Milan Fashion Week opens with a spring in its step

Chinese buyers are back and business is booming -- Milan Fashion Week opened Wednesday on an optimistic note, despite the shadows cast by the soaring cost of energy.. But this season the international jet set are back in force, from 300 journalists to 450 buyers expected -- including the first Chinese delegation since the pandemic closed borders across the globe.

Woman cuts hair at Istanbul protest for Iran's Amini

A woman cut her hair on Wednesday as dozens of others cheered at a protest held outside Tehran's Istanbul consulate in solidarity with Mahsa Amini, whose death in Iranian custody sparked mass unrest.. Nasibe Samsaei, the Iranian woman who cut her hair outside the consulate, was following the example of other women who have joined protests across Iran, in which at least eight have died, according to official figures and human rights groups.

'Athena' brings French violence to Netflix

Having cut his teeth with striking music videos for the likes of Kanye West and MIA, director Romain Gavras brings an explosive vision of French inner-city unrest to Netflix on Friday. . - 'Over the precipice' - It is the third full-length feature by the 41-year-old director, who gained international attention with music shorts such as "Bad Girls" by MIA, "No Church in the Wild" by Jay-Z and Kanye West, and "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" by Mark Ronson. 

French left under pressure over violence against women

Two key parties in France's left-wing alliance were Wednesday facing crises after senior figures were accused of violence against women, with a Greens party chief stepping back from his role days after a colleague from hard-left France Unbowed.. He stepped down from a senior role as party coordinator.

Conte: Lawyer of the people who helped fell Italian PM Draghi

Parachuted into office four years ago, Italy's former premier Giuseppe Conte helped take down his successor and is now trying to revive the fortunes of his populist Five Star Movement.. - 'Mr Nobody' - The uncharismatic but reassuring Conte had never been elected to office when he was asked to lead Italy's government following March 2018 elections.

Letta: Intellectual ex-premier battling Italy's far-right

Bookish and fervently pro-European, former premier Enrico Letta returned from self-imposed exile to take the fight to Italy's far-right as leader of the centre-left Democratic Party.. He was deputy head of the Democratic Party when, after inconclusive results in 2013 general elections, he was called by Italy's president to become premier.

Berlusconi: Italian ex-PM refusing to let go

Silvio Berlusconi will turn 86 next week but the scandal-plagued former Italian premier and billionaire media mogul has refused to retire and is leading his Forza Italia party into Sunday's general election.. After his first election victory in 1994, he was premier for only nine months.

Streaming giant shines new light on Thai boys cave rescue

It is the rescue retold around the world: 12 boys, their coach, and impossible odds.. "I think the series covers some parts that haven't been portrayed enough, such as the world of the kids and their coach before it happened," said director Nattawut Poonpiriya.

Salvini: Italian nationalist leader eclipsed by rival

Matteo Salvini turned his once regional League party into a national force in government, but the far-right leader has seen his star eclipsed by the more polished Giorgia Meloni.. Salvini, 49, has been in and out of government since the last general election in 2018, joining the populist Five Star Movement and later, Prime Minister Mario Draghi's national unity coalition.