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Rights Groups: Despite Reforms, Saudi Women Still Silenced

Despite enjoying some newfound freedoms such as the right to attend a football match, Saudi women, particularly rights activists, continue to be silenced, two rights groups said Wednesday.

The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) said the "scandalous" treatment of women activists in the Islamic kingdom raised questions about the monarchy's "genuine willingness" to modernize.

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Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo 'Publicity-Seeking' Actresses

French film legend Brigitte Bardot attacked the #MeToo movement Wednesday, claiming that actresses who complain of sexual harassment were just looking for publicity.

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Macron's Tapestry Gesture Risks Rousing Anglo-French Rivalry

In a gesture of abiding friendship, or perhaps a subtle act of diplomatic trolling, French President Emmanuel Macron will offer to loan Britain the famed Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the French conquest of England, during his visit to the UK on Thursday.

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UK ِAppoints 'Minister for Loneliness'

Britain appointed a "minister for loneliness" on Wednesday to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May described as "the sad reality of modern life" affecting millions of people.

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Lebanon Reverses Ban on Spielberg Film

Lebanon's interior ministry will allow the release of Steven Spielberg's latest film, "The Post", overturning a ban by the General Security agency, a senior official said Wednesday.

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Rare Van Gogh Drawings, 'Forgotten' Flincks Go on Display

Art lovers are in for a rare treat as four forgotten works by Dutch masters Vincent van Gogh and 17th-century painter Govert Flinck have gone on display, after gathering dust for more than 100 years.

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Lebanon Bans Spielberg Film, Israeli Man Biopic amid Uproar on 'Beirut'

Lebanese authorities have banned Steven Spielberg's latest film, political thriller "The Post", and Australian drama "Jungle" to comply with a boycott of Israel, an official told the AFP news agency on Monday.

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Saudi Women Attend Football Game for the First Time

Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match Friday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes.

The new measure comes after Riyadh, long known for imposing harsh restrictions on women, announced it was lifting a ban prohibiting them from driving, as well as reopening cinemas.

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Berlusconi Backs Deneuve's Views on Harassment

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi backed French actress Catherine Deneuve on Thursday for saying that men should be "free to hit on" women.

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Feminists and Weinstein Accuser Lash Deneuve for Attack on #MeToo

Feminists and one of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein of rape turned on actress Catherine Deneuve Wednesday after she signed an open letter attacking the #MeToo movement for leading a witch-hunt against men.

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