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Ireland's St Patrick's Day Party to Banish Gloom

Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to attend St Patrick's Day parades throughout debt-ridden Ireland on Thursday with the traditional celebrations a welcome relief from economic austerity measures.

More than 100 cities and towns were holding parades in what is a traditional early kick-start to the tourism season with the festivities bringing in a much-needed 50-million-Euro (70-million-dollar) spending injection for the battered economy.

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Enquist: The Multiple Lives of a Swedish Literary Giant

In one life, Per Olov Enquist has been an oppressed child, an athlete, a journalist and a depressed and destructive alcoholic, but in another life -- the one that really counts in his eyes -- he is an author, a giant in the world of Swedish literature.

Spry for his 76 years, Enquist tells Agence France Presse in an interview that he is savoring "a different life", which is also the title of his latest work, an autobiography.

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Mad Hatter Johnny Depp Named 'Hat Person of The year'

Johnny Depp has been crowned "hat person of the year," beating out other celebrity hat-wearers including U.S. singer Gwen Stefani and Australian actor Hugh Jackman, the U.S. Headwear Association said Tuesday.

Nearly four in 10 visitors to the Headwear Association's website voted in the annual poll for "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Depp and his wide-brimmed fedoras, helping him to roundly beat Stefani and Jackman who garnered 17 percent and 16 percent of votes cast, respectively.

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Dion Returns to Recession-Hit Vegas with New Show

On the stage that French-Canadian power ballads built, Celine Dion rolls her body, drops her hips and shimmies in a gold sparkly mini-dress that looks like it was swiped from Beyoncé's closet.

This is Dion as Tina Turner, her robust voice stretching into a soulful cover of "River Deep, Mountain High" as a row of back-up singers groove behind her during a sound check in the near-empty Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Or at least this is as Tina Turner as the "Beauty and the Beast" crooner is going to get in her Las Vegas sequel.

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Bob Dylan to Perform in Vietnam for the First Time

American singer Bob Dylan, famous for his anti-war songs during the Vietnam War, will perform in the Communist country for the first time next month, his promoter said Tuesday.

Dylan will appear at an 8,000-plus-capacity university stadium in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on April 10, said Rod Quinton, general manager of Ho Chi Minh City-based Saigon Sound System.

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Ghostbusters Lives on Through Comics, Video Games

More than 25 years later the answer to the question "Who ya gonna call?" remains "Ghostbusters!"

The specter-busting quartet that debuted in 1984 on movie screens and then was in a sequel and an animated series remains firmly planted in pop culture thanks, in part, to a wide international fan base, a new comic book series and a next-generation video game coming out this month.

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Bekham Couple Expecting Baby Girl

Soccer great David Beckham and wife Victoria are expecting their fourth child, and a spokesman said Sunday that the couple has learned that it will be a girl.

In January the former England captain announced via Facebook that his wife was due this summer.

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Fabric and Form: Yamamoto Retrospective Opens in London

A major exhibition of work by Yohji Yamamoto, one of the world's most influential fashion designers, opens in London Saturday with a showcase of his innovative use of fabric and form.

The retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum traces three decades of work by the Japanese designer and highlights the timeless appeal of his clothes, his use of space around the body and his fascination with textiles.

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From The Streets to the Stage, Yemen Finds its Voice

When night falls on Sanaa, one of the Middle East capitals resonating with calls for democratic change, the revolutionaries shift their struggle from the streets to an open-air stage at the university.

The bleachers go up, the lights are hung, the crowds gather and an imaginary curtain rises on the premier theater in the Yemeni capital, a city without cinemas where entertainment normally revolves around tea and qat.

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Amid Revolution, Egyptian Designer Still Makes it to Paris

Putting a collection together for Paris fashion week is a nerve-wracking experience in the best of times. Just try doing it in the middle of a revolution.

Egyptian designer Marie Bishara did, and it is a stroke of luck that she even got to the French capital with her sophisticated and feminine looks in the wake of the uprising that put paid to Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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