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  • AP PHOTOS: Drama festival puts spotlight on Romanian inmates

    Performing on the main stage of the Nottara Theatre in downtown Bucharest is a dream of every aspiring artist in Romania, where hundreds of prison inmates have gotten that lucky break. A drama festival organized by the National Penitentiary Administration of Romania gives prisoners the opportunity to appear in theater productions overseen by professional directors. The Multiart festival was organized to combat stereotypes about people serving time in the penal system and to offer them a route to reintegration. While participation doesn’t guarantee a shorter sentence or other privileges, it can be a step in that direction. Inmates selected for the performances earn bonus points, which they can apply toward extra visitors or faster access to parole. The festival, which runs under the motto “Liberation Through Culture,” debuted in 2009 and has taken place every year except 2020, when it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the years, more than 700 inmates have...

  • Smollett defense set to cross-examine star state witness

    Jussie Smollett’s legal team will seek to dent the credibility of a star state witness who testified about how he said the former “Empire” actor recruited him and his brother to stage a racist, homophobic attack on Smollett

  • Q&A: Korean star Gianna Jun on acting goals and aging well

    South Korean superstar Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-hyun) has fronted numerous beauty and fashion campaigns in Asia

  • N Ireland collective wins prestigious Turner Prize for art

    An 11-person collective from Belfast that aims to transcend Northern Ireland’s political and religious divides has won the U.K.’s prestigious Turner Prize for art

  • Trump tested COVID-positive pre-debate, ex-aide says in book

    A book by Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff says Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate in September 2020 with Joe Biden

  • Carlos Santana has heart procedure, cancels December shows

    Carlos Santana has successfully undergone a heart procedure and is canceling several Las Vegas shows planned for December

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