'Men only' rule finally lifted by Shetland Viking festival

Women and girls have finally been allowed to take part in a torchlit procession on Tuesday at a festival in Shetland celebrating the Scottish islands' Viking past.. Rural "Up Helly Aa" processions on Shetland, which lies in the middle of the North Sea some 400 miles (640 kilometres) from Edinburgh, started allowing women to take part in 2015.

French court orders partial release for convicted Corsican nationalist

A French court on Tuesday ordered the partial release of a Corsican nationalist who has served 24 years in jail for the 1998 murder of a top French official.. He was detained in 2003 after four years on the run, and sentenced in 2007, and then again in 2011, to life in jail over the killing in 1998 of the French government prefect of Corsica, Claude Erignac.

Ukraine war dominates Nobel year again

From NATO's secretary general to the Ukrainian president, the war in Ukraine dominates the publicly known names submitted by Tuesday's deadline for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize.. Most of the names that have been publicly disclosed so far are involved in the nearly year-long conflict that has been raging in Ukraine, or opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

EU lawmakers back lifting MEPs' immunity in graft probe

A key European Parliament committee on Tuesday unanimously backed lifting the immunity of two lawmakers implicated in a corruption scandal that has rocked the EU. Prosecutors in Belgium have urged legislators to strip Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella and Italian lawmaker Andrea Cozzoli of their immunity as part of a probe into alleged bribery by Qatar and Morocco. . Belgian investigators demanded the parliament strip him and Cozzolino of immunity so they can further their probe.

Youth symphony vies for a Grammy with debut album

When the New York Youth Symphony recorded its debut album during the pandemic's dark early days, violinist Jessica Jeon was just 12 years old.. "I'm beyond honored to even just be on the same list with them, and to be with the New York Youth Symphony that's been a really special part of my life for the last six years, it's wonderful."

Jewish heirs sue Guggenheim over Picasso sold to flee Nazis

When Karl and Rosi Adler fled the Nazis in 1938 they sold a Pablo Picasso painting to fund their escape.. "Thannhauser was well aware of the plight of Adler and his family, and that, absent Nazi persecution, Adler would never have sold the painting when he did at such a price," reads the complaint.

Bond actress Eva Green blames 'Frenchness' for insulting director

James Bond actress Eva Green on Monday told a UK court her "Frenchness" led her to call a film director  "weak and stupid" and accuse him of making a cheap "B shitty movie".. Of course they are not weak and stupid," the actress, wearing jeans, a black jumper and a dark green jacket, added.

Ai Weiwei launches new exhibit, says still trying to understand studio demolitions

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Monday said the Chinese state's razing of his studios still fails to make "any sense" to him, as he launched his first design-focused exhibition, due to open in London in April.. "Still it doesn't make any sense why they have to do it... they just wanted to do something to punish me," he told the launch of his Making Sense exhibition in a pre-recorded interview from his studio in Portugal.

Shah Rukh Khan's 'Pathaan' smashes Indian box office records

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's new film "Pathaan" has smashed Indian box office records following its release last week, bringing hope to Bollywood after a spate of weak showings.. It comes after glitzy Hindi-language Bollywood films struggled at the box office following the reopening of Indian cinemas about a year ago after a pandemic hiatus.

Casanova's 'La Pieta' drama wins French horror accolade

Spanish director Eduardo Casanova on Sunday saw his "La Pieta" drama about a toxic mother-son relationship take top prize at France's Gerardmer international horror and science fiction film festival.. The film, set in 2011, depicts the bond between the mother, Libertad, and her son Mateo as an analogy for the relationship between the people of North Korea and its government.