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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…

Bollywood actress files molestation complaint

  One of India’s top Bollywood actresses Preity Zinta has filed a police complaint alleging that she was molested, abused and threatened by a former boyfriend at an Indian Premier…

‘Pedestrian’ walks away with top prize – Kuwait Times’ ‘Action in Kuwait’ photo competition clicks with aficionados

Three Filipinos bagged the top three awards of the 8th Kuwait Times photo competition 2014. The awards ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday evening attended by…

Co-champs at Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Maryland: Two young American teenagers of South Asian heritage made spelling history Thursday when they became the first co-winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in more than…