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Mulberry boss Guillon quits after turbulent two years

By Neil Maidment and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Bruno Guillon has quit as chief executive of British luxury brand Mulberry, bringing an end to a two-year tenure marked by three profit warnings during an attempt to move upmarket that has failed to pay off.

US to send experts to Uganda on anti-gay law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has agreed to meet with American experts to discuss his nation's draconian anti-gay law which has triggered international outrage, the top US diplomat said Tuesday. Secretary of State John Kerry told US students he had talked with Museveni recently and he "committed to meet with some of our experts so that we could engage him a dialogue as to why what he did could not be based on any kind of science or fact."

Final suspect identified in daytime Cartier heist in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man with links to an interstate robbery crew was being sought in connection with the daytime heist of a Cartier jewelry store in New York City in January, the FBI said on Tuesday. Ralik Hansen, 28, has been charged with robbery following the January 31 smash-and-grab of a Cartier store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, the FBI said in a press release. He remained at large, the FBI said. Hansen also is accused of participating in at least two robberies in New Jersey and Virginia, the FBI said.

Bottega Veneta CEO says bigger, not more shops key to growth

By Astrid Wendlandt and Pascale Denis PARIS (Reuters) - Bottega Veneta, Kering's No.2 luxury brand in terms of sales, is slowing down the pace of shop openings to preserve exclusivity, and plans to focus on enlarging and improving the performance of its existing stores, its head said. The Italian brand famous for its "intrecciato", a weaving of leather stripes that makes its bags supple, robust and recognizable, is one of Kering's main growth engines, helping make up for slower growth at sister brand Gucci.

China hints at veto of U.N. action on N. Korea human rights

BEIJING, March 18 (Yonhap) -- China strongly hinted Tuesday that it would veto a United Nations resolution holding North Korea's leadership responsible for crimes against humanity, dashing hopes for the international community to act on the North's grim human rights record. A 400-page U.N. report, published last month, criticized the North's regime for committing "crimes against humanity," citing widespread execution of people, torture and sexual violence.

In U.N. session, U.S., China far apart over N. Korean human rights

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON/GENEVA, March 17 (Yonhap) -- The United States and China traded their typically differing views on the human rights situation in North Korea as the issue was discussed at a U.N. meeting in Geneva. In its 25th session, the Human Right Council held an "interactive dialogue" with the Commission of Inquiry (COI), which recently investigated North Korea's human rights record. Michael Kirby, head of the COI, said it had found "systematic, widespread and grave human rights violations" occurring in the secretive communist nation.

Beer makers drop out of St. Patrick's parades that ban openly gay marchers

By Anna Hiatt NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two major beer manufacturers on Friday dropped sponsorship of St. Patrick's Day parades in New York City and Boston to protest bans on gays marching openly. Sam Adams pulled out of Boston's parade, which takes place on Sunday, and Heineken yanked its support of the New York City parade, slated for Monday. Both parades are allowing gay groups to march but are banning signage about sexual orientation.

'Noah' featuring Russell Crowe as ark-building prophet will not debut in parts of Muslim world

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Officials across much of the Muslim world said Thursday that the upcoming big-budget Hollywood film "Noah" featuring Russell Crowe as the ark-building prophet will not be shown in local theatres because it could offend viewers. The decision comes after the film sparked controversy among conservative Christians in the U.S., which prompted Paramount Pictures to add a disclaimer to its marketing material saying that "artistic license has been taken" in telling the story.

Japan to propose 30 more festivals as UNESCO cultural heritage

Japan will propose that 30 more of its traditional festivals be added to the two already registered by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Thursday. The government will file the proposal with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization by the end of this month, hoping to win their registration in 2015, the agency said.

Pakistan clerics declare ban on child marriage un-Islamic

Pakistan's top religious body has declared the prohibition of child marriage incompatible with Islam and demanded that the government amend its laws, prompting outrage from human rights activists. The Council of Islamic Ideology, which was formed in 1962 to advise parliament on the compatibility of laws with Sharia, also ruled that a man does not need permission from his wife if he wants to marry another woman.
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