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Bloody Brazilian film wins Berlin festival

Violent Brazilian film “The Elite Squad” (“Tropa De Elite”) won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday in what is likely to be a controversial decision by the jury.

Iran urge Dutch to show restraint

Iran has urged the Netherlands to prevent the screening of a film in which a right-wing populist lawmaker plans to lay out his view of the Koran.

Turning to the road ahead

Veteran director Andrzej Wajda said he had made enough films about war and the past and would turn to modern themes instead.more

Human faces on post-unity upheaval
Film illustrates how the turbulence that quickly swept away East Germany and the Berlin Wall radically changed the lives of easterners.

No friction, just competition
Eric Bana insisted his co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman got on famously.

No end in sight
The divorce battle between Paul McCartney and former model Heather Mills looked set on Friday to run into a second week.

Change comes to Hugo Boss
After disagreeing with the Board, Hugo Boss AG Chief Executive Bruno Saelzer is leaving the company at the end of this month.

Avedon exhibit spotlights Versace
An exhibition of the work of photographer Richard Avedon bursts into colour to celebrate his collaboration with fashion design house Versace.

Westwood back on form
A potent cocktail of politics and rock ‘n’ roll received loud applause at Vivienne Westwood’s show.

Michelin inspectors have health tests
The health-monitoring scheme has been revealed by an inspector interviewed for the latest Michelin UK and Ireland guide.

Declining demand for beer in UK?
Despite profits, Dutch brewer Grolsch warned the British market was in sharp decline.

Scottish & Newcastle to close doors
British brewer Scottish & Newcastle, which has agreed to be taken over, said on Tuesday it would close its brewery near Reading.

Nokia impresses with new phones
Nokia unveiled four new multimedia phones on Monday and is in talks to offer phone access to Facebook.

Aiming for a piece of the pie
Three of Britain’s largest ISPs have signed up to use a new advertising platform that will give them a slice of the online targeted ad market.

Itching for a good fight
Capcom Co Ltd has brought out the new version to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Street Fighter’s debut.

Smoking ban saves Italian lives
Italy’s 2005 smoking ban has led to a sharp fall in heart attacks, researchers reported on Monday.

London looks to bicycle health
London will adopt a bicycle hire scheme similar to a popular initiative in Paris under a $1 billion cycling investment package.

Avon holds its own
Avon Products, the world’s biggest direct seller of cosmetics, posted better-than-expected quarterly profit.

Making the rounds in Asia
The world’s largest ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer, made its first spin offering views of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Warning over north London market
Police have urged people to stay away from London’s Camden market as engineers assess the fire damage to buildings.

Mud on marble preservation
Indian archaeologists have started giving a face-lift to the centuries-old Taj Mahal by applying a mud pack to the marble exteriors.

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