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Tickled pink: Japan lovers taste new chocs on Valentine’s Day

‘I love pink. I love chocolate. So this is just great for me’ It is a marriage made in Heaven for cute-obsessed Japan: this Valentine’s Day, lovers can present the…

Couples make Valentine’s Day deposit in ‘Love Bank’

In a small medieval Slovak town, couples are getting ready on Valentine’s Day to make a “deposit” about their romance in a place dedicated to love stories. The “Love Bank”…

Mayor’s backside and Dracula mark politicized Rio carnival parade

President Michel Temer as Dracula, crooked politicians, and a giant backside mocking Rio de Janeiro’s mayor set the tone for this week’s unusually politicized samba parades as the Rio carnival…

‘Cyborgs’ war drama replays real-life Ukraine battle

A new Ukrainian feature film called “Cyborgs” has become the first to depict the bloody war against Russian-backed separatists, focusing on a battle for a highly symbolic airport. The patriotic…

Abayas only: NY show spotlights rise of modest fashion

Indonesian designer Vivi Zubedi made her New York solo runway show debut Sunday, wowing the crowd with her abaya-only collection as she hopes to capitalize on the growing market for…

Valentine’s Day a rosy opportunity for jobless Colombians

  Valentine’s Day is a crazy rush for Colombia, one of the biggest flower exporters in the world, resulting in huge demand for labor in greenhouses near Bogota. That’s how…

Brazilian women say ‘No Means No’ at carnival

“No means no” is a new battle cry for Brazilian women mobilizing against assault at carnival, a raucous party whose free-wheeling atmosphere leaves women particularly vulnerable to unwanted sexual contact.…

Siriano champions 10 years of diversity on NY runway

  Christian Siriano, a plus-size diversity advocate and red carpet designer who has dressed leading Hollywood ladies and Michelle Obama, celebrated 10 years in the business Saturday with a masterclass…

Quincy Jones says Michael Jackson stole songs

Quincy Jones, the legendary music producer behind Michael Jackson, says that the late King of Pop plagiarized some of his hits. “I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael…

‘Gotta find a way’: Chinese rap in crisis after crackdown

Chinese rap and hip hop seemed poised to break out after a wildly popular singing show brought mainstream legitimacy to a musical style that had struggled to find its voice…

Rocker Josh Homme finds fresh voice with ‘In the Fade’

Best known for his rugged guitar rock with Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme unexpectedly found a new creative freedom when he composed the score for the thriller “In…

China steps into New York Fashion Week breach

Chen Peng is only 26 years old and yet his wildly original puffer coats have already adorned the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga. He’s showing his latest collection in…