5Oct
2013

Miley Cyrus: latest ex-child star headed for a fall?

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Miley Cyrus: latest ex-child star headed for a fall?

Miley Cyrus is grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons again. A public row with pop veteran Sinead O’Connor is raising questions over whether she may be the latest onetime child star heading for a fall.

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4Oct
2013

US soul singer Lauryn Hill released from jail after tax dodge

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US soul singer Lauryn Hill released from jail after tax dodge

Grammy-winning American soul singer Lauryn Hill was released from a US prison Friday after being jailed in July for failing to file her tax returns on time, her lawyer said.

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October 4, 2013

Colourful geisha trainees hit grey Tokyo streets

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Colourful geisha trainees hit grey Tokyo streets

Trainee Japanese geishas wearing colourful kimonos and with full-face makeup were out on the streets of a grey Tokyo on Friday, drumming up tourist custom for the ancient capital of Kyoto.

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October 3, 2013

Readers of literary fiction can read emotions, too

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Readers of literary fiction can read emotions, too

People who read literary fiction are better than readers of popular fiction or nonfiction at figuring out the emotions of others, according to a US study out Thursday.

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October 3, 2013

Stars of Asian cinema gather for Busan film festival

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Stars of Asian cinema gather for Busan film festival

Stars of Asian cinema gathered in the South Korean port city of Busan Thursday as the region’s biggest film festival geared up for its gala opening.

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September 30, 2013

Japan's luxury fruit masters grow money on trees

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Japan's luxury fruit masters grow money on trees

With melons that sell for the price of a new car and grapes that go for more than $100 a pop, Japan is a country where perfectly-formed fruit can fetch a fortune.

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September 29, 2013

Hunger-striking jailed Pussy Riot member moved to hospital

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Hunger-striking jailed Pussy Riot member moved to hospital

Jailed hunger-striking Pussy Riot punk band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is refusing food in protest over what she has called murder threats and “slave labour conditions,” was on Sunday moved to a hospital, an official said.

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September 29, 2013

Bridget Jones a widowed mum-of-two in new book

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Bridget Jones a widowed mum-of-two in new book

The world’s most prominent literary singleton Bridget Jones is now a widow bringing up two children alone, according to extracts of a new book of her exploits released on Sunday.

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September 28, 2013

Rouhani home with US ‘gift’ of silver griffin: reports

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Rouhani home with US ‘gift’ of silver griffin: reports

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as “a special gift” to Iranians, media reports said.

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September 28, 2013

US writer Philip Roth awarded France's top honor

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US writer Philip Roth awarded France's top honor

France has awarded US writer Philip Roth its highest decoration, the Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), with the country’s foreign minister bestowing the award in New York.

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Miley Cyrus: latest ex-child star headed for a fall?

October 5, 2013
Miley Cyrus: latest ex-child star headed for a fall?

Miley Cyrus is grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons again. A public row with pop veteran Sinead O’Connor is raising questions over whether she may be the latest onetime child star heading for a fall.

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Thai nomad theatres strive to preserve ancient art

September 6, 2013
Thai nomad theatres strive to preserve ancient art

They eat, sleep and raise their children beneath the stage floorboards and when dusk falls Thailand’s travelling theatres come to life with ornate costumes, colourful face paint and high-pitched Chinese opera.

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