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Pakistan Hazara minority protests after bombing in Quetta

Dozens of men, women and children from Pakistan’s minority Hazara community have held a protest in the city of Quetta demanding better security. The sit-in started hours after 24 people were killed and dozens injured in a bomb blast at a vegetable market in the south-western city. Many victims were from the Hazara community, who are mainly Shia Muslims. The ...

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Do These 5 Things Before You Quit Your Job to Start A Business

Many people have quite a romanticized view of entrepreneurship. You take the plunge, quit your job, toil away and then you’re the next success story. While this can happen for some, it’s usually the few success stories that are widely published and not the many failures. Quitting your job is not always the first step you need to take before ...

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Hong Kong’s Artistic History Gets a Revival

HONG KONG — It can sometimes feel as if Hong Kong history is at risk of slipping away, in this fast-paced city where heritage buildings are razed to make room for skyscrapers and where traditional stage performers struggle to compete with pop culture. But in the past year, several major venues have opened to bring new life to Hong Kong’s ...

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Beyoncé effect fills galleries with a new generation of art devotees

In Paris, it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z; in Washington, it was Barack and Michelle Obama; while, in London, visitors queued to look at Pablo Picasso’s erotic muse or Grayson Perry’s summer picks. Last year the lustre of celebrity, whether garnered from fashion and entertainment or history, seemed to be the best way to attract visitors to museums and galleries. The Art Newspaper’s annual ...

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2019: Arts & Culture

BYGEORGIA JOHNSON POSTED ON MARCH 27, 2019 COMMENTS   BEST FESTIVAL (MUSIC) MOUNTAIN SOL This is a family-friendly festival; just don’t forget a blanket and lawn chairs for everyone to relax on. Get there early for the best spots. Held every summer at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, which is home to century-old steam engines still in operation. To mitigate parking impacts, ...

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EU backs controversial copyright law

Copyright laws which critics say could change the internet have been voted in by the European Parliament. The new rules will hold tech firms – such as Google and YouTube – responsible for material posted without copyright permission. Many musicians and creators say the legislation will compensate artists fairly – but others argue that they will destroy user-generated content. Google ...

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Pope’s ring-kissing controversy not what it seems

Conservative Catholics, who routinely accuse the current Pope of straying from church doctrine and tradition, now suspect that he has an end to ring-kissing in his sights. They point to video taken on Monday in the Italian town of Loreto, which shows the Pope withdrawing his hand from Catholics trying to kiss his ring. But the fuller picture is quite ...

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Waiting for a Bus? Time to Enjoy a Taste of Art

This summer, 100 city bus shelters will be transformed into platforms for an exhibition of work by a New York-based photographer, Elle Pérez. Pérez’s “from sun to sun,” which opens on Aug. 13, is the first exhibition in a collaboration between the nonprofit Public Art Fund and the advertising firm JCDecaux, which controls the ad space for about 3,400 bus shelters in ...

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No EU joy as UK parliament gears up for Brexit votes

For months, even years now, Brussels has been urging the UK to “tell us what you want, what you really, really want!” And yet there is no sudden outbreak of Brexit joy across the Channel. EU governments know well enough by now that Wednesday’s votes may not end up providing a clear picture of Brexit. Even if they did, European ...

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Algeria army urges removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algeria’s army chief of staff has demanded President Abdelaziz Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule after weeks of protests against him. Speaking on television, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah said: “We must find a way out of this crisis immediately, within the constitutional framework.” The president has already agreed not to stand for a fifth term in upcoming elections, which ...

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