Arts & Culture

German Town Finally Warms to Refugees Who Took Over Church

By Tina Bellon OBERHAUSEN, Germany, Nov 26 – When Daniela Handwerk looked out of her window earlier this month and saw the church across the street being emptied out and turned into a refugee shelter, she panicked – and she was not alone. As news of the plan to house 50 refugees in the church

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Twenty20 Helps Asylum Seekers Break Down Barriers Down Under

By Iain Boyd SYDNEY, Nov 22 – A shared love of cricket is helping a team of Sri Lankan asylum seekers break down barriers and build relationships in Australia, even among some of the most fervent supporters of the country’s hardline immigration policies. The team’s name, Ocean 12, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the way

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Afghan Activist Who Defied Taliban Calls For More Female Teachers

By Emma Batha LONDON, Nov 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When the Taliban banned girls’ education in Afghanistan, six-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh started dressing as a boy and for five years risked her life to attend a secret school. Today, 14 years on, she runs Afghanistan’s only boarding school for girls, aiming to foster a new

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Paris Attacks Prompt Tweets, Hashtags and Trends

Following the deadly attacks in Paris that killed 127 people and injured 252 on Friday, social media was abuzz with reactions ranging from disbelief and anger, to solidarity and scepticism. We compiled a sample.                                          

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Rob Lowe Gets Slammed for “Insensitive” Tweets After Paris Attack

American TV actor Rob Lowe has come under fire for his tweets about the Paris attacks that killed at least 127 people on Friday. Lowe has been slammed for tweets about and after French President Francois Hollande’s speech shortly following the attacks in Paris. Lowe first tweeted “Viva La France” ostensibly to voice his solidarity with

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I Am Not Malala: Author Launches Book Against Nobel Laureate

ISLAMABAD Nov. 12: The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) launched a book titled ‘I Am Not Malala’ as a rebuttal to the autobiography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a  young Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in October 2012, reported The Nation on Nov. 11. “‘I am not Malala, I am Muslim, I am Pakistani’ is a story of

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Wickets In The Sand

BY Razia Desai It might have been Robert Mugabe saying it, but the old rogue had a point: “I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe” the president once said. “I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.” A civilized country should indeed be able to hold its own in the sporting arena. And the United

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Amid Floods, Pakistan’s Kalasha People Fear For Their Way of Life

By Rina Saeed CHITRAL, Pakistan, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) For Akram Hussain, unprecedented monsoon floods that drenched his Hindu Kush mountain valley this year were a danger to more than just homes and crops. His 4,000-strong Kalasha people, who live in three remote valleys in northwest Pakistan, preserve an ancient way of life, including

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Arundhati Roy Joins List of Writers, Scholars To Return Indian Award

BY Staff Reporter Booker Prize author and activist Arundhati Roy joins a list of Indian scholars, intellectuals and filmmakers who have returned their awards, or resigned from their organizations, to protest “the growing intolerance” in the country. The prize winning author of “God of Small Things” Roy said she would be returning her National Award

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How to Win Back Jihadis Without Using Reason

By Pauline Mevel and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam – and failed. So the 51-year-old grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person who

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