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Kremlin says Putin, Elton John might meet in Russia in May

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MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin could meet British singer Elton John when he visits Russia in May if room can be found in the two men’s schedules, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Putin telephoned Elton John in September to say he would be ready to meet for a chat after the entertainer requested a meeting to discuss his concerns about gay rights in Russia.

“When they spoke by telephone several months ago, they agreed … they will meet during Elton John’s stay in Moscow,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a teleconference with journalists.

“Such a meeting cannot be excluded, if there are precise dates of his (John’s) stay here and if the president’s working schedule allows it,” he said without elaborating.

John, 69, is set to give a concert in a high-end Moscow shopping and entertainment centre on May 30 as part of his world tour.

Before going to Moscow, he is expected to give a concert at an ice palace in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city and Putin’s birthplace.

Western states and human rights activists have criticised Russia for its treatment of gay people, and John has previously spoken out against a 2013 law banning the dissemination of “gay propaganda” among young people. Putin has said he is not prejudiced against gay people.

Russian online booking sites are selling tickets for John’s concert in Moscow at prices reaching 88,000 roubles ($1,287) per seat.

($1 = 68.3604 roubles)

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe)

Source: R-HMovies


Cricket-South Africa field first in dead rubber v Sri Lanka

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NEW DELHI South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to field against Sri Lanka in their ‘dead rubber’ World Twenty20 Group One match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Monday.

Sri Lanka are without skipper Angelo Mathews who sustained a hamstring injury when his side lost to England on Saturday, a defeat that eliminated the defending champions from the tournament.

Dinesh Chandimal will lead the team in Mathews’ absence.

South Africa, who also have nothing but pride to play for, made three changes as they replaced Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Rilee Rossouw with Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott and Farhaan Behardien.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

Source: R-Csports


Drawn by Korean TV drama, 4,500 Chinese tourists gather for chicken, beer

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INCHEON, South Korea About 4,500 employees of a Chinese cosmetics firm visiting South Korea as the largest tour group to arrive in the country by plane sat down on Monday for a dinner of fried chicken and beer, a staple made popular in China by a hit Korean television drama.

The group, from Aolan International Beauty Group on an employee reward trip, began arriving from Saturday on 158 flights for a seven-day tour and gathered around 750 outdoor tables for Monday’s dinner, according to officials in Incheon, 50 km (31 miles) west of Seoul.

The number of Chinese visitors to South Korea rose 17 percent in the first two months of the year to 1.07 million, and South Korea expects a record total of 8 million this year, lured in part by the popularity of Korean cultural exports, such as TV shows, movies and K-pop music.

The combination of South Korean chicken and beer became popular in China with the Korean TV show “My Love From the Star,” a romantic comedy about a famous actress and her alien boyfriend that aired in 2013 and 2014.

(Reporting by Dagyum Ji; Writing by Minwoo Park; Editing by Tony Munroe and Clarence Fernandez)

Source: R-Entertainment

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