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UK Newspaper Ranks Jamaican Mary Seacole Autobiography in Best 100 Nonfiction Books
May19

UK Newspaper Ranks Jamaican Mary Seacole Autobiography in Best 100 Nonfiction Books

The United Kingdom’s Guardian newspaper has ranked the autobiography of Jamaican Mary Seacole as Number 62 on its list of the top 100 nonfiction books in history. The autobiography, entitled “The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands,” was published in 1857 Seacole is sometimes known as “the black Florence Nightingale” for her...

From ‘Leviathan’ Director Another Damning Portrait of Russia
May19

From ‘Leviathan’ Director Another Damning Portrait of Russia

CANNES, France – After his Oscar-nominated film “Leviathan” was deemed “anti-Russian” by Russia’s Minister of Culture, director Andrey Zvyagintsev returned to the Cannes Film Festival with an equally bleak critique of Russian society. Zvyagintsev was to premiere his fourth film, “Loveless,” on Thursday in...

France’s New President Wastes No Time: Names PM, Sees Merkel
May15

France’s New President Wastes No Time: Names PM, Sees Merkel

On his first full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron moved quickly Monday on fronts both foreign and domestic, naming 46-year-old lawmaker Edouard Philippe as his new prime minister before flying off to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Appointing Philippe to the top job in his government ticked several boxes for...

Higher prices dent Putin’s sky-high popularity: paper
May15

Higher prices dent Putin’s sky-high popularity: paper

Russians’ concern about rising prices has eroded President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings but these remain extremely high, the daily Vedomosti reported on Friday. It cited a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation as showing that 72 percent of Russians would have voted for Putin in August, down from 76 percent in May. Another poll,...

Russia mainly bombing Syria insurgents, not Islamic State
May15

Russia mainly bombing Syria insurgents, not Islamic State

Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting. Washington, which is leading its own air campaign against Islamic State, says Moscow has been using its campaign as a pretext to hit other groups opposed to Russia’s ally,...

China’s Xi says Silk Road Plan Boosts Finance, Security Ties
May14

China’s Xi says Silk Road Plan Boosts Finance, Security Ties

BEIJING — Pledging more than $100 billion in financing, Chinese President Xi Jinping called Sunday for closer cooperation across Asia and Europe in areas from anti-terrorism to investment as leaders from 29 countries gathered to promote a Chinese initiative that could increase Beijing’s global influence. The “Belt and Road...

(Video) Shaunae Miller-Uibo destroys the field in 49.77 WL Women’s 400m in Shanghai
May13

(Video) Shaunae Miller-Uibo destroys the field in 49.77 WL Women’s 400m in Shanghai

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in great form at the start of the 2017 season. The Bahamian Olympic Champion athlete took a new world lead in the 400m on Saturday at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting. The run was a personal best of 49. 77, relegating all her competitors by more than a second. American, Natasha Hastings came second with 50.74 and...

Huge Cyberattack Forces Microsoft to Offer Free Tech Fix
May13

Huge Cyberattack Forces Microsoft to Offer Free Tech Fix

LONDON — Teams of technicians worked “round the clock” Saturday to restore hospital computer systems in Britain and check bank or transport services in other nations after a global cyberattack hit dozens of countries and crippled the U.K.’s health system. The worldwide attack was so unprecedented that Microsoft quickly changed...

Ballet Isolated in Egypt but it Fires Passions
May12

Ballet Isolated in Egypt but it Fires Passions

CAIRO – Ballet dancer Fady el-Nabarawy feels he can finally breathe again the moment he enters the gates of the Cairo Opera House after a commute from his ramshackle, poor neighborhood. This is where he and his fellow dancers practice, perform, love and create. “Every day, I cannot wait to come here. My oxygen is here,” he said....

What U.S.-Russia Crisis? Trump Seeks Closer Ties in WH Meeting
May10

What U.S.-Russia Crisis? Trump Seeks Closer Ties in WH Meeting

WASHINGTON – All but ignoring the unfurling drama over Russia and the U.S. election, President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to advance prospects for cooperation between the former Cold War foes in Syria and elsewhere in a rare Oval Office meeting with Vladimir Putin’s top diplomat. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Trump...

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