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Singer Rachid Taha, who Fused Arabic Music and Rock, Dies

France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died. His record label, Naïve, announced his death at age 59 in a statement on its Facebook page.

Naïve said Wednesday that the singer who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno died overnight after suffering a heart attack at his home in the Paris suburbs.

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Thai Film Company to Retell Cave Boy Saga

A Thai-based film company has joined the scramble to retell the dramatic story of the 12 young footballers and their coach who were freed from a flooded cave, one of the producers said Tuesday.

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Syrian war Documentary Wins Top Venice Prizes

A film that follows two friends through four nightmarish years of the Syrian civil war has lifted some of the top prizes at the Venice film festival, which ends Saturday.

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Turkish Comic Coup Film Wins Venice Prize

An hilarious black comedy about a botched coup in Turkey won a major prize at the Venice film festival Friday.

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Miss England Contestant in Hijab First

A Miss England contestant is set to wear a hijab in the finals on Tuesday, in a first for the organization.

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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 by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.

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Moroccan Star Arrested in France over Alleged Rape

A French prosecutor said Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred is being held in police custody on suspicion of committing a rape in the town of Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera.

Draguignan prosecutor's office said Lamjarred, 33, was arrested on Sunday, without providing details.

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Glamorous Venice Film Festival Courts Controversy

Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition.

Some 21 features will be locking horns for the prized Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 8 at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Venice Lido, the iconic setting for Luchino Visconti's masterpiece "Death in Venice".

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Robin Leach of 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' Dies

Robin Leach, whose voice crystallized the opulent 1980s on TV's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," died Friday. He was 76

His son, Steven Leach, said he died in Las Vegas, where he made his home.

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Video Game Swastikas Stir Unease in Germany

The first video game to depict Germany's 1933-45 Nazi era uncensored, showing the swastika and Adolf Hitler, has stirred up debate over whether it's an advance for artistic freedom or a new danger of radicalisation.  

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