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Aliwaxima, Tehran's shoe-shine man in a red stiletto

Tehran - A giant, racy-red motorised stiletto is not what you expect to see cruising down the avenues of Iran's capital but it certainly attracts attention, and business, for intrepid shoe-shine man "Aliwaxima".

Annual tomato battle paints streets of Spanish town red

Bu - Thousands of half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes on Wednesday in the town of Bunol in eastern Spain, bathing the streets with red goo in the annual "Tomatina" battle.

Tanorexia: when getting a tan becomes an addiction

Madrid - On a warm August evening in Madrid a steady stream of tanned customers parade out of a tanning salon -- even in sunny Spain, the need to catch some rays can turn into an addiction.

Smartphone growth creating etiquette challenges

Washington - It's OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation. But not at a family dinner. And definitely not in church.

Pot economy thrives in Uruguay

Montevideo - Working at a decidedly un-slackerly pace, employees are racing to get ready for the opening of the latest marijuana boutique to sprout up in pot-friendly Uruguay.

'Straight Outta Compton' plays well to all demographics

UPDATE: With the actual figures coming in Monday (Aug. 17) for the box office, it looks like "Straight Outta Compton" made $60.2 million.

Missing Picasso gem found in US to be returned to France

Washington - "La Coiffeuse," a cubist work by Picasso worth about $15 million, will be returned to France where it was stolen 17 years ago, US officials said.

'Fantastic Four' falls flat as 'Mission' wins again

"Fantastic Four" did not do what other superhero films have done - conquer the box office. It flopped and let "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" retain the top spot at the box office.

Czech coal safari offers excavators instead of giraffes

Most - It is a safari with a twist: two private Czech mining companies have joined forces to take tourists on trips to see long-necked excavators and coal beds, instead of giraffes and lush wilderness.

Young Hong Kongers go analogue in a digital world

Hong Kong - In a city crammed with neon-lit tech stores, smartphone vendors and high-end camera shops, a digital backlash is mounting as young Hong Kongers seek out an old-fashioned analogue experience.

'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' crushes competition

It was a good weekend for Tom Cruise and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." The film not only won, it beat expectations.

'Vacation' takes to the road; Cruise relies on another 'Mission'

"Vacation" started early and it may be a rough road as it continues. Even with the early start, it will not overcome the other newcomer, "Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation."

Boy Scouts of America lifts ban on gay troop leaders

Washington - The Boy Scouts of America officially ended its decades-old ban on gay troop leaders Monday, a historic but controversial shift after years of legal wrangling and internal strife.

'Pixels' plays lower than expected as 'Ant-Man' wins again

"Pixels" proved not worthy of a box office title as it fell to "Ant-Man." Adam Sandler has lost his luster as his new video game action film fell flat.

'Ant-Man' crawls to the top

UPDATE 7.21.15: It turns out both "Ant-Man" and "Minions" came in a bit smaller than the Sunday estimates. "Ant-Man" came in at $57.1 million while "Minions" saw a $49.3 million weekend haul.

'Ant-Man' arrives and will battle 'Minions' for top spot

After an impressive first weekend win, "Minions" will be tough to beat. But, "Ant-Man" is here and the buzz has been good. The buzz, however, is still solid for those pesky "Minions."

Emmy nominations announced

Los Angeles - The 67th Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 20, but first come the nominations. They were announced today (July 16). "Game of Thrones" leads all shows with 24 nominations.

London's Royal Academy crowdfunds Ai Weiwei installation

London - The Royal Academy of Arts in London launched a crowdfunding appeal on Wednesday for an installation by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei that would see its courtyard filled with giant reconstructed trees.

How France dominates oak barrel trade for fine wines

Charente Maritime - Crafted by artisans using high quality oak, "Made in France" wine barrels -- in which age some of the world's most expensive wines -- are selling like hot cakes abroad, with exports making up 70 percent of the market.

Feverish excitement surrounds Harper Lee book release

New York - Bookstores opened at midnight when copies of Harper Lee's eagerly awaited, but controversial second novel flew off the shelves more than half a century after the groundbreaking success of "To Kill a Mockingbird.

Making millions with 'Minions' is too easy

Making money with "Minions" was easy for Universal this weekend as the yellow wise-crackers won the box office. They made it look too easy.

Greek 'crisis' crime novelist captivates Germans

Berlin - It's nearly midnight and in a matter of minutes Greece will leave the euro. Banks are shuttered, TV shows heatedly debate whether salaries will be paid... and Inspector Haritos has a new crime to solve.

France authorises cops to sport (certain) beards and tattoos

Paris - French police officers have been given approval to sport beards and tattoos on the job so long as they respect certain conditions, officials said Friday.

First chapter of new Harper Lee novel released

New York - Scout is an independent woman living in New York with a childhood friend who wants to marry her back home in Alabama. Her brother is dead and her father, Atticus, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

Move over, 'Minions' are here

For Universal studios, the summer has been real nice. First "Jurassic World" took the box office by storm and now come the "Minions."

In Mexico City, once beloved VW Beetle is nearly extinct

- It was a symbol of the Mexico City landscape, zooming, honking and fuming in the mega-capital's infamously dense traffic. But the beloved Volkswagen Beetle is nearly extinct, a victim of anti-pollution campaigns.

When a selfie is not enough: India abuzz over 'velfie' craze

Mumbai - Move over selfie, India is embracing the "velfie" with Bollywood stars, sporting heroes and even politicians taking and posting videos of themselves online using a range of new mobile apps.

Holiday dents movie box office

UPDATE: 7.6.15 - As was noted, as the actual box office figures were updated, it showed something different. "Inside Out" did inch by "Jurassic World" over the July 4 holiday.

North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal

Pyongyang - North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim.

Crowded box office over holiday weekend

The Fourth of July holiday has started in the states with Tuesday showings of "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL."
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