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Nov 20, 2010

India PM rejects court corruption probe criticism

NEW DELHI, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, weakened by a corruption scandal involving his
sacked telecoms minister, told the Supreme Court on Saturday
he had done nothing wrong and had followed correct procedures.

In a rare move, the Supreme Court this week reprimanded
Singh for failing to probe ex-telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja
over allegations he had sold licences too cheaply. The court
demanded Singh himself explain what had happened, tarnishing
his squeaky-clean image.

Oct 15, 2010

Asia’s couture craving feeds Singapore’s haute hopes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Legions of status-seeking shoppers with deep pockets are turning Asia into the next big catwalk for international designers, boosting Singapore’s aspirations to become the region’s Milan or New York.

Asia’s growing economic clout — and the millions willing to spend top dollar on luxury lifestyles — were the buzz words at Singapore’s fashion festival, an annual event the country hopes will eventually become as important as counterparts in the United States and Europe, as well as the fashion gateway for the region.

May 7, 2010

Stocks battered, pound bruised as fears persist

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – European stocks are primed for a pummeling on Friday, following ravaged U.S. and Asian shares, as Europe’s debt crisis sent waves of dread through global markets and battered sterling and the euro.

U.S. stocks plunged 9 percent in the last two hours of trading on Thursday before clawing back some of the losses as a suspected trading glitch and fears of a new credit crunch in Europe threw markets into disarray.

May 6, 2010

Euro mauled, stocks sag as debt crisis woes mount

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro sank to its lowest level in over a year and stocks tumbled on Thursday as Greece’s economic woes cast a pall over global markets and fueled fears of a sweeping sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone.

Gold hit a record euro high at 918.74 euros an ounce and the yen strengthened, both benefiting from safe-haven buying from investors rattled by warnings from European leaders that the problems facing Greece could spread across borders.

May 6, 2010

Euro mauled, stocks sag as debt woes mount

SINGAPORE, May 6 (Reuters) – The euro sank to its lowest
level in over a year and stocks tumbled on Thursday as Greece’s
economic woes cast a pall over global markets and fuelled fears
of a sweeping sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone.

Gold hit a record euro high at 918.74 euros an ounce
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May 4, 2010

Greece weighs on Asian shares

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar inched up on Tuesday, boosted by strong U.S. data indicating the world’s largest economy was on the mend, but worries about Greece’s bailout and China’s policy tightening curbed earlier gain in Asian shares.

The dollar firmed against a basket of major currencies, and hovered near 8-½ month highs against the yen while the euro huddled near one-year lows.

May 4, 2010

U.S. data perks dollar; Greece weighs on shares

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar inched up on Tuesday, boosted by strong U.S. data indicating the world’s largest economy was on the mend, but worries about Greece’s bailout and China’s policy tightening curbed earlier gain in Asian shares.

The dollar firmed against a basket of major currencies, and hovered near 8- month highs against the yen while the euro huddled near one-year lows.

Apr 26, 2010
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Korea’s Queen of Cannes is back

By Jon Herskovitz

South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon returns to Cannes for the first time since she impressed global critics with her role as a widow trying to rebuild her life in the 2007 movie called “Secret Sunshine”. Jeon was an obscure actress as the time but now returns with much greater fanfare as she plays the lead in the South Korean movie “The Housemaid.”

Reuters met Jeon, who was dubbed by local media after she won her award as the “Queen of Cannes”,  last week at a coffee shop in Seoul not far from an ancient palace that once housed Korean kings. Here are excerpts from the interview:

Mar 23, 2010
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“Last Supper” paintings show how food portions grew over millenium

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The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci

We’ve been overeating our way through ever-larger portions over the past 1,000 years, a U.S. study revealed after studying more than 50 paintings of the Biblical Last Supper.

The study, by a Cornell University professor and his brother who is a Presbyterian minister and a religious studies professor, showed that the sizes of the portions and plates in the artworks, which were painted over the past millennium, have gradually grown by between 23 and 69 percent.

Feb 12, 2010
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Bethenny’s baby bump stars in Red Dress show

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By Jan Paschal

Forget about eating for two.  Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel was walking the runway for two, showing off her baby bump in a short ruched dress during the Red Dress Collection 2010 Show on Thursday night at New York Fashion Week.

The DJ played “Baby Love” by Diana Ross and the Supremes while Frankel strutted down the runway. But she had to keep tugging at the hem of her tight red dress by designer Isabella Oliver in a vain attempt to keep her black Spanx shapewear from being seen. The crowd in the Tent in Bryant Park didn’t seem to mind. (Frankel’s best known for her role on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.”)

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