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Court Says ex-Model Can Seek Divorce Payout from Saudi Sheikh in UK

A former model who was married to a wealthy Saudi sheikh won the right to seek a payout from him in London, after a court rejected Monday his claim to have diplomatic immunity.

Christina Estrada, 53, who has appeared in the Pirelli calendar and was once linked to Britain's Prince Andrew, will be able to seek a share of Sheikh Walid Juffali's estimated £4 billion (five billion euro, $5.7 billion) fortune.

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Controversy Mounts as Spanish Artists Held over ETA Word-Play

Two puppeteers detailed for allegedly "glorifying terrorism" with a play on words on ETA during a show asked to be freed Monday, as controversy over the case mounted.

The artists were held after a Friday performance during which they displayed a sign that read "Gora Alka-ETA", which combines the "Gora ETA (Long Live ETA)" chant of the banned Basque separatist group with the made-up word alka, to create a slogan that sounds like "Long Live al-Qaida".

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English National Opera Chorus Threaten Strike Action

Singers at one of London's top opera companies could go on strike in a dispute over jobs and pay after deciding to ballot on industrial action, their union said Monday.

The 43 members of the chorus at the English National Opera (ENO) will decide whether to strike over what their union says will be a 25 percent pay cut and the loss of four jobs.

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Dazzling Rio Carnival Climax Gives Brazilians Reason to Smile

Dancers -- some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes -- strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival's samba championship Monday, capping a wild party that has helped Brazilians forget about Zika and other worries.

The six last samba schools were preening their spectacular feather headdresses and adjusting the shining G-strings and other tiny garments favored by lead dancers ahead of the all-night parades.

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Beyonce, Coldplay 'Believe in Love' at Super Bowl Show

Coldplay and Beyonce went both retro and inspirational on Sunday as they put on a colorful Super Bowl halftime show full of flowers and happy children.

While Coldplay was nominally the headliner at the American football championship game, it was Beyonce who made news -- moments after the show finished, a brief television advertisement announced that she will head on a world tour.

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Main Line-Up at 66th Berlin Film Festival

The 66th Berlinale, Europe's first major film festival of the year, starts Thursday with 23 international productions screening in the main showcase.

Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event which runs from February 11 to 21, with a jury led by three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep selecting the best film. Nineteen of the main features are world premieres and two are directors' feature debuts.

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Inarritu Scoops Top DGA Prize for 'The Revenant'

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's bid for Oscars glory was boosted Saturday as he took top prize at the Directors Guild of America honors -- seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards.

Inarritu was crowned best director for revenge and survival epic "The Revenant," three weeks ahead of the glittering culmination of Hollywood's annual awards season.

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'The Revenant' Continues Grand Tradition of Arduous Shoots

Shot in brutal weather to a punishing schedule, Oscar favorite "The Revenant" belongs to a fine Hollywood tradition in which the truly creative must suffer for their art.

Leonardo DiCaprio went through hell to inhabit the character of 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass, eating a raw buffalo liver, bathing in icy rivers and climbing mountains laden with furs.

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Bhutan's Royal Couple Announce Birth of Baby Prince

Bhutan's royal couple on Saturday announced the birth of their first child, a baby prince, delighting the remote Himalayan kingdom where the monarchy is revered.

The newest royal, the son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, was safely delivered at Lingkana Palace in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu on February 5, the royal media office said.

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'Orange is the New Black' Renewed for Three More Seasons

Netflix on Friday announced it had renewed the award-winning women's prison dramedy "Orange is the New Black" -- one of the streaming giant's tentpole series -- for three more seasons.

The fourth season of "Orange is the New Black" premieres June 17, and the new Netflix commitment will take the series into its seventh season.

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