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Swedish artist threatened for Muhammad sketch dies in crash

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had lived under police protection since making a sketch of the Prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body in 2007, died in a weekend car crash along with two po...

Hong Kong to begin retroactively banning films

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hong Kong is set to amplify its film censorship regulations with an amendment that will allow the government to ban old films retroactively, according to reports. Under...

Unable to leave Russia, director attends Cannes virtually

CANNES, France (AP) — Celebrated Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov is banned from leaving his home country, so he is attending the Cannes Film Festival virtually. Serebrennikov phoned into the re...

Protesters say out with Cyprus' 'Satanic' Eurovision entry

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dozens of Orthodox Christian faithful held up wooden crosses and sang Church hymns outside of Cyprus' state broadcaster on Saturday to demand the withdrawal o...

Taiwan's Ministry of Culture mocks Chinese censorship

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan's Ministry of Culture responded to the latest in Chinese censorship with a sense of humor on July 13. According to the Taiwan Ministry of Culture Facebook pa...

German far-right party apologizes for racist coloring book

BERLIN (AP) — A regional chapter of the far-right Alternative for Germany party apologized Wednesday for publishing a coloring book containing racist images. The party's caucus in th...

Censorship or caution? Culture war burns in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The clowns were already on stage, faces painted white, costumes carefully adjusted. It was to be the troupe's second show of "Abrazo," a play for children about a fictional dicta...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Ecuador's pr...

Taipei Fringe Festival to stage over 500 performances

Taipei, July 2 (FOCUS TAIWAN)-- The annual Taipei Fringe Festival (TFF) will stage over 500 performances this year at numerous venues around Taiwan's capital, the organizers said Tuesday. The f...

Alongside Cannes mainstays, fresh faces try to stand out

Mati Diop only realized long after her Dakar-set "Atlantics" had been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival that she had made history. Diop, the 36-year-old French-born filmmaker of Senegal...

German band Rammstein blasted for concentration camp video

BERLIN (AP) — German hard rock group Rammstein is being criticized for a video promoting the release of its new single "Deutschland" that features band members dressed as concentration camp inmates st...

Outtakes: Linda Perry on Neil Portnow, Adele and 'Beautiful'

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Perry — who is the first woman nominated for non-classical producer of the year at the Grammys in 15 years — discusses Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow's "step up" comments and...

Netflix criticized for yanking Patriot Act episode in Saudi

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" that criticized the kingdom's crown...

German broadcaster fined by Polish court over WWII drama

A court in Poland on Friday ruled that a World War II drama commissioned by German public TV channel ZDF had made "a one-sided and untrue representation of historical facts." The court orde...

Capitalism-weary Pope Francis visits free market-loving Baltics

"Christ Jesus, our hope." In an unorthodox fashion that is typical of Pope Francis, the motto of his upcoming visit to the Baltic states deliberately puts first the word "Christ" (...