French court dismisses appeal over topless photos of British Duchess

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China's Li headlines Hall of Fame nominations

(Reuters) – China’s Li Na, a twice Grand Slam winner who is credited with creating a surge of interest in the sport in her country, headlined the list of eight candidates up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Two-times Grand Slam singles champion Mary Pierce, Russian former world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Wimbledon champions Conchita Martinez of Spain and Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia were among the other nominations announced on Wednesday. Li, who remains the only Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title, won…

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies aged 76: AP

(Reuters) – Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, officials said. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit, according to one of her publicists. She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer, and her family had asked for prayers. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said few people in the city’s history had been as universally loved…

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Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify take down Alex Jones content

(Reuters) – Apple Inc, YouTube, Facebook Inc and Spotify all took down podcasts and channels from U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying on Monday that the Infowars author had broken community standards. The sweeping moves are the broadest actions yet by internet companies that have suspended or removed some of the conspiracy-driven content. Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Among the theories he has promoted is that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government. Facebook said it…

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Facebook, Apple remove most of U.S. conspiracy theorist's content

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Facebook Inc announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for “repeatedly posting content over the past several days” that breaks its community standards. The company said it removed the pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.” “Facebook bans Infowars. Permanently. Infowars was widely credited with playing a key role in getting Trump elected. This is a…

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'Chef of the century', France's Joel Robuchon, dead at 73

PARIS (Reuters) – Joel Robuchon, a world famous chef who at one point earned more than 30 Michelin stars across nearly two dozen restaurants on three continents, died on Monday at his home in Geneva aged 73, his staff said. Named the “chef of the century” by the Gault et Millau cooking guide in 1990, Robuchon was regarded as a perfectionist, toiling to make even ordinary seeming dishes — such as mashed potatoes — the very best they could be. He came into his own in the 1980s and early…

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Three-Michelin-starred French chef Joel Robuchon dies

PARIS (Reuters) – French chef Joel Robuchon, who owned and ran gourmet restaurants in three continents including several awarded three Michelin stars, died on Monday in Geneva aged 73, his staff said. Named the “chef of the century” by the Gault et Millau cooking guide in 1990, Robuchon, known for his mashed potatoes among many other dishes, owned restaurants in cities including Paris, Monaco, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Tokyo and Bangkok. French daily Le Figaro said he died of cancer.

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Apple removes most of U.S. conspiracy theorist's podcasts from iTunes

(Reuters) – Most of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple’s iTunes (AAPL.O) and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday. The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones’s programs by Facebook (FB.O) and other online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content. Apple told Buzzfeed that it has removed the entire library for five of Jones’s six Infowars podcasts including the…

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Royal Dutch Orchestra fires chief conductor amid harassment allegations

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The chief conductor at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti, has been fired because of allegations of sexual harassment, the orchestra said on Thursday. The allegations first arose in an article on July 26 in the Washington Post, in which female singers accused Gatti of groping and other inappropriate sexual behavior. Gatti, who joined the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2016, could not immediately be reached for comment. But after the Post story appeared, he issued an apology to “all the women I have met in my entire…

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Madonna launches $60,000 Malawi fundraiser to mark 60th birthday

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Madonna on Monday launched a $60,000 fundraiser to support her work with children in Malawi, and had already raised more than $10,000 in the first 24 hours. The “Rebel Heart” singer, who has adopted four children from the African nation in the past 10 years, said 100 percent of every contribution would go directly to her Raising Malawi foundation’s rural orphanage, Home of Hope. She launched the fundraiser, which will run throughout August, through her Facebook page to mark her 60th birthday on Aug. 16. “For…

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