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Bubbles in Hong Kong harbor are Japanese artist's thought-stirrer

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Millions of bubbles floated across Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour on Wednesday, the latest public art exhibition by Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki. Slideshow (5 Images) His project, titled “Memorial Rebirth”, uses a three-meter (10-foot) tall, six-tiered machine with 50 bubble-producing units to spew out 10,000 bubbles every …

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Nick Timothy hired as columnist by The Daily Telegraph and The Sun

Nick Timothy has been hired by The Daily Telegraph and The Sun newspapers. Theresa May’s former chief of staff left Downing Street after the election, in which the Tories lost their majority. That was widely blamed on a manifesto of which Timothy had been the main author. Long before he …

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RTE: Seven of Irish broadcaster's top 10 earners are men

Seven of the top 10 stars on Irish broadcaster RTE’s latest list of its highest-paid presenters are men. Ryan Tubridy, who hosts a daily radio show and The Late Late Show on TV, tops the list with 495,000 euros (£443,000). The top women are Miriam O’Callaghan at four with 299,000 …

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Carrie Fisher's 'amazing' Star Wars send-off

Carrie Fisher is given an “amazing” send-off in her final Star Wars film, according to co-star John Boyega. The London-born actor said he shares “many scenes” with the late actress in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and that the sci-fi franchise “keeps her alive”. Fisher, who played the part of …

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Sam Shepard: Patti Smith, Richard Gere and more give tender tributes

To Patti Smith, he was “my buddy”. To Richard Gere, he was “a desert cowboy”. To Philip Kaufman, writer and director of The Right Stuff, he was “cool, and I mean the original meaning of cool”. To Jeff Nichols, writer and director of Oscar-nominated film Loving, he was “an American …

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'Dunkirk evacuation' sparked by Jet Centre cinema fire

A cinema in Coleraine, County Londonderry, has been evacuated after an electrical fire during a screening of the World War Two film Dunkirk. The Jet Centre was evacuated briefly after a stage speaker in the cinema screen apparently short-circuited. One filmgoer said he “noticed a glowing light behind the screen”. …

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Tony Blackburn finds his first BBC studio

DJ Tony Blackburn presented his very first BBC Radio programme on 2 August 1967, hosting Midday Spin on the Light Programme. He went on to launch BBC Radio 1 the following month, presenting the breakfast show. Now, 50 years later, we have taken Blackburn back to Broadcasting House to find …

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In pictures

The brainchild of Peter Gabriel, Wiltshire’s annual Womad (World of Music Arts and Dance) festival, which ended in the early hours of Monday morning, attracts more than 35,000 people to more than 200 performances by more than 100 artists from nearly 50 countries, at the Charlton Park Estate, near Malmesbury.

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Russia to auction giant 51-carat polished diamond online

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian miner Alrosa said on Tuesday it plans to sell at an online auction in November a rare collection of polished diamonds produced domestically, including a giant 51.38-carat gem. This huge, traditional round-cut diamond, whose 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter is equal in size to the visible …

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Panda in French zoo expecting twins, Chinese experts on hand to help

ORLEANS, France (Reuters) – A giant panda in France’s Beauval zoo is expected to give birth to twins in the next few days under the watchful eye of two Chinese birthing specialists, the zoo said on Tuesday. “We’re expecting twins,” said Delphine Debord, the zoo’s communications director. “An ultrasound today …