Arts & Culture

As Aleppo Battle Ends, Intimate Film Shows Syria in New Light

By Maha El Dahan DUBAI, Dec 14 – When a group of friends took their cameras to the streets of Damascus to document Syria’s 2011 uprising, they could not have foretold how events would spiral out of control and change their lives forever. Obaidah Zytoon, a radio host with big dreams for her country, was

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Actor Alan Thicke, Dad on ‘Growing Pains,’ Dead at 69

Dec 14 – Canadian actor Alan Thicke, best known for his leading role in the 1980s family sitcom “Growing Pains” and as the father of R&B singer Robin Thicke, died on Tuesday, his spokeswoman said. He was 69. “Alan’s sudden passing has been confirmed. At present, we have no further details,” Monique Moss said in

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Kanye West Meets with Trump to Discuss ‘Multicultural Issues’

By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK, Dec 14 – Kanye West met Republican President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss what he said were “multicultural issues” including bullying, education and violence. West’s meeting at Manhattan’s Trump Tower sent social media into a frenzy and fueled speculation about a possible performance at Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration or

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Artist Works to Preserve Christian Heritage in Hamas-Run Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Dec 11 – Only about 1,200 Christians remain in Gaza — only a tiny fraction of the population in a territory run by Hamas Islamists — but artist Naser Jeldha is doing what he can to preserve its Christian heritage through art. In his studio in the heart of old Gaza,

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Walt Disney’s Signed Will, Animation Trove Go Up for Auction

LOS ANGELES, Dec 10  – Walt Disney fans can buy a piece of history when the late animation entrepreneur’s signed will and other Disney memorabilia go up for auction on Friday. The “Animation and Disneyana Auction“, held at Profiles in History in Los Angeles, will offer 600 lots of animation art and Disney-related items. The list

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Motherhood is Biggest Challenge for ‘Woman of the Year’ Madonna

NEW YORK, Dec 9 – Madonna was presented on Friday with Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year award, but the seven-time Grammy Award winner said one of her biggest challenges was being a good mother. “The biggest accomplishment I think was finishing my tour, doing my shows every night. And dealing with the challenges of

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Trump Remains Executive Producer on Reality TV Show – Schwarzenneger

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Dec 9 – President-elect Donald Trump will remain an executive producer on the reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice,” new host Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday, defending the situation as similar to his own transitions between politics and entertainment. Trump, who famously barked the catchphrase “You’re fired!” as he dismissed competitors

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Golden “King Bibi” Statue Causes Guerrilla-Art Stir in Israel

TEL AVIV, Dec 9 – A gilded statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dubbed “KingBibi” by its creator, stirred condemnation from Israel’s culture minister and was toppled by an onlooker after a brief public appearance on Tuesday, December 6. Sculptor Itay Zalait told reporters he had placed the four metre (13 foot) tall effigy of

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