Arts & Culture

Star Wars’ Global Sales Haul in Massive $250 Million

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Dec 19 – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” collected a galactic $250 million of global ticket sales through Friday and headed toward a historic opening weekend in the United States and Canada as fans around the world reveled in the return of the beloved space saga. The seventh “Star Wars”

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From Icon to Politician: The Changing Face of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYITAW, Dec 14 – When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi spoke warmly on a recent radio show about a critical meeting that followed her landslide election victory, she was referring to talks with the very man who had detained her for 15 years. Listeners might have been surprised

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Prove You’re a Muslim, Get Into Brooklyn Comedy Club for Free

By Frank McGurty NEW YORK, Dec 13 – Donald Trump may want to block all Muslims from entering the United States, but a Brooklyn comedy club is welcoming them into its shows free of charge. The club is aiming to make a serious statement about the Republican presidential hopeful’s proposed ban—and possibly to win some

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A Fierce Cut Above The Rest

A hair dresser in America is challenging stereotypes, one strand at a time. BY Arfa Shahid “Brick walls are not there to keep us out. [They] are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something,” reads the caption under Natasha Somalia’s photograph on Facebook, followed by the hashtags #girlboss #womeninbusiness

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Galactic Hopes for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 – The new installment in the Star Wars movie saga opens in theaters this month against a formidable force: the galactic hopes of devoted fans who have waited a decade to revisit their beloved universe of Jedi, droids and lightsabers. Can The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the celebrated

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NGO Hopes Egypt’s Bedouin Hospitality Lures Visitors to Sinai

By Asmaa Waguih SOUTH SINAI, Egypt, Dec 1 – The crash of a Russian plane in Egypt’s Sinai that many blame on an Islamist militant bomb has scared tourists away from the peninsula. But a small aid organization is hoping to show a peaceful side of the expanse. Sinai is Safe connects young Cairenes with

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Liberia Desperately Seeks Honest Civil Servant in Reality Show

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR, Nov 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Featuring contestants from a caretaker and nurse to a lawyer, a reality television show in Liberia is on the hunt for a different kind of star— a civil servant who embodies honesty in a country often blighted by accusations of corruption. Integrity Idol is asking

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Japanese Manga Artist Who Depicted Horrors of WWII dies at 93

TOKYO, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – An award-winning Japanese manga artist, whose retellings of traditional ghost stories and depictions of the horrors of World War Two helped propel anime to global popularity, died on Monday at the age of 93. Shigeru Mizuki, a beloved household name in Japan, was an art student when he was drafted

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Obama Urges Generosity for Syrian Refugees on Thanksgiving

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution. “Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims

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