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Philippine talents showcase skills at online 'Chinese Bridge' finals

Fifteen Philippine students participated on Saturday in the 19th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition in the Philippines finals.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/12 18:03:40

New York's Met Opera to host virtual concert series amid pandemic

Several of opera's biggest stars beamed in from around the world on Saturday to announce the Metropolitan Opera's latest virtual initiative amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/12 17:48:41

More Chinese film directors turn to streaming dramas amid coronavirus and a shrinking film industry

Chinese film directors including the well-known Feng Xiaogang, Chen Kaige and Wong Kar-Wai have shifted toward directing streaming dramas as the film industry continues to shrink amid the COVID-19.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/12 16:10:10

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan hospitalized with COVID-19

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, 77, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and was admitted to hospital in Mumbai, with his actor son Abhishek - who also announced he had the virus - saying both cases were mild.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/12 17:48:40

Chinese netizens show support for Thailand's move toward legalization of same-sex unions

Chinese netizens showed their support for the Thailand Cabinet's approval of a draft bill that, if ratified by parliament, will legalize same-sex unions, by posting images of their favorite same-sex couples from popular Thai TV dramas.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/9 20:28:40

Ringo marks 80th at online gig with fellow Beatle McCartney

With a little help from his friends, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was set to hold an online 80th birthday bash Tuesday featuring former bandmate Paul McCartney, in aid of charities including Black Lives Matter.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 17:53:40

UNESCO declares Indonesia's Toba Caldera as global geopark

The Executive Board of UNESCO at the 209th session in Paris on Tuesday declared the Toba Caldera in Indonesia's province of North Sumatra as a global geopark, according to Indonesia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/9 17:48:40

Rock Hall of Fame to replace 2020 ceremony with broadcast special

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said Wednesday it will replace its annual live performance induction ceremony for 2020's nominees with a broadcast special in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The program - whose honorees include rapper The Notorious B.I.G. and pop icon Whitney Houston - will air on HBO on November 7, replacing the ceremony originally scheduled for May 2, which was postponed over the fast-spreading virus.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 17:33:41

Fashion must 'enforce inclusion' says supermodel Naomi Campbell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell said Monday that the fashion industry must start "enforcing inclusion" on the catwalk and beyond.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 13:58:42

Why super rich fashionistas are not crying for Paris shows

One very select group of fashionistas were not crying into their cocktails when the Paris fashion shows were canceled because of the coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 13:58:40

Johnny Depp denies slapping ex-wife

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp on Wednesday denied claims that he slapped his ex-wife Amber Heard, as he faced a second day of questioning in his high-profile libel trial in London.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/9 17:38:40

AI technology looks for cheaters during college entrance exams in Northeast China

For the first time, Northeast China's Liaoning Province has incorporated artificial intelligence (AI) technology into its national college entrance examinations, or gaokao, to monitor candidates for illegal behavior such as cheating.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/8 23:48:10

Machu Picchu to reopen at 50% capacity, but no date set yet

Peru's iconic tourist attraction Machu Picchu will reopen at half capacity following a coronavirus-forced closure, the Peruvian government said on Tuesday, although it didn't set a date.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/8 19:23:42

Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long shutdown

With a "welcome" passport sticker and coronavirus tests on arrival, Dubai reopened its doors to international visitors Tuesday in the hope of reviving its tourism industry after a nearly four-month closure.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/8 19:18:40

Passion fruit-caramel combo named "Ice Cream of the Year" in Hungary

Hungarian confectioner Norbert Dobo's passion fruit and caramel ice cream was awarded the "Ice Cream of the Year" prize for 2020 here on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/8 11:10:41

Two ancient bridges damaged by flooding will be repaired: local authorities

Two ancient bridges in East China's Anhui Province built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) were damaged by a heavy flood on Monday and Tuesday, and the repair work will be evaluated when the flood waters recede, local authorities said on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/7/7 22:48:40

Dior strikes gold as Paris fashion makes mixed virtual debut

The first ever digital Paris fashion week started Monday to mixed reviews from fashionistas.
Source: AFP | 2020/7/7 19:53:40

New book reveals details of battle before Nanjing Massacre in 1937

A new book published in East China's Jiangsu Province has revealed details of the battle to defend Nanjing before the Japanese invaders occupied the city and perpetrated a massacre in late 1937.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/7/7 19:48:40