London

Last bongs for Big Ben as four-year repairs begin

London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

Music

Beatles' «Eleanor Rigby» score expected to fetch $26,000 at auction

The original handwritten score for the Beatles song «Eleanor Rigby» is to be sold at auction, alongside the deeds of the grave of the woman said to have been immortalised by the Fab Four.

Performer in the era of segregation

This file photo from February 2, 2015 shows comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory attending ceremonies where he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Barrier-breaking US comedian, activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who broke barriers as a performer in the era of segregation and challenged racism through searing humor, died Saturday night, his family said. He was 84.

Trump-era «Handmaid's Tale» presages totalitarian future

Decades after the release of «The Handmaid's Tale,» Margaret Atwood's dystopian sci-fi fable and foundational feminist text arrives on television -- with critics noting its enduring resonance in Donald Trump's America.

LifeStyle

Los Angeles at war over gentrification

One morning, Los Angeles businesswoman Eva Chimento was about to open her art gallery in the city's Hispanic enclave of Boyle Heights when she found the door slightly open.

Greece

Books to go: bringing literature to refugees stuck in Greece

The brightly coloured minivan that pulls into Athens' food market, drawing a group of refugees around it, is not carrying something edible.

India

Low-cost prostheses offer Indian amputees a second chance

Vishnu Kumar had barely reached adulthood when he lost his limbs in a freak electrical accident, seemingly condemning him to the life of penury endured by millions of amputees in India.

Justice

US judge rejects Polanski victim's bid to close case

A US judge on Friday rejected a bid by a woman Roman Polanski raped as a teenager to close the case, saying the fugitive filmmaker must appear in court for the matter to be resolved.

«Star Wars» Obi Wan spin-off in the works

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a «Star Wars» spin-off about Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi, US media reported on Thursday.

British Royal Family

Diana crash car «handled badly at high speed»

The 1997 car crash that killed Britain's Princess Diana spawned a host of conspiracy theories, but evidence that it was an accident only grows stronger, bolstered by new revelations about the history of the vehicle.

Queen Elizabeth with Harry in ironic commercials for «Invictus Games»

This side of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry. Beyond Barack and Michelle Obama. The spot of the Invictus Games, reserved games to loss of limb of Britain's war and the US, it has a playful challenge to the distance between the two families.

Cinema

Raj all the rage as India marks 70 years of independence

As India marks the 70th anniversary of its independence this year, a slew of movies tackling its colonial history are hitting cinema screens, including a controversial account of partition by the director of «Bend it Like Beckham».

Music

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin moving back to Detroit

Aretha Franklin, who has reigned as the Queen of Soul for some 50 years, has announced plans to return to her hometown of Detroit and open a nightclub.

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.

Solidarity

Taylor Swift donates to sexual assault charity

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has donated to a US charity that supports victims of sexual assault after winning a groping lawsuit against a former radio DJ, the organization confirmed Thursday.

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.

Music

Tyler to sing «Total Eclipse» hit for rare solar event

It's a pop culture moment for the ages: crooner Bonnie Tyler will sing her mega-hit «Total Eclipse of the Heart» -- on a cruise ship -- before an actual total eclipse of the sun.

Top Stories

A McDonald's in New Delhi pictured in June: the company is to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's said Monday it is shutting 169 restaurants in India after a legal row with a local franchise operator.

Big Ben's scheduled four-year silence has stirred a worried debate at a time of national uncertainty

Last bongs for Big Ben as four-year repairs begin

London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

The Beatles released «Eleanor Rigby» in 1966

Beatles' «Eleanor Rigby» score expected to fetch $26,000 at auction

The original handwritten score for the Beatles song «Eleanor Rigby» is to be sold at auction, alongside the deeds of the grave of the woman said to have been immortalised by the Fab Four.

US car industry publication Automotive News has previously reported China's Great Wall intends to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand

China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase

China's Great Wall Motor signalled on Monday its intention to make an ambitious offer to buy all or part of Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.