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Sierra Leone "Peace Diamond" sells for $6.5 million at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sierra Leone sold one of the world’s largest uncut diamonds for $6.5 million at a New York auction on Monday to raise funds for development projects in the West African country. A 709-carat diamond, found in Sierra Leone and known as the “Peace Diamond”, is displayed …

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Miniaturist hoping for a big audience this Christmas

Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist sold more than a million copies when it came out in 2014. Will the BBC’s Christmas dramatisation be an equally king-sized hit? Isn’t it strange? You wait for ages for a lavish literary adaptation set in 17th Century Holland, and then two come along at once. …

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Turner Prize 2017: What children make of the nominees

[unable to retrieve full-text content]What happens when you invite a group of school children to judge the Turner Prize 2017?

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Bryan Singer: Director fired from Freddie Mercury film

The director of the new Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been fired due to “unreliable behaviour”. In a statement, Twentieth Century Fox said Bryan Singer was no longer the director of the film. A source told the BBC the main reason for the firing was “a pattern of unreliable …

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Six-year-old tells Santa: 'You don't know my troubles'

(Reuters) – A 6-year-old Virginia boy has shaken up social media with an all-too-skeptical letter to Santa Claus in which he says he knows that jolly Saint Nick’s life is empty and that Santa had no idea whether he had been naughty or nice. The boy’s mother, Sarah McCammon, posted …

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Oscars 2018: Who could be taking home the main awards?

The Oscars are now 90 days away, and as the final three months of awards season approaches things seem markedly different to last year. At this point in 2016, the best film race was widely thought to be pretty much over, with La La Land certain to take home the …

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Move over Paddington…Winnie-the-Pooh to bear all in London show

LONDON (Reuters) – Paddington Bear may have captivated cinema audiences this year, but another ursine star, Winnie-the-Pooh, will get his own show at London’s historic V&A museum this month. “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” which opens this week features around 230 works and artefacts dating from 1920 onwards, including original illustrations …

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'Expats go home': Amsterdam's visitor boom angers locals

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch politicians gave each other high-fives when they won a contest to host the European Medicines Agency last month, but not everyone in the capital is celebrating the expected influx of highly-paid pharmaceutical experts. Trees are illuminated near a canal in central Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 30, 2017. …

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'Dream come true': Brigitte Macron names French baby Panda

BEAUVAL, France (Reuters) – French First Lady Brigitte Macron revealed on Monday that the first panda born in France, to whom she is “Godmother”, will go by the name of Yuan Meng. A four-month-old cub called Yuan Meng, which means “the realization of a wish” or “accomplishment of a dream”, …

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Sir Elton John 'in shock' after his mother dies aged 92

Sir Elton John says he is “in shock” after the death of his mother, Sheila Farebrother, just months after their reconciliation. “So sad to say that my mother passed away this morning,” he said on his Facebook page, alongside a photo of them together. “I only saw her last Monday …