'Avatar' sequel now ranks fourth all-time in global sales

"Avatar: The Way of Water" continued to dominate the box-office charts, taking in an estimated $15.7 million this weekend in North American theaters to make it the fourth-leading global grosser of all time. . Hefty results from theaters around the world -- including $237 million in ticket sales in China -- helped boost "The Way of Water" to fourth place globally all-time at $2.117 billion, unadjusted for inflation. 

Djokovic wins Australian Open to equal Nadal's Grand Slam record

An emotional Novak Djokovic called it "the biggest victory in my life" after sweeping past Stefanos Tsitsipas to win a 10th Australian Open title and equal Rafael Nadal's 22 Grand Slam crowns on Sunday.. Djokovic, who was more emotional than usual, added: "Only my team and family know what we have been through in the last four or five weeks and this is why I'd probably say this is the biggest victory in my life considering the circumstances."

New Czech president expected to foster EU, Ukraine ties

Newly-elected Czech president Petr Pavel, a former NATO general, will promote close ties with the European Union and offer firm support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion, analysts said.. "His stance will entail strong support to Ukraine without any conditions," Pehe told AFP. - EU presidency - European leaders have welcomed Pavel's win, which follows the Czech Republic's 2022 EU presidency.

N.Ireland journeys from building ships to screen hits

For much of the last century Belfast's dockyards dominated global shipbuilding but now the harbour that built Titanic is the launchpad for some of the world's biggest TV and film releases.. In a sign of its ambitions, Belfast's Ulster University has partnered with the harbour to deliver the next generation of film and TV production through its new Studio Ulster project.

Swiss artist Panchaud wins best comics album prize at Angouleme

Swiss artist and writer Martin Panchaud won the Fauve d'Or for the best album of the year at France's prestigious Angouleme International Comics Festival on Saturday.. With the festival this year celebrating its 50th edition, a special prize went to Japan's Hajime Isayama, author of the global bestselling manga series "Attack on Titan". 

Rwanda arrests six for insulting trailblazing female football ref

Rwandan authorities on Saturday said they had arrested six people for allegedly hurling insults at a woman who made history as one of the first female referees chosen for the men's World Cup.. The 34-year-old made history last year by becoming the first woman to referee at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Academy launches probe after indie film's surprise Oscars nod

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday it was launching a review of Oscars campaigning, days after a small indie film surprised industry-watchers with a shock nomination to Hollywood's most prestigious awards.. On Friday, the Academy said it would be examining its processes, although it did not mention the film by name.

LeBron James jersey sells for whopping $3.7 mn

A game-worn jersey of basketball superstar LeBron James sold for $3.7 million at auction Friday, five times more than the previous record for one of his shirts.. It smashed the previous record of $630,000 for a James All-Star jersey worn in 2020.