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Op-Ed: Kelsea Ballerini should win the 2016 CMA 'Female Vocalist' award

Country star Kelsea Ballerini has been on fire this year, and she deserves to win the 2016 Country Music Association (CMA) award for "Female Vocalist of the Year."

US, Argentine films frontrunners for Venice's Golden Lion

Venice - From a dazzling musical to a biting comedy, films from the US and Argentina are tipped as favourites to win this year's Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival, due to be announced Saturday.

Greek volunteers share UN refugee award

Geneva - More than 2,000 sea rescue volunteers, who last year saved thousands trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, have won the annual Nansen prize, the UN refugee agency announced Tuesday.

Fiery Beyonce dominates MTV awards

New York - Beyonce dominated the MTV Video Music Awards as she won a near-record award haul and awed the audience with a fiery dance medley with an unstated political message.

Beyonce invites mothers of slain black men to MTV awards

New York - Pop superstar Beyonce invited the mothers of slain African American men to the MTV Video Music Awards, where her politically charged "Formation" is up for the top prize.

Turkish editor wins German freedom of speech award

Berlin - The chief editor of Turkish newspaper Hurriyet was on Monday presented with a Freedom of Speech award by German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle as concerns grow over press freedom in Turkey.

Detained Chinese lawyer wins Ludovic Trarieux rights prize

Atenas - Chinese lawyer Wang Yu, facing a possible life sentence in China, was on Saturday awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Prize for her work defending human rights, organisers announced in Athens on Saturday.

Palestinian novelist wins top Arab fiction prize

Abu Dhabi - A Palestinian author has won the International Prize for Arab Fiction for the first time for a novel about the Palestinian exodus in 1948 and the Holocaust.

'Star Wars' wins big at MTV awards

Los Angeles - Space Opera "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was the big winner at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, taking best film and breakthrough performance for its star Daisy Ridley.

Palestinian wins $1 million global teaching prize

Dubai - A Palestinian teacher from the West Bank has won a $1 million award for her innovative approach of using play to counter violent behaviour.

France awarded top honour to Saudi prince 'at his request'

Paris - The awarding of France's top honour to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, which sparked a storm of criticism, was done at the royal's request, a French magazine reported this week.

Kenyan teacher eyes $1 mn prize for campaign against extremism

Nairobi - Using chalk and a blackboard, Kenyan teacher Ayub Mohamud writes out a simple lesson in front of the packed classroom: "Islam versus violent extremism.

Op-Ed: 2016 Best Actress Oscar predictions: Brie Larson is front-runner

The nominees for the 2016 "Best Actress" Academy Award include Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Ramplin and Saoirse Ronan.

Carol Burnett honored with SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

Los Angeles - Acting icon and comedian Carol Burnett was honored with the 2016 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 30.

Brie Larson wins 'Best Actress' SAG award for 'Room'

Acclaimed actress Brie Larson took home the 2016 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for her performance in "Room."

Carol Burnett will earn 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by SAG

On Jan. 30, acclaimed comedian, actress, dancer, producer and author Carol Burnett will receive the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins Pritzker Prize

New York - Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize Wednesday, earning praise for "powerful" designs that address key social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

Saudi blogger's wife accepts EU Sakharov prize for jailed husband

Strasbourg - The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi on Wednesday accepted the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on his behalf, urging Arab countries to abandon theocratic diktats and embrace free speech.

Nobel winner says education priority for Turkey on return home

Ankara - The US-based Turkish-American scientist who won the 2015 Nobel Chemistry Prize said education, in particular for women, was the top priority for Turkey as he made a rare visit home to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Dale Ann Bradley earns first bluegrass Grammy award nomination

Bluegrass music sensation Dale Ann Bradley has been nominated for her first-ever Grammy award for "Best Bluegrass Album."

AFP's Tzortzinis named wire photographer of year

New York - AFP's Angelos Tzortzinis was named Time magazine's Wire Photographer of 2015 for his images documenting the refugee crisis in Greece as well as the country's economic crisis.

Celine Dion leads music world in mourning Paris

Los Angeles - Celine Dion on Sunday led the music industry in an emotional tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, as the American Music Awards heard appeals for a peaceful world.

Academics win prize for showing how to avoid raising a criminal

Stockholm - Three researchers were awarded the 2016 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for showing how parents, even criminals, can prevent a child from becoming delinquent, Stockholm University announced on Tuesday.

Real-world 'Indiana Jones' wins TED Prize for tracking antiquities

San Francisco - A technology-wielding archaeologist billed as a modern world "Indiana Jones" has won a coveted million-dollar TED prize for her work tracking antiquities and the looting of such wonders.

Magician Johnny Thompson receives award from the Magic Circle

World renowned magician Johnny Thompson was recently presented with the "David Devant Award" on behalf of the Magic Circle.

The last 10 Sakharov Prize laureates

Strasbourg - The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize, awarded on Thursday to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, has been given annually since 1988 to recognise exceptional contribution to human rights.

Free blogger Badawi 'immediately', EU parliament head tells Saudi king

Strasbourg - EU Parliament President Martin Schulz, announcing the prestigious Sakharov award for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, called Thursday on Saudi King Salman to free him immediately and to ensure the respect of human rights.

Saudi blogger wins Sakharov rights prize, sparking pardon calls

Strasbourg - Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam, was awarded the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday.

US-Anglo consumption expert Angus Deaton wins Nobel Economics Prize

Stockholm - Angus Deaton of Britain and the United States won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for his work on consumption, poverty and welfare, the jury said.

Jazeera journalists receive free speech prize

Varsovia - Three Al-Jazeera journalists who served jail terms in Egypt were honoured Tuesday for standing up for freedom of speech despite intimidation and incarceration.
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