A Fierce Cut Above The Rest

“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 and #bosslady, among others. Natasha Somalia (center), a hairstylist from Philadelphia, aims to empower women and… Continue reading A Fierce Cut Above The Rest

Former Chernobyl Residents Take a Bittersweet Visit Home

PRIPYAT, Ukraine, April 25 – For residents of Chernobyl, a three-day evacuation turned into a thirty-year exile. On the morning of April 26, 1986, no one could yet tell that a meltdown in reactor 4 of the nuclear plant in then-Soviet Ukraine was poisoning the air with so much deadly radioactivity that it would become… Continue reading Former Chernobyl Residents Take a Bittersweet Visit Home

After Taliban Music Ban, Songbook Teaches Afghan Children to Sing Again

LONDON, June 14 – When Louise Pascale, an American music teacher, pulled a three-decade-old Afghan children’s songbook from her bookcase, she realised she was likely holding a treasure lost to Afghan children following a music ban imposed by the Taliban. Playing instruments was banned during the period of Taliban rule in late-1990s Afghanistan, and even… Continue reading After Taliban Music Ban, Songbook Teaches Afghan Children to Sing Again

Taylor Swift Says DJ Subjected Her to Long, ‘Horrifying’ Grope

DENVER, Aug 11 – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift testified on Thursday she was subjected to a “very long” and “intentional” grope by a Colorado disc jockey who appeared to be drunk during a photo session four years ago. The 27-year-old pop star was testifying for the first time for a U.S. District Court jury weighing… Continue reading Taylor Swift Says DJ Subjected Her to Long, ‘Horrifying’ Grope

Cast of ‘The Godfather’ Reunite 45 years later in an emotional reunion

NEW YORK, April 29 (Reuters) – Al Pacino was considered too short, Marlon Brando was required to do a screen test, and director Francis Ford Coppola was almost fired. The director and cast of “The Godfather” reminisced on Saturday in a 45th anniversary reunion in New York about the trials, perseverance and inspiration that resulted… Continue reading Cast of ‘The Godfather’ Reunite 45 years later in an emotional reunion

This all-girl “boy band” is shaking up gender norms in China

Acrush is China’s first all-girl “boy band” which released its debut single last week, but already, the it has a huge fan-following. “Our fathers’ generation still holds the idea that girls should dress in a feminine manner, something I was never comfortable with,” band member Min Junqian told Reuters. “I just like to dress in a… Continue reading This all-girl “boy band” is shaking up gender norms in China

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… Continue reading Skydiving Magic, Bungee Dunk for Guinness World Records Day

Five Decades and 200 Films Later, Jackie Chan ‘Finally’ Wins Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Nov 13 – When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one. On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Chinese actor and martial arts star finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar for his decades… Continue reading Five Decades and 200 Films Later, Jackie Chan ‘Finally’ Wins Oscar

Olympics: Egyptian Refuses to Shake Hands with Israeli Opponent

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 13 – Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel’s Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Olympics on Friday, drawing boos from the crowd and stirring a debate about intolerance at the Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened a disciplinary commission after El Shehaby, who… Continue reading Olympics: Egyptian Refuses to Shake Hands with Israeli Opponent

Dubai World Cup to See Most Open Battle in Years

The world’s leading thoroughbreds have been flocking to the horse racing capital of the United Arab Emirates these past few weeks in the hope of taking home the prized $10 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, the world’s richest horse race, which is likely to be the open contest as, after a long time, there’s no apparent… Continue reading Dubai World Cup to See Most Open Battle in Years

Lebanese Citizenship Law Strips Women of Identity and Property

BEIRUT, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When her teenage daughter – a talented football player – was selected for a national Lebanese team, Nadine Moussa could not have been more proud. But the celebrations were short-lived. Under a 91-year-old law, women like Moussa, who are married to foreigners, cannot pass their Lebanese nationality on to their… Continue reading Lebanese Citizenship Law Strips Women of Identity and Property

U.K. Royal Kate Appears On Vogue’s 100th Anniversary Cover

LONDON, May 1 – The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, will appear on the cover of the 100th anniversary edition of the British version of fashion magazine Vogue, following in the path of her husband’s late mother, Princess Diana. Late on Saturday Vogue revealed the cover of its June edition on its website, which goes… Continue reading U.K. Royal Kate Appears On Vogue’s 100th Anniversary Cover

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