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Stars celebrate Queen Aretha at marathon funeral

Former presidents, stars and musical royalty paid joyous tribute to Aretha Franklin at her marathon funeral on Friday, leading her family and members of the public in bidding goodbye to…

Shanghai exhibit draws egg-lovers and selfie-takers

“Last one in is a rotten egg,” a neon sign in brilliant pink goads, as half a dozen people frolic and snap photos in a giant caviar bowl. In an…

‘First Man’ shows Armstrong’s view after Moon landing, sitting in ‘tin can’

Everyone knows what Neil Armstrong said as he stepped onto the Moon, and when Ryan Gosling delivers the line in “First Man”, which opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday,…

Syrian ballerina brings touch of grace to streets of Damascus

Syrian ballerina Yara Khudeir is on a mission – to bring some peace and beauty into the lives of her war-weary compatriots by dancing her way through the streets and…

Women directors slam ‘toxic masculinity’ of Venice film festival

The Venice film festival was slammed for its “toxic masculinity” as it opened yesterday with just one female director represented among its most mouth-watering line-up in decades. With Hollywood effectively…

UK royal Meghan’s wedding dress to go on display

The gown worn by Meghan Markle at her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry will go on display later this year at Windsor Castle where their lavish marriage ceremony took place…

Rumba, the dance of seduction running through Cubans’ veins

Born among black slaves on sugar plantations, Cuba’s rumba has since become a national icon almost as renown as its cigars or amateur boxers and two years ago was designated…

Plucky air guitarists chase stringless glory at world titles in Finland

Air guitar enthusiasts gathered in the Finnish city of Oulu on Friday to shred and strum their imaginary instruments in pursuit of the world championship of the bizarre dance form.…

Spice Girls agree reunion deal

The Spice Girls have signed a deal for a UK tour next year – without Victoria Beckham. The ‘Say You’ll Be There’ hitmakers have reportedly agreed a contract that will…

New generations sustain South Korean church’s mass weddings

Twenty-five years after her parents were married, Iasmin Lumibao travelled from Macau to South Korea to follow in their footsteps and marry alongside thousands of others in a mass wedding…

Next season of ‘Big Bang Theory’ to be its last

Award-winning ratings smash “The Big Bang Theory” will end with the finale of its 12th season in May next year, CBS said on Wednesday, lavishing praise on the long-running comedy.…

Nejoud Al-Yagout releases debut novel

Poet, essayist, and founder of Co-Exist Kuwait Nejoud Al-Yagout is releasing her groundbreaking debut novel, set to release this fall from Luminare Press. Threading together the narratives of multiple protagonists…