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Tintin marks 90th birthday with colonial controversy

FILE PHOTO: A Tintin balloon float is seen in Albertine Square during Balloon’s Day Parade in Brussels September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Tintin will mark his 90th birthday this year with a return to controversy as his Belgian creator’s heirs release a new edition of “Tintin in the Congo”, a work from 1930 that draws accusations of racism. The boy reporter’s adventure in the then Belgian colony was among the first Tintin stories to be serialized by the artist Herge, and his widow’s firm is launching a…

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Castro denounces US ‘confrontation’ as Cuba marks revolution

Image copyright AFP Image caption Raul Castro was speaking in front of the tomb of his brother, Fidel Former Cuban President Raul Castro has accused the US of returning to its policy of confrontation. Mr Castro, who is still head of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, was speaking on the 60th anniversary of the revolution led by his brother, Fidel. He urged Cubans to prepare for all scenarios to defend their independence and said the revolution “had not aged”. The Castro brothers, first Fidel and then Raul, ruled the country between…

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How would influencers save Marks & Spencer?

Image copyright @thefashionablepan/@thefrugality Image caption Bloggers Debbie Le and Alexandra Stedman are fans of some M&S clothing Remember THAT Marks & Spencer jumpsuit that sold out in 24 hours in the summer? Or the flowing yellow dress that’s currently dominating all of our Instagram feeds? If you look on social media, there is always a buzz about certain pieces from M&S, which seems to be at odds with Wednesday’s news that the retailer has suffered a decline in clothes sales. But, as online excitement translates into sales for retailers, is…

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Marks and Spencer sales continue to fall

Image copyright Getty Images Marks and Spencer has reported falling clothing and food sales and has warned that it sees little improvement in sales this year. Overall like-for-like sales, which strip out store openings, were down 2.2% for the six months to the end of September. Like-for-like food sales fell 2.9% and clothing and home sales slid 1.1%. M&S warned trading conditions for the remainder of the financial year will remain “challenging”. “We are expecting little improvement in sales trajectory,” the firm said. Source link

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Wilfred Owen: Bugle marks centenary of war poet’s death

Image copyright PA Image caption Grace Freeman from the Wilfred Owen Association with the bugle the poet took from a dead German soldier The centenary of the death of World War One poet Wilfred Owen was marked on Sunday with the sounding of a bugle he took from the battlefield. The instrument was played at his graveside in Ors, northern France. Elizabeth Owen, the widow of his nephew Peter, was among those who attended the “moving” ceremony. Owen died on 4 November 1918, seven days before peace was declared. Wreaths…

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Designer Ralph Lauren marks 50th anniversary with Central Park fashion gala

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Top fashion designer Ralph Lauren marked 50 years in the business on Friday with a celebrity-filled gala in Manhattan’s Central Park. A model presents a collection at Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary fashion event during New York Fashion Week in New York, U.S., September 7, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton The American fashion house hosted the fashion show and dinner attended by a veritable who’s who of names from the worlds of entertainment, media and fashion. Hollywood stars Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain rubbed elbows under…

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Card payment problems at Marks & Spencer

Image copyright Getty Images Marks & Spencer is having a problem accepting card payments in around a quarter of its stores. Some stores are currently unable to take credit or debit card payments, while others had limited tills available to take card payments, a spokesperson for the chain said. They blamed “technical difficulties with our tills” for the problem. The spokesperson said the issue started this morning and it was working to resolve it “as quickly as possible”. “[We] thank customers for their patience,” they added. The chain has 1,035…

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Liverpool 5-0 Napoli: Alisson marks Reds debut with clean sheet

Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League in 2017-18 Alisson marked his Liverpool debut with a clean sheet as the Reds thrashed Napoli 5-0 in a friendly in Dublin. Liverpool made the Brazil number one the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when they agreed a deal with Roma last month worth up to £66.8m (72.5m euros). Alisson only had one serious save to make when he turned away Lorenzo Insigne’s first-half attempt. Liverpool scored through James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno. Midfielder Milner went off in…

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In pictures: France marks Bastille Day with spectacular parade

Image copyright AFP The annual Bastille Day parade – marking the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, an event that helped spark the French Revolution – has been taking place in Paris. Here are some of the most striking images from the celebrations. Image copyright AFP The day’s events saw France’s Alpha Jets fly past the Arc de Triomphe… Image copyright EPA … and over the Louvre art museum. But the magnificent view was slightly marred by an apparent mix-up of colours representing the French flag. Image copyright EPA…

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