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Americans Clean up as Lady Gaga Scoops MTV Awards

Americans have cleaned up at the MTV Europe Awards in Madrid, as Lady Gaga picked up three top prizes and awards crowned Katy Perry, Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber and half a dozen U.S. outfits.

The U.S. diva Lady Gaga received her trophies, for female artist of the year, best pop act and best song for "Bad Romance", on stage in the Hungarian capital Budapest where she was performing to a packed concert audience.

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Judo Injury or Facelift? Putin Tries to Mask Shiner

Vladimir Putin, who has carved out a health nut image by wrestling with tigers or judo opponents, raised eyebrows Thursday as he was pictured swollen-faced and caked in make-up, apparently to mask a black eye.

Journalists feverishly speculated that the Russian premier could have taken a punch during a judo session or even had a facelift, after he visited Ukraine on Wednesday slathered in war paint.

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Without Driver or Map, Vans Go from Italy to China

Across Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Gobi Desert — it certainly was a long way to go without getting lost.

Four driverless electric vans successfully ended a 13,000-kilometer test drive from Italy to China — a modern-day version of Marco Polo's journey around the world — with their arrival at the Shanghai Expo on Thursday.

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Ang Lee to Shoot 'Life of Pi' 3D Movie in Taiwan

Oscar-winning Taiwanese-American director Ang Lee announced Friday he will start shooting his new and first 3D film "Life of Pi" in Taiwan in January.

The movie, set to be released in December 2012, is based on the Booker prize-winning novel by Yann Martel about an Indian boy adrift on a lifeboat in the Pacific with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a tiger.

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Filmmaker Cameron to Return to Pandora with "Avatar" 2 and 3

Canadian filmmaker James Cameron will write and direct the second and third parts of the sci-fi movie "Avatar" for release in 2014 and 2015, the entertainment magazine Variety said Wednesday.

Executives at 20th Century Fox confirmed to the publication that they had reached an agreement with Cameron to make the sequels to "Avatar," the biggest box office hit in contemporary movie history, with 2.8 billion dollars in sales since its opening in December 2009.

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Looking for a Car? Try 007's Aston Martin

For the discerning driver, it's got an ejector seat, machine guns and a world-class pedigree. Problem is, it's going to cost a truckload of dough.

One of the world's most famous James Bond cars - the specially equipped Aston Martin first driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger" - will be auctioned off in London on Wednesday evening, and it's likely to fetch one of the highest prices ever paid for an automobile.

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'Hobbit' Movies to be Made in New Zealand

Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" movies will be made in New Zealand after the government struck a deal with Hollywood studio Warner Bros. to end months of union tensions, Prime Minister John Key said.

Key agreed to give Warner sweeteners worth tens of millions of dollars and amend industrial laws in order to retain New Zealand's coveted role as Middle Earth in Jackson's long-awaited follow-up to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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Take That Announce First Tour since Robbie Reunion

Take That will perform with its original line-up for the first time in 16 years, the boyband confirmed on Tuesday as they revealed plans for their inaugural tour since Robbie Williams rejoined.

The British five-piece will play four nights at the City of Manchester Stadium in the group's hometown in June before four mammoth shows at London's Wembley Stadium.

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Tale of Lebanon's Civil War Missing Bags UAE Film Award

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.

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UAE Court Ruling Criticized for Ignoring Beating of Wives by Husbands

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."

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