Catherine Deneuve to part with Saint Laurent gowns at auction

PARIS (Reuters) - A beaded dress worn by Catherine Deneuve when she first met Alfred Hitchcock in 1969 are among dozens of glamorous gowns up for auction next week in Paris, where the French actress is due to part with her Yves Saint Laurent collection. Close to 130 one-of-a-kind styles crafted by the late designer…

French foie gras makers fed up by toughened California ban

MONTAUT, France (Reuters) - French producers of foie gras, the rich liver delicacy made from force-feeding grain to ducks or geese, have denounced a ban on the product in California, saying they make the creamy paté humanely, following all the rules. California has formally blocked the sale and production of foie gras (literally “fat liver”)…

Ski chic on Berlin catwalk as Fashion Week kicks off

BERLIN (Reuters) - Comfy puffer jackets, brightly printed tops and sleek goggles gave Berlin a cool start to its fashion week late on Monday, with German brand Bogner mixing ski and clubbing for its latest looks. Models strutted in oversized jackets teamed with tops printed with the logo of the brand founded by ski jumper…

Salmon-fishing season opens on Scotland's River Tay amid hopes of rain

A fisher casts from the river on the opening day of the salmon fishing season on the river Tay near Meikleour, Scotland, Britain January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Russell CheyneMEIKLEOUR, Scotland (Reuters) - The salmon-fishing season got under way on the banks of Scotland’s River Tay on Tuesday with a whisky toast and pipe band and, more…

Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath, but politics weigh

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) - Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India’s Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world’s largest religious festival where politics play an important role ahead of a general election later this year. Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men take a dip during the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath)…