Meloni: Italy's far-right 'Christian mother' on brink of power

From teenage activist who praised Mussolini to favourite to become Italy's first woman prime minister, Giorgia Meloni has had quite a journey, leading her far-right party to the brink of power.. - Neo-fascist past - Meloni was a teenage activist with the youth wing of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), formed by supporters of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini after World War II. At 19, campaigning for the far-right National Alliance, she told French television that "Mussolini was a good politician, in that everything he did, he did for Italy".

Istanbul mayor who upstaged Erdogan faces political ban

Istanbul's popular mayor faces the threat of being banned from politics on Wednesday in a trial stemming from his surprise election victory over an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2019.. Imamoglu and Mansur Yavas -- elected mayor of Ankara in 2019 -- have emerged as two of the more popular opposition options because of their success at the ballot box.

Annaud returns to Hollywood with 'Notre-Dame on Fire' festival premiere

Perhaps more than any other French director, Jean-Jacques Annaud has always felt at home making films in Hollywood, with the American movie capital's flair for the epic and the spectacular.. - 'Spectacular' - Next month's festival appearance continues Annaud's love affair with Hollywood, which he said often diverges from French film traditions in scale and budget.

Golden Globes to bring scandal-hit awards back to TV: organizers

The scandal-hit Golden Globes, one of Hollywood's most important awards events, are to return to television next year, organizers said Tuesday, after being dumped by broadcasters and shunned by industry figures over ethics lapses.. "We are thrilled to announce the return of the Golden Globe Awards on NBC and to hosting the 'Party of the Year' for audiences around the world who have been waiting for its return," said Helen Hoehne, HFPA president.

Elton John to perform at the White House

Elton John is to perform at the White House this week in a commemoration of his record-breaking career as the British superstar continues his marathon global farewell tour.. The gig -- which follows a performance last week by James Taylor -- is part of a return of public events at the White House following the easing of Covid-19 curbs.

National mourning ends in Britain after queen's funeral

Flags on government buildings returned to full mast and an epic clean-up operation was underway on Tuesday as British public life resumed after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, although the royal family remains in mourning for another week.. - Dramas old and new - Members of parliament were taking an oath of allegiance to their new sovereign on Tuesday, as political life resumed after 10 days of government mourning.

Covid curbs leave Hong Kong musicians on their 'last dollar'

A thundering thrash metal riff reverberated through a Hong Kong bar, but the music was being live-streamed from a studio across town to obey pandemic rules that have outlawed small gigs for more than 650 days.. "It is a huge, huge factor in the incubation of talent," he said of small venues and live bars.

Kate and Meghan wear pearls for the queen

Catherine, the Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on Monday each opted for pearls to mourn Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.. Catherine, the wife of heir to the throne Prince William, chose the same striking necklace and earring combination which she wore just over a year ago for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II's husband Philip.

'Grand Theft Auto' maker says game code stolen

Rockstar Games said Monday that data from the next installment in its blockbuster "Grand Theft Auto" franchise was stolen, as glimpses of play spread on social media.. Rockstar added that it did not expect the hack to disrupt any of its projects or online play of its games, and that work on the next "Grand Theft Auto" game will continue as planned.