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Bare cheek as Japan men strip off for naked festival

Okayama - With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival.

Refugee comedy, transgender love story tipped at Berlin festival

Berlin - A European refugee comedy and a transgender love story are tipped to clinch prizes Saturday at the Berlin film festival, an event dominated by criticism of US President Donald Trump.

Richard Gere slams Trump travel ban as stoking hate

Berlin - Hollywood actor Richard Gere said the "biggest crime" of US President Donald Trump and European right-wing populists was to equate refugees with terrorists as it fomented hate.

Thousands celebrate Hindu Thaipusam festival in Malaysia

Wilayah Persekutuan - Hindus gathered in temples across Malaysia on Thursday to celebrate the annual Thaipusam festival, with many piercing their bodies with hooks and skewers to showcase devotion to the deity Lord Murugan.

Thousands celebrate Hindu Thaipusam festival in Malaysia

Wilayah Persekutuan - Hindus gathered in temples across Malaysia on Thursday to celebrate the annual Thaipusam festival, with many piercing their bodies with hooks and skewers to showcase devotion to the deity Lord Murugan.

Thousands celebrate Hindu Thaipusam festival in Malaysia

Wilayah Persekutuan - Hindus gathered in temples across Malaysia on Thursday to celebrate the annual Thaipusam festival, with many piercing their bodies with hooks and skewers to showcase devotion to the deity Lord Murugan.

Spanish village hurls turnips to drive away evil

Piornal - Residents of a Spanish town pelted a devil-like character portrayed by a young man with thousands of rock-hard turnips Thursday in a tradition that aims to drive away evil.

'Django' biopic to open Berlin film festival

Berlin - The Berlin film festival will open next month with the premiere of a biopic about Gypsy-jazz great Django Reinhardt focused on his family's persecution by the Nazis, organisers said Wednesday.

Film on Cuba's gay intolerance pulled from Havana festival

Havana - Drama spilled beyond movie plotlines and into real life Thursday at the opening of a Latin American film festival in Havana, where the authorities have excluded a movie touching on Cuba's intolerance toward gays under Fidel Castro.

I wanna eat like you-oo-oo: Thai town lays on monkey banquet

Lopburi - It is a feast fit for a monkey king. On Sunday the central Thai town of Lopburi put on a five-star banquet for its hundreds of macaque inhabitants, sparking a mass simian food fight.

Church protests drug war killings as Philippines honours the dead

Manila - Philippine church leaders on Tuesday renewed calls for an end to killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war as millions of people took part in traditional ceremonies to remember the dead.

'Mommy's Box' wins big at Malibu West International Film Festival

The feature film "Mommy's Box" was a big winner at this year's Malibu West International Film Festival. Congratulations are in order for the whole team.

Chinese movies dominate Asia's top film festival

Busan - Chinese movies have taken the two main prizes at Asia's premier film festival, with judges lauding their portrayal of two very different versions of modern reality in their country.

Film seeks new take on foreign domestic workers

Busan - A documentary that takes an intimate look at the daily dramas of foreign domestic workers has premiered at Asia’s largest film festival, with its director pushing a fresh perspective on the millions employed in homes across the globe.

How far to go? Photographers divided over graphic war snaps

Bayeux - How far to go in terms of gore and shock value when covering conflict? Capturing violence on camera was hotly debated on the fringes of Bayeux, a major French photography festival.

Swords and skewers at Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival

Phuket - Swords, axe handles, kebab skewers and even a model boat were among the bizarre array of objects pushed through devotees' cheeks on Sunday as southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way.

Pulling a rip cord over North Korea

Kumhwa - When he booked his tour, Swiss lawyer Rafael Studer hadn't seriously considered the option of jumping out of a Russian-made helicopter at 2,000 meters strapped to a North Korean soldier.

Festival brings (some) world cinema to Pyongyang

Pyongyang - Sex and graphic violence were largely a no-no, although a glimpse of naked Russian buttocks made the cut, while a Bollywood offering was well received and Hollywood was locked out completely.

Munich's Oktoberfest opens amid tight security

Munich - The Oktoberfest, Munich's annual beer festival, opened on Saturday with a stronger police presence than usual after a string of attacks in recent months in Germany.

Spain's Tomatito: 60 guitars and family-style flamenco

Seville - He's won Latin Grammy awards, toured the world and played with flamenco's superstar "gods" Camaron de la Isla and Paco de Lucia.

'Fire dragon' draws thousands to Hong Kong festival

Hong Kong - Thousands of festival goers packed a historic neighbourhood of Hong Kong Wednesday night to watch a "fire dragon" lit with incense sticks carried through the streets, recreating a century-old ritual.

Interview: Jens Kruger talks upcoming show in New York, festival Special

New York - Bluegrass musician Jens Kruger chatted with Digital Journal about his awards and accolades, as well as his upcoming shows at Joe's Pub in New York and the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in New Jersey.

Review: Ariana Grande stuns as headliner of Billboard Hot 100 Festival Special

Wantagh - Pop princess Ariana Grande headlined the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island.

Review: Martin Garrix outstanding at Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival Special

Wantagh - On Aug. 20, electronic music superstar Martin Garrix performed at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York, as part of the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, for an excellent turnout.

Molotov cocktail attack injures 15 at Tokyo parade

Toukyo - Fifteen people, including a one-year-old baby girl, were injured in a Molotov cocktail attack at a Tokyo festival parade, officials said Monday.

Review: Marshall Tucker Band triumphs at Laid Back Festival in New York Special

Wantagh - Iconic southern rock group Marshall Tucker Band performed a set at the 2016 Laid Back Festival, which was held at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island.

15 arrested for sexual assault at Pamplona bull-running

Madrid - Fifteen men have been arrested for rape and sexual assault at Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival in the northern town of Pamplona, the city hall said Tuesday.

Two men gored in Pamplona bull run

Madrid - Half-tonne fighting bulls gored two Spanish men on Sunday as thousands of red-scarved daredevils sprinted down narrow dew-slicked streets in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls.

Spain holds 5 men suspected of Pamplona rape

Madrid - Spanish police detained five men Saturday arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman during Pamplona's famed San Fermin bull-running festival, judicial sources said.

Five hurt, five arrested at Spain's famed bull run

Pamplona - Five people were hurt, including one seriously, at Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival, also marred by five arrests over allegations of sexual assault, authorities said Thursday.
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