Controversy in Russia over Holocaust ice dance routine
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Controversy in Russia over Holocaust ice dance routine

MOSCOW (AP) — An Olympic ice-dancing gold medalist and her dancing partner have caused controversy by dressing up in concentration camp uniforms for a routine on a popular television show. Tatiana Navka, who is the wife of Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, and partner Andrei Burkovsky appeared in Saturday’s episode of “Ice Age” dressed in … Continue reading

Box office top 20: ‘Moana’ dethrones ‘Fantastic Beasts’
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Box office top 20: ‘Moana’ dethrones ‘Fantastic Beasts’

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moana,” Disney’s animated voyage to ancient Polynesia, sailed away with the Thanksgiving box office, debuting with $82.1 million over five days and $56.6 million over the weekend, according to final ticket sales figures Monday. That was the second best Thanksgiving debut following Disney’s 2013 hit “Frozen.” ”Moana” pushed Warner Bros.’ Harry … Continue reading

South Sudan artists protest civil war with peace campaign
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South Sudan artists protest civil war with peace campaign

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Musicians played lively tunes in South Sudan’s capital, and pedestrians and market shoppers watched the impromptu concert with curiosity. A soldier in desert camouflage walked around, surveying the scene. As the drumming grew more insistent, the audience stood silent and motionless seemingly afraid to join the fun. Then the soldier … Continue reading

Iranian filmmaker imprisoned for a year over his work
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Iranian filmmaker imprisoned for a year over his work

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has begun serving a year-long prison sentence handed down over footage authorities deemed insulting, his production company confirmed on Thursday. The charges against the 30-year-old stemmed from a film he directed called “Writing on the City” that focuses on political graffiti in Iran from the … Continue reading