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Saudi crown prince 'buyer of $300 mn French chateau'

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been revealed as the owner of a French chateau described as the world's most expensive home, according to a report in the New York Times.

Italy bakes world's biggest Christmas cake panettone

Forget mistletoe, Christmas is not Christmas in Italy without a slice of panettone -- and festivities kicked off in Milan on Sunday with free slices of the biggest Italian candied cake in the world.

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Royal row as body of king who aided Mussolini returns to Italy

The body of Italy's controversial king Victor Emmanuel III returned to Italy on Sunday, amid a row over where the monarch who abetted dictator Benito Mussolini should be buried.

Assange told not to interfere in Catalonia: Ecuador president

Ecuador has warned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange not to interfere in Catalonia's separatist crisis, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said in an interview published Sunday.

People

A freak stumble while running in China's central Hubei province broke both of Markus' heel bones

'Stupid idea' propels trail-blazing Silk Road runner

The world today is enough to make some people want to get up and just run to the ends of the Earth, so that's what Kai Markus decided to do.

Macron to celebrate 40th birthday in royal style

French President Emmanuel Macron will celebrate his birthday Saturday at the iconic chateau of King Francois I, a choice that could feed into perceptions of a "president of the rich".

Entertainment

The Gold Globe Awards are seen as a chance for Hollywood to demonstrate its intolerance of sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations that emerged after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of a career of misbehavior

Golden Globes: Hollywood's test of the Weinstein effect

The nominations will be unveiled Monday for the Golden Globes, kicking off an awards season expected to be overshadowed by the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the movie industry.

Actress says Weinstein's assistant turned blind eye to assault

A British aspiring actress who has sued Harvey Weinstein over an alleged sexual assault in France suggested Tuesday the disgraced producer's assistant turned a blind eye to his misconduct

People

Australia's tourism minister has written to Clarence House with a list of adrenaline-packed suggestions for Prince Harry's stag night

Australia pitches for Prince Harry stag night, honeymoon

Australia's tourism minister has made a shameless pitch to entice Prince Harry Down Under for his stag night or honeymoon, offering a James Bond-style «helicopter crawl» or seclusion in the Outback.

Meghan Markle follows Grace Kelly in abandoning acting

Meghan Markle says acting will take a back seat when she marries Prince Harry, following the example of screen icon Grace Kelly who abandoned Hollywood to marry into royalty.

Music

Springsteen opened on Broadway on October 3 and already extended once, until February 3, with tickets selling out nearly instantly

Bruce Springsteen, top ticket on Broadway, extends run

Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday announced four more months of intimate concerts on Broadway after his initial run triggered massive interest -- and wide disappointment among fans who couldn't get tickets.

Rap mogul Jay-Z leads Grammys race with eight nods

Jay-Z led Grammy nominations Tuesday with eight nods, followed closely by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar with seven, in a striking embrace of hip-hop for the music industry's top prizes.

Lifestyle

Pink diamond sells for over $32 mn in Hong Kong

An enormous oval diamond named the «Pink Promise» was sold Tuesday for an eye-watering US$32.16 million at auction in Hong Kong.

Lifestyle

Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation

They sing the Chinese national anthem with gusto, hundreds of little arms bent in salute and faces transfixed on the country's red flag as it is hoisted high above Wuning Road school in Shanghai.

Lifestyle

Trump administration eyes easing student debt protections

Thousands of students who ran up unpayable debts at for-profit schools are anxiously waiting to see if US President Donald Trump's administration does away with anti-fraud protections put in place by his predecessor Barack Obama

Music

Pickled in «cognac», Chopin's heart gives up its secrets

The heart of Frederic Chopin, among the world's most cherished musical virtuosos, may finally have given up the cause of his untimely death

Entertainment

Oscars bid for story of «Pakistan's toughest woman»

As 200 armed men surrounded their house on a hot August night in 2005, Nazo Dharejo and her sisters grabbed their Kalashnikov and puny stock of ammunition and climbed to the roof.

Lifestyle

Photographer captures human face of endangered species

A new book by British photographer Tim Flach documents some of Earth's most treasured species pushed to the brink of extinction by manmade crises

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Japan is a huge national market for taxi firms

Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

Japan, with its wealthy customer base and megacities like Tokyo, should represent rich pickings for Uber

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has looked below par for the past two months, with just three goals in 15 games

Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma for West Brom clash

Jose Mourinho must decide whether now is the time to recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare to visit West Brom

The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video of his teachings to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday

Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings.

The Gold Globe Awards are seen as a chance for Hollywood to demonstrate its intolerance of sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations that emerged after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of a career of misbehavior

Golden Globes: Hollywood's test of the Weinstein effect

The nominations will be unveiled Monday for the Golden Globes, kicking off an awards season expected to be overshadowed by the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the movie industry.