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Tom Cruise poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Top Cruise and 'Top Gun: Maverick' touch down in Cannes

- Associated Press

Tom Cruise mania descended Wednesday in Cannes where the actor made a whirlwind appearance at the film festival to walk the red carpet, exalt the big screen in a rare interview and watch a squadron of French fighter jets fly over the European premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick."

Signage for the 75th Cannes international film festival is seen prior to the start of the festival in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 16, 2022. The Cannes film festival runs from May 17 until May 28. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Exiled Russian director returns to Cannes, decries war

- Associated Press

The last two times the Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov had films playing at the Cannes Film Festival, he couldn't attend. He was under a travel ban in Russia as part of a conviction for fraud in what was widely protested as unwarranted repression of the arts in Russia. Last year, Serebrennikov, one of Russia's most celebrated directors of film and theater, appeared at a Cannes press conference by FaceTime.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a joint press conference with Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Guterres is on Wednesday, May 18, launching a five-point plan to jump-start broader use of renewable energies as the U.N. weather agency reported that greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean heat, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification hit new records last year. (AP Photo/Theresa Wey, file)

U.N. floats plan to boost renewables as climate worries mount

- Associated Press

The United Nations chief on Wednesday launched a five-point plan to jump-start broader use of renewable energies, hoping to revive world attention on climate change as the U.N.'s weather agency reported that greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean heat, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification reached record highs last year.