Turkish 'Microangelo' tells Istanbul's tale on miniature objects

Turkish micro artist Hasan Kale displays one of his art work on a feather at his office in Istanbul, Turkey, November 27, 2017. Picture taken November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Murad SezerFollowing his morning stroll around Istanbul’s medieval Galata tower, Hasan Kale walks into a bulk food market to examine the goods that will make up his next canvas.“These are the ones

Researchers date discovery of Christ's tomb in Jerusalem to Roman era

Professor Antonia Moropoulou, Chief Scientific Supervisor from the National Technical University of Athens, who directed the project of the restoration on the site of Jesus's tomb, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Athens, Greece, November 30, 2017. Photo: REUTERSMortar under a slab at the heart of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates to the era of Roman Emperor

San Francisco defends sanctuary status as backlash mounts

Photo: APThe attacks on San Francisco and other cities with similar immigration policies began moments after a jury acquitted a Mexican man of killing a woman on a popular pier, some calling for a boycott of the city that fiercely defends its reputation as a refuge for all.President Donald Trump called the verdict a “complete travesty of justice,” and US

Chinese actress Liu Yifei cast as Disney’s Mulan

It took a year of searching and nearly 1,000 candidates, but the Walt Disney Studios has found its Mulan.The studio says Wednesday that Chinese actress Liu Yifei will play the warrior in the live-action epic from director Niki Caro.The 30-year-old actress, who is also known as Crystal Liu, is well known in China as a model, actress and singer, but

Discovery Channel makes documentary on Guizhou

Photo:VCGThe Discovery Channel has started filming a documentary on southwest China's Guizhou Province.A ceremony was held on Thursday to mark the start of shooting. The documentary, being produced by Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, will have four episodes, each lasting 22 minutes.Guizhou is known for its Karst landforms and beautiful scenery including mountains, waterfalls and canyons. It is also home to

Scallops have 200 eyes, which function like a telescope

Researchers say the new findings on scallops' vision may pave the way for advances in imaging and sensing applications. Photo: AFPScallops may look like simple creatures, but the seafood delicacy has 200 eyes which function remarkably like a telescope, using mirrors to focus light, researchers said Thursday.The report in the journal Science relied on microscopic imaging to uncover how scallops

Anonymous driver sends police $1,000 30 years after crash

Photo: ReutersA person who apparently sped off after hitting a parked car in a Minneapolis suburb more than 30 year ago anonymously sent $1,000 to local police this month and asked them to pass it on to the car’s owner, if possible.The sender also sent a letter to the South St. Paul police department asking for forgiveness, The Pioneer Press

HBO severs ties with Russell Simmons amid second allegation

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presents the Vanguard Award on stage at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena,California, February 6, 2015. Simmons announced on Nov. 30, 2017, he would be stepping down from companies he founded following a new allegation of sexual misconduct. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Russell Simmons speaks appears at the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life Benefit

Even procrastinators can find deals on holiday travel

So you polished off the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, watched Black Friday and Cyber Monday come and go, and now — just now — you’re thinking that it might be time to make your Christmas travel reservations.Well procrastinators, you may have already missed the best prices of the season on airfares, but travel experts have tips for salvaging an affordable

Official "English names" of notices, signs in China

Beijing (People's Daily) -China will enforce the national standard Guidelines for the Use of English in Public Service Areas starting December together with other new laws and regulations.The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) said the new standard provides the country with official translations of more than 3,500 public notices and signs in 13 areas, including transportation, tourism, culture, entertainment, sports,

Non-drop shop: Christmas tree farmer prepares for seasonal rush

Farmer Guy French carries a freshly harvested Christmas tree through a Christmas tree field at Wick Farm in Colchester, Britain, November 29, 2017. REUTERSWith Christmas around the corner, Wick Farm in Colchester, eastern England, is gearing up by harvesting its crop of fir trees.Farmer Guy French said selling directly to customers is one of the best parts of the festive

Sweet and sour: price rises hit seasonal Egyptian candies

A woman decorates traditional Aroset El Moulid or (Bride of Moulid) sugar candy in the shape of dolls in preparation for the celebration Prophet Muhammad's birthday, at a workshop in Tanta, north of Cairo, Egypt November 22, 2017. REUTERSThe sugary sweets that form part of the annual celebrations of the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday are a treat enjoyed by generations of

Cristiano Ronaldo climbs Instagram ranks, Selena Gomez most-followed

2017 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 19/11/2017 – Selena Gomez. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokPortuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo muscled his way into Instagram’s top-followed ranks this year as he documented his career and growing family, but pop star Selena Gomez still reigned supreme on the social media platform.Ronaldo, who was named Forbes’ highest-paid soccer player this year

UK newspapers try to guess Prince Harry and Meghan's mystery matchmaker

Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London. REUTERSBritain’s newspapers were rife with speculation on Wednesday about the mystery matchmaker of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry and his fiancee American actress Meghan Markle who met on a blind date in London last year.In a televised interview on Monday when they announced their engagement,

US pop star Taylor Swift's latest album release‘Reputation' reigns atop Billboard 200 chart

Taylor Swift ruled at the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart on Monday as her latest releaseReputationeasily beat off new entries from country music stars Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks.Reputation, which entered the Billboard 200 chart at No.1 last week with 1.2 million album units, sold another 256,000 units across album and song sales and streaming, according to

Monet’s glasses sold for over $50,000 in Hong Kong

A collection of French artist Claude Monet's personal belongings, including a pair of round-rimmed wire spectacles, have fetched almost $11 million at an auction in Hong Kong, Christie's said.The dainty glasses, made from gold-colored metal, went to an unnamed Asian buyer on Sunday for $51,457, far exceeding the auction house's estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.The sale included other rare items

Actress sues Weinstein, accusing him of sex trafficking

Harvey Weinstein engaged in sex trafficking by traveling to Europe and luring an aspiring actress from London to a hotel room where he sexually assaulted her, according to a new lawsuit filed against the disgraced movie producer.The suit filed by Kadian Noble in federal court in Manhattan alleges that Weinstein went to London in 2014 and “groomed Kadian by telling

Harry Potter-themed town celebration draws droves of muggles

Shot of the visual projections on Hogwarts Castle at the opening of 'Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 16, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo: VCG)Wizards and muggles have turned out in droves for a Harry Potter-themed celebration in a small community, so much so the town is now looking to turn

Victoria Beckham's fashion business raises $40 mln for expansion

Victoria Beckham acknowledges attendees after showing her Spring/Summer 2018 collection presentation at New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 10, 2017. (Photo: REUTERS)Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl turned luxury fashion designer, has raised 30 million pounds ($40 million) to expand her stores and e-commerce channel via a new funding round from NEO Investment Partners.The Business of

Dancing ballerinas help kick off Christmas at White House

Ballerinas leaping to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” helped to launch this year’s Christmas at the White House, featuring a traditional decor that Melania Trump chose for her family’s first holiday season in the White House.The first lady’s theme is “Time-Honored Traditions,” a nod to 200 years of holiday celebrations at the executive mansion.“The decorations are up!” Mrs. Trump

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