Arts & Culture

Kanye West Abruptly Cancels Remainder of Tour

Nov 21 – Rapper Kanye West’s “Saint Pablo” tour was abruptly cancelled on Monday, concert promoters said, following a series of shows in which the musician had embarked on rants about politics and the music industry. “The remaining dates on the SAINT PABLO TOUR have been cancelled. Tickets will be fully refunded at point of

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Fuses Dark Themes with Plea for Acceptance

By Alicia Powell NEW YORK, Nov 21 – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, the “Harry Potter” wizarding spinoff movie, had its world premiere on Thursday night, and the cast said they hoped the film would provide both escapist comfort and a message of acceptance in the real world. The film, the first of

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Kanye West Booed as Declares Support for Donald Trump

Nov 19 – Rapper Kanye West has come out in support of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, drawing boos and whistles from fans. West told the audience at a concert in San Jose, California on Thursday night that he didn’t vote in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential elections “but if I would have voted, I would

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“Toy Story 4” Under Way But Needs Time, Says Actor Tom Hanks

LONDON, Nov 18 – Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks said the cast and crew of “Toy Story 4” needed time to be creative, after the release date of the Disney-Pixar animation was pushed back again until 2019. The American actor will return to voice the role of toy cowboy Woody in the latest instalment of the

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Skydiving Magic, Bungee Dunk for Guinness World Records Day

LONDON, Nov 17 – From the highest dunk of a biscuit into a cup of tea by a bungee jumper to the most magic tricks performed during a skydive, the adventurous and imaginative are marking Guinness World Records Day on Thursday with all sorts of feats. Thousands of people around the world are attempting new

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Underground Ocean Found on Pluto, Likely Slushy with Ice

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON, Nov 17 – Scientists have found evidence that tiny, distant Pluto harbors a hidden ocean beneath the frozen surface of its heart-shaped central plain containing as much water as all of Earth’s seas. The finding, reported on Wednesday in two research papers published in the journal Nature, addsPluto to a growing

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Cohen, Music’s Poetic Visionary, Died in His Sleep After Fall

Nov 17  – Songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died in his sleep after a fall in his Los Angeles home in the middle of the night, his manager has said. “The death was sudden, unexpected, and peaceful,” his manager Robert Kory said in a statement published on the Cohencentric website. Cohen, music’s man of letters

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In Biggest Boost Since 1940s, BBC World Service Adds 11 Languages

By Guy Faulconbridge and Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Nov 16  – The BBC said on Wednesday that its World Service will begin broadcasting in 11 additional languages in a drive to reach millions more people, including in places like North Korea where impartial news is hard to get. The World Service started out in 1932 as

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British Naturalist David Attenborough Honoured at Theatre Awards

LONDON, Nov 14 – British naturalist David Attenborough was honoured for more than 60 years of wildlife programming with a Beyond Theatre prize presented by Prince William at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday. The 90-year-old broadcaster, who has travelled the world to showcase nature and wildlife, was handed the prize for his contribution

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