Dubai probes “unauthorized” Kim Kardashian visit to charity

TVC E. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have opened an investigation into a visit by Kim Kardashian to a Dubai government children's charity this month and suggested it undermined local values, a state-owned newspaper reported. Kardashian concluded a brief stay in the Gulf Arab emirate last weekend, shopping at the sprawling Mall of the Emirates and attending a masterclass there on makeup. However, the Emarat al-Youm newspaper quoted Ministry of Community Development official Wafa bin Suleiman as saying her visit to children at the Rashid Centre for the Disabled was not authorized and "had no goal from which students could benefit". The ministry is investigating why the center hosted Kardashian without its authorization, bin Suleiman said, adding that the ministry would have rejected such a request because approval depends on "full commitment to the customs and traditions of the state". It was not immediately clear whether all visits to government charities require approval...

Polanski quits French film jury after outcry

TVC E. The choice of Polanski for the Cesar event, France's equivalent of the Oscars, was criticized by the minister for women's rights, Laurence Rossignol, last week. "It's surprising and shocking," she told France Culture. "It sends a signal of indifference." The Osez le feminisme women's right group has called for a boycott and protest at the awards ceremony scheduled for Feb. 24. A petition signed by 61,000 people said Polanski had enjoyed "scandalous protection" by France and that his nomination as jury president was an insult to women and rape victims. Announcing his decision to step down from the jury, Polanski's lawyer Herve Temime said on Tuesday: "This controversy has been generated by totally unfounded information, forty years after the issue in question." "It has deeply saddened Roman Polanski and his family," Temime said. The Polish-born Polanski, now aged 83, pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo...

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