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Saudi crown prince bought US$450 million Da Vinci

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The Wall Street Journal has named Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the actual buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's $450 million Salvator Mundi . However, at least one user, journalist Yashar Ali, speculated that he was acting on behalf of someone else. Christie's postwar and contemporary art co-chairman Alex Rotter was representing Prince Bader during the auction, who, interestingly, is not well-known as an art collector. Read More »

Pantone Goes Ultra Violet For The 2018 Color Of The Year!

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Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets. Purple slays because it has so many different tones and connotations. The blue-based purple color is meant to communicate traits like originality and ingenuity, while also offering a nod to artistic expression, spiritual reflection, and the potential for exploring ... Read More »

Australia to legislate against foreign interference in politics

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China has declared it does not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries and Beijing has urged the Turnbull government to "discard prejudice" and deepen the bilateral relationship rather than pursue measures aimed at shoring up Australia from the risks of foreign interference. Read More »

United Kingdom man cements his head in oven

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The 22-year-old, known by his username TGFbro, had been "trying to make a mould of his head in the freaky stunt", the Daily Mirror writes. The West Midlands Fire Brigade later said they were "seriously unimpressed" with the star on Twitter , lamenting the fact that firefighters had been "tied up for an hour" by the "YouTube pranker", when there could have actual non-stupidity related emergencies to attend to. Read More »

'We won't welcome Mike Pence' - Snr Palestinian official

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A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinians will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his upcoming visit to the region because of the USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Abbas has yet to comment on Pence's latest remarks, which is not the case with his Fatah party. Trump's embassy move has inflamed the Israel-Palestine conflict, in which the status of Jerusalem is a key issue. Read More »

Economic Buzz: Chinese Imports Surge Around 18% On Year

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Import figures for November were similarly impressive, showing 17.7 per cent year-on-year growth. China's iron ore demand is expected to climb 1.3 percent in 2017 to 1.122 billion tonnes, but dip 0.2 percent to 1.12 billion tonnes in 2018, according to a report published by China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute (MPI) on Monday. Read More »

Court rules President Zuma appointment of state prosecutor invalid

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The deputy president said he appreciated how hard it was for women to lay charges of sexual assault, and when pressed further by his interviewer, added: "Yes, I would believe her". While the branch nomination numbers are the best available indicator of who's likely to win, they aren't conclusive because some bigger branches can have more than one delegate and there's no guarantee delegates will vote as instructed. Read More »

Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his Wife and Mother on Christmas

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Avantika Jadhav mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and informed her about this", she said. Pakistan Foreign Office assured the safety and security of Jadhav's family. India acknowledges that Jadhav had served in the Indian Navy but denies that he has any connection with the government. Jadhav had filed an appeal with the Army chief to seek clemency, which is still pending. Read More »

Head priest among dead in samurai sword attack in Tokyo

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Head priestess Nagako Tomioka, 58 and the two suspected attackers, her brother Shigenaga, 56, and a woman in her 30s believed to be his girlfriend, died Thursday evening, Metropolitan Police Department sources said. The accomplice attacked the driver with a samurai sword and pursued him as he ran out of the temple grounds down a road, police said. The Times says authorities suspect a dispute between the brother and sister over the Shinto shrine's chief priest position. Read More »

Argentine judge seeks arrest of former President Fernandez

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Cristina Kirchner is being investigated for her role as president in signing a 2012 pact with Iran , agreeing that officials suspected of involvement in the bombing could be investigated in their own country and not brought to Argentina. Fernandez and the other defendants have several options to appeal, which could drag the case out for years. Along with Menem, a former federal judge in charge of the case, two ex-prosecutors, a former police commissioner, former intelligence chief and a ... Read More »

Snow threat continues for Friday

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A First Alert Day remains in effect for Friday with a damp, cold, and raw day ahead. National Weather Service officials say areas of the Northshore will be under a winter weather advisory beginning at 9 p.m. This will cause a gradual transition of ongoing rain to snow. WDSU meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy said most areas will only see flurries with little if any accumulation; however, a few spots - especially on the northern boundary between Louisiana and MS - could see less than an inch ... Read More »

439 buildings burned in fire northwest of LA

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New fires broke out on Thursday, including one in Malibu, as firefighters were still grappling with those that were already burning - the largest of which has charred 96,000 acres around Ventura. "I don't know how many are living and how many are dead", he said. In what may have been an early sign of the 140-square-mile fire getting new life, several thousand new evacuations were ordered late Tuesday night in Ojai, a town of artists and resorts. Read More »

Brexit talks finally make 'sufficient progress' as May and Juncker do deal

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An early morning meeting in Brussels between Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May , whose efforts to reach a deal broke down in failure earlier this week, was also a possibility, Juncker's spokesman said. But the EU will only move to trade talks if there is enough progress on three key issues: the money Britain must pay to the EU; rights for EU citizens in Britain and British citizens in the EU; and how to avoid a hard border with Ireland. Read More »

Tillerson vows no warming with Russian Federation until it leaves Ukraine

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Tillerson insisted the US could never overlook Russia's invasion of Ukraine and "attempted annexation" of the Crimean peninsula. "We can have differences in other arenas, in Syria, we can have differences in other areas", he said. The United States and its allies want peacekeepers to have a broad mission to protect about 600 OSCE monitors now on the ground and investigate cease-fire violations throughout eastern Ukraine. Read More »

HUD Report Shows Slight Uptick In Utah Homelessness

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However, Ashley said she has found that once people hear you are homeless, they tend to look down on you. The report also says the number of homeless veterans in the state is down. New York, by contrast, has nearly 95 percent of its homeless living in shelters. California's homeless population went up 14 percent, to 134,278 - the most by far of any state, and representing 31 percent of all the homeless people in the USA, according to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development . Read More »

India's chances 'very good' on Wassenaar membership says Russian Federation

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The membership will not only help India in acquiring critical technologies but it will also strengthen India's bid for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG ). India is already a member of the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR). "We make this point in the contacts with the Chinese at different levels, and India should be confident of Russia's assistance". Read More »

Barcelona set a new record Champions League

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Real Madrid faces a tough draw against a possible tough rival in the 16th round of the UEFA Champions League as they placed second in their group which is led by Tottenham Hotspur . " No, we are not happy ", The Evening Standard report he said when asked about finishing second in the Champions League group. Conte reckons it will take a special effort to be crowned Europe's top dog, despite beating the odds in the Premier League last season. Read More »

IDF retaliates against Hamas for rocket attacks

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The army said it fired at two targets of "terrorist organizations" in response to three rocket attacks from Gaza earlier on Thursday. Under Egyptian mediation, the factions have sought to end a schism dating back to 2007, when Islamist Hamas seized Gaza in a civil war with Abbas's Fatah. Read More »

Lilac Fire spreads to San Luis Rey Downs training center

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Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said officials found the body of a woman near the site of a vehicle crash within the Thomas Fire area, though her cause of death was unclear. Officials ordered fresh evacuations in the forested areas of Ojai, which is near the fire's northern edge. The North County Fire Protection District has issued a mandatory evacuation for the area west of Lilac Road and Sullivan Middle School. Read More »

Wildfire burning near the Getty Center in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles authorities ordered parts of the tony Bel Air district near the fire to leave - but those are just a fraction of the evacuations that have been ordered in Southern California since Monday night. A raging wildfire fueled by high winds created an wonderful - and terrifying - sight for morning commuters Wednesday on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles . Read More »

Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial (HALKB)

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The abuse allegedly continued until Zarrab was transferred to another unit. The inmate, who is in his early 60s, "felt helpless and unable to fight off the younger and stronger" man, the suit says, adding that the inmate was also "too scared and embarrassed at that time to complain or to seek help". Read More »