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After ‘Mary Shelley’, pioneering Saudi female director keen to film back home

Fresh from shooting her first film in English, Haifaa Al-Mansour plans to return to her native Saudi Arabia next month for her new project-but this time, she won’t be directing…

Demi Lovato thankful to be alive after overdose

Pop star Demi Lovato said Sunday she was thankful to be alive and needed time to recover in her first remarks since an overdose nearly two weeks ago. Writing to…

Lebanon’s glamorous music festivals, struggle in tough times

Shakira and Elton played one-off concerts in Lebanon in recent months but the summer music festivals that helped make the country a cultural lodestar for the Arab world are struggling.…

Chip labor: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant

The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, “Enjoy your…

Rappers in Paris airport brawl to remain in custody for a month

Two of France’s biggest rap stars were on Friday ordered to spend a month in custody after a brawl between them and their entourages delayed flights and forced a partial…

Canada’s Zombie Boy dead of apparent suicide at 32

Canadian model and artist Zombie Boy-who was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Montreal-used his head-to-toe tattoos to earn international notice, from the catwalks of Paris…

Glamour girl turned duchess: Meghan tones down

  Muted colors, long dresses and chaste necklines: Meghan has had to tone down her fashion choices since marrying Prince Harry in May but still occasionally displays some of her…

Kidman, Theron to star in film on harassment at Fox News

Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron are to lead an all-star cast in a new movie about former Fox News hosts Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, who spoke up about sexual…

Right at home: Diaper bags get a stylish update

In generations past, the array of baby paraphernalia needed by new parents was carried in cumbersome totes of heavy plastic, often emblazoned with prints and patterns that spoke more to…

Survivor of acid attack hopes art can change law

Doused in acid as punishment for rejection, Patricia Lefranc is typical of the thousands of women whose lives are ruined by ex-partners armed with acid. But instead of hiding away,…

‘Superfood’ craze makes big business of Africa’s baobab

Taerou Dieuhiou has been shinning barefoot up baobab trees in Senegal’s southern Casamance region to collect the oblong fruit since he was 15. Business has never been better. Inside the…

Vivendi says wants to sell 50% of Universal Music Group

French media group Vivendi said Monday it plans to sell up to 50 percent of Universal Music Group as it reported a drop in net earnings. As revenue dipped 1.4…