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Tribeca film explores al Qaeda's history and culture

Christine Kearney Yahoo! News 04/26/2010
Tribeca film explores al Qaeda's history and culture

A new film by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney takes viewers from Cairo to London on a search for the cultural and historical roots of al Qaeda and some of its motives behind its attack on the United States.

Christie's to auction $15.5 million Chinese masterpiece

A Chinese Ming dynasty painting by classical master Shitao valued at almost $15.5 million will be auctioned next month by Christie's, which said the work was the most valuable Chinese painting ever to be put under the hammer in Hong Kong.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling accused of plagiarizing from children's wizard book

J.K. Rowling, the world’s richest author, is accused of stealing ideas for "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire" from another British author's children’s book. Rowling was added as a defendant to an ongoing legal claim filed against her publisher for alleged copyright infringement by the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs.

Carnival erupts in Rio amid scorching heat wave

RIO DE JANEIRO — Carnival's raucous street parties flooded Rio with drum-beating local revelers and sweaty foreigners escaping snowbound cities.

Ancient tribal language becomes extinct as last speaker dies

The last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world's oldest cultures.

Google named 'word of the decade' by American speech scholars

Google's dominance of the internet has spread to the world of linguistics with the verb spawned from the brand name being voted word of the decade.

Herta Müller Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

MOTOKO RICH The New York Times 10/08/2009
$1.1M Degas artwork stolen from French museum

French police were searching Friday for a Degas painting stolen from a Marseilles museum a day earlier.

Herta Müller Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Herta Müller, the Romanian-born German novelist and essayist who has written widely about the oppression of dictatorship in her native country and the unmoored life of the political exile, on Thursday won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature.

From Kyoto to Machu Picchu: world's heritage at risk

NEW YORK — From vanishing Kyoto merchant houses to the tourist-inundated ruins of Machu Picchu, heritage sites around the world are under pressure as never before, according to a New York-based preservation group.

Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, Nixon speechwriter Safire dies at 79

WASHINGTON — William Safire, a speechwriter for disgraced US president Richard Nixon and a longtime political columnist, died Sunday at the age of 79, his former employer The New York Times reported.


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