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Long-nosed lover Cyrano returns to woo Paris in hit play Edmond

Image copyright Alexis Michalik Image caption The drama follows Edmond Rostand as he writes about Cyrano de Bergerac A play-within-a-play in the style of Shakespeare in Love – penned by a half-British actor, no less – has become the toast of Paris theatre. The play, Edmond, is now one of the most successful French productions of modern times. French newspaper Le Monde called it “not so much a success as a triumph” – just like the play on which it is itself based. Written by 36-year-old Alexis Michalik, Edmond tells…

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Lyft to woo investors with fast U.S. growth in IPO race with Uber

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lyft Inc will pitch investors on its fast growth in the United States as it seeks to beat out Uber Technologies Inc to become the first publicly listed ride-hailing company, according to people familiar with the matter. An illuminated sign appears in a Lyft ride-hailing car in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren Lyft plans to tell investors its U.S. market share is approaching 40 percent, up from 35 percent in early 2018, the people said. The company has pushed aggressively into…

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Saudi antiquities site, long seen as haunted, tries to woo visitors

AL ULA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – In a remote northern corner of Saudi Arabia sit the relics of an ancient civilization, which the kingdom hopes to turn into a global tourism destination as it tries to open up to the world and diversify its economy away from oil. Rock shaped like an elephant is seen in the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Backed by billions of dollars in state-led investment and a French cultural partnership, the authorities expect al-Ula and its majestic rock-hewn tombs of…

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Newspaper headlines: May bids to woo Tories before Brexit debate

Newspaper headlines: May bids to woo Tories before Brexit debate By BBC News Staff Image caption The Financial Times is among several papers to lead on Theresa May’s decision to back an amendment to her own Brexit deal that would overhaul provisions preventing a hard border with Ireland. The PM has moved to woo moderate Eurosceptic MPs to support her plans, it says. Image caption The Guardian says the chances of the amendment on the “backstop” passing are on a knife-edge because Tory Brexiteers are split over whether they should…

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MLB notebook: Phillies get their shot to woo Machado

The Manny Machado Tour stopped in Philadelphia on Thursday as the free agent met with the Phillies, the only National League team known to be on his itinerary. FILE PHOTO: Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado reacts after striking out against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports According to reports, Machado, his wife Yainee Alonso and his representation arrived at Citizens Bank Park at…

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Netflix needs lower prices to woo India

BANGALORE (Reuters) – Netflix Inc’s (NFLX.O) Indian operation drew attention in a surge of international subscribers in the third quarter, but it faces fierce competition and a difficult cultural conundrum to make inroads with the country’s more than one billion TV viewers. FILE PHOTO: Traffic moves on a road past hoardings of Netflix’s new television series “Sacred Games” in Mumbai, India, July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas In a few short months, the world leader in video streaming has launched a blockbuster Mumbai-based crime thriller, been sued over comments about a…

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May’s mission to woo Africa after Brexit

Image copyright AFP Image caption On her trip to Africa, Theresa May is hoping to promote what she describes as a “truly Global Britain” The UK’s historical relationship with many African countries still counts for something, but, as Prime Minister Theresa May will find on her trip to the continent, the UK vies for attention with larger economies offering greater riches. Mrs May is travelling to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya this week on her first African visit as prime minister as she looks to boost Britain’s post-Brexit trade. Britain’s…

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Greece drafts NBA superstar Antetokounmpo to woo tourists

ATHENS (Reuters) – “I’m Giannis Antetokounmpo. Visit my beautiful country, Greece,” the NBA All-Star beams, standing before a row of classical Greek columns in Greece’s latest push to attract tourists. NBA All-Star and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo arrives for a press conference presenting the new Greek Tourism ministry ad campaign in Athens, Greece, June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis In the ensuing 60-second clip, footage of Antetokounmpo on the court alternates between postcard images of Greece: turquoise waters, whitewashed chapels and ancient monuments. The Mediterranean country of just 11 million…

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