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Green diamond sells for $16.8 million, sets auction record

HONG KONG A green diamond sold for $16.8 million at a Hong Kong auction on Tuesday, setting two world records, Christie's said. | Video

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Strikes, protests pose new headache for Paris tourism 31 May 2016

PARIS As Paris tourism struggles to overcome last November's Islamist attacks, the world's most visited city faces a new threat: a wave of protests and further planned strikes, tourism officials warned on Monday.

Author Meg Rosoff receives Sweden's ALMA prize in Stockholm 31 May 2016

STOCKHOLM London-based writer Meg Rosoff received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), a top prize for children and young adult literature, at a ceremony in Stockholm on Monday night. | Video

Searchers comb forest for Japanese boy punished by parents 31 May 2016

Searchers in northern Japan spent a third day on Monday looking for a seven-year-old Japanese boy who went missing after his parents left him in a forest to teach him some discipline.

Marketing in Communist-ruled Cuba: from guerrilla to mainstream? 31 May 2016

HAVANA For half a century after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, Cuba's marketing was limited to patriotic propaganda and its most ubiquitous brand was not Coca-Cola but late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, daubed on walls across the island.

Former Miss Turkey gets 14-month suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan 31 May 2016

ANKARA A former Miss Turkey was handed a 14-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan through a poem she shared on Instagram, the latest of at least a dozen Turks to face such a sentence.

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