A pledge by G20 leaders meeting in Indonesia to stick with the goal of curbing global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels has given a boost to UN climate talks in Egypt WILLY KURNIAWAN POOL/AFP

G20 breathes new life into UN climate talks

A pledge by G20 leaders, whose countries account for most global CO2 emissions, to pursue the most ambitious target against global warming breathed new life into fraught UN climate talks in Egypt on Wednesday. Analysts and campaigners welcomed the final…

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Climate plans would allow up to 2.6C of global warming: UN

Country climate pledges leave the world on track to heat by as much as 2.6 degrees Celsius this century, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning that emissions must fall 45 percent…

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Thai rapper Milli’s performance in South Korea on Sunday cancelled due to visa problem

Well-known Thai rapper and singer Danupha Khanatheerakul, aka “Milli”, will not perform at the Hiphopplaya Festival in South Korea this Sunday due to visa problem. Milli’s agent, Yupp! Entertainment, said…

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‘Succession’ and ‘Squid Game’ big winners at television’s Emmys

Dysfunctional family saga “Succession” on Monday took top honors for best drama at the Emmys, television’s biggest night of the year, as “Squid Game” made history when Lee Jung-jae was named…

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Russian actor Dmitri Dyuzhev poses during the opening ceremony of the 44th Moscow International Film Festival in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo)

Moscow film festival opens with praise of soldiers in Donbas

MOSCOW (AP) — The 44th Moscow International Film Festival opened Friday with reduced foreign representation amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Festival head Nikita Mikhalkov, the Academy Award-winning director of “Burnt By…

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Singer Britney Spears poses at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., April12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Britney Spears makes musical comeback with Elton John duet

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. singer Britney Spears made her musical comeback on Friday, releasing a duet with Elton John, in her first new material in six years and following the end of her 13-year conservatorship last year. The 40-year old “Toxic” and…

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Thai rapper ‘Milli’ wows the US again

Thai rapper Danupha “Milli” Khanatheerakul has created another buzz with her recent performance at the “Head in the Clouds Festival” in Los Angeles in the United States, after promoting “Mango…

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Sombat Metanee in the movie “Tears of the Black Tiger”.

Remembering Add Sombat, a true Thai heartthrob

Back in his heyday half a century ago, late actor Sombat Metanee was the man of every woman’s dreams, and his movies were guaranteed blockbusters. One has to wonder how…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on March 15, 2016 shows Japanese designer Issey Miyake attending a press conference for the Miyake Issey Exhibition at the National Art Center in Tokyo. – Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, whose global career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 84, an employee at his office in Tokyo told AFP on August 9, 2022. (Photo by TORU YAMANAKA / AFP)

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, whose global career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 84, an employee at his office in Tokyo told AFP on Tuesday. “He…

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First indigenous musical performance in park held in Bangkok

People in Bangkok were treated yesterday (Sunday) to the first musical performance of its kind by Thailand’s indigenous peoples in Lumpini Park, as part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA)…

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Thais win two prizes at World Cosplay Summit 2022 in Japan

Two Thais won a third prize and a special prize yesterday (Saturday) at the World Cosplay Summit 2022 in Nagoya, Japan. Representing Thailand in the international costume contest, the two…

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Jennifer Lopez, right, and Ben Affleck attend a photo call for a special screening of “Marry Me” at DGA Theater on Feb. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck wed in Las Vegas drive-through

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were wed Saturday in a late-night Las Vegas drive-through chapel, culminating a relationship that stretched over two decades in two separate…

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This image released by Netflix shows Lee Jung-jae, center, Park Hae-soo, right, and Oh Yeong-soo in a scene from the Korean series “Squid Game.” Both Park Hae-Soo and Oh Yeong-Su were nominated for an Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a drama series. Lee Jung-jae was nominated for lead actor in a drama series. (Netflix via AP)

Emmy surprises: ‘Squid Game,’ Dave Chappelle, ‘This Is Us’

NEW YORK (AP) — The Emmy Award nominations announced Tuesday included some snubs and surprises. “This Is Us” and “black-ish” will walk away forever limply and Nathan Lane made history…

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A man participates in a Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ mission at a department store in Bangkok, Thailand, November 20, 2021. / REUTERS

Netflix plans ‘Squid Game’ reality show with big cash prize, no fatal consequences

Netflix Inc’s most-watched series is no longer just a fictitious television show after the streaming service greenlit “its biggest reality  competition ever” called “Squid Game: The Challenge.” Unlike the series where the stakes…

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Members of the K-pop supergroup BTS, from left, V, Jungkook, Jimin, RM, Jin, J-Hope, Suga, join White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 31, 2022 / AP

BTS visits White House to discuss combating hate crime surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — K-Pop sensation BTS visited the White House on Tuesday to talk with President Joe Biden about combating the rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans — bringing…

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Ellen DeGeneres ends daytime show with plea for compassion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres brought her nearly two-decade daytime talk show to an end Thursday with a celebrity lovefest and a forceful assertion of her achievement as a…

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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle speaks during the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival at the Great Lawn, Central Park on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Netflix cancels Meghan Markle animated series ‘Pearl’

Netflix has canceled an animated series created by Meghan Markle as it makes cost-saving moves following disappointing first-quarter results. The TV streaming giant confirmed in an email to AFP on…

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Milli: Thailand’s dissident rapper serves a bittersweet message for government

Thai teen rapper Danupha “Milli” Khanatheerakul, who made global headlines by eating mango sticky rice on a US stage recently, is pursuing not just a music career but also ambitions…

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Female rapper Milli becomes first Thai artist to perform at Coachella Festival

Famous female rapper, Danupha “Milli” Khanatheerakul, has become the first Thai artist to perform at the world famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2022, with the hashtag #MILLILiveatCoachella trending top…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 15, 2017, Actor Bruce Willis arrives for the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Honoree’s Tribute Concert in Washington, DC. – Willis, star of the “Die Hard” franchise, is to retire from acting due to an illness affecting his cognitive faculties, his family announced on March 30, 2022. A post on Instagram signed by his family said Willis had developed aphasia — a language disorder that robs people of their ability to communicate. “Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” read the post. (Photo by DOMINICK REUTER / AFP)

Action hero Bruce Willis to retire because of illness

Action hero Bruce Willis, star of the “Die Hard” franchise, is to retire from acting after developing a cognitive illness, his family announced Wednesday. A post on Instagram said Willis…

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Will Smith (R) hits Chris Rock as Rock spoke on stage during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 27, 2022. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Will Smith smacks Chris Rock on stage, then wins an Oscar

LOS ANGELES, March 27 (Reuters) – Best actor winner Will Smith smacked presenter Chris Rock in the face and shouted a vulgarity at the comedian for making a joke about…

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Cast members of the movie “CODA” celebrate after winning the Oscar for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 27, 2022. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘CODA’ wins best picture in a streaming first at the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Heartwarming movie “CODA,” about a deaf family with a hearing daughter, won the prestigious best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday, the first time a streaming service took home the film industry’s biggest prize. “CODA” was…

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Sorrapong, the humble king of the Thai screen

Today’s kids might not be aware of how handsome Sorapong Chatree was some four decades ago. In fact, the only thing differentiating him from today’s definition of “beauty” is that…

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Digital tokens to fund production of Thailand’s “Love Destiny 2” movie

Fans of all ages of the “Bupphesanniwat” (Love Destiny) hit TV series four years ago may get the chance to see the long-awaited “Bupphesanniwat 2” movie, as the Kubix Digital…

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Caitriona Balfe, from left, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie appear in a scene from “Belfast.” (Rob Youngson/Focus Features via AP)

Oscar nominations announcement begins

NEW YORK (AP) — The reading of this year’s Oscar nominees has begun. Actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan are announcing the nominees for the 94th Academy Awards live on multiple…

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First half-Thai crowned 53rd ‘Miss Thailand’

“Manita Duangkham Farmer” became the latest Miss Thailand last night (Sunday), also becoming an ambassador for the country’s tourism and culture. The newly-crowned Manita is a Thai-American, born and raised in…

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FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

What’s changed with Oscar’s best picture category

The Academy Awards change more than the public might realize. Every year the academy’s leadership board reviews categories and potential changes. That’s meant some categories — juvenile acting, dance direction…

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Surf-skating, LALISA, #RealSizeBeauty and Clubhouse – Here’s the BUZZ of 2021

The BUZZ of the year is back, with more mesmerizing trends! 2021 has sparked a lot of new and interesting trends, some of which weren’t expected to become a craze…

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In this file photo taken on November 04, 2016 Beyonce (L) and Jay Z perform during a Get Out the Vote performance in Cleveland. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Grande in Oscars race as shortlists unveiled

Los Angeles (AFP) – Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Ariana Grande are all in the running for the best original song Oscar, but French shock-fest “Titane” did not make the shortlist for best foreign…

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Singer Sitala’s debut to go ahead, despite harsh criticism from Thai K-POP fans

Grandline Group (GLG), a South Korean record label, issued a statement today saying that is to keep its Thai artist Sitala Wongkrachang as a member of its new girl group…

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Miss Universe Thailand’s unorthodox but traditional costume

Miss Universe Thailand 2021, Thai-Australian Model Anchilee Scott-Kemmis, will wear an unorthodox Thai costume based on that of an ancient Thai female combatant, featuring rope-bound hands instead of boxing gloves,…

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Thailand’s cancel culture takes on Thai singer in new K-Pop band

Another Thai-born artist, Sitala Wongkrachang, is set to debut in a Korean girl group in January, but her family’s history of involvement in political activism in Thailand is coming back…

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Photo from Facebook BLACKPINK Thailand

Blackpink’s Lisa asymptomatic for COVID-19, three other members test negative

Thai-born K-pop rapper and dancer Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban has asymptomatic COVID-19, while her three fellow members of the internationally renowned girl group “BLACKPINK” have tested negative for the virus, said…

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Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31M for ‘House of Cards’ losses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind “House of Cards” more than $30 million because of losses brought on by his firing…

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BTS poses in the press room with the awards for favorite pop duo or group, favorite pop song for “Butter,” and artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Hitmakers BTS stamp their authority on American Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — South Korean superstars BTS were crowned artist of the year at the American Music Awards on Sunday, brushing aside challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake and The…

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Top trending new music video takes satirical jab at Thai establishment

Thai pop-rock band Getsunova and Three Man Down have released their latest track and accompanying music video “Eek Mai Narn, Narn Kae Nhai”, which translates literally as “Not too long,…

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Thai K-pop star ‘Lisa’ honoured by her hometown

Thai-born K-pop star Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of the girl group “BLACKPINK” was given an honourary award by her hometown of Buri Ram’s Provincial Education Office on Tuesday, for her contribution…

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Supporters of singer Britney Spears gather outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on the day of her conservatorship case hearing, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Britney Spears calls end of conservatorship ‘best day ever’

LOS ANGELES, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Calling it her “best day ever,” pop star Britney Spears regained freedom over her life and finances on Friday when a Los Angeles judge…

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ABBA return with new album after 40-year hiatus

Swedish pop sensation ABBA made a comeback on Friday with their new album “Voyage”, nearly 40 years after they split up, with a digital avatar concert eventually planned in London….

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Thai tourism minister admits to blunder over pop idol’s appearance at New Year event

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn admitted today (Friday) that he had jumped the gun with his recent announcement that K-Pop rap idol Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of South Korea’s…

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“Lisa” can’t join Thailand’s New Year countdown celebrations, says YG Entertainment

The Thai government had promised to spend up to 100 million Baht to entice two global music stars, Lisa of BLACKPINK and opera singer Andrea Bocelli, to perform at the…

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(Photo courtesy of Miss Thailand Universe Facebook page)

Beauty queen: Your biggest mission might be the simplest one

To Anchilee Scott-Kemmis, nobody can go out and change the world alone, but a small first step in the right direction is to love your pure, original self. Meet Anchilee,…

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Thai cabinet to consider 100 million baht for New Year appearances of Lisa, Andrea Bocelli

Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry will request, from the cabinet at its mobile meeting in the southern province of Krabi on November 15th and 16th, a special budget of more…

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(Photo by Álvaro Serrano)

Music fans spend more time listening to tunes during pandemic -study

Music fans globally are spending more time listening to tunes, about 18.4 hours a week on average, and have turned to their favorite artists for comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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New year countdown event in Bangkok on December 3, 2017. (Photo by Bundo Kim)

Lalisa and Bocelli opening acts for Thailand’s post-COVID era

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is planning a spectacular Thai countdown to 2022, helmed by K-pop sensation Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban in Phuket and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in Bangkok. Huge funding…

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Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP

Actor Russell Crowe promotes ‘Phuket Sandbox’, Bangkok’s electrical wiring

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has been in Thailand to shoot a Vietnam War era movie called “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” and is now posting pictures on the streets of…

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฿200 m fee for appearances of world-class artists Lisa, Bocelli at New Year for worth spending – ATTA

The 200-million-baht price tag for the appearances of Thai-born rapper Lalisa Manoban, commonly known as “Lisa”, of South Korea’s girl group “BLACKPINK” and Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, at the…

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This handout image Courtesy of Netflix shows a scene of South Korea’s “Squid Game” Season one. – A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global. It features South Korea’s most marginalised, including the deeply in debt, a migrant worker and a North Korean defector, competing in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) in mysterious circumstances. And losing players are killed. (Photo by YOUNGKYU PARK / Netflix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / NETFLIX / YOUNGKYU PARK ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Squid Game: South Korea’s latest cultural phenomenon

Seoul (AFP) – A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon…

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Lalisa Manoban in the latest music video launced in September 2021. (Photo courtesy of Blackpink)

Thailand’s Culture Ministry praises Lisa, designer for Thai dress featured in viral video

The viral music video, by K-pop sensation Lalisa Manoban, or “Lisa”, which attracted almost 120 million views on YouTube in the three days following its online release, has been praised…

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US singer Britney Spears (L) and boyfriend Sam Asghari arrive for the premiere of Sony Pictures’ “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on July 22, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Pop princess Britney Spears engaged to boyfriend Sam Asghari

Los Angeles (AFP) – Pop princess Britney Spears on Sunday announced her engagement to her boyfriend Sam Asghari via social media. Spears, 39, showed off a diamond ring in an Instagram…

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Cinema goers watch the Disney film ‘The lion king’ sitting in their cars parked at a drive-in cinema in Marl, western Germany, on April 6, 2020, one of the few entertainments still allowed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Disney to debut rest of 2021 films exclusively in theaters

LOS ANGELES, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co said on Friday it will release “Eternals,” “West Side Story” and the rest of its 2021 films exclusively in theaters before…

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‘LALISA’ hits 10m views in under 2 hours as K-pop sensation appears in Thai dress

Thailand’s K-pop rap sensation Lalisa Manoban, better known as “Lisa BLACKPINK”, debuted her first solo album “LALISA” this morning (Friday), with the music video hitting 10 million views on YouTube…

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