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Will Bollywood brush #MeToo claims under the red carpet?

The first time Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused her co-star of sexually harassing her on set a decade ago, she was threatened with violence – and then ignored. When she…

Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry

Bangladesh’s silk industry is one of the oldest in the world, with farmers in the northwestern border district of Rajshahi producing some of the most sought-after silk yarns. They specialize…

Tsukiji: It’s not all about the fish, says Michelin chef

When two-starred Michelin chef Lionel Beccat reminisces about Tsukiji, the world’s biggest fish market in Tokyo, it is not the ocean’s bounty that stirs memories but the fishmongers themselves. “The…

Black is back: top trends at Paris fashion week

As Paris women’s fashion week ends Tuesday, AFP looks at some of the major trends from the spring-summer 2019 catwalk collections: Black is the new black Spring-summer is supposed to…

Disappeared China star Fan ordered to pay $129m over taxes

Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has been ordered to pay more than $129 million in taxes and fines, state media said yesterday, months after the once ubiquitous celebrity disappeared from the…

Neither rich nor crazy: Film noir sheds light on Singapore’s migrant laborers

A world away from the opulence showcased in hit rom-com “Crazy Rich Asians”, a critically acclaimed film noir is shedding light on a less well-known side of Singapore-the precarious existence…

Lagerfeld takes Chanel to beach for his second youth

Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel for a paddle in the sea yesterday, creating a huge beach with real waves for his joyously zingy Paris fashion week show. The 85-year-old produced a…

Charles Aznavour, France’s eternal crooner poet

They told him he was too ugly, too short and that he couldn’t sing. But Charles Aznavour, who has died aged 94, became one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the…

Tie-dye jumpsuits for spring at Stella McCartney fashion show

Jumpsuits were the order of the day at Stella McCartney’s catwalk show during Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with skin-tight floral numbers contrasting with more laid back, wide-legged boilersuit styles…

Saudi Arabia embraces yoga in pivot towards ‘moderation’

In a sparse, wood-floored studio, Saudi women squat, lunge and do headstands. Even a year ago, teaching these yoga postures could have rendered them outlaws in the conservative Islamic kingdom.…

Topless, singing Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation Sunday by posing topless for a video while singing “I Touch Myself” to raise awareness for breast cancer. In the Instagram video,…

Kanye West is now Ye, but unchanged on backing Trump

Kanye West has decided that he now wants to be called Ye. But on political matters, nothing has changed for the pro-Trump rapper. “The being formally (sic) known as Kanye…