Troubled Europe debates burqas, niqabs and … Reuters - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 2:06 AM SGT
    Model Salwa Elrashid models a 'burkini', designed by Lebanese-born Australian Aheda Zanetti at her fashion store in Sydney

    A spate of attacks against civilians claimed by militant group Islamic State, notably in Belgium, France and Germany, has sharpened the debate, with a large influx of mainly Muslim migrants to the continent also giving rise to resentment among some Europeans. Here are details on where the full-body burqa and burkini, and …

  • South Korea looks to generate buzz for edible inse … Reuters - Fri, Aug 12, 2016 2:12 PM SGT
    A sales assistant poses for photographs with a mealworm cookie in Seoul

    By Jane Chung SEOUL (Reuters) - Bae Su-Hyeon's lunch of sweet potato soup and funghi pasta has bugs in it. "It didn't feel like eating insects," says Bae, an 18-year-old student having lunch with a friend at Papillon's Kitchen, a Seoul restaurant specialising in insects. Insect-eating, or entomophagy, has long been common …

  • Parents who insist on vegan diet for children may risk … Reuters - Wed, Aug 10, 2016 7:49 PM SGT

    By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk up to four years in jail. Savino, from the conservative Forza Italia party, has put forward a law that would hold parents legally responsible for feeding their children …

  • Stinky cheese ice cream becomes Czech summer hit Reuters - Wed, Aug 10, 2016 6:57 AM SGT

    An ice cream made out of a traditional pungent cheese has become a surprise hit in a small Czech town, with happy buyers scooping all the innovative producer can make. Tvaruzek, or Tvaruzky in plural, is a mature yellowish cheese with a strong taste and smell that is more usually enjoyed with bread, possibly onions and, …

  • Chilli fans celebrate all things hot and spicy at UK … Reuters - Tue, Aug 9, 2016 4:54 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - If you want to guarantee yourself a hot August, the Chilli Fiesta in West Sussex, England is a good place for you to visit. The West Dean Gardens Chilli Fiesta, around since 1995, has proven to be increasingly popular among chilli fans. According to West Dean Gardens Garden supervisor Sarah Wayne, this is …

  • Rio's informal foods a key part of the 'Carioca' … Reuters - Fri, Aug 5, 2016 5:11 AM SGT
    The Wider Image: Eating local in Rio de Janeiro

    By Jeb Blount and Thales Carneiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - If the most popular foods of Rio de Janeiro have one thing in common, it is their informality. While you can find fine restaurants in Rio, what sets the city apart and brings its residents, known as "Cariocas," together is the unpretentious food they eat in …

  • Fast beauty: Korean cosmetics shine in China, draw … Reuters - Thu, Aug 4, 2016 7:07 AM SGT
    File photo of customer trying a lipstick at a shop of Innisfree in central Seoul

    South Korea's top cosmetics company Amorepacific Group <002790.KS> launches some 400 new Innisfree branded products a year, about half of which are no longer available a year later. It's one of dozens of Korean mass cosmetics brands with a short product development cycle - a "fast beauty" approach that is increasingly …

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