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Hundreds celebrate 'mud people' festival in the Philippines

Aliaga - Filipino devotees muddied their faces and covered themselves with dried banana leaves on Saturday to celebrate a religious festival which also has roots in Japan's occupation of the country during World War II.

Lessons in loyalty as N.Korea celebrates children's day

Pyongyang - To celebrate Korean Children's Union Day on Tuesday, the pupils of Pyongyang Number Four Primary School threw mock grenades at targets, crawled under a frame and threw themselves over a fence -- all with an imitation AK47 over their shoulders.

Lessons in loyalty as N.Korea celebrates children's day

Pyongyang - To celebrate Korean Children's Union Day on Tuesday, the pupils of Pyongyang Number Four Primary School threw mock grenades at targets, crawled under a frame and threw themselves over a fence -- all with an imitation AK47 over their shoulders.

Lessons in loyalty as N.Korea celebrates children's day

Pyongyang - To celebrate Korean Children's Union Day on Tuesday, the pupils of Pyongyang Number Four Primary School threw mock grenades at targets, crawled under a frame and threw themselves over a fence -- all with an imitation AK47 over their shoulders.

German rock festival to resume after terror scare: organisers

Berlin - Germany's biggest rock festival will resume after being disrupted by fears of a possible "terrorist threat" which have proved to be unfounded, the organisers said Saturday.

Six red carpet looks that turned heads at Cannes

Cannes - After 12 days of red carpet glamour, political fashion statements and wardrobe malfunctions, here are the looks that turned heads at the Cannes film festival.

Six red carpet looks that turned heads at Cannes

Cannes - After 12 days of red carpet glamour, political fashion statements and wardrobe malfunctions, here are the looks that turned heads at the Cannes film festival.

Six red carpet looks that turned heads at Cannes

Cannes - After 12 days of red carpet glamour, political fashion statements and wardrobe malfunctions, here are the looks that turned heads at the Cannes film festival.

Hitman film and AIDS drama tipped to win at Cannes Film Festival

Cannes - The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a movie about a hammer-wielding hitman, a rousing story of AIDS activists and a parable of Putin's Russia among the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or.

The secret lives of Cannes' Instagram queens

Cannes - They dress like celebrities and can increasingly be spotted on the world's catwalks and red carpets. Meet the "influencers", the most famous people you've never heard of.

'Afghan Spielberg' Shaheen goes down a storm at Cannes

Cannes - In the hierarchy of world cinema, Hollywood is at the top. Then comes Bollywood and Nigeria's Nollywood. And then "way, way below comes us," says Salim Shaheen, a chubby Afghan actor who is his country's one-man film industry. "We are Nothingwood.

Kidman takes aim at sexism as Coppola film wows Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell said Wednesday they wanted to throw their star power behind more movies made by women, after the Cannes premiere of their battle-of-the-sexes thriller.

Kids are the break-out stars of Cannes film festival

Cannes - Young actors are making waves at this year's Cannes film festival -- often in films that are hardly suitable children's viewing.

Salma Hayek says Hollywood treats actresses like monkeys

Cannes - Salma Hayek laid into Hollywood sexism on Tuesday, saying the system treats actresses like performing monkeys and wants rid of them once they realise they are smart.

AIDS drama, Sandler comedy among breakout hits at Cannes

Cannes - A wrenching French AIDS drama, a cinematic indictment of Putin's Russia and a bittersweet Adam Sandler comedy are among the 70th Cannes film festival contenders that have captured critics' hearts.

Why Korea's 'film noir' movies are wowing Cannes

Seoul - Beyond the gleaming towers of modern high-tech Seoul, it is the dark past of South Korea's years of dictatorship, violence and upheaval that have inspired the country's staggering rise as a cinematic powerhouse.

Hidden dragon: Cannes eyes elusive Chinese movie market

Cannes - Like an advancing army in a historical epic, the world's film studios are massing on the frontier of China's movie market, desperate to conquer the other side of the Great Wall.

Trump can't stop progress on climate, says Al Gore

Cannes - Not even Donald Trump can stop the campaign to roll back climate change, Al Gore said Monday as the former US vice president's sequel to Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" screened at the Cannes film festival.

Cannes queen Kidman steers career 'like I'm 21'

Cannes - Nicole Kidman said Monday that she still tackles roles like a 21-year-old after the premiere of her shocking new horror movie at the Cannes film festival.

Schwarzenegger says you can have four Hummers and still save planet

Cannes - Arnold Schwarzenegger has four Hummers and likes nothing better than getting up at 5am to ride his Harley Davidson to the beach for breakfast. Yet "The Terminator" star insists that should not stop him being an environmental evangelist.

Clint Eastwood, 86, hints at return to acting

Cannes - Hollywood screen legend Clint Eastwood said Sunday that he isn't ruling out a return to acting -- at the age of 86.

'Stone Age' Trump going back to horse and cart says Schwarzenegger

Cannes - Arnold Schwarzenegger laid into US President Donald Trump Sunday, saying his plans to revive coal would bring the world back to the horse and cart."He's back in the Stone Age," the Hollywood star told AFP.

Netflix row stirs tough questions for cinema's future

Cannes - The bitter row over whether Netflix films should be shown at the Cannes film festival is billed as generational clash that calls into question the future of cinema.

Five dresses making tongues wag at Cannes

Cannes - From a "Jerusalem skyline" gown that sparked a social media furore to a thigh-split leaving almost nothing to the imagination, these are the red carpet dresses turning heads at Cannes.

Talk of China dog meat festival ban all bark, no bite: restaurants

Bejing - Animal rights groups say dog meat has been banned at a controversial festival in China, but local restaurants claim they haven't heard anything about the purported prohibition.

Talk of China dog meat festival ban all bark, no bite: restaurants

Bejing - Animal rights groups say dog meat has been banned at a controversial festival in China, but local restaurants claim they haven't heard anything about the purported prohibition.

Talk of China dog meat festival ban all bark, no bite: restaurants

Bejing - Animal rights groups say dog meat has been banned at a controversial festival in China, but local restaurants claim they haven't heard anything about the purported prohibition.

Moore, Haynes reunite to leave Cannes 'Wonderstruck'

Cannes - Tender childhood mystery "Wonderstruck" drew tears and sparked Oscar buzz at its Cannes premiere Thursday, with Julianne Moore playing both a silent movie siren and a deaf 1970s-era New Yorker.

Trump documentary stirs up start of Cannes film festival

Cannes - The Hollywood elite jetted into France on Wednesday for the Cannes film festival, with a Michael Moore documentary "take down" of Donald Trump among announcements stirring up a buzz as the 12-day movie marathon kicked off.

Almodovar: From the back row to the top at Cannes

Cannes - The Cannes film festival -- the world's greatest movie showcase -- celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.AFP asked actors and directors who made their names at the festival to recount their highs and lows at the star-studded event.
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