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Berlin Fashion Week Kicks Off

Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is opening its catwalk outside the city's landmark Brandenburg Gate with more than 50 shows presenting spring/summer collections for 2012.

The Berlin event, which runs from Wednesday through to Saturday, is seen as a show where young designers who often struggle to get noticed in New York, Milan or Paris can highlight their clothes.

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Post-Galliano Dior Embraces Eclecticism

Christian Dior, taking its time finding a successor to John Galliano, firmly distanced itself from the disgraced British designer Monday with an eclectic collection at the Paris haute couture shows.

Four months after firing Galliano over alleged racist slurs, Dior tasked his longtime right-hand man Bill Gaytten to oversee a show inspired by everything from early 1980s Paris nightlife to the architect Frank Gehry.

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Harry Potter Author Ends 16-Year Spell with Agent

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said on Monday she had ended her 16-year association with the literary agent who helped to launch the multi-million-selling series of books about the boy wizard.

Christopher Little began working with Rowling in 1995, although it took until August 1996 to find a publisher for her first book, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".

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Sting Cancels Kazakh Concert Over 'Rights Abuses'

British pop star Sting cancelled a concert he was due to give in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Monday, blaming violations of the human rights of striking oil workers in the ex-Soviet state.

Sting said in a statement published on his website that he cancelled the concert, part of his Symphonicity world tour, after campaign group Amnesty International told him of repressions against oil and gas workers.

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Prince Albert Weds Charlene in Lavish Ceremony

Monaco's Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene promised each other love and fidelity in an extravagant religious wedding attended by international celebrities and royalty, bringing new allure to the tiny principality known for its luxurious casinos and as stomping ground for the rich and famous.

The Catholic service Saturday followed an intimate civil ceremony Friday, which saw Charlene officially transformed from commoner into royalty. The marriage of the 53-year-old prince and the 33-year-old Charlene Wittstock, a one-time Olympic swimmer from South Africa who is now known as Princess Charlene, ended a three-decade wait for a new princess.

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Maria Shriver Files to Divorce Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver stood by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he ran for California's governorship in 2003, even after several women accused him of lecherous behavior.

On Friday, 25 years after their fairytale wedding on Cape Cod, she filed for divorce.

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Lady Gaga Wows Taiwan on First Visit

Pop diva Lady Gaga arrived in Taiwan on Friday to kick off her first visit to the island, sporting a long black and gold wig and blowing kisses to the delight of fans.

Several cable news channels broadcast live as Lady Gaga got off her private jet and walked towards the waiting media before posing briefly for photos.

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Forty Years on, Jim Morrison Cult Thrives at Paris Cemetery

It will be 40 years on Sunday since Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in his Paris apartment, but a visit to his grave finds the cult of the lizard king as alive as ever.

His sudden and untimely death at the age of 27 stunned fans of The Doors, who broke fresh ground in psychedelic rock with such hits as "Riders on the Storm," "People are Strange" and "Light My Fire".

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Monaco's Payboy Prince Finally Settles

Prince Albert II of Monaco kept his worried subjects guessing for decades about his marriage plans and Friday's wedding to swimmer Charlene Wittstock will be a relief as much as a celebration.

Although he has fathered two children, a girl and a boy who were officially recognized after he had acceded to the throne, neither could succeed him as Monaco's constitution requires its rulers to be born in wedlock.

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'Zarkana': Cirque Du Soleil Debuts New Gamble in NY

Like a cocktail with a dash of "Alice in Wonderland" and a splash of "Rocky Horror," Cirque du Soleil's highly acrobatic, dream-like spectacular "Zarkana" opens this week with its world premiere in New York.

The show is a flashy rock opera that mixes bold acrobatic showmanship, powerful live music, and a balanced use of video effects -- a heady mix filling Radio City Music Hall's towering stage that matches Canadian director Francois Girard's surrealist vision.

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