Arts & Culture

Big Mac Creator Dies at 98

Dec 1 – The man behind one of the most recognizable fast-food sandwiches, McDonald’s Big Mac, died this week at age 98. Michael James Delligatti invented the Big Mac – two beef patties on a hamburger bun – which debuted at a McDonald’s restaurant in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1967. McDonald’s tweeted a message on Wednesday

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India’s Supreme Court Orders Cinemas to Play National Anthem

By Tommy Wilkes and Suchitra Mohanty NEW DELHI, Nov 30  – Indian cinemas must play the national anthem before screening a film and the audience must stand and listen, the country’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday in a ruling echoing growing nationalist sentiment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The court ordered that an image of

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“I Am Bolt” Movie Offers Glimpse Into Sprinter’s Racing Life

LONDON, Nov 29 – Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt swaps the race track for the red carpet on Monday for the premiere of a new film looking at his record-breaking career. “I Am Bolt” follows the nine-times Olympic gold medallist in his gruelling training and competing as well as relaxing at home, giving fans a glimpse

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Prince to be Celebrated at Paisley Park One Year After Death

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29 – Influential pop star Prince will be celebrated over a four-day festival at his Paisley Park Studios compound in Minnesota on the first anniversary of his death, organizers said on Monday. “Celebration 2017” will take place from April 20-23, with tickets starting at $499 for the four-day event that will include

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Rare Handwritten Note by Anne Frank on Auction

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM, Nov 23 – A poem that Anne Frank sent to a girlfriend in 1942, shortly before her family went into hiding from the Nazis, was being auctioned on Wednesday in the Netherlands. Frank was 12 years old when she sent the short poem, at least part of which was copied from

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Beirut Skyline Captures Religious Rivalry and Harmony

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 23  – In Beirut’s rapidly evolving skyline, a newly built cathedral bell tower has risen next to the soaring minarets of a landmark mosque, symbolising both religious coexistence and competition in a city split by sectarian war from 1975 to 1990. The new bell tower of the 19th century Saint

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Obama Presents Final Medal of Freedom Honors

WASHINGTON, Nov 23  – U.S. President Barack Obama awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honour in the United States – to 21 key figures at a star-studded ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. Obama presented the prestigious medal to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda for philanthropic

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