Arts & Culture

Artist Works to Preserve Christian Heritage in Hamas-Run Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Dec 11 – Only about 1,200 Christians remain in Gaza — only a tiny fraction of the population in a territory run by Hamas Islamists — but artist Naser Jeldha is doing what he can to preserve its Christian heritage through art. In his studio in the heart of old Gaza,

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Walt Disney’s Signed Will, Animation Trove Go Up for Auction

LOS ANGELES, Dec 10 ¬†– Walt Disney fans can buy a piece of history when the late¬†animation entrepreneur’s signed will and other Disney memorabilia go up for auction on Friday. The “Animation and Disneyana Auction“, held at Profiles in History in Los Angeles, will offer 600 lots of animation art and Disney-related items. The list

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Motherhood is Biggest Challenge for ‘Woman of the Year’ Madonna

NEW YORK, Dec 9 – Madonna was presented on Friday with Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year award, but the seven-time Grammy Award winner said one of her biggest challenges was being a good mother. “The biggest accomplishment I think was finishing my tour, doing my shows every night. And dealing with the challenges of

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Trump Remains Executive Producer on Reality TV Show – Schwarzenneger

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Dec 9 – President-elect Donald Trump will remain an executive producer on the reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice,” new host Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Friday, defending the situation as similar to his own transitions between politics and entertainment. Trump, who famously barked the catchphrase “You’re fired!” as he dismissed competitors

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Golden “King Bibi” Statue Causes Guerrilla-Art Stir in Israel

TEL AVIV, Dec 9 – A gilded statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dubbed “KingBibi” by its creator, stirred condemnation from Israel’s culture minister and was toppled by an onlooker after a brief public appearance on Tuesday, December 6. Sculptor Itay Zalait told reporters he had placed the four metre (13 foot) tall effigy of

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Mick Jagger a Dad Again at 73

NEW YORK, Dec 8 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time on Thursday when his ballet dancer girlfriend gave birth to a son in New York, his publicist said. “Melanie Hamrick & Mick Jagger’s son was born today in New York and they are both delighted. “Mick was at

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After Air Crash, Pakistan Fights Over Legacy of Rock Star-Turned-Cleric

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 – The death of Junaid Jamshed, a Pakistani rock star-turned-evangelist, in a plane crash on Wednesday has stirred debate over his legacy, raising questions that cut to the heart of Pakistan’s widening cultural schisms. Jamshed, 52, was one of Pakistan’s first rock stars before abandoning music to advocate a

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Brad Pitt’s Request to Seal Divorce Documents Denied by Judge

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 – Actor Brad Pitt’s request to seal court documents in his high-profile custody and divorce proceedings involving actress Angelina Jolie was rejected by a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge Jr. rejected Pitt’s motion at an emergency hearing, a court spokeswoman said.

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Bollywood Actor’s Dramatic Weight-Loss Leaves Audiences Stunned

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is a known perfectionist in the industry. He will go to any length to get into character, and his past transformations are proof of that. His latest film Dangal, however, has sent shock-waves across the world. Khan, who plays the role of Indian wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, underwent a radical body

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