Spain's Crown Princess Leonor to start military training

Spain's Crown Princess Leonor will begin three years of military training in September as she prepares to one day take the throne, the government said Tuesday.. It recalled in a statement that under Spain's constitution, Princess Leonor will become the head of the armed forces when she ascends the throne. al/ds/mg/ea

Art auctions hit record in 2022 despite economic gloom

More than a million artworks were put up for auction for the first time in 2022 despite a gloomy global economy, according to a report released on Tuesday.. More than a million artworks were put up for auction, and 704,747 sold -- both records -- with Christie's seeing six works that surpassed $100 million each.

Afghan musicians in Portugal tell of 'cultural genocide'

"We are here to save our music," proclaims Ramiz, a young Afghan musician who has been welcomed in Portugal, along with other students from the national music school he left as he fled the Taliban's cultural crackdown.. "It's nothing short of a cultural and musical genocide," added the Afghan music specialist, who has made it his mission to safeguard his country's musical heritage and to recreate in Portugal the music school he founded in Afghanistan in 2010.

Pope marks 10 years with podcast and a diplomatic row

Pope Francis marked 10 years as head of the Catholic Church on Monday with a podcast, a private mass and a series of interviews, one of which triggered a diplomatic spat with Nicaragua.. Asked what he would like as a gift for his 10-year anniversary, for which he had no public plans beyond a mass with cardinals, Francis added: "Peace.

German anti-war epic 'All Quiet on Western Front' claims Oscars glory

A wrenching German adaptation of the classic war novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" clinched the Academy Award for best international feature on Sunday with its timely anti-militarist message.. In "All Quiet on the Western Front", World War I is viewed through the eyes of teenage German soldier Paul Baeumer (Kammerer), a volunteer on the Western front.

Kenzaburo Oe: novelist who won Nobel with 'poetic force'

Nobel-winning Japanese novelist Kenzaburo Oe, a leading liberal voice who defended the disenfranchised and challenged the conformity of modern society, has died aged 88.. "He died of old age in the early hours of March 3," publisher Kodansha said in a statement on Monday, adding that a family funeral has already been held.

Oscars night: five talking points

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" won top honors at the Oscars on Sunday, claiming seven prizes including best picture.. But small, indie arthouse distributor A24 walked away with an astonishing sweep of the top prizes, including all four acting awards, thanks to "Everything Everywhere All at Once" and "The Whale."