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#MeToo debate dominates Berlin filmfest opening

Acclaimed US director Wes Anderson’s new animated feature “Isle of Dogs” will on Thursday kick off the Berlin film festival, which is set to be rocked by aftershocks of the #MeToo movement. With the global cinema industry in turmoil over allegations of rampant sexual misconduct, the 11-day event will seek a delicate balance between Hollywood…

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Karachi’s biggest food fest kicks off

KARACHI: Wait is over for Karachi’s food lovers as the city’s biggest food fest has kicked off at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park today (Friday), SAMAA reported. The three-day Karachi Eat Food Festival 2018 ends on Sunday. The festival offers scores of varieties of sumptuous food by some of the best brands the country has to…

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Diwali fireworks sinks New Delhi in toxic air pollution

NEW DELHI: New Delhi was shrouded in a thick toxic haze Friday after a night of frenzied Diwali fireworks sent the air quality plummeting despite a ban on sale of fireworks aimed at thwarting a repeat of an ‘airpocalypse’. India’s Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of the Hindu festival of lights…

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#HappyDiwali becomes top trend on Twitter in Pakistan

NEWS DESK: Diwali, the most significant festival of the Hindu community, is today and everyone seems to be happy. A large number of people took to Twitter to extend felicitations to all those who are celebrating, including Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. Since its a festival, people go shopping with families and prepare various food…

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VIDEO: Egg fight a major Eid attraction in Quetta

Egg fight is a major recreational event for adults and children in Quetta. The age-old game is still very popular in the Balochistan’s capital. Shah Hussain tells us more about the festival in his report. Watch the video.

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Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated with great religious zeal, fervor

RAWALPINDI/KARACHI/ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated across the country with great religious zeal and fervor marking the culmination of the holy month of Ramazan. The day dawned with special Eid sermons where Ulema stressed for unity of Muslim Ummah and prayed for the prosperity and well being of the country. On this occasion, special prayers were…

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Video: Angry bulls injure several in Peru

Fiesta de las Cruces (Feast of the Crosses) festivities took place in at Yananuco in Peru’s Huancavelica where several people were reportedly wounded. Watch the clip here of bulls thrashing amid large crowds.

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Cannes queen Kidman steers career ‘like I’m 21’

Cannes: Nicole Kidman said Monday that she still tackles roles like a 21-year-old after the premiere of her shocking new horror movie at the Cannes film festival. The Hollywood A-lister is the queen of Cannes this year with four different projects at the world’s top cinema showcase, including “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” where…

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Video: unbelievable challenge of weightlifting

Jhang’s weightlifter, Zaheer Khan, lifted 320 kilograms in Pir Pathan Festival and challenged entire Pakistan to break this record. Watch Muhammed Arshad Khan’s report.

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Video: Colours and festivity of Holi in Karachi

Like other parts of the country, the Hindu community is also celebrating annual religious festival of Holi in Karachi with traditional enthusiasm. Watch this report…

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Villagers glorify their children in China festival

TUFANG: Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It’s an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China’s Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with…

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Asia’s largest donkey festival begins

BADIN/MIRPURKHAS: Asia’s largest “Donkey Festival” begins  here at Tando Ghulam Ali city of district Badin on Thursday. The Two days “Donkey Festival” is organized every year on 11 and 12th of Muharram, in which, thousands of sellers and buyers participate. Thousands of donkeys of different breeds from across the country are to be presented by…

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Boycott test for Asia’s top film festival

SEOUL: The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off Thursday, with an extended row over artistic freedom and a boycott by high-profile local cineastes threatening to undermine its reputation as Asia’s premier movie showcase. This year’s event will screen some 300 films from nearly 70 countries, including 66 features that will be receiving their…

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Rock music festival draws crowds in Islamabad

The talented youth of Pakistan showcased their musical prowess and enthralled the young crowds at a rock music festival in Islamabad. Under the open starry skies at PNCA Islamabad, bands sang desi and English songs and paid a tribute to the seasoned musicians of the country with unique rock music. Watch Farah Rabbani’s report.

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Back to School festival held at Karachi mall

KARACHI: A three-day “Back to School” festival was held at Karachi’s busy shopping mall, giving children a chance to celebrate and be excited about the beginning of another scholastic year. The festival was hosted by all three Dolmen malls. Held from 29th to 31st July 2016, the festival aimed at school going kids and families;…

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Venice film festival sets up a Hollywood invasion

ANKARA: A battalion of Hollywood heavyweights will lead a US invasion of next month’s Venice film festival, the organisers announced Thursday. Six big-name American films led by Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” about a World War II army medic who was the only conscientious objector ever to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, are headlining the…

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Five hurt, five arrested at Spain’s famed bull run

  PAMPLONA: Five people were hurt, including one seriously, at Spain’s famed San Fermin bull-running festival, also marred by five arrests over allegations of sexual assault, authorities said Thursday. Those hurt fell as they were chased by six rampaging bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona on the second day of the city’s nine-day fiesta….

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Colorful Kailash festival ends

Historical spring festival came to a conclusion in Kailash with myriad colors of cultural variety. More in Manzar Shigri’s report.

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Film on shame of poverty in Britain moves Cannes to tears

Director Ken Loach denounced the British government’s “conscious cruelty” towards the poor Friday after his film about the poverty and humiliation inflicted upon them by welfare cuts had critics at the Cannes film festival in tears. The left-wing director, who turns 80 this year and is known for shining a light on the downtrodden, also…

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Hollywood cashes in on golden age cinema revival

LOS ANGELES: Cinema from Hollywood’s golden age is enjoying a revival with the emergence of retro video streaming and a burgeoning festival scene belying the old joke that nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. More than 25,000 fans from as far afield as Australia and Japan hit Hollywood over the weekend for the TCM…

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Grammys launches festival in Brooklyn

NEW YORK: The Grammys, the biggest night of the music industry, is throwing an inaugural festival in Brooklyn to showcase a diversity of genres. Dubbed Grammy Park, the event runs from Thursday through Sunday across New York’s largest borough with both free and ticketed concerts. Highlights include a ticketed concert Thursday by R&B singer Ne-Yo,…

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