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New York Party of the Year Kowtows to China

China's march towards global ascendancy has taken another leap forward -- at least when it comes to New York high society and its most glittering fashion extravaganza, the Met Ball.

The city's party of the year, attended by A-list film stars, singers and models, the richest moguls and most feted fashion designers, has chosen China as the theme of its 2015 bash at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday.

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Bollywood Star Salman Khan Faces Hit-and-Run Case Verdict

Bollywood star Salman Khan, known for his bulging biceps and off-camera temper tantrums, faces jail this week if convicted of drunkenly driving over sleeping homeless men 12 years ago, killing one of them.

Khan, star of blockbusters "Bodyguard" and "Dabangg" (Fearless), is accused of losing control of his SUV after a night of drinking rum and cocktails at an upmarket bar in India's entertainment capital Mumbai in 2002 and fleeing the scene.

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Scorsese Says Movie 'Silence' Inspired by Religion

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese said Monday his decision to shoot the historic-drama "Silence" was inspired by his religious childhood, despite the Hollywood heavyweight not typically being known for spiritual outpourings.

Lauded for his direction of often violent box office hits such as "Gangs of New York" and "The Departed", Scorsese said at a press conference in Taipei that his Christian beliefs and faith had helped him face the world.

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World Kept Guessing over Name of Britain's Baby Princess

Royal watchers around the world waited to discover the name of the two-day-old British princess born to Prince William and his wife Kate, which could be announced on Monday.

Gun salutes at Hyde Park and Tower Bridge will also celebrate the birth, after senior members of the royal family visited the couple's Kensington Palace residence to see the baby.

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New Orleans Wraps Up Jazz Fest with Raucous Performances

Raucous performances by New Orleans hometown hero Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, rocker Lenny Kravitz and rising country star Kacey Musgraves closed out the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Sunday.

The seven-day celebration of Louisiana's heritage features music stages dotted around the city's fairgrounds, booths selling food and stalls showing art and handicrafts.

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Ashes of Ballerina Plisetskaya to be Spread over Russia

The ashes of Maya Plisetskaya, the renowned Bolshoi Theater ballerina who died this weekend, will be spread over Russia in accordance with her wishes.

Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin said Plisetskaya left instructions for her to be cremated and, after the death of her husband, the composer Rodion Shchedrin, for the ashes to be joined together and spread over Russia.

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'Avengers' Sequel is Second Biggest U.S. Opener of All Time

The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

But "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012.

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Prince William's Wife Kate Gives Birth to Girl

Prince William's wife Kate gave birth to a girl on Saturday, sparking celebrations for the royal couple's new arrival, a princess who becomes the fourth in line to the British throne.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am," the royal residence of Kensington Palace said in a statement.

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U.S. TV to Remake 1970s Slavery Classic 'Roots'

Classic 1970s TV series "Roots," about one African family's struggle to survive slavery over generations, is to be remade for US television next year, the companies behind it said Friday.

Emmy-award winning actor LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte in the original show, will serve as executive co-producer on the new series, being made by TV companies History, A&E Network and Lifetime.

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'Stand By Me' Singer Ben E. King Dead at 76

Ben E. King, the soul singer whose Gospel-influenced "Stand By Me" became one of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, has died at 76, his spokesman said Friday.

King, who lived in New Jersey, died of natural causes on Thursday, spokesman Phil Brown told Agence France Presse.

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