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Statue of actor Bud Spencer unveiled in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary | AFP |  A year after his death, a massive bronze statue of Spaghetti Western actor Bud Spencer, born Carlo Pedersoli in 1929, was unveiled in Budapest Saturday before a crowd of adoring fans. The burly and bearded actor, who died in June 2016, earned cult status in …

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Under-fire US comic admits to sexual misconduct

New York, United States | AFP |  A US comedian on Friday admitted sexual misconduct and expressed remorse after being accused of masturbating in front of women, a rare statement of contrition in the midst of Hollywood’s burgeoning sexual harassment scandal. Father of two Louis C.K. released the statement to …

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NY could seek Weinstein indictment next week: reports

New York, United States | AFP | Manhattan’s district attorney is preparing a criminal case against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein which he could present to a grand jury as early as next week, US media reported Tuesday. The reports, quoting anonymous law enforcement officials, came after police confirmed they had …

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UAE and Qatar stake billions in ‘soft power’ showdown

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | AFP | The opening this week of the glittering Louvre Abu Dhabi museum marks the latest stage in a multi-billion-dollar “soft power” showdown between energy giants Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Culture, media and sports have turned into battlegrounds for branding and global recognition. “There …

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Nominations for 6th HiPipo Music Awards kickoff

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Nomination channels for the 6th prestigious HiPipo Music Awards have been opened and will run until November 15, 2017 when the  exercise will be closed. While announcing the nomination kickoff, Innocent Kawooya, CEO HiPipo noted that the 6th edition of HiPipo Music Awards comes …

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Kanye West makes brief return year after breakdown

New York, United States | AFP | Rap superstar Kanye West is back nearly a year after suffering a breakdown — making a brief musical appearance in which he appears to keep his feud with Taylor Swift alive. West, a once omnipresent celebrity with a prolific media presence and high-profile marriage …

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