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Fashion and film merge as Paris shows its opulent side

From an absurdly opulent film shoot at the Opera Garnier to a Chanel catwalk along the Seine, fashion week offered a very different view of Paris on Tuesday from the riots of recent days.. Over at the Opera Garnier, the 19th century monument to late-imperial excess, couturier Stephane Rolland put on a fabulously opulent show that was also being filmed by veteran filmmaker Claude Lelouch for his next movie, "Finalement".  

Kyiv bids farewell to writer killed in Russian strike

Inside Kyiv's St Michael's cathedral, mourners gathered Tuesday to bid farewell to Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina, who died of her wounds suffered in a Russian missile strike on a restaurant. . - 'Beyond literature' - Amelina died of her wounds in a hospital in Dnipro, where she was transported after the Kramatorsk strike. 

'Angry, shocked' stage stars fear for future of British arts

As a wealth of British theatre and opera maestros cross the Channel to perform at French festivals this summer, many are worried about the state of live arts back home. . French artists worry about declining support, too, but still enjoy some of the most generous state subsidies in the world, and festivals such as Avignon and Aix-en-Provence attract many classical and stage stars from Britain.

Turkey seeks severed head of ancient statue from Danish museum

A bronze head of Emperor Septimius Severus on display at a Copenhagen museum has become a bone of contention between the Danish museum and Turkey, which claims it was looted during an archaeological dig in the 1960s and wants it back.. Turkish authorities say the missing head is in the Danish capital -- where it has been on display at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen for over 50 years.

Rome's Pantheon charges for tourist entry

Rome's 2,000-year-old Pantheon started charging for entrance Monday, with tourists paying five euros ($5) to see Italy's most visited cultural site.. Engineer Tim Witte, visiting from America, told AFP he thought five euros was a "very reasonable" price.

Greek goddesses at Dior couture show

There were no frills or heels for Christian Dior as the label took over the Rodin Museum in Paris on Monday, putting on a fitting homage to Greek goddesses for the opening day of haute couture week. . "There is no roadmap in haute couture," Chiuri said.