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‘Joy’ snags Etoile d’Or at Marrakesh film festival

Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy”, an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, won top prize Saturday at the Marrakesh film festival in Morocco. Italian actress Monica Bellucci presented…

‘Miracle’ doughnuts emerge as Israel celebrates Hanukkah

Consider the doughnut. Good, right? Now consider that doughnut made with gourmet ingredients like creme de cassis, stuffed with fresh fruit or topped with chocolate pearls. Really good, right? At…

Hollywood awards season kicks off with Golden Globes noms

Hollywood’s annual carnival of awards shows began yesterday with the nominations for the Golden Globes-the starting gun in the race for the Oscars. The announcements, which come a week before…

Marrakech International Film Festival honors Jillali Ferhati

Moroccan actor and director Jillali Ferhati received the Golden Star of the Marrakech International Film Festival. A tribute to the director of “The Beach of Lost Children”, ” From the…

Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ video smashes records

Pop star Ariana Grande’s sugary new music video for the hit “Thank U, Next” is now the fastest to rack up 100 million views on YouTube, the platform told AFP…

Sean Penn in Istanbul to film Khashoggi documentary

American actor Sean Penn was in Istanbul yesterday to film a documentary about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate, Turkish media reported. Khashoggi, a US…

Donald Glover named GQs best-dressed man

Donald Glover has been crowned GQ’s best-dressed man of 2019. The 35-year-old musician-and-actor topped the British publication’s annual list, climbing from 18th spot last year largely thanks to his colourful…

Cruz joins up with PETA to spread anti-fur message

Penelope Cruz has teamed up PETA to front a new anti-fur campaign. The 44-year-old actress has teamed up with the animal rights organization – known as People for the Ethical…

Emirates and Ho Chi Minh City cooperate to grow tourism from Kuwait

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has pledged its commitment to supporting tourism into Vietnam from Kuwait, with a special focus on Ho Chi Minh City, by signing a marketing…

Vietnam: The city of bravery, beauty and myths

Visiting Vietnam is a very unique experience for anyone who wants to be educated about culture, history and myths, and enjoy the beauty of nature at the same time. Vietnam…

Sierra Leone’s ‘peace diamond’ dividend slow in coming

They were promised a “peace diamond” dividend in the Sierra Leone village of Koryardu after the stone they handed over for auction fetched $6.5 million (5.7 million euros) a year…

Director Gray lambasts ‘imbecile’ Trump at Marrakech film fest

US director James Gray, chairman of this year’s Marrakech film festival, on Monday lambasted his country’s President Donald Trump as an “imbecile” and source of embarrassment for Americans abroad. “It’s…