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Angelina Jolie says Cambodian genocide behind her new film story

  • 20 February 2017 - 16:06
Angelina Jolie says Cambodian genocide behind her new film story

Angelina Jolie has spoken about how Cambodia was her "awakening", as she premiered her new film in the country, the BBC wrote. The actress was speaking exclusively to the BBC before the screening of First They Killed My Father, a true-life account of the Khmer Rouge genocide through the eyes of...

Syria’s White Helmets obtain US visas to attend the Oscars

  • 19 February 2017 - 13:45
Syria’s White Helmets obtain US visas to attend the Oscars

Al-Jazeera - Rescue workers from Syria's White Helmets - the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary - have received US visas to attend next week's Academy Awards ceremony. Raed Saleh, leader of the group, and cinematographer Khaled Khatib have been given visas for the February 26 ceremony in...

Man to sue Uber over revealing love affair

  • 13 February 2017 - 15:06
Man to sue Uber over revealing love affair

BBC - A businessman in southern France is suing ride-hailing company Uber over his wife's discovery of rides he took to see his lover, his lawyer said. The man says he once requested an Uber driver from his wife's phone. Despite logging off, the application continued to send notifications...

Crickets might be gearing towards extinction, IUCN says

  • 11 February 2017 - 21:26
Crickets might be gearing towards extinction, IUCN says

BBC - The first comprehensive assessment of Europe's crickets and grasshoppers has found that more than a quarter of species are being driven to extinction. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the insect group is the most threatened of those assessed so...

German Der Spiegel magazine cartoon of Donald Trump spurs controversy

  • 4 February 2017 - 22:14
German Der Spiegel magazine cartoon of Donald Trump spurs controversy

BBC - Germany's influential weekly news magazine Der Spiegel has come under fire for a cover image showing US President Donald Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty. Some German newspapers criticised the cartoon, while the German vice-president of the European Parliament called it...

Beyonce’s pregnancy photo goes viral on social media

  • 2 February 2017 - 14:49
Beyonce’s pregnancy photo goes viral on social media

BBC - Beyonce and her husband Jay Z say they "have been blessed two times over", using Instagram to announce that she is expecting twins. "We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two," the pair wrote, and "we thank you for your well wishes". The post, signed "The...

Syrian student in Aleppo battles dire condition to get online degree

  • 1 February 2017 - 15:27
Syrian student in Aleppo battles dire condition to get online degree

BBC - Mariam Hammad, despite every adversity of war and hardship, is trying to be a student in Aleppo in the dark heart of Syria's civil war."My city has turned to ruins," she says. Despite being in constant danger, forced out of her home twice by shelling and living without regular supplies...

Oscars organisers worried that Trump’s ban will affect Iranian movie nominees

  • 30 January 2017 - 23:16
Oscars organisers worried that Trump’s ban will affect Iranian movie nominees

BBC - Oscars organisers have said it is "extremely troubling" that the makers of an Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award may be barred from entering the US. The Salesman, from director Asghar Farhadi, is nominated for best foreign-language film. Lead actress Taraneh Alidoosti has...

Aleppo tweeting girl writes Trump a letter urging him to help Syrian children

  • 26 January 2017 - 14:34
Aleppo tweeting girl writes Trump a letter urging him to help Syrian children

Bana Alabed, the seven-year-old Aleppo girl known worldwide for her tweets from Aleppo, has written an open letter to Donald Trump, the BBC wrote. "You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you," she wrote. Bana escaped Aleppo...

La La Land film leads Oscar with 14 nominations

  • 24 January 2017 - 20:06
La La Land film leads Oscar with 14 nominations

La La Land will be the one to beat at this year's Oscars, having scored a record-equalling 14 nominations, the BBC reported. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are up for best actor and actress for their roles in the modern musical romance, it added. It is also one of nine films up for the best...