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Box office sales in China surge to $2.74 billion in 2012 meaning the country is now the world's second-largest film market.
Acclaimed film maker Wong Kar-wai returns to the screen with The Grandmaster, which debuted on Tuesday.
French actor Gerard Depardieu declines the offer to become the Minister of Culture of Mordovia Republic.
Football legend Pele is lobbying for beach soccer to be included in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
In Orthodox Russia Christmas is different after living through a period of forced atheism while under Soviet power.
A large-scale study of living standards in Russia has been conducted jointly by RIA Novosti and the Moscow News newspaper.
According to PwC research Spartak Moscow has overtaken Zenit Saint Petersburg as the most valuable sport brand in Russia.