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Fashion legend Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

Oscar de la Renta watches supermodel Karlie Kloss wear one of his designs at his spring/summer 2013 show. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

One of the leading lights of American fashion, Oscar de la Renta, has passed away at the age of 82, according to ABC News.

The Dominican-born designer broke onto the international fashion stage as one of the designers to dress American first lady Jackie Kennedy.

He worked for renowned fashion houses Balmain and Lanvin during his long career, and his red carpet designs were a favourite among the A list.

His last high profile design was Amal Clooney's wedding dress.


Total CEO De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie. Credit: PA Wire

The chief executive of French oil firm Total has been killed in a plane crash in Moscow, airport officials confirmed.

Christophe de Margerie died in an accident at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night, a spokeswoman for the airport said.

The spokeswoman said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine.

"Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie"

Total was not immediately reachable for confirmation.

De Margerie started his career in Total’s finance department in 1974 and took over as CEO at the French company in February 2007.

Kate set for first official engagement since second pregnancy announced

Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to take part in her first royal engagement today since news that she was pregnant with her second child was announced.

The Queen along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to formally welcome the president of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam as he begins a historic state visit.

He is the first Singaporean head of state to make a state trip to Britain and he will spend his four-day trip conducting a busy round of meetings, visits and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

It will be the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has been seen at an official engagement since it was announced that she is expecting her second child.

A series of royal engagements was cancelled after her pregnancy was made public on September 8 as she was suffering from another bout of the of the illness hyperemesis gravidarum which affected her during her first pregnancy.


George Harrison's childhood home sold at auction

George Harrison. Credit: PA Wire

The childhood home of the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has sold at auction for £156,000 to a fan of the band.

The property, at 25 Upton Green in the Speke area of Liverpool, went under the hammer at a sale at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club, where the Beatles began their musical career.

The property sold for £156,000. Credit: PA Wire

Harrison, who died in 2001 after being diagnosed with cancer, lived in the three-bedroom home at Upton Green for a decade from 1949 with his parents Harold and Louise.

The guitarist was around five when he moved to the house. By the time his family moved on 10 years later, he had joined the line-up of The Quarrymen - the group that later became The Beatles.

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