Locked-down puppeteer brings her characters to life in Madrid flat

MADRID (Reuters) – Madrid-based Colombian actress and puppeteer Yohana Yara has been using her time in lockdown filming puppet shows on her balcony and creating an online fan base... Read more »

Lebanese film director keeps faith after COVID-19 dashes Cannes dreams

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Many directors would have been devastated when their plans to show their first feature at the Cannes Film Festival were wrecked by the spread of COVID-19.... Read more »

Vera Lynn, voice of hope in wartime Britain, dies at 103

LONDON (Reuters) – Vera Lynn, the singer who became a symbol of hope in Britain during World War Two and again during the coronavirus pandemic with her song “We’ll... Read more »

From Asia to Africa, ‘Sesame Street’ special tackles coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Elmo, Cookie Monster and Muppets from Asia and the Middle East are joining forces for a special episode of “Sesame Street” aimed at helping kids cope with... Read more »

Performers fume as Serbia reopens but theaters remain shut

BELGRADE (Reuters) – While lockdown measures have eased in Serbia, allowing indoor gatherings of up to 500 people and a soccer match attended by around 20,000, the country’s theaters... Read more »

Mexican street musicians bring melodies to people stuck at home

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – After the coronavirus outbreak prompted the normally bustling streets of Mexico City to empty out, out-of-work musicians looking to make ends meet have been filling... Read more »

TV viewers seek out ’13th’ and other stories about race amid protests

FILE PHOTO: Ava DuVernay attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo... Read more »

Congolese fashion designer goes virtual as virus hits runway shows

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – U.S.-based Congolese fashion designer Anifa Mvuemba was excited about debuting her fashion line, Hanifa, at this year’s New York Fashion Week. But when her show was... Read more »

Oscars delayed to April due to movie industry coronavirus chaos

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 2021 Oscars ceremony was moved to April from February on Monday due to the havoc caused in the movie industry by the coronavirus pandemic.... Read more »

Tear gas fired as crowd seizes Kenya pop star’s body to halt hasty COVID funeral

Riot police officers use teargas to disperse mourners and fans of Kenyan musician Bernard Obonyo, whose stage name is Abenny Jachiga, as they proceed his burial under the rules... Read more »