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UK's Duchess Kate begins 24-hour tour for childhood survey

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Britain's duchess Kate, the wife of Prince William, began a 24-hour tour on Tuesday to launch a survey of people's views on bringing up children, as the royals carry on with official duties in the wake of the rift over Prince Harry.

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Armani pairs stern tailoring with vibrant colors for Paris show

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Italian designer Giorgio Armani kept faith with his signature stern tailoring for the haute couture collection he unveiled on Tuesday in Paris - but he added a dash of color.

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Nigerian artist makes dark skin prosthetics to boost patients' confidence

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Michael Sunday is delighted, if a little stunned, as he admires his new right hand: a silicone glove-like prosthetic meant to help him return to normal life after he lost three fingers in a car accident a year ago.

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Vuitton's diamond as big as a tennis ball steals the show in Paris

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Louis Vuitton made a splash as it showcased its latest purchase on Tuesday: the world's second-biggest rough diamond.

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China's 'mermaid descendants' weave final garments from skin of fish

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You Wenfeng, who belongs to China's tiny Hezhen ethnic group, is one of the few people in her community who can still make clothing from the skin of fish.

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Dior's Grecian goddesses kick off Paris fashion extravaganza

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Christian Dior took the fashion world back to ancient Greece on Monday with vaporous peplum-style gowns and shimmering golden numbers at its Haute Couture show, part of a twice-yearly showcase of one-of-a-kind outfits by top designers in Paris.

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Female Icelandic 'Joker' composer makes film awards history

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(This Jan. 19 story corrects spelling of Gudnadottir and of Todd)

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Elegant Kim Jones collection stars on Dior menswear runway

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Sleek double-breasted suits, luxurious patterns and silky fabrics mingled to celebrate tailoring in a timeless menswear collection at the Christian Dior catwalk in Paris on Friday.

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Three pre-Columbian sculpted faces returned to Mexico from Germany

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Three centuries-old pre-Columbian sculptures that since the 1970s had been in Germany have been returned to Mexico voluntarily, officials said Thursday, the latest repatriation of cultural antiquities that has recently been gaining steam.

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Young Afghan woman teaches Sufi dance in Kabul for 'inner peace'

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Fahima Mirzaie set up a dance school for women in the Afghan capital last year, hoping to help her students fight depression and find inner peace in a war-torn country where dancing is widely considered taboo.

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It's a boy! Paternity leave looms for Japanese minister Koizumi

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Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi, who has said he will take paternity leave https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-minister-paternity/japan-minister-koizumi-to-take-paternity-leave-aims-to-be-role-model-idUSKBN1ZE04C in a rare move for a Japanese man, announced on Friday the birth of his first child: a boy.

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France's Bocuse restaurant loses third Michelin star after chef's death

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The flagship restaurant of celebrated French chef Paul Bocuse, who died nearly two years ago, has lost its coveted Michelin three-star rating for the first time in over five decades.

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Can 'Made in Africa' cigars compete with Cuba?

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While drinking in a nightclub in Mozambique in 2015, Kamal Moukheiber had an idea: a luxury cigar made not in Cuba, but in southern Africa.

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Rebel indigenous Mexican weaver talks to his threads

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Indigenous weaver and fashion designer Alberto Lopez knew he wanted to be a traditional weaver early on, but there was a problem: the artisans who worked the looms in his village in the lush mountains of southern Mexico were all women.

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In Vuitton's catwalk 'heaven', slick suits trump streetwear

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Structured suits ruled the runway at Louis Vuitton's fashion show in Paris on Thursday, as menswear designer Virgil Abloh opted for a sharp dresscode in his version of heaven, parading models through a decor of blue skies and fluffy white clouds.

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Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend entrants top 20,000

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Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a "life partner" to take on his moon voyage.

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Festive New Orleans conga in Havana defies Trump Cuba policy

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New Orleans and Cuban brass musicians paraded joyously through Havana on Wednesday as part of the city's annual jazz festival and in defiance of the Trump administration's efforts to weaken U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Fly me to the moon: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary program, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur.

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Billionaire Maezawa tops Japan's most followed Twitter rankings

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Fashion billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has became Japan's most followed Twitter account, the social network said, boosted by a $9 million giveaway to his followers.

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Shakespeare's First Folio to be sold at auction in New York in April

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A rare 1623 book that brought together William Shakespeare's works for the first time will go up for auction in April, Christie's auction house announced on Friday.

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