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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.

Aide to New York governor shot in head before Brooklyn festival

New York - An aide to New York's governor was critically injured early Monday when he was shot in the head, apparently at random, as he walked to an event in Brooklyn celebrating immigrants from the West Indies.

Child soldier drama makes Netflix award contender

Venice - Officially its full title is the International Exhibition of the Cinematographic Arts.

Blues Festival Presents Different Generations of the Genre Special

Edmonton - The seventeenth annual Edmonton Blues Festival took place from August 21 to 23 and featured performers that crossed generations.

Fourth Interstellar Rodeo music festival a summer musical journey Special

Edmonton - The fourth annual Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton took place July 24-26 at Hawrelak Park and presented a unique and eclectic musical line up.

Love Train brings techno beats back onto Berlin's streets

Berlin - Thousands of people danced their hearts out at Berlin's techno Love Train festival on Saturday, the first such street event since 21 revellers died in an accident at the legendary Love Parade five years ago.

Cries for freedom at 'Belarus Woodstock'

Poland - Strumming away at his guitar in a forest clearing in Poland, Belarussian rocker Lavon Volski shout-sings into the microphone: "Break everything, break the system.

Review: Dozens of acts perform on six stages at annual Canadian festival Special

Courtenay - About 10,000 music lovers experienced unexpected rainfall during the annual Vancouver Island Music Festival in the middle of the hottest, driest summer on record locally.

When Pamplona bull runners get hooked

Pamplona - Last year a 600 kilogramme (1,300 pound) bull jammed a horn as thick as a man's arm through Bill Hillmann's thigh twice, narrowly missing his femoral artery.

One injured at Pamplona bull run

Pamplona - Hundreds of thrill-seekers dashed ahead of six half-tonne fighting bulls through the cobbled streets on Pamplona in northern Spain on Friday in the fifth day of the famed San Fermin festival.

Charging bulls injure five at Spain's Pamplona fiesta

Pamplona - Half-tonne fighting bulls crashed into and trampled thrill-seeking runners as they raced down the cobblestone streets of Pamplona in northern Spain on Thursday, injuring five men, officials said.

Two Americans, Briton gored in opening Pamplona bull run

Pamplona - Two Americans and a British man were gored and eight others hurt on Tuesday as runners dashed ahead of six half-tonne fighting bulls in a fast first running of the bulls at Spain's annual San Fermin festival.

All eyes on Kanye West at Britain's Glastonbury festival

London - Glastonbury, one of the world's biggest music festivals, is facing angry criticism from some fans after rapper Kanye West was booked for the prime Saturday night headline slot.

Dozens caught in German music festival lightning strikes

Frankfurt - More than 30 people were taken to hospital early Saturday after lightning struck a music festival in western Germany, police said.

Summer’s coming, and Portland is ready with its concerts

Portland - Portland, also known as the "City of Roses," is well-known for its climate, scenery and mood. Plus, with summer approaching, the city is also known as a great place to catch a concert, whether that be in a theater, ballroom or in the open air.

Croatia arts festival to stage Houellebecq play after all

Zagreb - A play by author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining a Muslim-governed France stirred controversy -- will be staged as planned at a Croatian arts festival despite calls for its cancellation over security fears, the culture ministry said Wednesda...

French immigration thriller bags Cannes Palme d'Or

Cannes - A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, "Dheepan", captured the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or top prize on Sunday.

Cannes closes with glittering ceremony

Cannes - After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or.

Cannes race wide open on awards eve

Cannes - The competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a clutch of favourites jockeying for one of global cinema's most coveted prizes.

Blanchett denies gay past as lesbian movie wows Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood star Cate Blanchett -- in Cannes for the red-carpet world premiere of her latest movie about a lesbian romance -- on Sunday scotched media speculation that she had a real-life gay past.

Move over superheroes, video-game movies are going upscale

Cannes - There was a time when a new video game adaptation was enough to make film critics gag, but the big money involved is starting to attract a new level of talent.

Cannes fest opens with star-studded gala for gritty drama

Cannes - The Cannes Film Festival opened on Wednesday with a star-studded gala premiere of gritty French drama "Standing Tall" -- only the second time a female director has taken the first night slot.

New Charlie Hebdo doc secures worldwide deal at Cannes

Cannes - A new documentary about French magazine Charlie Hebdo which was attacked by jihadists this year has been snapped up by distributors at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Variety magazine on Wednesday.

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

Cannes - The Cannes film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot.

Your unofficial guide to Toronto's South-North Griots Summit

Toronto - In association with the Pan Am and Para-Pan Am games, a gathering of some of the most revered story tellers from African diaspora traditions are gathering in Toronto, Ontario Canada from May 28th-31st.
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