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Jul 10, 2013

Egypt looks forward to new elections, back to week of bloodshed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim authorities, boosted by $8 billion in Gulf aid, start work on forming a cabinet on Wednesday, a week after the elected Islamist president was ousted by the army leading to a wave of violence in which at least 90 people were killed.

Wrangling between political groups over a decree setting the rules for the transition, designed to usher in parliamentary elections within about six months, could point to a bumpy road ahead.

Jul 8, 2013

Egyptian PM deadlock drags on as hundreds of thousands protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Deadlock over Egypt’s interim prime minister entered a third day on Monday after the Islamist Nour Party rejected candidates for interim prime minister, prolonging the impasse amid huge protests that turned violent and killed more than 35.

Egypt’s military, which overthrew elected leader President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, can ill afford a lengthy political vacuum at a time of violent upheaval and economic stagnation in the Arab world’s largest nation of 84 million people.

Jul 7, 2013

Egypt PM dispute stalls government, Islamists call more protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political transition after President Mohamed Mursi was ousted by the military stumbled at the first hurdle, after the choice of liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister was thrown into doubt by Islamist objections.

ElBaradei’s nomination had been confirmed by several sources and state media on Saturday, but just before midnight a presidential spokesman told reporters that the prime minister had not in fact been chosen.

Jul 6, 2013

Islamist protests hit cities across Egypt, at least 24 dead

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 24 people died across Egypt on Friday as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.

Fierce clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria left 12 dead and 200 injured, while in Cairo, five people were killed as pro- and anti-Mursi protesters ran amok in central areas and armored personnel carriers rumbled among them to restore calm.

Jul 5, 2013

At least 17 dead as Islamist protests spread across Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 17 people died across Egypt on Friday as Islamists opposed to the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi took to the streets to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.

Five of the confirmed dead were in Cairo, security sources and state television said, and pro- and anti-Mursi protesters clashed in running street battles after dark, while armored personnel carriers sped between them on a bridge close to the city’s historic Egyptian Museum.

Mar 20, 2013

David Bowie exhibition breaks box office records

LONDON (Reuters) – Ziggy played guitar. But as a new exhibition devoted to singer David Bowie’s long and innovative career makes clear, he also wrote lyrics, checked every detail of his outlandish costumes, appeared in movies and helped design his own stage sets.

“David Bowie is”, which runs from March 23 to August 11, has broken box office records at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, with 50,000 advance tickets sold.

Mar 15, 2013

Christie’s offers unusual Hannibal work by Poussin

LONDON (Reuters) – Auction house Christie’s will offer an unconventional painting by French classical artist Nicolas Poussin, depicting Carthaginian general Hannibal astride an elephant, in July, expecting it to fetch 3-5 million pounds ($4.5-7.5 million).

The early work is not considered one of the artist’s best and was little known until it appeared in public at an exhibition in Rouen in northern France in 1961.

Mar 14, 2013

Chinese slump dents global art market in 2012-study

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Chinese spending on art and
antiques shrank by nearly a quarter in 2012, ending a streak of
spectacular growth that helped drive up global prices and made
China the biggest player in the market by 2011, a report said on

The study, commissioned by the European Fine Art Foundation
which organises The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), estimated
the worldwide art and antiques market contracted by seven
percent last year to 43 billion euros ($56 billion).

Mar 13, 2013

Top conductor questions opera singers’ commitment

LONDON (Reuters) – One of the world’s leading opera conductors, Antonio Pappano, on Wednesday criticized singers for pulling out of productions too easily, saying at times this was due to illness but at others simply due to a lack of commitment.

The outspoken comments, sure to cause a stir in the operatic world of huge professional pressures and fragile egos, came at a press briefing to outline the upcoming season at the Royal Opera House in London, where British-born Pappano is music director.

Mar 11, 2013

Olivia Newton-John: sweetheart, sex idol, rock chick, radio star

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – With a range spanning the
cardigan-clad sweetheart in the hit musical “Grease” and the
leotarded gym instructor in the raunchy single “Physical”, no
one could accuse Olivia Newton-John of playing it safe in 40
years of singing country, pop and rock.

The Australian, who was born in England and is touring there
for the first time in 35 years, admits to being terrified at
some of the choices she made in a career boasting four Grammy
awards and a lead role in the biggest musical movie hit in U.S.

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