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Sochi Olympics kick off with a glitch before fairy tale show

One Olympic ring failed to unfurl but President Vladmir Putin nonetheless declared Russia's Winter Games open under a burst of fireworks.

SA artist’s official portrait of Kate gets mixed reviews

Kate Middleton may be putting on a brave face, but the Duchess of Cambridge claims to be "very pleased" with the result.

David Bowie dispels retirement talk with new release

British singer David Bowie released his first new song in nearly a decade in a surprise launch coinciding with his 66th birthday.

Stolen Matisse artwork found 25 years after heist

A British art sleuth has recovered a painting by French artist Matisse that was stolen from a Stockholm museum 25 years ago.

JK Rowling steps into unknown with adult debut

JK Rowling has taken a step into the unknown with the publication of her debut adult novel "The Casual Vacancy".

South Korean film wins Venice as Hoffman, Phoenix honoured

Pieta, an ultra-violent story of a loan shark confronted by a woman claiming to be his mother, has won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival.

Curtain raises on 65th Cannes Film Festival

Comedy will dominate the opening of the Cannes film festival, with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and Sacha Baron Cohen's anarchic General Aladeen.

Adele adds more trophies to her cabinet at Brit Awards

The biggest awards night in British music honoured artists often left out of other international ceremonies.

Celebrations mark birth of Charles Dickens

Prince Charles has led celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, one of English literature's most revered novelists.

Silent movie leads Bafta nominations

<i>The Artist</i> led Bafta nominations on Tuesday picking up 12, one ahead of British Cold War-era spy movie <i>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</i>.

Lady Gaga steals the show (again)

Lady Gaga was the big winner at last night's MTV Europe Music Awards, while Justin Bieber brushed off allegations that he had fathered a fan's child.

Julian Barnes wins Booker Prize for The Sense Of An Ending

English author Julian Barnes has finally won the Man Booker Prize for fiction, despite once dismissing the coveted award as "posh bingo".

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