UK's Johnson in new trouble over Daily Mail column

Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson was unveiled Friday as the Daily Mail's new star columnist -- but attracted an immediate rebuke from a government watchdog to cap a tumultuous 48 hours.. "As he makes a mockery of the toothless ethics watchdog, this disgraced former prime minister clearly thinks the rules are for the little people," she added. jit/phz/jj

Valentino returns men as it sheds coed format for Milan fashion week

Italian haute couture house Valentino opened men's fashion week in Milan on Friday, abandoning its coed format of the past three years for men front and centre on the runway.. With the maison having long chosen Paris over Milan to show its women's and couture collections, Friday's men's show was a return to roots of the atelier founded by famed Roman couturier Valentino Garavani -- now 91 and retired -- who presented his very first men's fashion show in Milan in 1985. 

Cat-and-mouse world of art fraud revealed in London show

Some of the most notorious art forgeries form the centre-piece of a new London show, which reveals a cat-and-mouse world of intrigue, deception and painstaking detective work.. But Serres also highlighted some of the tools used by investigators in their game of "cat-and-mouse".

French officials squabble over revolutionary manifesto

French officials are fighting for possession of 1793 manifesto  by a woman justifying her decision to stab a revolutionary leader to death, with local authorities saying Friday they will take the case to court.. Corday justified her action in a three-page letter, "Address to French Friends of Law and Peace", which was recently put up for auction and bought by local authorities in Normandy -- her birthplace -- for 270,900 euros. 

Prince Harry and Meghan's deal with Spotify to end: report

A multi-million-dollar deal between a media group run by Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, and streaming giant Spotify is to end, a report said Thursday.. But trade title Variety, citing an unnamed source, reported Thursday that Spotify had been expecting more material.

The good father: Al Pacino a dad again at 83

Actor Al Pacino has become a dad again, at the grand old age of 83, US media said Thursday.. Fellow movie legend Robert De Niro recently made a similar announcement: at age 79, he welcomed his seventh child. hg/tjj

Oscar-winning UK actress turned MP Glenda Jackson dies at 87: agent

British actress Glenda Jackson, the two-time Oscar-winning actress who went on to become an MP, died on Thursday at the age of 87, prompting tributes from the worlds of entertainment and politics.. "From award-winning actor to campaigner and activist to Labour MP and government minister, Glenda Jackson was always fighting for human rights and social justice."

In drag, Stockholm's vice mayor fights far-right 'intolerance'

Stockholm's deputy mayor donned red lipstick and bouffant hair as he glammed up in drag for a children's story hour, part of a campaign against "intolerance and populism" launched this week.. He launched it in response to the far-right Sweden Democrats' repeated criticism of drag queens hosting children's story hours at libraries and guided tours at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Rembrandt self-portrait 'home after 400 years'

A Rembrandt self-portrait bought from the Rothschild family with 150 million euros ($162 million) of Dutch state cash went on display at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on Thursday.. As well as the Dutch parliament approving 150 million euros of public cash, the Rembrandt Association added 15 million euros to the pot and the Rijksmuseum funded 10 million.