Ukraine assault sparks talk of Russian 'cultural revolution'

Actor Sergei Bezrukov says the world has had enough of "liberal values" and hopes Moscow's intervention in Ukraine and foreign sanctions can help Russian culture chart its own path.. Over the years President Vladimir Putin has cast himself as a guardian of traditional Russian values such as heterosexual marriage and religion, and repeatedly said that Western liberal values have become obsolete.

Olivia Newton-John to get state memorial in Australia

Screen legend Olivia Newton-John will be honoured with a state memorial service in her adoptive homeland Australia, authorities said Thursday, touting an upbeat sendoff for the late Grammy-winning actress.. The cause of death was not stated, but the 73-year-old Newton-John had spent three decades trying to -- as she put it -- "win over" breast cancer. 

Michael Jordan 'Last Dance' jersey to be auctioned in September

A jersey worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan during Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals, his last title victory, is set to be auctioned off in September for an estimated $3-5 million, Sotheby's announced Wednesday.. Though the estimate by Sotheby's is lower than the record set in May for the most expensive sports memorabilia ever sold -- $9.3 million for soccer star Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" jersey -- it would be the highest price ever for one of Jordan's artifacts.

'Woman, mother, Christian' guides Italian far-right to brink of power

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy, has sought to detoxify the country's post-fascist movement and in doing so has brought it to within touching distance of power.. But Meloni has sought to reassure the moderate voices in her movement, knowing she needs to widen her base to win power.

Fascism is history, Italy's far-right leader says

Fascism is history, Italy's far-right leader Giorgia Meloni declared Wednesday in a video message aimed at international critics alarmed by her predicted victory in September 25 elections.. "I have been reading that the victory of Fratelli d'Italia in the September elections would mean a disaster, leading to an authoritarian turn, Italy's departure from the euro and other nonsense of this sort.

Berlusconi eyes fresh comeback in Italian polls

Scandal-plagued former premier Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday he hoped to return to Italy's parliament in September elections, almost a decade after being forced out over a conviction for tax fraud.. The Senate expelled him in November 2013 following his conviction for tax fraud, and he was banned from taking part in a general election for six years.

Raymond Briggs, author of UK Christmas classic 'The Snowman', dies aged 88

British cartoonist and illustrator Raymond Briggs, whose creation "The Snowman" became a Christmas staple for generations of children, has died aged 88, his publisher Penguin Random House said Wednesday.. "Raymond's books are picture masterpieces that address some of the fundamental questions of what it is to be human, speaking to both adults and children," said Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House Children's. 

Bollywood seeks boost with 'Forrest Gump' remake

One of India's biggest stars is banking on a remake of Hollywood feelgood hit "Forrest Gump" to revive the fortunes of Hindi-language Bollywood, after a string of weak box-office showings.. - Competition - Recent silver-screen hits have not come from Hindi-language Bollywood but are in other Indian languages, such as action flicks "Pushpa", "KGF: Chapter 2" and "RRR".