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Source: The Guradian

David Hockney’s $90.3m painting reminds us what great art looks like

Today 08:04 GMT

You don’t really know what that word means until you have contemplated David Hockney’s 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures).

This painting is a calm distillation of love and sorrow, a sad song about a broken heart – and that heart was Hockney’s. Its sale at Christie’s for an awe-inspiring $90.3m (£70.2m), a new world record for a living artist, adds more layers of bittersweetness.

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Source: The Guradian

Pranksters plant 'stolen Picasso’ in Romania

Today 03:19 GMT

The thieves had slipped into the Dutch museum during the night of 15-16 October 2012 and got away with the works that despite their value were not protected by alarms.

A Dutch writer who thought she had found a painting by Pablo Picasso stolen six years ago has said she was the victim of a publicity stunt, media reported. Picasso’s Harlequin Head was one of seven celebrated paintings snatched from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam in 2012 during a daring robbery local media dubbed “the theft of the century”.

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Source: The Guradian

Willem Dafoe: 'With success comes certain things that corrupt you'

Today 08:04 GMT

You get stuck in certain patterns, and a certain kind of performing language that keeps you from a kind of sense of discovery or danger or mystery.”

In his new biopic, At Eternity’s Gate – the film that might get Dafoe his fourth Oscar nomination – artist turned director Julian Schnabel sticks a paintbrush in Dafoe’s hand and plasters a bandage over his ear and suddenly, he’s the spitting image of Vincent Van Gogh.

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Source: The Guradian

North Korea defector: next generation have no loyalty to Kim Jong-un – report

Today 07:00 GMT

The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general’s son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong-un, according to a Japanese newspaper.

He was “indifferent” to the rule of Kim Jong Un, the third generation of the Kim family to lead the North, and had no interest in how his friends felt about it. “Inside the North, people, and especially the younger generation, are indifferent to each other, politics, and their leaders, and there is no sense of loyalty.”

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Source: BBC

Publisher of i paper bought out

Today 01:30 GMT

The newly-formed company bought out Johnston Press, publisher of the i, The Scotsman and the Yorkshire Post, following the court appointment of administrators earlier on Saturday.

Supporting the Johnston titles with a debt write-off and new investment is being aligned with the success of an underlying business that remains "profitable and cash-generative".

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Source: Fox News

Former Obama official says Georgia gov-elect not ‘normal head of the state’

Today 07:00 GMT

Georgia Gov.-elect Brian Kemp should not be treated as a “normal head of the state” because of allegations of voter suppression during this month's election, a former ethics chief for the Obama administration said Sunday.

DEFEATED DEMOCRAT STACEY ABRAMS WON'T CALL BRIAN KEMP LEGITIMATE GEORGIA GOV-ELECT. Abrams acknowledged defeat Friday, 10 days after the election, but stopped short of calling it a concession.

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Source: Reuters

People are our greatest asset. Wanna buy them?

Today 07:00 GMT

Eastern Europe’s chronic labor shortage is feeding into corporate takeover activity, with some companies making acquisitions to snap up skilled workers or obtain expertise needed to expand their businesses.

While the practice represents just a small part of the region’s mergers and acquisitions market, it underlines concerns about the deepening labor crunch at a time of buoyant economic activity, advisors and executives said.

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Source: BBC

UK stock market slips amid Brexit turmoil

Today 06:04 GMT

Despite the Prime Minister announcing on Wednesday that she had secured cabinet backing for the draft Brexit agreement with Brussels, the resignations of Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey on Thursday rattled markets.

Mr Khalaf said the index of the biggest 100 companies on the stock market was protected from bigger falls by companies with large international operations.

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Source: The Guradian

No more Khmer Rouge prosecutions, says Cambodia

Today 06:04 GMT

Cambodia has reiterated it intends to end the work of the UN-backed tribunal that last week convicted the last two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

“Because there are some former Khmer Rouge officers living in this area, I would like to clarify that there will be no more investigations taking place [against lower-ranking Khmer Rouge members], so you don’t have to worry,” said Sar Kheng, who is also interior minister.

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Source: The Guradian

Senior Houthi rebel calls for halt to attacks in Yemen

Monday 23:40 GMT

A high-ranking Houthi official has called for rebels to stop firing rockets and using attack drones in the conflict in Yemen, as a UN envoy prepares to travel to the country to prepare peace talks.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since then, according to the World Health Organization, in what the UN has called the worst humanitarian crisis.

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Source: Common Domain

We’re Terribly Sorry, but You Sound a Bit Too British for Britain

Monday 23:40 GMT

For decades, Jon Briggs says his crisp British accent landed him top jobs as a TV presenter, a commercial voice actor and the U.K.’s voice for Apple Inc.’s virtual assistant Siri.

For British consumers, the stiff-upper-lip speaking style of the nobility, where vowels are slightly flattened—so “happy” sounds like “heppy”—has become negatively associated with authority and privilege. Since about the 1970s, when the British Broadcasting Corporation began airing TV and radio programs featuring people with varied accents, Britons have struggled to reconcile the country’s class- and speech-conscious past with a modern media landscape that embraces forms of English that greatly differ from their beloved queen’s.

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Source: Common Domain

These Americans won’t give any gifts over the holidays — and they love it

Today 05:09 GMT

Furthermore, if you have the money, time and motivation — and love gift-giving — by all means, keep the economy humming and your family happy with a home filled with thoughtful gifts.

Lowe admits it was very hard to do the no-gift thing — “I love to both give and receive gifts so it was truly a sacrifice that I felt deeply,” she says — but she is glad they did it: “I learned that I could give and receive love without giving and receiving things.”

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Source: Fox News

Ocasio-Cortez lashes out again, says ‘drooling’ Republicans waiting to ‘chop up’ her ‘word slips’

Today 05:09 GMT

U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lashed out at Republicans via Twitter on Sunday night, accusing the GOP of “drooling” in anticipation of the 29-year-old’s every misstep. “Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-tomd (sic),” she wrote, “they [should] actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make: that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare.”

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Source: CBS News

President of Finland denies telling Trump the country rakes its forests to prevent fires

Today 04:14 GMT

While touring a town ravaged by the Northern California Camp Fire on Saturday, President Trump said Finland's president claimed the country doesn't have many problems with forest fires because it spends "a lot of time on raking."

Mr. Trump was visiting Paradise, California, this weekend with California Gov. Jerry Brown, California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom and Paradise Mayor Jody Jones when he was asked what could be done to prevent a similar disaster in the future.

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Source: DW

CDU in showdown over UN migration pact

Today 04:14 GMT

Other members of the CDU have criticized Germany's participation in the pact, which was set for ratification in December and in part "intends to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities migrants face at different stages of migration," according to the UN.

Leading Christian Democrats are warning their colleagues not to call Germany's participation in the UN's Global Compact for Migration into question.

Source: Fox News

Drug companies snub Trump by hiking prices

Today 20:56 GMT
Source: ABC News

Kansas governor demands county commissioner resign over 'master race' remark

Today 01:29 GMT
Source: Fox News

House Dems to probe Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and use of personal email accounts

Today 20:56 GMT
Source: BBC

Ivanka used personal email for WH business

Today 20:55 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Kaleo increased the price of its rescue medication to exploit U.S. opioid crisis, new report finds

Today 14:31 GMT
Source: DW

China's road from copycat to innovator

Today 11:45 GMT
Source: Global News

Canada Post asks union for ‘cooling off’ period that would pause strike during holidays

Today 17:15 GMT
Source: Common Domain

U.K. Home Sellers Respond to Brexit Fears, Drop Asking Prices

Today 20:55 GMT
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Source: CBS News

Death toll for California's deadliest wildfire expected to rise

Wednesday 14:30 GMT
10 Articles
Source: CBS News

Whitaker told Sen. Graham that Mueller probe to go on, AP source says

Saturday 11:46 GMT
8 Articles
Source: CTV

Northern California wildfire: 63 people dead, 631 unaccounted for

Saturday 02:25 GMT
7 Articles
Source: CBS News

Transcript: California Gov. Jerry Brown on "Face the Nation," Nov. 18, 2018

Monday 12:39 GMT
7 Articles
Source: CTV

Judge orders White House to return Acosta pass

Saturday 16:20 GMT
6 Articles
Source: The Guradian

Yes, it's infuriating when women back Trump. But why do men get a free pass?

Sunday 09:53 GMT
6 Articles
Source: Fox News

North Korean mystery weapons test creates possibility of military confrontation with US

Sunday 00:33 GMT

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