Saudi Arabia to invest $64bn in entertainment

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Other measures, like allowing cinemas to be opened, have already been announced Saudi Arabia says it will invest $64bn (£46bn) in developing its entertainment industry over the next decade. The head of the General Entertainment Authority said 5,000 events were planned this year alone, including those by Maroon 5 and […]

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Novartis case: Greek MPs to probe alleged bribery

Image copyright EPA Image caption PM Alexis Tsipras and others voted after a marathon session The Greek parliament has voted to investigate 10 prominent politicians, including two ex-prime ministers, over allegations they allowed bribery by the Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis. Under Greek law, only parliament can investigate its own members and lift their immunity. The […]

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Indonesian president pays $800 for Metallica gift

Indonesian president pays $800 for Metallica gift By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen gave President Joko Widodo the album in November Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has paid 11m rupiah ($800; £600) to keep a rare Metallica album he received as a […]

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‘The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell’

Image copyright Penguin Pauline Dakin’s childhood in Canada in the 1970s was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises. She wasn’t allowed to talk about her family life with anyone – and it wasn’t until she was 23 that she discovered why. There was always something unusual about Pauline Dakin’s family. “My brother and I […]

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