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Film festivals fire starting gun on Oscars race

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s annual awards season may be months away yet, but for many the race for Oscars gold has already started, with strong contenders emerging from key film festivals this month.



Kidman ‘in shock’ after father’s death

SYDNEY: Australian actress Nicole Kidman is in shock after the sudden death of her father in Singapore, her publicist said Saturday as her husband Keith Urban wrote of the couple’s “deep state of grie



Aussie Kate hoax DJ ‘truly sorry’

LONDON: An Australian radio DJ who made a prank call to Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate after which a nurse was found hanged wept on Friday as she said she was “truly sorry.”






Malaysian girl, 8, dies after being flung from Australian ride

SYDNEY: Australian authorities are investigating the death of a Malaysian girl who was flung “like a doll” from a spinning ride at the Royal Adelaide Show where showgoers laid flowers for her Saturday




Exhibition unwraps drama of Tutankhamun’s discovery

Egypt’s “boy king” Tutankhamun has gripped the imagination since his tomb was discovered in 1922, and a new exhibition tells the enthralling tale of how archaeologists unearthed and recorded the conte



Unemployment pushes young Swedes across Norwegian border

Sweden’s general election campaign has spilled over into Norway as political rivals pursue votes among the tens of thousands of mostly young Swedes emigrating to find work.

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