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Drake dominates Spotify for another year

New York, United States | AFP |  Rap superstar Drake has dominated Spotify for the second straight year, ending 2016 as the most streamed artist and with both the most heard album and song. The world’s leading streaming service, releasing figures Thursday for the past one-year period, said that its …

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Rumba and beer join UNESCO’s ‘intangibles’

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Cuba’s sensual rumba dance and Belgium’s thriving beer culture brought a new exuberance to UNESCO’s prestigious list of “intangible” heritage on Wednesday. The UN body gave the nod to the rumba, which it said evokes “grace, sensuality and joy”, while it said “making and …

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Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Facebook on Tuesday unveiled “Instant Games” allowing users of the world’s biggest social network to play from its Messenger application or directly on their news feeds. The new games effort could be a step toward eventually monetizing Messenger, which now has more than …

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Putin hands action star Seagal Russian passport

Moscow, Russia | AFP |  President Vladimir Putin on Friday personally handed a new Russian passport to US action star Steven Seagal and said he hoped the gesture showed a “normalisation” of strained relations with Washington. Sitting at a round table in the Kremlin at a televised meeting, Putin showed …

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