Lebanese film "Here Comes the Rain" (Shatti Ya Dini) that tells the story of missing persons from the country's civil war won a Black Pearl award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Friday.
"I dedicate my film to all those who are in love with freedom and peace in Lebanon," said director Bahij Hojeij, after his film won the 100,000 dollar prize in the Best Narrative Film from the Arab World category.Full Story
Human Rights Watch has slammed a ruling by an Emirati court which condone the beating of wives by their husbands, saying it sends out a signal that violence against women and children is acceptable.
According to press reports, the United Arab Emirates' Federal Supreme Court in a ruling released on Sunday said "a man has the right to discipline his wife and children provided he does not leave physical marks."Full Story
French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux has become the latest senior official caught out by an embarrassing slip of the tongue, after he spoke on television of his "database of genital prints."
Hortefeux was apparently attempting to distinguish between police files of suspects' finger prints -- "empreintes digitales" -- and their DNA records -- "empreintes genetiques" -- mixing the two to form: "empreintes genitales."Full Story
A Georgia woman whose 15-year-old daughter appeared on an episode of Tyra Banks' talk show featuring teen sex addicts is suing the TV host for $3 million.
In a lawsuit filed Oct. 8 in federal court in Atlanta, Beverly McClendon says her daughter appeared on the former model's talk show without McClendon's permission.Full Story
A rock band will have to face the music after blocking a Los Angeles freeway and performing atop its trailer.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Rick Quintero said a big box van decorated with Imperial Stars' logo stopped on the southbound U.S. 101 near Sunset Boulevard at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, blocking four of the five lanes.Full Story
Bond was set at $50,000 for a 27-year-old Chicago man accused of stealing an ambulance over the weekend while two paramedics treated someone he apparently knew in the back.
Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said Jimmy McCoy allegedly jumped into the stopped ambulance and drove off with the emergency lights on.Full Story
Budget Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific on Friday flew a second regular flight with dancing cabin crew, using male stewards instead of female after criticism the original stunt was sexist.
The airline had created a YouTube sensation, as well as a storm of criticism earlier this week with an in-flight safety demonstration using pretty young female cabin attendants toe-tapping to a Lady Gaga tune.Full Story
Watch out, Sarah Palin. There's a new conservative in town, and he's (nearly) naked and gunning for the White House.
The Naked Cowboy, a strapping guitar player and Times Square fixture known for busking in his briefs, 10-gallon hat and boots, says he will be donning a normal outfit on his next adventure: a run for the White House.Full Story
The presidential seal fell off U.S. President Barack Obama's lectern and clattered to the stage as he delivered a speech to a women's conference.
"That's all right, all of you know who I am," the president joked to laughter from the audience when he realized what had happened.Full Story