Arts & Culture

Museum reopening boosts Iraqi pride

Even as Iraq mourns the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Mosul, the national museum in Baghdad has brought joy and pride to visitors by opening its doors for the first time in 12 years. The public opening at the weekend was brought forward in response to a video released last week by the Islamic State group showing militants ...

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Sydney Royal Easter Show : Showbags on trial

A sneak-peak of what this year’s Showbag Pavillion has to offer proved a real treat for 30 chronically ill children from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Royal Far West, who all got to test drive the showbags that will feature at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.   A record number of 349 Showbags was on display for the ...

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Chris Brown denied entry to Canada

R&B star Chris Brown, notorious for brushes with the law including an assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, has reportedly been barred from entering Canada, forcing him to cancel performances. “Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold-out crowds in Montreal and Toronto,” the controversial US singer wrote on Twitter. “The good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t ...

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Taylor Swift crowned ‘world’s top-selling artist’

Taylor Swift has been crowned the world’s top-selling artist in 2014. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said that Swift was the world’s most popular recording artist last year when accounting for physical sales, downloads and streaming. Swift dominated US charts in late 2014 but the group said that she was also among the top five artists ...

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Multicultural March: A time to reflect on the inter-cultural harmony

To kick off Multicultural March, Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today launched a sate-wide calendar of activities that will take place in New South Wales. During a multicultural media briefing in Sydney, Mr. Dominello said the positive level of community engagement during recent sporting events like the AFC Asian Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup as well ...

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Lady Gaga engaged: “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!”

Pop diva Lady Gaga has announced to the world that she is getting married – to an actor she met making a video, in which she wore her mother’s wedding dress. The 28-year-old superstar, who has become as known for her extravagant outfits as for her music, revealed the engagement by showing a simple, heart-shaped ring that fiance Taylor Kinney ...

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Maronite Catholics gather to mark Ash Monday

Maronite Catholics around Australia have started to gather at churches to take part in Ash Monday services, many squeezing in a quick lunchtime church visit to mark the occasion. Ash Monday is the first day of the Lenten Season and Maronite churches traditionally hold special services and open their doors to parishioners who wish to receive blessed ashes on their ...

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Aussie actress Cate Blanchett shines in new Cinderella film

Berlin- Australian actress Cate Blanchett shines as the evil stepmother walking her cat Lucifer on a leash in Kenneth Branagh’s update on the Cinderella fairytale, which screened at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday. “Are you playing Cinderella?” Blanchett said people asked hesitantly when she told them she was in the new Cinderella film. “I think we should save that for ...

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Lebanese Fashion School Scouts Talent in Refugee Camps and Orphanages

(Reuters) -It’s in the refugee camps and orphanages of Lebanon that Creative Space Beirut, a fashion school, looks for emerging talent for its three-year program taught by top Lebanese and international designers. Sarah Hermez, 28, founder and director of Creative Space, chooses ten underprivileged students from different backgrounds to join her school in the art district of east Beirut. They ...

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