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Australian journalist and writer Clive James dead at 80

James wrote poetry, contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books, wrote books and hosted several TV shows.

U.K.'s Bercow speaks out on Trump, calls Brexit a 'historic mistake'

John Bercow is not a man of few words. And now that he has been freed from the enforced neutrality of his job as Speaker of Britain's House of Commons, he has quite a few things to say. Brexit? A historic mistake. Donald Trump? A leader who has said "loathsome and despicable" things.

U.K.'s party leaders brace for Brexit election Dec. 12

Finally, the U.K.'s political ice floes are moving. After three years of Brexit impasse, an election in six weeks may break the logjam. Or it may just rearrange the ice pack, keeping the the nation trapped half in and half out of the European Union.

Diana Athill, literary editor and writer, dies at age 101

Diana Athill, a writer and editor who honed the work of novelists including John Updike and Margaret Atwood before finding late-life fame as a memoirist, has died, her publisher said Thursday.
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Stormtroopers join Prince William, Harry at The Last Jedi's London premiere

Prince William and Prince Harry joined the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the film's European premiere Tuesday, delighting fans who braved the London cold for a glimpse of Hollywood stars and British royalty.

Venice Film Festival offers grit, glamour and George Clooney

The Venice Film Festival is kicking off the fall cinema season with searing drama, serious glamour and a crop of new movies vying for attention, awards and acclaim.

Eurovision has pop, politics and a dancing ape — but no Russia

Sprinkle the sequins, spark up the disco lights and get ready for battle — it's time for Eurovision, a celebration of kitsch and cheesy pop with an undercurrent of politics and patriotism. But there is also a big absence: Russia, whose participation has been scuttled by its conflict with host Ukraine.

Harry Potter play works magic with 9 wins at Olivier Awards

J.K. Rowling's boy wizard bewitched the page and the screen, and stage sequel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast its spell at British theatre's Olivier Awards on Sunday.

Lyra returns: Philip Pullman to release His Dark Materials follow-up trilogy

Here are words millions of readers have waited many years to hear: Lyra Belacqua, and her daemon, are back.

Missing ingredient: Judge Mary Berry splits from TV hit Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off is losing one of its main ingredients, with cookery writer Mary Berry saying she'll quit as a judge on the hit TV baking competition when it leaves the BBC next year for another channel. Meanwhile, her co-judge, bread expert Paul Hollywood, said he would stay.

No kitsch please, we're British: UK torn on glam Eurovision

Saturday's Eurovision grand final is likely to be watched by almost 200 million viewers across Europe, but in pop as in politics, Britain stands apart. U.K. viewers will tune in, too — but with sarcastic commentary, guilty pleasure at all the cheesy Euro-pop, and the suspicion Britain is not going to emerge on top.

David Gest, music producer and Liza Minelli's ex, dead at 62

David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was found dead Tuesday at a London hotel. He was 62.

Adele's bestselling 25 sparks global music revenue rise

Adele had the world's bestselling album last year, a global smash that helped music revenues record their first significant growth since the dawn of the digital age two decades ago.

Banksy's true identity probed through geographic profiling

Elusive street artist Banksy may have been unmasked — by mathematics. Scientists have applied a type of modelling used to track down criminals and map disease outbreaks to identify the graffiti artist, whose real name has never been confirmed.

Pope Francis releases rock album Wake Up

He's a global pinup who fills stadiums and thrills fans. And now Pope Francis has released what is, essentially, an album of spiritual spoken-word Euro-rock.