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Natalie Portman says backed out of prize over Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Hollywood actress Natalie Portman said she was backing out of a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million prize to protest against the policies of Israel's prime minister.

Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

Apo - Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom's debut theatre in Riyadh.

Natalie Portman backs out of Jewish prize over 'recent events' in Israel

Jerusalem - Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has cancelled her participation in a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million (1.6 million euro) prize, saying she was troubled by "recent events" in Israel, organisers said.

50 years on, French baby boomers still cling to May '68 ideals

Paris - As France prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous months of its history, experts say the May 1968 generation remains largely true to its youthful aims of greater personal freedom and social justice.

Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema with 'Black Panther' screening

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster "Black Panther", the first in a series of trial runs before movie theatres open to the wider public.

Tiny unicyclists and dancers for North Korea's founder

Pyongyang - Eleven tiny unicyclists circled in front of a Pyongyang theatre Wednesday to celebrate North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung.

Tiny unicyclists and dancers for North Korea's founder

Pyongyang - Eleven tiny unicyclists circled in front of a Pyongyang theatre Wednesday to celebrate North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung.

Tracey Emin sends anti-Brexit message in pink neon

London - British artist Tracey Emin has unveiled her latest artwork: a bright pink homage to Europe at St Pancras station in London -- Britain's rail gateway to the continent.

Three big examples of DX culture shift

Digital transformation is not all about technology and big ideas. For digital transformation to be undertaken smoothly, a cultural change, involving all employees, need to take place. To illustrate, the strategies of three big companies are profiled.

Facing outcry over data breach, Facebook again overhauls privacy settings

Washington - Facebook on Wednesday launched a fresh effort to quell the firestorm over the hijacking of personal data, once again unveiling new privacy tools and settings to give users more control over how their information is shared.

Russians defend banned British Council caught up in spy row

Moscow - From plans for a Shakespeare statue to film festivals and English teaching, the British Council has suspended all its projects in Russia for the first time in almost 60 years after Moscow banned the arts and education organisation.

Invasive beetle threatens Japan's famed cherry blossoms

Apo - Across Japan's capital, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle.

Russian theatre titan Oleg Tabakov dies

Moscow - One of Russia's most beloved actors who had dominated Moscow's theatrical life since the Soviet era, Oleg Tabakov, passed away in hospital on Monday, his theatre said.

S. Korea abuse MP quits as poet's exhibition dismantled

Seoul - A South Korean member of parliament resigned Monday after being accused of sex abuse, the latest target of a spreading #MeToo campaign in the country, as an exhibition to an accused poet was dismantled.

Kyrgyzstan marks national hat day under shadow of dog scandal

Bichkek - Topchubek Turgunaliyev, a wispy-bearded former presidential advisor, smiles gleefully as he runs a finger around the rim of his favourite high-crowned "ak-kalpak" hat, which has a special place in Kyrgyzstan society.

Saudi Arabia begins issuing cinema licences

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia began issuing licences Thursday to operate cinemas in the kingdom ahead of their reopening after a decades-long ban was lifted as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive.

Turkey state TV blacklists songs, sparking censorship row

Ankara - Turkey's state broadcaster on Thursday faced accusations of imposing censorship reminiscent of a military coup after admitting it had banned over 200 songs from being played on air.

Picasso's hidden mistress set to fetch millions at sale

London - A Pablo Picasso painting depicting his muse Marie-Therese Walter with future lover Dora Maar emerging from the shadows behind is expected to fetch an eye-watering sum at a London sale next week.

Court fines Moscow cinema that showed 'Death of Stalin'

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday slapped a $1,700 fine on a Moscow cinema which screened British comedy "The Death of Stalin" in defiance of an official ban, prompting a police raid.

Luxembourgish makes a comeback, bids for EU approval

Luxembourg - You may not be able to pronounce it or even have heard of it, but Luxembourg's national language Letzebuergesch is making a comeback and fighting for official European Union recognition.

Beija Flor crowned Rio carnival winners with dig at corruption

Rio De Janeiro - Traditional samba school Beija Flor was crowned winner of the Rio carnival Wednesday after a performance that portrayed politicians as rats with money-stuffed briefcases in sharply political parades.

Feng shui masters predict claws out in Year of Dog

Hong Kong - As the Chinese zodiac switches into the Year of the Dog later this week, Hong Kong feng shui experts predict anything but a walk in the park for global leaders.

Couples make Valentine's Day deposit in 'Love Bank'

Banska Stiavnica - In a small medieval Slovak town, couples are getting ready on Valentine's Day to make a "deposit" about their romance in a place dedicated to love stories.

S. Korea's Moon watches concert with Kim Jong Un's sister

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in sat next to the powerful sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un at a concert in Seoul by musicians from Pyongyang, as conservative protesters burned the North's national flag outside Sunday.

S. Korea's Moon watches concert with Kim Jong Un's sister

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in sat next to the powerful sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un at a concert in Seoul by musicians from Pyongyang, as conservative protesters burned the North's national flag outside Sunday.

Topless protest at high-society Vienna ball

Vienna - A topless activist caused an upset in Vienna on Thursday as she burst onto the red carpet of a high-society ball live on television to protest the attendance of Ukraine's president.

South Korea's top poet under fire over sexual abuse scandal

Seoul - A top South Korean poet regularly tipped for the Nobel prize for literature has been accused of sexual abuse by another famed writer -- in the form of a poem.

Ice instruments ring out coolest music in Norway

Norway - Inside a giant igloo in a snowy Norwegian village, the sound of a horn rings out, warming the mood of a freezing audience, huddled together in -24 Celsius.

Book culture returns to Iraq's post-jihadist Mosul

Mosul - Literary cafes, poetry readings and pavement bookstalls -- Mosul's cultural scene is back in business, months after Iraqi forces ousted the Islamic State group from the city following three years of jihadist rule.

Gouri, Israeli poet-warrior and national icon, dies at 94

Jerusalem - Haim Gouri, the Israeli poet who fought with an elite combat unit, covered the trial of Adolf Eichmann and became a national icon, died Wednesday aged 94, his family said.
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