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Marathon 18-hour Shakespeare play dazzles Avignon

  An 18-hour version of Shakespeare’s epic “Henry VI” ended to sustained applause early yesterday at France’s top arts festival in Avignon, marking a triumph for the play’s 32-year-old director.…

As Ramadan fast ends, the feasts begin

For the millions of Muslims abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset every day  during Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan, that first sip of water after a grueling…

Movie, TV legend James Garner dies

Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s…

Remembering history: Man walks on the moon

On July 20, 1969, at 10:56 pm EDT, man took his first step on the moon. It was an event that would cleave humans’ relationship with space in two, separating…

At Elvis Fest, impersonations are reverent tribute

  The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton don’t want to be called Elvis impersonators. The correct term…

Halal tourism takes off in Japan

  Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers. For a…

Fireworks, hurricane mark US Independence Day

The United States marked 238 years as a nation as it celebrated Independence Day with fireworks, food and music. Hurricane Arthur crashed Friday’s holiday parties along the East Coast.  Moscow…

Chinese race for artist Xu Beihong’s heroic horses

  Galloping with the vigour of strong and simple brush strokes, the horses painted by late Chinese master Xu Beihong inspired his countrymen in wartime-and now to pay huge sums…

Bollywood scion invests in Hollywood future

The scion of a Bollywood filmmaking dynasty is forging a career in Hollywood in a bid to emerge from the shadows of his legendary father-and challenge common stereotypes of India.…

Tributes to soul legend Bobby Womack, dead at 70

Legendary US soul artist Bobby Womack, who influenced and wrote for generations of musicians, died Friday aged 70, a spokeswoman said, triggering a surge of tributes. Womack penned a string…

High cost of Shakespeare costumes reflects Elizabethan vanity

What would Lady Macbeth be without something extravagant in which to sweep on stage or Hamlet without a silk doublet and padded hose? Costumes-the unsung heroes of Shakespearean theatre-are the…

Chinese dog-eaters dodge activists with early feast

  BEIJING: Residents in a southern Chinese city that has come under fire for an annual summer solstice festival in which thousands of dogs are slaughtered for food have held…

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