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BTS rekindle debate about military service in South Korea

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SEOUL, July 4 (Reuters) – A surprise decision by South Korean boy band BTS to take a break from live shows has rekindled debate about mandatory military service in a country setting global pop-culture trends while facing a decades old Cold War threat. Military service is hugely contentious in South......

UEFA steps up fight against online racist abuse of players

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Soccer Football – Champions League – Round of 16 Second Leg – Liverpool v Inter Milan – Anfield, Liverpool, Britain – March 8, 2022 Official match ball displaying the logo of the UEFA Champions League REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 3 (Reuters) –......

Elon Musk breaks silence on Twitter, posts a picture with the pope

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Elon Musk attends the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022. Patrick Pleul/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register July 2 (Reuters) – Elon Musk on Friday night broke his nine-day silence on Twitter, the......

Disney’s board backs CEO Chapek, extends his contract for three years

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Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek attends the Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LOS ANGELES, June 28 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) board of directors on Tuesday unanimously voted to......

On and off screen, Aquaman’s Jason Momoa fights for world’s oceans

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CARCAVELOS, Portugal, June 26 (Reuters) – In superhero blockbuster Aquaman, popular Hollywood actor Jason Momoa plays the role of protector of the deep, but with the world’s oceans under threat in real life, he is also taking the fight off-screen. “Without a healthy ocean life, our planet as we know......

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Soars Past $1 Billion, Overtakes ‘Doctor Strange 2’ as the Highest-Grossing Movie of the Year Globally

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LOS ANGELES, June 26 (Variety.com) – Paramount’s all-American blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick” is still flying high at the box office, crossing the coveted $1 billion over the weekend. With those ticket sales, the movie has overtaken Disney’s Marvel adventure “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($943 million) as the......

Marine Serre stretches style traditions at Paris Fashion Week

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PARIS, June 25 (Reuters) – French label Marine Serre sent athletes and artists to stroll a track field runway on Saturday evening, showcasing a sport-inspired wardrobe infused with artistic references in an all-ages, open-to-the-public fashion show. Like Olympic opening ceremonies, delegations succeeded one another. First up was a squad of......

‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ celebrates 25 magical years

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LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) – When Bloomsbury Publishing (BLPU.L) founder Nigel Newton brought home a manuscript for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by a then unknown J.K. Rowling, his daughter Alice described it as “possibly one of the best books an 8/9 year old could read”. Twenty-five years later,......

Who’s top dog? Spain holds world contest

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LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) – From small Dachshunds to huge Mastiffs, over 15,000 purebred dogs from dozens of countries barked and preened in Madrid on Thursday, vying for awards at the World Dog Show two years after the event was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Giving Lola –......

Amazon has a plan to make Alexa mimic anyone’s voice

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LAS VEGAS, June 22 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) wants to give customers the chance to make Alexa, the company’s voice assistant, sound just like their grandmother — or anyone else. The online retailer is developing a system to let Alexa mimic any voice after hearing less than a minute......

‘Good or bad, it’s Hong Kong history’ says British colonial museum founder

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HONG KONG, June 21 (Reuters) – Bryan Ong has made it his mission to preserve items that tell the story of Hong Kong’s British colonial past even as Beijing increasingly shapes life in the city that is firmly back in the fold of the mainland. Ong, 42, has been collecting......

Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis arrested in Italy on sexual assault charges

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June 20 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis is under house arrest in southern Italy on charges of sexual assault and aggravated personal injury, accusations that the Canadian director denies, his lawyers said on Monday. “Mr Paul Haggis was detained on Sunday with an emergency measure issued by the Brindisi......

Evoking Diana, Prince William commits to homelessness cause

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LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) – Prince William evoked his late mother Princess Diana’s work for charity, as he described as “eye-opening” selling copies on a London street of a magazine that helps to combat homelessness, saying he was committed to highlighting the problem. William, second in line to the British......

Warren Buffett charity lunch fetches winning bid of $19 mln

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June 17 (Reuters) – A lucky, and likely wealthy, person bid more than $19 million to dine with Warren Buffett, in the 21st and final time that the billionaire businessman auctioned a private lunch to benefit a San Francisco charity. The winning bid in the eBay auction that ended on......

Google’s Russian subsidiary submits bankruptcy declaration, Interfax reports

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June 17 (Reuters) – The Russian subsidiary of Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google has submitted a declaration of bankruptcy, Interfax reported on Friday, citing court filings online. The subsidiary announced plans to file for bankruptcy in May after authorities seized its bank account, making it impossible to pay staff and vendors. read......

In call with Twitter staff, Elon Musk muses on space aliens, company’s future

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June 16 (Reuters) – Elon Musk addressed Twitter (TWTR.N) employees for the first time on Thursday, expressing his view that Twitter would need to cut its headcount, but offering few other new details about his $44 billion planned takeover of the social media company. Musk appeared via video call 10......

Meta, Google, Twitter vow to fight fake news better as EU gets tougher

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BRUSSELS, June 16 (Reuters) – Meta , Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google, Twitter (TWTR.N) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) agreed on Thursday to take a tougher line against disinformation under an updated EU code of practice that could hit them with hefty fines if they fail to do so. More than 30 signatories......

Qualcomm wins fight against $1 bln EU antitrust fine

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LUXEMBOURG, June 15 (Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM.O) on Wednesday won its fight against a 997 million euro ($1.05 billion) fine imposed by EU antitrust regulators four years ago, dealing a major setback to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s crackdown on Big Tech. The European Commission in its 2018......

‘Lightyear’ star Chris Evans calls critics of on-screen representation ‘idiots’

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LOS ANGELES, June 14 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) new animated Pixar movie “Lightyear” features a gay couple, the latest step by the company to show traditionally under-represented groups on the big screen. Actor Chris Evans, who voices the main character in “Lightyear,” applauded moves to reflect all types......

German cartel office examining Apple’s tracking rules

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A man looks at the screen of his mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in Shanghai, China July 30, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, June 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s cartel office is looking into Apple’s (AAPL.O) rules......

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