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Putin ally Kudrin steps down from audit chamber

A longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Kudrin, stepped down Tuesday as the head of the country's audit chamber amid reports he will oversee the reconstruction of tech giant Yandex following sanctions over Ukraine.. Last week, Russian state news agency TASS reported that Kudrin will be given a senior role in Yandex before the new year.

'More to offer' than war: Ukraine works on display at Madrid museum

Dozens of modern artworks removed from Kyiv to protect them from Russian strikes that have already done huge damage to Ukraine's cultural heritage will go on display at a Madrid museum on Tuesday.. The Madrid exhibition is one of a number of showings of Ukraine's cultural heritage across Europe, as well as an effort to raise awareness of the threat posed to the war-torn country's artistic legacy as fighting grinds on.

Metallica announces new album, world tour

Metallica on Monday announced a global tour and its forthcoming 12th studio album, "72 seasons," its first since 2016.. Explaining the album's title, frontman James Hetfield, 59, said "72 seasons.

Kim Kardashian 're-evaluating' Balenciaga ties after controversial ads

Reality show star and social media titan Kim Kardashian said she is "re-evaluating" her involvement with luxury fashion house Balenciaga, after it apologized for ads featuring children holding teddy bears wearing what critics called bondage gear.. Two of them showed young children holding handbags in the shape of teddy bears, which were wearing black leather straps with silver studs.

Kim Kardashian 're-evaluating' Balenciaga ties after controversial ads

Reality show star and social media titan Kim Kardashian said she is "re-evaluating" her involvement with luxury fashion house Balenciaga, after it apologized for ads featuring children holding teddy bears wearing what critics called bondage gear.. Two of them showed young children holding handbags in the shape of teddy bears, which were wearing black leather straps with silver studs.

Ukraine First Lady demands global response to sexual assault in war

Ukraine First Lady Olena Zelenska on Monday demanded a "global response" to the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, saying Kyiv prosecutors were investigating more than 100 possible crimes by Russian soldiers.. UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly last week announced new aid for Ukraine on a visit to Kyiv, including support for victims of sexual violence by Russian soldiers.

Baguettes, Rai and Cuban rum: UNESCO mulls heritage status

The French baguette, Algerian Rai music and Tunisia's harissa condiment are among this year's contenders for recognition as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, which started deliberations Monday in Morocco. . Rai music is on the list not just as a form of music but as a whole cultural tradition.

'Forgotten' Afghan stories highlighted in two new films from Netflix, Nat Geo

The world's focus has shifted to the war in Ukraine, but two major new documentaries aim to throw the spotlight back on Afghanistan, and the people left behind by the United States' rapid withdrawal last year.. - 'Share their pain' - Though the conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine are vastly different in nature, both films offer a cautionary tale about what can happen once the West's focus shifts.