art and culture

Thirty per cent of Aleppo's Old City destroyed, UNESCO says

Thirty per cent of the Old City of Aleppo has been destroyed and 60 per cent significantly damaged amid the ongoing conflict there, UNESCO said Friday.

Children open Danish city's cultural capital year

Thousands of children sang and danced Friday as the Danish city of Aarhus opened its year as European capital of culture,  an honorary title it shares with the port town of Pafos in Cyprus.

Vin Diesel in India for release of 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Hollywood action star Vin Diesel arrived in India on Thursday to promote his film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," being released there a week ahead of the rest of the world.

Court demands grounds for ban on female readers at key Jerusalem site

Jewish reform groups welcomed a ruling by Israel's highest court on Wednesday, which called for an explanation on why women are forbidden from reading the Torah at a Jerusalem holy site.

10 years of the iPhone: The smartphone that changed everything

Apple introduced its first iPhone 10 years ago. At the time no one could have known that market leaders such as Nokia would vanish from the stage. The iPhone continues to fascinate the masses,...

Millions of devotees join Philippines' annual Black Nazarene feast

Nearly 3 million mostly barefoot devotees on Monday joined the Philippines' largest religious event to honour a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ despite warnings that Islamist extremists might...

Cause of George Michael's death still unclear after autopsy

The cause of death of British singer George Michael remained unclear after an autopsy, British police said in a statement Friday.

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds dies day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday in Los Angeles, just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

German museums urged to check collections for Nazi-looted art

Germany's culture minister Wednesday called on the nation's museums to ensure they are not housing any art looted by the Nazis.

"Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher dead at 60 after heart attack

Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, her family said.

"Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One" top US box-office rankings

A year after "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" dominated North American cinemas, the latest spinoff of the series is the box-office champion for the year-end holidays.

Popstar George Michael dies of heart failure

Musicians from Britain and around the world paid tribute Monday to British popstar George Michael, who died of heart failure at age 53.

Singer George Michael dies aged 53, publicist confirms

British pop singer George Michael has died, the British news agency PA reported Sunday, citing his publicist.

In Christmas message of peace, Pope speaks of suffering in Syria

Pope Francis called for peace on Earth and consideration for the victims of war and terrorism in his Christmas message given from the loggia of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

Closed doors breed violence, top Roman Catholic cleric says

Closed doors and defended borders are metaphors for fear that breed violence, the top Roman Catholic cleric in Jerusalem said in his midnight Christmas homily in Bethlehem.