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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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French Rappers Freed after Brawl Shuts Paris Airport

Two of France's biggest rap stars were released on bail Thursday after a brawl between their entourages forced a partial shutdown of a Paris airport.

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#MeToo Takes a Hit in Asia Argento Underage Sex Case

The #MeToo campaign has proved an irresistible force since emerging from the carnage of Hollywood's abuse and harassment scandal -- dominating the conversation on sexual misconduct.

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died on Thursday, her longtime publicist announced. She was 76.

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin 'Gravely Ill'

Music legend Aretha Franklin is "gravely ill" and surrounded by family and friends in Detroit, reports said Monday, as prayers and well wishes poured in for the Grammy-winning 'Queen of Soul.'

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