Arts & Culture

London Designers Call Upon Shakespeare, Nature For Inspiration

By Li-mei Hoang LONDON, Feb 22 – London‘s fashion designers on Sunday drew inspiration ranging from nature to William Shakespeare, presenting oversized coats and embellished dresses while reassessing how to sell clothes faster to a new generation of online consumers. Pleated skirts, rose-printed dresses and studded leather jackets, in saffron and tangerine, were seen at

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Rare Saudi Film Shown at Berlin Festival

By Sarah Mills BERLIN, Feb 21 – It’s rare that a Saudi Arabian film is shown at a major film festival, but Mahmoud Sabbagh’s Barakah yoqabil Barakah (Barakah Meets Barakah) has given Berlin a lighthearted look at the challenges of romance in the desert kingdom. Screened in the Forum section of the Berlinale, outside the

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Game, Set, No Match

By Leila Hatoum It seems that illness, injury and plastic surgery are the “get out of jail” cards for tennis players due to participate in regional and international tennis tournaments. With top seeded players such as Serena Williams, Angekique Kerber, Lucie Safarova, Sabine Lisicki, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska withdrawing from the upcoming Dubai Duty

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Parent’s Plight When Child Joins Daesh Shown in Berlin Film

By Sarah Mills BERLIN, Feb 18 – Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb hopes his new film Road to Istanbul will help raise awareness of what it’s like for parents whose children leave to join Daesh insurgents in Syria. And to make it really hit home, Bouchareb, 62, said he wanted the family shown in his film,

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Britain’s Kate Uses Guest Editor Role to Tackle Mental Illness Stigma

LONDON, Feb 17 – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate would seek help for their children George and Charlotte if they had mental health problems one day, Kate wrote in a blog published on Wednesday that sought to tackle the stigma associated with mental illness. Acting as guest-editor for a day of the Huffington

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Hip-Hop Rules at Grammys Show, Adele Falls Flat

By Jill Serjeant Feb 16 – Hip-hop ruled the Grammys stage on Monday in performances that put racial tension back in the national spotlight and where some of music’s biggest stars failed to deliver, or in the case of Rihanna, failed to show up at all. Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” lost out on

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The Pakistan Super League: What a beauty

By Omar R Quraishi Who would have thought a couple of years ago, when the Indian Premier League launched and was in full swing, and where Pakistani players were considered persona non grata, that Pakistan would get its own T20 league. Thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board and in particular executive board member Najam Sethi,

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A successful KLF: Signs That Karachi is Getting Back on its Feet

By Omar R Quraishi Karachi is a city of well over 20 million people, and that means it has more people than many countries. In fact, it would rank 60th out approximately 200 countries. For a city that size, it suffers from a massive image problem and some would say not without good reason. For

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In Aleppo, Underground Schools Face Bombardments and Burnout

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 8 – At the unofficial schools run by Syrian activist group Kesh Malek in opposition-held districts of Aleppo, the children don’t go outside to play during breaks in case a barrel bomb should drop from the sky. With 110 teachers, most of them new to the profession, the organization runs

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