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Russia's delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin’s tolerance for what it calls “homosexual propaganda”. A journalist holds leaflets of the “Nureyev” ballet by director Kirill Serebrennikov, about the …

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The campaign for Calvin Harris to remix a Spice Girls classic

Calvin Harris is under pressure to remix the Spice Girls classic ‘2 become 1’ after he told another DJ he’d do it if same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia. Now the law has been changed, people think Calvin should stick to his word. Even Baby Spice Emma Bunton’s got involved. …

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Abu Dhabi to acquire Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi': Christie's

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New-York based Christie’s auction house said on Friday Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism was acquiring Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, “Salvator Mundi,” a painting that sold for $450.3 million. FILE PHOTO – “Salvator Mundi,” an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about …

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Ed Sheeran set for Christmas number one

Ed Sheeran says he has a “trick up his sleeve” to boost his chances of getting the UK Christmas number one single. The star has put out a new version of his ballad Perfect, with vocals from Beyonce, sending it straight to the top of the charts on Friday. Asked …

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Conductor James Levine denies sex abuse claims

Conductor James Levine has said sexual misconduct allegations against him are “unfounded”, days after his suspension by New York’s Metropolitan Opera. “As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor,” he said. Mr Levine has been the Met’s music …

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Abu Dhabi authorities revealed as buyers of $450m 'Leonardo painting'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has confirmed that it bought the $450m Salvator Mundi painting for the state’s new Louvre gallery. The 500-year-old painting of Christ is believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci. There had been media reports …

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High prices for haute cuisine in France this Christmas

RUNGIS, France (Reuters) – If you’re holidaying in France this festive season, you’ll have to pay more for delicacies like foie gras and snails after a turbulent year for agricultural production that saw duck flocks decimated by bird flu and butter shortages in supermarkets. A worker holds a blue lobster …

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Who was Muriel Spark?

[unable to retrieve full-text content]With the opening of a new exhibition devoted to her works, BBC Rewind looks back at the life of the poet and writer.

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The scene-stealing actress on the hit TV series (and whether the Royals have seen it)

As Golden Globe-winning royal drama The Crown returns for series two, scene-stealing actress Vanessa Kirby talks to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about playing the Queen’s sister. She talks about how the role of Princess Margaret develops, what it was like working with writer Peter Morgan and co-stars Claire Foy …

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Bosnian museum of wartime childhood aims to go global, wins top prize

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – In just a year, a small Bosnian museum dedicated to the experience of growing up during the Balkan wars has opened its doors, won a best European museum prize and decided to go global. A museum employee stands at the exhibition in the Bosnian War Childhood museum …