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Barenboim's 'Fidelio' wows La Scala opera buffs at season opener

MILAN (Reuters) - Daniel Barenboim celebrated his final season premiere as musical director of La Scala on Sunday with a performance of "Fidelio", Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera, winning a 13-minute ovation on the opening night of a new modern-dress production.
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Mick Jagger, 72, to become father for eighth time

LONDON (Reuters) - Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, 72, is to become a father again for the eighth time.
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Wall St. sets records again, led by tech, bank stocks

(Reuters) - Wall Street closed slightly higher on Monday to mint new record highs for the S&P 500 and the Dow industrials, fueled by Bank of America's better-than-expected profit and a major tech sector acquisition.
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'People v. O.J. Simpson,' 'Game of Thrones' lead Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," a TV mini-series exploring racial tensions that strained the criminal justice system 20 years before Black Lives Matter, dominated the Primetime Emmy nominations on Thursday along with HBO's medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones."
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No shaking off Taylor Swift-Kanye West 'Famous' feud

(Editor's note: this story contains language in paragraph three that may offend some readers)
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Asia shares steady, Softbank said to bid for ARM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar gained on the yen in Asia on Monday as investors unwound safe-haven trades in the wake of the failed coup in Turkey, while a giant takeover bid in the tech sector and the promise of central bank stimulus lent support to equities.
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Hollywood stands behind Jennifer Aniston's take on media sexism

(Reuters) - Hollywood celebrities are lining up behind actress Jennifer Aniston after she penned a blog criticizing the media for the way it scrutinizes female stars.
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Asian shares hover near eight-month peak on BoE rate cut hope

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian shares remained near an eight-month high on Thursday as investors bet the Bank of England will cut rates to ward off recession following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
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Asian shares rally as Wall Street strikes new record high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks rose to a 2-1/2-month peak on Tuesday, a day after Wall Street shares hit a record high thanks to a combination of upbeat U.S. data and expectations of more stimulus from global policymakers.
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Asia stocks hit four-week high after strong U.S. jobs data

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets enjoyed a relief rally on Monday as upbeat U.S. jobs data lessened immediate concerns about the health of the world's largest economy, while the long-run fallout from Brexit kept sovereign yields near record lows.
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Bank earnings loom large as stocks near record

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The focus on Wall Street will shift to corporate earnings next week after a strong June jobs report on Friday gave investors confidence that the U.S. economy was on stable footing and left the S&P 500 within a whisper of a new closing record high.
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S&P 500 brushes record high after blowout jobs report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 stock index brushed against its record closing high on Friday as Wall Street rallied after a much-larger-than-expected jump in jobs growth confirmed the U.S. economy has regained speed after a first-quarter lull.
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Asian stocks set for weekly drop as investors seek safety; gold shines

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks looked set to post their biggest weekly loss in three weeks on Friday and government bond yields plunged to fresh record lows as investors awaited U.S. jobs data to get a clearer picture of the health of the world's biggest economy.
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Fed minutes suggest rate hikes on hold until Brexit impact clearer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers decided in June that interest rate hikes should stay on hold until they have a handle on the consequences of Britain's vote on EU membership, according to the minutes of the Fed's June policy meeting released on Wednesday.
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Asian shares rise to eight-month highs, on track for weekly gains

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares extended gains to eight-month highs on Friday, on track for a solid weekly rise, as better-than-expected economic data from China lifted risk sentiment that was already buoyant after record highs on Wall Street.
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Wall St. ends flat but futures slip after Turkey coup reports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow industrials ended at a record high on Friday and major indexes closed a third consecutive week of gains as upbeat economic data and the start of earnings season gave investors confidence.
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Turkey coup impact seen limited but instability fear remains

LONDON (Reuters) - Turkey's failed military coup may prompt some flight to safe-haven assets on Monday but there will only be a more serious longer-term impact for investors if instability persists in the strategically important emerging market.
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U.S. economy shows few signs of sustained inflation pressure: Fed

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The U.S. economy continued to expand from mid-May through the end of June but there was little indication that inflation would surge any time soon, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.
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Box Office: 'Ghostbusters' debuts to $46 million, 'Secret Life of Pets' tops charts

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has triggered intense debate over its decision to refashion the proton pack-wielding paranormal investigators as an all-female team.
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Wall Street ends flat but futures slip after Turkey coup reports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow industrials ended at a record high on Friday and major indexes closed a third consecutive week of gains as upbeat economic data and the start of earnings season gave investors confidence.
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Asian shares near 2016 peak as risk appetite improves

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares came within reach of testing their 2016 peak on Wednesday as prospects of solid U.S. growth and accommodative economic policy in major markets whet investors' risk appetite damaged by uncertainty from Brexit.
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Matt Damon returns as former CIA assassin in latest 'Bourne' film

LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Matt Damon returns as a troubled former CIA assassin in the latest edition of the hit "Bourne" movie series this month, reprising a role he says was physically tough to get ready for over a decade and a half since he first took it on.
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Philistines were more sophisticated than given credit for, say archeologists

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) - Philistines were no "philistines", say archaeologists who unearthed a 3,000-year-old cemetery in which members of the biblical nation were buried along with jewelry and perfumed oil.
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Actor Takei says making 'Star Trek' character Sulu gay 'unfortunate'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran "Star Trek" actor George Takei may have been the inspiration to make fan favorite character Hikaru Sulu gay in the franchise's new film, but he called the decision "really unfortunate," media outlets reported on Friday.
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On 'Wannabe' 20-year anniversary, Spice Girls trio hint at reunion

LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of the Spice Girls hinted at a reunion as they released a video on Friday marking 20 years since their band's debut single "Wannabe" stormed the charts worldwide.
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Asia stocks bounce, Aussie dollar hit by ratings blow

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets crept higher on Thursday after upbeat U.S. economic data took some of the sting out of the latest Brexit scare, while the Australian dollar slipped as the country's triple A credit rating came under threat.
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