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The scenic garden that became China’s secretive seat of power

Editor’s Note: Jonathan Chatwin is the author of “Long Peace Street: A Walk in Modern China” and “The Southern Tour: Deng Xiaoping and the Fight for China’s Future.” Above Beijing’s imperial center rises Jingshan, or Prospect Hill. From a pagoda at its modest peak, a panoramic view of the city presents itself. To the south, the…

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Eiffel Tower ticket prices to rise by 20% to help cover renovation costs

France’s iconic Eiffel Tower is increasing its ticket prices by 20%, CNN’s affiliate BFMTV has reported, to help cover the costs of renovation work and financial losses during the coronavirus pandemic. An adult ticket including an elevator ride to the summit of the Parisian landmark will cost €35.30 ($38.31) from June 17 onwards, rising from…

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60-year-old Miss Buenos Aires says change is coming as Miss Universe run comes to an end

A 60-year-old Argentine beauty queen’s run for Miss Universe may have come to an end, but she says her remarkable journey is the “first step of a change” in society’s perceptions. Alejandra Rodriguez made headlines across the world in April when she was crowned Miss Buenos Aires, becoming the first sexagenarian to win a contest…

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Vietnam’s vintage 1960s steam locomotives are back on the rails

Train enthusiasts and history buffs alike will soon have a new Southeast Asian destination to visit, as Vietnam prepares to unveil a revamped pair of vintage steam locomotives from the 1960s. The two Revolution Express locomotives are the last working steam trains in Vietnam, dating from when the country was still a French colony, according…

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Catherine, Princess of Wales portrait becomes latest royal painting to spark debate

A new portrait of Catherine, Princess of Wales has stoked controversy online, with some royal fans criticizing the work for its portrayal of the future British Queen. The painting, by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor, features on the cover of the July issue of Tatler magazine. It aims to honor the “strength and dignity” of the princess, according…

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Manchester City wins historic fourth straight Premier League title, edging Arsenal with a final day victory over West Ham

Seventy-nine seconds. That’s how long Arsenal had hope for. In the end, the drama and tension of the final day of the Premier League season lasted little longer than a minute, as Phil Foden’s stunning early strike set Manchester City on course for a comfortable 3-1 win over West Ham that ensured a historic fourth…

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Light-up dancefloor from ‘Saturday Night Fever’ expected to sell for $300,000

The legacy of “Saturday Night Fever” is stayin’ alive, as the dancefloor featured in the classic disco movie is set to fetch as much as $300,000 at auction next month. With its flashing colorful lights, the dancefloor provided the perfect backdrop for John Travolta’s character, Tony Manero, to flaunt his now-iconic groovy dance moves in his white shirt. Now,…

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Inflation is biting into Target’s ‘Tar-zhay’ luster

Target has spent decades building a reputation for cheap chic home goods, clothing and other merchandise. But surging prices in recent years dented the luster of “Tar-zhay.” The company reported Wednesday that sales at stores open for at least one year dropped 3.7% during its latest quarter from a year ago. It was the fourth-straight…

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Shohei Ohtani reveals his new wife’s identity – she’s also a star athlete

The mystery is finally over. Two weeks after making the surprise announcement of his marriage, Major League Baseball star Shohei Ohtani has revealed his new wife’s identity – and she’s also a top athlete. Ohtani, 29, on Thursday posted a photo on Instagram of the couple standing shoulder-to-shoulder beside the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team plane as they traveled to South Korea.…

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The rarest US stamp is going up for auction. It’s expected to sell for millions

Here’s something for serious stamp collectors only. This summer, philatelists will have a chance to snag the rarest US stamp ever: the 1868 one-cent “Z-grill.” Interested? It’ll cost you (more than) a pretty penny. On June 14, the one-cent Z-grill will be put up for sale by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, marking the first time the rare…

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