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German comedy favoured to win top Cannes prize for woman director

Cannes - The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a German comedy, a movie about a bus driver poet and a Romanian meditation on morality the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or.

Spanish region bans bull killing in traditional festivals

Madrid - Authorities in the Spanish region of Castilla y Leon on Thursday announced a ban on the killing of bulls during traditional festivals, in a partial victory for animal rights activists.

Cannes film shines light on Chad's 'torture factories'

Cannes - There is a heart-stopping moment in a new documentary about the survivors of Chadian dictator Hissene Habre's torture chambers, when one of the torturers kneels down in front of his victim and begs for forgiveness.

Fake 'Friday the 13th' terror attack on Cannes film stars' hotel

Cannes - A fake terror attack panicked guests at the French Riviera hideaway of several Hollywood stars at the Cannes film festival, police said Saturday.

Hollywood takes notice as Korean films surf K-culture wave

Seoul - With K-pop and K-drama television series riding high across Asia and beyond, a trio of South Korean films with top billing at this year's Cannes film festival also shows the country's growing cinematic clout.

Hollywood takes notice as Korean films surf K-culture wave

Seoul - With K-pop and K-drama television series riding high across Asia and beyond, a trio of South Korean films with top billing at this year's Cannes film festival also shows the country's growing cinematic clout.

Hollywood takes notice as Korean films surf K-culture wave

Seoul - With K-pop and K-drama television series riding high across Asia and beyond, a trio of South Korean films with top billing at this year's Cannes film festival also shows the country's growing cinematic clout.

Egypt's turmoil comes to Cannes in claustrophobic new movie

Cannes - A powerful Egyptian film, shot entirely inside a police van crammed with secular revolutionaries and Muslim Brotherhood supporters as riots rage in Cairo, has brought the country's post-Arab Spring woes to the Cannes film festival.

New Pablo Neruda movie recounts poet's dramatic bid for freedom

Santiago - The poems that won Pablo Neruda the Nobel prize for literature may never have been seen if the writer had not been such a good horseman.

Rape joke, sex abuse claims haunt Woody Allen at Cannes

Cannes - Allegations that Woody Allen sexually abused his daughter returned to haunt him in Cannes as he was being feted at the film festival's opening gala.

Loach comes out of 'retirement' with new Cannes film

London - Left-wing British director Ken Loach -- who turns 80 this year -- said he was retiring two years ago just before showing his last movie "Jimmy's Hall" at the Cannes film festival.

Woody Allen's golden-age Hollywood love story kicks off Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood decamped to Cannes Wednesday where Woody Allen's new romantic yarn set in cinema's golden age received mixed reviews from critics as it launched the world's top film festival.

Woody Allen's golden-age Hollywood love story kicks off Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood decamped to Cannes Wednesday where Woody Allen's new romantic yarn set in cinema's golden age received mixed reviews from critics as it launched the world's top film festival.

Woody Allen's golden-age Hollywood love story kicks off Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood decamped to Cannes Wednesday where Woody Allen's new romantic yarn set in cinema's golden age received mixed reviews from critics as it launched the world's top film festival.

Finishing touches to Cannes before red carpet unfurls

Cannes - An army of workers built giant screens and tested spotlights in Cannes Tuesday as the rich and famous were set to invade the French Riviera town for two weeks of film and fun -- all under maximum security.

Cannes juggles security with not cramping stars

Cannes - The Cannes film festival opens this week with the authorities in the French Riviera resort torn between the need for tight security and wrecking the party of a particularly starry year.

Dance ban pulls rug from under Buenos Aires partygoers

Buenos Aires - A party-pooper Argentine judge on Friday banned all "commercial dancing with live or recorded music" in Buenos Aires, possibly making even wedding receptions illegal.

Surprises galore including Bernie Sanders at Coachella festival

Indio - The Coachella music festival is famous for its surprises, and the latest edition included one of the more uncommon -- an appearance, although remotely, of a presidential candidate.

Monks, families gather for Bhutan holiday

Thimphu - Thousands of Bhutanese dressed in traditional clothes and carrying their children flocked to monasteries on the weekend to commemorate the death of Ngawang Namgyal, credited with unifying the remote Himalayan nation.

Five dead 'from drugs' at Argentina dance music event

Buenos Aires - Five young people died and five others were in critical condition after apparently taking drugs at an international electronic music festival in the Argentine capital, emergency responders said Saturday.

Bangladesh in security crackdown for New Year festival

Dhaka - There will be "unprecedented" security for this week's Bengali New Year festivities which hardline clerics have branded "un-Islamic", Bangladesh police announced Monday, as the country faces rising religious violence.

Hawrelak Park becomes a winter wonderland Special

Edmonton - Edmonton's Hawrelak Park transformed into a winter wonderland this past weekend, with the Ice Castles and Silver Skate Festival.

Refugees documentary 'Fire at Sea' wins Berlin fest top prize

Berlin - The Berlin film festival wraps up Sunday after "Fire at Sea", a harrowing documentary about Europe's refugee crisis, clinched its Golden Bear top prize from a jury led by Meryl Streep.

Ambitious refugee documentary cheered at Berlin film fest

Berlin - A searing Italian documentary on Europe's refugee influx drew cheers Saturday at the Berlin film festival, which has rolled out the red carpet for pictures offering unique takes on the crisis.

New year, new travel: More Chinese choose tourism over tradition

Bejing - While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Lunar New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as far away as he can.

Cologne, on edge since sex assaults, beefs up carnival security

Berlin - Cologne is on high alert ahead of its giant carnival festivities since a shocking spate of sexual assaults, with German authorities anxious to prevent a repeat of the rampage and ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Dances with monks at Tibetan festival

Judian - Thousands of metres above sea level, high on the Tibetan plateau, hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist devotees in brilliant hues of pink and blue gathered for the Gedong festival.

Japan's ghosts and ghouls on the prowl for Halloween

Toukyo - Tokyo was bracing for a night of macabre revelry on Saturday as party-goers flocked to buy wacky costumes for the evening's Halloween celebrations.

Germany's Oktoberfest opens in shadow of refugee crisis

Munich - Munich taps the keg Saturday on its Oktoberfest, the world's biggest beer festival with six million revellers expected, just as the German city grapples with a record refugee influx.

Scuffles, protests at bloody bull-chase in Spain

Tordesillas - Men chased and lanced to death a 650-kilo (1,400-pound) bull at a controversial fiesta in Spain on Tuesday, some scuffling with animal rights protesters who rallied nearby.
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