Istanbul gay pride activists rally despite ban

Turkish activists on Sunday defied a ban to stage an annual gay pride march in Istanbul one month after Turkey's election followed a homophobic hate-filled campaign. . This year's pride march started and finished earlier than expected without any street clashes or police violence, according to AFP journalists on the ground. 

One dead, seven hurt as rollercoaster derails in Sweden

A rollercoaster derailed at a Swedish theme park on Sunday, killing one person and injuring seven, police and the park in Stockholm said.. "We received the alert at around 11:39 am (09:39 GMT), a rollercoaster had derailed and several people were injured," Hakan Eriksson of the Swedish capital's emergency services told AFP.  The park was evacuated and police and ambulances were sent to the scene.

Elton John to close out Glastonbury with final UK gig

Elton John was set to close out Britain's legendary Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on the five-day annual spectacular with what has been billed as his final UK performance.. John caps days of big-name performances in front of more than 200,000 fans at Glastonbury, including veteran US rockers Guns N'Roses making their debut at the long-running festival in the coveted Saturday night headline slot.

Human remains found near site where actor Julian Sands went missing

Hikers found human remains in California's Mount San Antonio area, local authorities said, around the same area where British actor Julian Sands went missing five months ago.. Sands, who shot to fame in 1985 for his role in "A Room with a View", went missing in January on the 10,000-foot (3,000-meter) Mount San Antonio, known locally as Mount Baldy, just outside the city of Los Angeles.

Short shorts are back, Hermes says

It's time for guys to embrace short shorts again, according to French brand Hermes, which put plenty of leg on display at its Paris Fashion Week show on Saturday.. It has been a menswear week with plenty of skin, and Hermes kept with the trend. 

Skin on show at Paris menswear week

Plunging necklines and naked backs are no longer reserved for femmes fatales, becoming regular features of menswear shows at this Paris Fashion Week, with plenty of skin on show right down to the tips of toes. . - 'Carnal being' - There was a similar vibe with the hotly tipped new Franco-Turkish designer Burc Akyol, showing for the first time as part of the official fashion week calendar. 

Rapper Young Thug releases album from jail

Young Thug fans awoke Friday to a new album from the Atlanta rapper, who is embroiled in a sprawling gang conspiracy trial and has been imprisoned since May 2022.. The indictment shook the rap world in Atlanta, where Young Thug is considered among the industry's most impactful figures who has been elemental to forging contemporary rap's sound.

Sci-fi Dior show boldly puts focus on 'real clothes'

Dior put on an austere sci-fi spectacle at Paris Fashion Week on Friday that wowed the audience with models rising unexpectedly out of hidden trapdoors.. Despite the impressive gimmick, Dior's creative director Kim Jones told AFP the stark, metallic set design was aimed at putting the focus on the outfits -- not always the case in the publicity-hungry world of high fashion.

'Nowadays, I'd be arrested', says provocative Austrian artist Valie Export

Society has become so restrictive that police would now arrest her for public performances, provocative Austrian media artist Valie Export told AFP ahead of the opening of a retrospective in Vienna.. If she were to perform in public again today, Export is "convinced that the police would immediately come and arrest me".

Swiss museum probes 'king of clowns' Nazi links

Grock became known as the "king of clowns" but the Swiss entertainer who made the world laugh is now in the spotlight over his connections with Adolf Hitler.. "He brought laughter to an era when there wasn't much to laugh about," said his great-nephew, who nonetheless recalled that Grock's connections with the Nazis had caused family disputes.