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Emperor Hirohito's memoir bought by Japan surgeon criticized for praising Nazis

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese cosmetic surgeon criticized for praising Nazis and playing down Japan’s wartime atrocities won an auction for a memoir by Emperor Hirohito that chronicles the nation’s slide into World War Two, paying $275,000 for the document. Memoirs from Emperor Hirohito, titled in Japanese “Emperor Showa’s Monologue” …

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Shiva Feshareki: The innovator who doesn't try to be original

In 2004, at the age of 17, Shiva Feshareki won the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year with her first composition called In The Attic. Mixing acoustic instrumentation with live sampling on turntables has now earned her an honour for innovation at this year’s British Composer Awards. We’ve been …

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Daisy Ridley: Social media is bad for mental health

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says becoming famous made her delete her social media. The 25-year-old, who stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, quit Instagram earlier this year. In an interview with Radio Times, she says she did it because of how bad it is for mental …

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Will Swansea coast to culture crown?

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Swansea is one of five cities hoping to be announced as UK City of Culture 2021 on Thursday.

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Nile Rodgers reveals he has had cancer surgery

Musician Nile Rodgers has revealed he recently underwent cancer surgery and that his prognosis is “100% recovery”. The Chic co-founder said doctors had discovered a “mysterious growth” on his right kidney that turned out to be “two different cancers within one mass”. “I would have never believed that my body …

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Ellie Goulding in Kenya for new UN environment role

UK singer Ellie Goulding has been getting up close and personal with African wildlife in Kenya, as part of her new role as UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. The multi-award-winning singer is backing a number of initiatives aimed at fighting air pollution and ending plastic waste in oceans.

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A royal guide to the cast of Suits for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding

Stewards working at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding in 2018 have apparently been told to watch her TV show Suits before the big day. It’s so they can recognise cast members if they make the star’s guest list for her marriage in May. They might want to skim …

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Global murder hot spot? No problem, let's stroll around Caracas!

CARACAS (Reuters) – The murder and kidnap rates rival a war zone. Streets often shake to violent political protests. The poor scavenge garbage for food, while the rich go around with armored cars and bodyguards. Attendees of a walking tour of ‘Caracas in 365’ use their phones to take photos …

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Declan McKenna wins BBC Introducing prize

With songs about police brutality and transgender conversion therapy, Declan McKenna has emerged as one of the UK’s most interesting new songwriters. Now the 18-year-old, who started writing songs at school, has been named BBC Introducing’s artist of the year. The award recognises musicians who got their start through BBC …

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Gwen Stefani wants an enduring Christmas hit like Mariah Carey

Roy Wood may have wished it could be Christmas every day – but Gwen Stefani is actually putting it into practice. The No Doubt singer has spent the last 12 months surrounded by sleigh bells as she worked on her first festive album, recording classics like Let It Snow and …