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Sep 15, 2011, 11:51 p.m.

Royal wedding sets Internet record, Guinness says

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton this spring was one for the history books -- and the record books, too. According to the latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, released on Thursday, the April 29 ceremony at Westminster Abbey was watched online by 72 million viewers, earning it the title for "Most Live Streams for a Single Event."

Beijing, Tokyo turn to pop diplomacy to improve ties

BEIJING (Reuters) - First it was ping pong, then it was pandas. Now Tokyo and Beijing are turning to pop group diplomacy in an effort to soothe often tense ties. Despite the plethora of political problems between the two countries, China has warmly welcomed Japanese pop group SMAP ahead of a concert in Beijing on Friday, whose theme is "Do Your Best Japan, Thank You China, Asia is One" in gratitude for Chinese help after Japan's March tsunami disaster.

Music to your ears: Koreas sound out joint symphony

SEOUL (Reuters) - Bitter rivals South and North Korea could come together later this year to stage combined orchestral performances in Pyongyang and Seoul, a renowned conductor said on Friday, in another sign of improving relations on the divided peninsula. Chung Myung-whun, the director of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, told reporters after a four-day trip to North Korea that an agreement had been reached to try to push for regular joint performances of the two Koreas' symphony orchestras.

Travelers struggle with post-vacation blues

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Post-vacation blues loom large as 34 percent of Americans who took a summer holiday say they are struggling with melancholy after they return home, according to a new survey. Travel website TripAdvisor, which polled 1,400 Americans, said for 64 percent the blues descend even before the holiday is over.

Michaele Salahi abducted? No, just on a Journey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Are they up to their old tricks again? Tareq Salahi and his wife Michaele Salahi, reality TV stars who gained infamy as the so-called White House gate crashers, grabbed headlines on Wednesday when he reported his wife was abducted, and she later contacted law enforcement officials to say she was fine and didn't want him to know her whereabouts.

Management Tip of the Day: Get your team to collaborate

BOSTON (Reuters) - Most teams underperform, especially on complex initiatives, but there are strategies that can help you beat the odds, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http://www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

Book Talk: Historian unearths human story of Britain's spies

LONDON (Reuters) - Writing authoritatively about a spy service is hard for an outsider but Britain's is a particularly tough case. Fact must be sifted from a big body of popular fiction, much by novelists with an intelligence background including James Bond author Ian Fleming and the current Hollywood version of John le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" starring Gary Oldman as spymaster George Smiley.

Color, sporty styles dominate New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Polished sporty styles and neon citrus colors emerged as strong trends at New York Fashion Week, which ends on Thursday, for spring/summer 2012 as consumers look for more versatile fashion. Dubbed urban sport and athletic chic, the designs featured fabrics such as mesh, neoprene and parachute silk and relaxed yet refined fashion to fit with more casual and active lifestyles, and suit several occasions.

Book fanned long love of Japan for noted scholar

TOKYO (Reuters) - An ancient Japanese book believed to be the world's first novel helped U.S.-born scholar Donald Keene fall in love with Japan more than 70 years ago. Now 89, the man who befriended giants of Japanese literature such as Yukio Mishima has returned to his adopted home to take up citizenship and live out the rest of his life.

"Kill Me If You Can" tops best-sellers list

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Kill Me If You Can" held on to the top spot of the Publishers Weekly best-sellers list on Thursday. The list is compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.

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