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Ed Sheeran cancels Asia tour dates after cycling accident

Ed Sheeran says he is “unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future” after breaking his arm in a cycling accident. The star came off his bike, reportedly after being struck by a car, at the weekend. “A visit to my doctors confirmed fractures in my right wrist and left elbow,” he said on Instagram, alongside a picture of his arm in a cast. So far, dates in Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong have been affected. “I’m waiting to see how the healing progresses before we have…

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Tour will be massive challenge – Froome on 2018 route

Chris Froome says he faces a “massive challenge” to win his fifth Tour de France, as the route for the 2018 race was announced on Tuesday. The 105th edition will run from 7 to 29 July and be the shortest route of the 21st century, covering 3,329km. It will start with a 195km stage from Noirmoutier-en-L’ile and stage nine will include 21.7km of cobbled road. There is a return for the famous climb and finish up Alpe d’Huez on stage 12 and the shortest stage will be 65km. Stage three…

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'I wouldn't subject myself to that' – Warren Gatland confirms he will not coach British and Irish Lions for 2021 tour

Warren Gatland has ruled himself out of contention to coach the British and Irish Lions in 2021. And Gatland also revealed that he “hated the press and negativity” in New Zealand surrounding the Lions’ 10-match tour, which was highlighted by a drawn Test series against the world champion All Blacks earlier this year. At one stage of the punishing six-week trip, the New Zealand Herald newspaper published a cartoon depicting Gatland as a clown, complete with red nose. After serving as Lions head coach in Australia four years ago, winning…

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Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumn

Seasoned D.C. museumgoers know that the Freer and Sackler galleries, reopening October 14, are prime destinations for those looking to explore the breadth of Asian culture. its ever-expanding diaspora and its role in shaping America’s collective identity. But Freer|Sackler is by no means the only place in town to see affecting Asian museum collections. For those seeking a longer, more meandering journey through the stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders this fall, this new Smithsonian-wide tour, “Stories Across Asian Pacific America,” put together by curator Adriel Luis of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center,…

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Oporto, Portugal: A City Tasting Tour

Porto, or Oporto to English-speakers, is a compact city in northern Portugal with a long and rich history. In the Middle Ages Portugal, as we know it, grew outwards from this region, and the city has been trading in port wine with the British since the 17th Century. Today, Oporto still holds onto its medieval charm, evident in its looming walls and large cathedrals. Former civil engineer, and co-founder of Taste Porto, André Apolinário says: “We may be an international city but we are focused on tradition here. Everyone has…

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Rapper Nelly arrested over alleged tour bus rape

Rapper Nelly has been arrested after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus following a concert near Seattle. Police in Auburn said they arrested the artist after a woman called emergency services at 03:48 (07:48 GMT) to report a sex assault. Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was taken into custody on a second degree rape charge, TMZ said. In a statement his lawyer described the allegation as “completely fabricated”. “Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is…

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