Arts & Culture

Singer Frank Sinatra’s Son Dies at 72

March 16 – Frank Sinatra Jr., the son of famed singer and actor Frank Sinatra who carved out his own career as a singer and conductor, died on Wednesday at age 72, his sister said. “The Sinatra family mourn the untimely passing of their son, brother, father, uncle, FrankSinatra, Jr. of cardiac arrest while on

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Mumbai Dance Bars to Reopen Amid Worries Trafficking of Women May Rise

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, March 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After a 10-year hiatus, dance bars are set to reopen in Mumbai and Maharashtra state with activists warning women and girls could be trafficked and abused in these venues but bar owners arguing this is legimitate, needed work. Western Maharashtra state in 2005 suspended the

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And Still They Rise: One Selfie at a Time

BY Arfa Shahid Black Muslim women are fighting for recognition, one selfie at a time. The hashtag #BombBlackHijabis and #BombBlackMuslimahs has been making its round on social media this week, celebrating black hijabis – Muslim women who wear the religious headscarf – and commenting on the lack of representation of black Muslims. The social media

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Anti-Trump Protesters: A Patchwork of People and Facebook Pages

By Kevin Murphy and Bob Chiarito KANSAS CITY, Mo./BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 13 – Donald Trump has called them thugs, professional organizers and supporters of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders. But the protesters who have stepped up their actions against the Republican presidential front-runner are a disparate group from different walks of life, with no national

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Are UK’s Tabloids Falling Out of Love With Prince William and Kate?

By Michael Holden LONDON, March 10 – For the last six years, Prince William and his wife Kate have been the darlings of the world’s media, gracing the front pages of newspapers and magazines across the globe with their good looks, easy charm and two photogenic children to boot. In the last month, however, their

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George Martin, Producer for the Beatles, Dead at 90

LOS ANGELES, March 9- Sir George Martin, the legendary music producer who shaped the Beatles into the world’s most important pop music force, has died, Ringo Starr said on Twitter. He was 90 years old. “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family,” Starr tweeted. Starr followed the message by posting

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Amid Repression, Art Scene in Thailand’s Capital Blooms

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, March 8 – On a wall in a northern suburb of Bangkok “Asin Acid” puts the finishing touches to a spray-painted picture of a colourful giant chicken holding a broken loudspeaker. “The loudspeaker represents the media. The media is trying to say something but is being interrupted,” said Asin, who

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Women Can Help Solve FIFA’s Problems, Infantino Told

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, March 8 – Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was told on Monday that “women are part of the solution” to the problems that have plagued soccer’s scandal-plagued world governing body. FIFA executive committee member Moya Dodd also suggested to Infantino that women’s football was an untapped asset as the federation looks

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Two Years On, MH370 Families Say Search For Missing Jet Must Continue

By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 – The families of passengers lost aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 say the two-year search for the missing aircraft must go on beyond a June deadline, as new hope emerged last week of resolving the aviation mystery. Debris found off the African coast rekindled hope for many, prompting

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