26 May 2017
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Cinema

«Guardians» dominates again, leaving 2 new films in its wake

Disney's space romp «Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2» continued its hyperspeed performance over the weekend in North America while approaching a quarter-billion dollars in ticket sales for its first two weeks, according to industry estimates.

«Stranger Things,» «Beauty» win big at MTV awards

Nostalgic horror sensation «Stranger Things» and Disney's «Beauty and the Beast» shared the spoils at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, expanded and renamed this year to include television.

Cinema

Films in the running for the Palme d'Or

From the tale of a mysterious beast to a migrant who finds he can levitate after being shot on a border fence, these are the 19 movies competing in the main competition at this week's Cannes film festival:

US actor Will Smith on starry jury of Cannes film festival

US actor Will Smith -- one of the most bankable stars in the world -- is to sit on the jury of the Cannes film festival next month, its organisers said...

Refugees

Paris «love locks» sale raises thousands for refugees

A charity auction selling off «love locks» from Paris bridges to raise money for refugees on Saturday brought in over $270,000, though the event was briefly interrupted by protests from far-right nationalists.

Music

Portuguese crooner favourite to win as Eurovision final kicks off in Kiev

The Eurovision Song Contest final kicked off in Kiev on Saturday with a melancholy Portuguese ballad tipped to beat off hot competition from Italy's gorilla-suited dance number while Russia sits out after a controversial ban on its singer.

No phones, please

People dance during a Lights Out concert at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn New York on May 12, 2017

Dancing in the dark: New York club turns lights out

With flashy lights and lasers increasingly the norm at concerts, a New York promoter is trying a new effect to bring the focus back to the music -- darkness.

Bakersfield -- a California town firmly in Trumpland

Though just a few hours by road from California's progressive bastions of Los Angeles or San Francisco, Bakersfield is a world away from Tinseltown or Silicon Valley and firmly in Trumpland.

In Ella Fitzgerald's shadow

Eurovision hoopla fails to reach Ukraine's war-torn east

The buzz surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev has barely created a ripple in eastern Ukraine after being banned by Russian TV -- the only broadcasters aired in the war-ravaged region.

Brexit

Author Ian McEwan urges second referendum on Brexit

The award-winning author of «Atonement», Ian McEwan, said Friday there should be a referendum on Britain's final Brexit deal with the European Union, arguing it was still possible to stay in.

Mie University

Japan university to set up ninja studies centre

A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world's first research centre devoted to ninja -- the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth.

Gossip

Diddy sued by ex-chef over «post-coital» dining

Rap mogul Diddy has been sued by a personal chef who says she worked long hours without extra pay and was made uneasy by serving meals after sex parties.

Serena posts heartfelt baby message on fiance's birthday

US tennis great Serena Williams on Monday marked her fiance's birthday and her return to the world number one ranking by posting an emotional message to her unborn baby on Instagram.

Music

Jay Z returning to festival circuit with tease of new music

Rap mogul Jay Z was confirmed Monday to play several upcoming festivals, adding to hints of a return to music after years focusing on his business empire.

Kanye West exits social media

Rap superstar Kanye West, long a prolific user of Twitter, has disappeared from social media after months of erratic behavior.

Survey

«Revenge porn» on «mass scale» in Australia

Researchers on Monday urged tougher laws to protect victims of «revenge porn» in Australia after a survey revealed abuses, including shooting and sharing intimate images without permission, on a «mass scale».

More than 800 mummies invade the Museum of Sydney

A nice way to pay tribute to the ancient Egyptian practice to preserve the dead wrapping them in white bandages.

Malaysian officials say they are investigating

Record haul of pangolin scales seized in Malaysia

Malaysian customs officers have seized more than 700 kilograms of pangolin scales, the country's largest haul of the scales considered by some to have medicinal properties, officials said Monday.

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Israeli joy at Trump visit, but substance lacking

Israeli right-wingers celebrated US President Donald Trump's visit after he made no mention of the two-state solution, but a lack of specifics on how he would resolve the conflict with the Palestinians raised concerns.

Donald Trump welcomed by Abu Mazen in Bethlehem

President of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, welcomed US President Donald Trump in Bethlehem. After the handshake, the hymns were executed and the two leaders withdrew to the palace of the Palestinian Authority President for a meeting, which ends with a joint press point.

Hamilton wins thrilling Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton roared back into serious contention for a fourth drivers' world title on Sunday when he drove to a well-judged victory for Mercedes in a dramatic Spanish Grand Prix.

Turkey-US: strained relations

From the 2003 US invasion of Iraq to Washington's latest decision to arm Kurdish groups in Syria, relations between Turkey and the US have been tested repeatedly.