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Macron to appear in French 'road movie' at Cannes festival

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Macron (R) and Daniel Cohn-Bendit are both staunchly pro-EU French President Emmanuel Macron’s enthusiasm for acting dates back to his school days – and next week he will appear in a Cannes Film Festival movie. The 90-minute French road movie La Travers√©e (The Crossing) gives Mr Macron a seven-minute […]

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Diego Rivera painting beats Frida Kahlo's record

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Rivals was commissioned by Abby Rockefeller A painting by Mexican artist Diego Rivera has been sold by Christie’s in New York for a record $9.76m (¬£7.17m), the highest price paid for a Latin American artwork at auction. The record had previously been set by a work by Frida Kahlo, […]

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Italy breaks up Syrian jihadist funding ring

Image copyright Polizia di Stato Image caption Police distributed footage of their raids as well as images of jihadists from Nusra Front A network suspected of financing al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria has been dismantled, Italian police say. Fourteen people were arrested on the island of Sardinia and in parts of northern Italy. Police said 10 […]

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Mahathir Mohamad: 'Yes, I am alive'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mahathir is known for his sharp humour At the age of 92, Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest elected leader – and he knows it. Famed for his witty – and often withering remarks – Mr Mahathir is very much at ease when talking of […]

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Anger at India sanitary pad poll pledge

Image copyright AFP Women activists have criticised two of India’s major political parties who have made sanitary towels a key promise for upcoming state elections. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party, which rules the southern state of Karnataka, have promised free sanitary pads to all women if they are elected. The […]

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Wombat mating bite may help species survive, scientists say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scientists tracked the mating behaviours of southern hairy-nosed wombats How can you tell if a wombat feels like mating? It might bite its partner on the bottom, say scientists behind new research. Australian researchers have studied sexual behaviours among wombats in the hope of improving breeding rates in captivity. […]

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Kenya dam burst 'causes huge destruction'

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of homes were swept away when the Patel Dam burst its banks Officials in Kenya say a dam has burst after heavy rain, causing “huge destruction” and killing at least 10. The breach happened in the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. “The […]