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Macron faces ghost of 'Yellow Vest' past in Christmas run-up

Agosthino Bareto has stowed away his neon yellow vest and stopped occupying road junctions in protest against the burden of high French taxes. But the garage owner still seethes with anger at the mention of President Emmanuel Macron.

Pope taps fellow Jesuit to replace Cardinal Pell

Pope Francis has appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican’s finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia

Saudi Arabia discussing Yemen truce in informal talks with Houthis: sources

Saudi Arabia is intensifying informal talks with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on a ceasefire in Yemen, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Cirque de Soleil founder released after detention for growing pot

The founder of Cirque de Soleil, Guy Laliberté, was released after being taken into police custody in French Polynesia for growing cannabis, Laliberté's investment firm said on Wednesday.

Turkey to extradite American IS suspect 'stranded on border'

The alleged militant spent four days stuck between the Turkey and Greece borders.

EU seeks to work around no British commissioner in new executive

Busy with a Brexit-focused election campaign, Britain will not nominate a representative for the new European Union executive until after its Dec. 12 vote, leaving the bloc seeking to hedge against any legal challenges arising from going without London.


UK retail sales suffer surprise downturn in October

Drop of 0.1% blamed on pre-Brexit concerns and declines in employment and wages growth

Britain’s shops suffered a surprise downturn in sales ahead of the busy run-up to Christmas after official figures showed a 0.1% drop in October.

City analysts had expected consumers to continue their sequence of month-on-month spending increases with a 0.1% rise, albeit largely built on heavy discounting by retailers.

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Germany avoids recession but growth remains weak

The country narrowly avoids recession as it struggles with trade conflicts around the world.

Alibaba's Hong Kong listing offers valuable Beijing goodwill

Alibaba's Hong Kong listing will not only land it $13.4 billion, it will also garner goodwill from Beijing to help the Chinese e-commerce giant weather the fallout of a damaging trade war.

WPP says acquisitions back on agenda after Kantar sale

Advertising group WPP will consider making acquisitions to bolster its capabilities in faster growing segments such as technology and commerce after selling a majority stake in its research arm Kantar, Chief Executive Mark Read said on Thursday.

Qatar Airways signs $4 billion CFM engine order

Qatar Airways has placed a $4 billion jet engine order with CFM International to power its 50 Airbus A321neos.


How to make the most of a zero-commission world

How interested are people in trading stocks for free?

Human hair behind pigeons' lost toes, Paris study finds

Research suggests density of hairdressers in an area – and resulting human hair – affects rate of lost toes

For a long time scientists thought the fact that pigeons in urban environments often lost their toes was due to some form of infection, or was a reaction to chemical pollutants.

But now researchers in France believe they’ve stumbled upon the real culprit: human hair.

Related: Home to roost: my life as a pigeon fancier

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Someone, Somewhere review – slow-burn Parisian therapy romance

The meet-cute is neatly postponed in this entertaining story of two next-door neighbours, both seeing therapists and looking for love

Much like the process of psychotherapy itself, patience is required for results while watching this modestly entertaining slow-burn Parisian romance from Cédric Klapisch, who pulls off a neat trick by bumping the meet-cute to the end of the film.

What happens before his protagonists clap eyes on each other is a kind of emotional spring clean. Both of them, a man and woman in their early 30s, are struggling with anxiety and stress; they find their way to therapy and sift through their secrets and problems, and then, when they are emotionally shipshape … bang! Cupid strikes. It’s a nice idea – but the delay doesn’t do much for dramatic tension, and Klapisch’s shallow observations about loneliness and atomisation in the city don’t help.

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Unrest at French universities after student sets himself alight over debts

Union calls for nationwide demonstrations follow Anas K gesture on poverty

Demonstrations have taken place across French cities in solidarity with a 22-year-old who set himself alight to highlight student poverty.

Unrest erupted at universities after the undergraduate, named only as Anas K, set himself on fire in the city of Lyon on Friday to highlight his financial difficulties and protest at the education policies of Emmanuel Macron.

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Raymond Poulidor obituary

French cyclist who achieved a record eight podium finishes in the Tour de France but never wore the leader’s yellow jersey

Raymond Poulidor, who has died aged 83, became France’s most popular cycle racer – and arguably its most best-loved sportsman – through his valiant, near-perennial failure to win the country’s national Tour over 15 years between 1962 and 1976, and in spite of the fact that he never wore the race leader’s yellow jersey.

As late as summer 2019, he was still travelling on the Tour, more warmly applauded than any of the current stars, and for the French at least, Poulidor became synonymous even outside cycling with any brave yet unrewarded effort to reach the highest honour.

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'Mandalorian' creator Favreau teases more 'Star Wars' surprises

"The Mandalorian" creator Jon Favreau and cast members debuted the "Star Wars" series on Wednesday at a red-carpet event for fans and promised more surprises following the reveal of an unexpected new character in the first episode.

Pidgin perfect: Slang spreads message for Nigeria's 'opera queen'

Dressed in a bright red and blue robe and backed by a local band with an eclectic range of instruments, Helen Epega beats a steel drum as she declaims dramatically to an unseen audience.

A Minute With: Alicia Vikander, Wash Westmoreland on thriller 'Earthquake Bird'

Swedish-born Oscar winner Alicia Vikander performs in both English and Japanese in her new movie, thriller "Earthquake Bird", as she immerses herself in 1980s Tokyo.

Leonardo da Vinci goes 'immersive' at London's National Gallery

The Virgin of the Rocks is being presented as a digital experience at London's National Gallery.

Emilia Clarke and Emma Thompson on Last Christmas and reading reviews

The actress discusses her film Last Christmas and why it's "just not helpful" to read her reviews.

'The Crown' welcomes its new royals in Season 3 launch

Television fans welcomed a new queen on Wednesday as Olivia Colman and other stars of royal drama "The Crown" turned out for the world premiere of the Netflix show's third season.

Botticelli masterpiece rediscovered in Cardiff

The 400-year-old painting made its way from the studio of the Florentine master to Cardiff.

Kelly Clarkson's kids interviewed Jason Momoa with adorable results

Kelly Clarkson's kids made a splash in their debut interview with "Aquaman" star Jason Momoa.


From a Sewing Needle to a Laser Cutter, a New Approach to Fashion

Iris van Herpen combines technology and handicraft to redefine dress. And most of it can go in the washing machine.

Jim Sullivan, a Rock ’n’ Roll Mystery That Remains Stubbornly Unsolved

In 1975, the psych-folk musician vanished in Santa Rosa, N.M. A new reissue of his self-titled album only deepens the puzzle of his life and career.

Review: ‘The Crown’ and the Burdens of a No-Drama Queen

In the scintillating third season of the Netflix drama, Olivia Colman becomes Elizabeth, determined to keep calm as the world carries on.

Bread Loaf Ends ‘Wait Scholar’ Program

The writers’ conference is changing its aid offerings after attendees raised concerns ranging from sexual harassment to racism to the work cutting into the seminars they came for in the first place.

Before ‘The Crown,’ Revelations About the Actual Crown

A new book on Queen Elizabeth II spills some even more surprising style secrets.

Strange Plays for Strange Times

Several French theater productions are putting dark spins on everyday events.

Late Night Serves Hot Takes After First Public Impeachment Hearings

Samantha Bee joked that the proceedings will confirm “things we already know,” “Like if, instead of a secret taping operation, Nixon had a TikTok.”


Rapinoe calls for more investment in U.S. women's game

Two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe has been at the forefront of the U.S. national women's team's fight for gender pay equity but the fiery forward has told Reuters she also hopes for more investment in the domestic league and better pay for club players.

Bob and Mike Bryan to retire after 2020 US Open

Bob and Mike Bryan, the most decorated doubles partnership in tennis history, will retire at the end of next season.

Andy Murray: I contemplated not returning to tennis despite successful surgery

He's made an impressive recovery from career-saving hip surgery, but Andy Murray says he questioned whether he wanted to return to tennis.


This Volcano Destroyed an Island, Then Created a New One

After the October blast at Lateiki in the Kingdom of Tonga, a larger island formed over a connected vent in the ocean.

China completes crucial landing test for first Mars mission in 2020

China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.

To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic

Plastic waste from America, collected for recycling, is shipped to Indonesia. Some is burned as fuel by tofu makers, producing deadly chemicals and contaminating food.

China completes lander test for first Mars mission in 2020

China on Thursday successfully completed a lander test in northern Hebei province ahead of an unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.

To Drive Down Insulin Prices, W.H.O. Will Certify Generic Versions

About 80 million people with diabetes around the world need the hormone, and half of them can’t afford it. Creating competition could help, the agency said.


Ford to start taking reservations for electric SUV next week

Ford Motor Co will start taking reservations for its electric sport utility vehicle, Mustang Mach-E, starting Nov. 17, when the U.S. automaker unveils the vehicle at an event in Los Angeles, the company said on Thursday.

French government forms cybersecurity pact with major French companies

The French government signed on Thursday a three-year cybersecurity pact with eight of the country's leading companies, as major world nations step up security arrangements in the wake of recent high-profile hacking incidents.

Vintage Cars With Old Souls, and Touch Screens and A.C.

“When you drive your collector car you want it to be able to have reliable air conditioning.”

Daimler CEO says robotaxis business is not realistic

Daimler has recalibrated its expectations about the potential business model from operating fleets of self-driving cars, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said on Thursday.

Japan's Toray to stop producing parts for Mitsubishi Aircraft's SpaceJet: Nikkei

Toray Industries Inc will not produce carbon fiber parts for Mitsubishi Aircraft's SpaceJet because delays to the regional jet program mean the work is unlikely to be profitable, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday.