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Jason Isbell cleans up at Americana Awards

  Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires. Isbell won artist, album and…

Netflix goes live in France as part of Europe expansion

  Netflix launched its service in France yesterday, with the US online streaming giant also announcing a deal with a French cable operator as it began the second phase of…

Palestinian bagpipers back Scottish independence

  Scottish independence campaigners have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the United Kingdom-Palestinian bagpipers. In a small hall in the…

Much ado about nothing: London buzz for Clooney wedding

  Rumors that George Clooney and his fiancÈe might be getting married yesterday in London’s Chelsea Old Town Hall sparked a media frenzy but the registry office said “not today”.…

Long tongues and leaping cats in 60th World Records book

From super-long tongues to leaping cats, a host of weird and wacky landmarks have made the cut for 60th anniversary edition of the Guinness World Records book out today. The…

FROM OUR ARCHIVES — Kuwait’s musical heritage: The heartbeat of a nation

There is something about music. It has a kind of magic that can capture an emotion or moment in time. Traditional Kuwaiti music is enchanting in the sense that it…

Play eases trauma for Gaza children

Gaza’s fragile ceasefire is allowing children to play, and overcome some of the trauma of four weeks of war. Volunteers arranged a special therapy session Thursday on the playground of…

Art Everywhere US – American art begins flooding billboards in US

7-8-2014: Billboards displaying artwork from five major US museums are going up nationwide this week to mark the start of a large outdoor art show. The National Gallery of Art…

Red ceramic poppies spill from Tower of London

  A blood-red sea of ceramic poppies is spilling from the Tower of London to commemorate British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in World War I on the 100th anniversary of…

Teens love vacation selfies; adults, not so much

Jacquie Whitt’s trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories.…

Japanese fans speak on the evolution of ‘Godzilla’

Japanese fans want it known: The radiation-breathing, skyscraper-stomping monster they call “Gojira” was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago.  No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades,…

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.…

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