Famous Russian painting damaged in vodka-fueled attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of Russia’s most famous paintings, which depicts Tsar Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged after a man attacked it with a metal pole after drinking vodka. The canvas, “Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581,” was completed by renowned Russian realist Ilya Repin in 1885 and portrays a grief-stricken tsar holding his own son in his arms after dealing him a mortal blow, a historical incident whose veracity some Russian nationalists dispute. The gallery in central Moscow…

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Bottles of 1774 wine for sale at French auction

PARIS (Reuters) – Wine connoisseurs have the chance to buy a truly vintage tipple on Saturday when three bottles of “yellow wine” dating from 1774 go under the hammer in France. Two bottles, of three vintage bottles of vin jaune “yellow wine” from 1774, are presented in a cellar in Arbois, France, May 22, 2018 before the three bottles are put up for auction in Lons le Saunier on May 26th. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre AmetThe bottles of Arbois Vin Jaune, among the oldest wines in the world, are estimated at 15,000 euros…

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Meghan Markle makes gold sales sparkle

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Meghan Markle effect has spread to yellow gold jewelry, helping boost United States sales in the first quarter of 2018 with further gains expected, jewelers said. FILE PHOTO: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via ReutersThe first three months of the year were the strongest first quarter for gold jewelry demand in the United States since 2009, according to the World Gold Council. Sellers say that is due in no small part…

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Just zipping out to the shops: mountain dwellers soar over angry rapids in China

NUJIANG, China (Reuters) – Cha Huilan, a mother of two living in a Chinese mountain village cut off by a raging river, dangles from a harness hooked to a zipline every time she crosses its violent rapids and jagged rocks on frequent trips to buy medicine for her mother. Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, and her daughter leave Lazimi village with a zipline across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China, March 24, 2018. Picture taken March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Aly SongUsing a boat…

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Meghan and Harry release official photos of their UK royal wedding

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on Monday thanked all those involved in their lavish wedding at the weekend as they released official photographs from their big day. This official wedding photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows The Duke and Duchess in The Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, with (left-to-right): Back row: Master Jasper Dyer, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Ms. Doria Ragland, The Duke of Cambridge; middle row: Master Brian Mulroney, the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, the…

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London's Chelsea Flower Show display pays tribute to Windrush Generation

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s most prestigious flower show, a celebration of the genteel world of gardening, opens this week with a tribute to the “Windrush” generation of Caribbean migrants whose recent treatment has provoked a political scandal. A display of Roses are seen at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleThe floral tribute at the Chelsea Flower Show is designed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush ship, bringing the first in a wave of immigrants who were…

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'I am proud to be a feminist': Will Meghan shake-up Britain's royals?

LONDON (Reuters) – A biography of Britain’s latest royal, Meghan Markle, appeared on the monarchy’s official website within hours of her marrying Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry on Saturday, with a single quote: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist”. Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File photo To royal watchers, it represented a statement of intent and a clear demonstration of a new,…

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Backstory: A very modern royal wedding

LONDON – At Reuters, planning for the marriage of Britain’s Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle last Saturday in Windsor, England, began back in November when the royal engagement was announced. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville//File PhotoMore than 50 Reuters editors, producers and reporters from Botswana to Brixton coordinated text, photographs, video and interactive graphics to deliver comprehensive coverage of the latest…

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Meghan loved her veil embroidered with tribute to the Commonwealth: designer

LONDON (Reuters) – When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry on Saturday, she had with her the 53 countries of the Commonwealth – each one represented in the embroidery of her veil. Clare Waight Keller, designer at Givenchy, holds sketches as she gives an interview the day after Meghan Markle walked down the aisle of St George’s Chapel in Windsor and married Prince Harry wearing the dress that she created, in Kensington Palace, London, Britain, May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool Recounting the discussions over Meghan’s dress…

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Celebrity guests show their royal wedding fashion best at Windsor

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Windsor Castle became an eclectic catwalk of colorful frocks and shapely hats on Saturday as celebrity guests offered up an array of royal wedding outfit styles, eagerly watched by fashionistas around the world. As attendees like Hollywood star George Clooney and his wife Amal, tennis champion Serena Williams and fashion designer Victoria Beckham arrived for the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, all eyes were on what they were wearing. Photographers snapped royal family members and celebrities, shining a global spotlight on their…

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