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Brazil’s economy puts damper on Rio carnival

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | The Rio carnival is a celebration of joyful excess but deep recession in Brazil means that samba schools are thinking about their budgets as much as their dance moves. “Here the key word is austerity,” says Luiz Carlos Magalhaes, president of the Portela …

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Pakistan high court bans Valentine’s Day

Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP |  A Pakistani court Monday banned public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in the capital Islamabad, the latest attempt by authorities to outlaw a holiday seen by many in the traditional Muslim society as vulgar and Western. The Islamabad high court issued the order after a petitioner …

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Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Adele on Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce, calling her an idol. The English balladeer swept up the top prizes of the night …

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Beyonce vs Adele at music’s biggest night

Los Angeles, United States | AFP | The music world gathers Sunday for the Grammys with the top awards a choice between a new, edgier Beyonce and the time-tested heartache ballads of Adele. The televised bash from Los Angeles, which kicks off at 5 pm (0100 GMT Monday), could also …

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Madonna adopts 4-year-old twin girls in Malawi

Blantyre, Malawi | AFP | US superstar Madonna adopted twin girls in Malawi on Tuesday, a court official told AFP, raising to four the total number of children she has adopted from the southern African nation. Just two weeks ago, she denied being involved in a fresh adoption application in …

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Beyonce takes over internet with twins news

New York, United States | AFP | Beyonce is pregnant — and this time, she’s expecting twins with her husband, rap mogul Jay Z. The pop superstar — who already has a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, with Jay Z — announced the news to her more than 92 million followers …

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