Arts & Culture

Being First in Mexico Makes Young Syrian Refugee A Campus Celebrity

By Tim MacGabhann AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, March 2 – Essa Hassan is not only the first Syrian refugee to land in Mexico, his status makes him a bit of a celebrity at the Panamerican University, where students wave at him in greeting as he walks across campus. Proudly, Hassan noted, his official designation in Mexico is

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Dubai to Host Renowned Street Artists at Canvas Festival on March 1

By Leila Hatoum Dubai’s public is set to enjoy the creations of over 60 artists from across the world and watch them transform the emirate’s Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) street into a 3D fun walk as part of the second annual Dubai Canvas Festival which, set to start on Tuesday, March 1. Artists will exhibit

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Gaza Audiences Enjoy First Night Out At The Movies In 20 Years

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 29  – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are enjoying their first night out at the movies since political tensions led to the torching of cinemas in the enclave 20 years ago. Hollywood blockbusters have yet to return and Hamas Islamists, who now rule Gaza, are looking out for anything they

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Wins First Oscar After Much Anticipation

LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 – Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar on Sunday, taking home the best actor statuette for his role in revenge movie “The Revenant.” DiCaprio, 41, had been nominated four times previously for an acting Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. He was the favorite to clinch the Academy Award this

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‘Spotlight’ Wins Top Oscar Prize on Night of Racial Critique

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 – Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry. Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu nabbed the best directing Oscar for “The Revenant”,

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Oscar Host Chris Rock Confronts Hollywood Racial Furor

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 – Comedian Chris Rock launched his return stint as Oscar host on Sunday by immediately, directly confronting the racially charged elephant in the room—the lingering furor over the all-white field of performers nominated for Hollywood’s highest awards. Strolling on stage in a white dinner jacket and bow tie after an opening display

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DiCaprio Is Oscar Shoo-In, But Host Chris Rock May Shock

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES, Feb 28  – Suspense and surprises mark the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday after a roller coaster awards season dominated by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and no clear front-runner for the top honor of best picture. It’s the movie industry’s biggest celebration, but all eyes this year will be on Oscars

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Holla Out: Diplo Performs in Pakistan’s Capital

All images courtesy Diplo’s social media accounts. DUBAI Feb 28: He has worked with some of music royalty’s biggest names: Britney Spears, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Usher, Beyonce and Skrillex and on Saturday night, he rocked the Pakistani capital. Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, created much hype and excitement when it first emerged early

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Classical Indian Dance Helps Trafficking Victims to Heal, Study Shows

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Feb 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Classical Indian dance could be an effective form of therapy for victims of human trafficking and sexual violence, helping them to overcome their traumatic experiences and gain confidence, a pilot study has shown. The six-month study of 50 female survivors in Kolkata and Mumbai found

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“Feed and Read” Offers Alternative to Boko Haram for Nigerian Boys

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani YOLA, Nigeria, Feb 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the first time in his life, 17-year-old Muhammed Sani can identify the letters of the English alphabet, read simple sentences in English, such as: “I want to eat” and “I want to go home”. He can also work out simple mathematical sums.

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