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Plus: Justin Timberlake tops charts; Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis lead AMA; two takes on love clinch Busan film prize.

The actress Freida Pinto AP Photo / Dan Steinberg
The actress Freida Pinto AP Photo / Dan Steinberg

The Indian actress Freida Pinto urged the world on the International Day of the Girl Child to ensure that 66 million girls who are not in school today get an education. She told an event sponsored by Unicef on Friday that she had a chance to be educated and that “I feel every girl in the world, no matter where she comes from, what her social status is, needs to be given the same”. The event called on world leaders to address the plight of 250 million girls worldwide who currently live in poverty and face discrimination. – AP

Justin Timberlake tops charts

Justin Timberlake has scored his second chart-topping album this year. His latest record, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, debuted on top of the Billboard 200 album chart this week. The 16-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde stormed the charts, placing third with her debut album Pure Heroine. Lorde’s single Royals also topped Billboard’s digital songs chart. A surprise entry on the charts came in the form of the British 1960s rock band Badfinger’s Baby Blue at No 32, after being featured in the final episode of Breaking Bad. – Reuters

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead AMA

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo are up for six awards, including Best Artist, New Artist and Single of the Year for Thrift Shop. They will battle the heavyweights Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Bruno Mars for artist of the year at the November 24 fan-voted awards show in Los Angeles. – AP

Two takes on love clinch Busan film prize

Two diverse takes on modern love have taken the top prize in Asia’s largest film festival, which closed yesterday. Jurors in the New Currents Award at the 18th Busan International Film Festival lauded Korean director Ahn Song-Kyoung’s Pascha, a tale of a 40-year-old woman trying to hold on to her 17-year-old boyfriend. They also hailed Remote Control, from Mongolia’s Byamba Sakhya, about a romantic obsession one neighbour develops for the other. The jurors also awarded a Special Mention to the Philippines’ Hannah Espia for Transit, an account of migrant life in Israel. The film had been put forward as the Philippine selection for Oscar consideration. – AFP