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    Oscars 2017: The Salesman Director Delivers Powerful Statement Against Trump

    The Salesman's director Asghar Farhadi announced in January that he would not be attending the Academy Awards in the wake of Donald Trump's Muslim ban, which prevented people from Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya.

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    Israel invited 26 Oscar stars to visit. So far none has

    A year ago Israel offered Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and other Hollywood stars all-expenses paid luxury trips, but it seems they have chosen to miss their cues.

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    The Mosul artifacts: A priceless loss

    It is hard to overstate the historical and archaeological significance of the area extending from Mesopotamia to Egypt. This stretch contains the early stages of human civilization, especially from the Neolithic era.

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    The ghosts of a literary Indian hill-station that haunt the writers of the present

    All hill-stations have their share of ghost stories” writes journalist Sheela Reddy. “But the Doon must be the only spot that can boast of so many writers, living and dead, who have turned their home into their muse.

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    AP image of Turkish assassin wins World Press Photo award

    Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici won the 2017 World Press Photo competition Monday, with jurors and colleagues lauding his courage and composure in capturing his image of a gun—wielding off.

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    Bollywood movie 'Raees' banned in Pakistan

    Within days of lifting a self-imposed ban on Indian films, Pakistani exhibitors were informed on Monday that Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited Raees will not be released in the country as it depicts Islam in a “negative.

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    Pakistan ends ban on Indian films 

    On January 26, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave his go ahead. That was followed some days later by notification from the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

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    Iran actress to boycott Oscars over 'racist' Trump visa ban

    The Iranian star of Oscar-nominated film "The Salesman" said Thursday she would boycott the awards in protest at President Donald Trump's "racist" ban on Muslim immigrants.

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    “Voices from Syria”: New E-book by Mark Taliano

    Between 15 and 23 September 2016, I travelled to war-torn Syria because I sensed years ago that the official narratives being fed to North Americans across TV screens, in newsprint and on the internet were false.

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    Majidi to shoot 'Floating Garden' in India

    Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, who is in India for a location recce for his new movie, decided to travel in a suburban train to connect better with the pulse of the city's people.

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    Uzbekistan churns Out new anti-Terrorism Melodrama

    Speaking at a preview of his movie, “Dadam Betob" (“Dad is Sick”) director and screenwriter Zulfikar Musakov told reporters he had presented the idea to state-run film company Uzbekfilm five years ago.

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    Bollywood star Salman Khan cleared in illegal arms case

    An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan of using unlicensed firearms to kill protected wildlife almost two decades ago, a lawyer said.

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    Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by Islamic State

    As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group.

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    How artists around India are responding to atrocities in Kashmir

    An armed guard stands in front of two children. His gun is pointed downwards, and instead of using it, he blows bubbles for the youngsters to play with. Recalling an image from George Orwell’s 1984, military boots.

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    'Dangal' shatters Bollywood box office record

    Aamir Khan's latest film "Dangal" is now Bollywood's highest grossing movie of all time, breaking the record set by his previous release "PK" in 2014.

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    Bollywood veteran actor Om Puri dies of heart attack

    Veteran actor Om Puri, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence here on Friday morning after a massive heart attack.

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    Iran picks 'The Salesman' for 2017 Oscars

    After comprehensive deliberations and further discussions on the five shortlisted films, a strong majority of the board chose The Salesman to compete in Best Foreign Language film in 2017.

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    Why India cannot win wars against its neighbours

    Let alone China, India cannot even win a war against Pakistan. And this has nothing to do with the possession of nuclear weapons – the roles of nuclear and conventional weapons are separate in the war planning of India.

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    Why is Aamir Khan not called a 'superstar', but SRK and Salman are?

    Why has Aamir been the most under-rated of the three Khans? There is no doubt that in terms of press coverage, paparazzi and scrutiny, both Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan beat Aamir hands down.

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    I feel scared to raise a point in my film, says Bollywood director

    Speaking at the Bollywood Roundtable 2016 With Rajeev Masand, he said, "I’m a liberal in a headspace that is extremely progressive about many things. But I just feel like I can’t say anything.

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    Publicist: British singer George Michael dead (53)

    George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday. He was 53.

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    I love Aamir personally but hate him professionally: Salman

    Actor Salman Khan has praised Aamir Khan’s latest release Dangal, a biographical wrestling drama which hit the screens worldwide on Friday.My family saw Dangal and thought it was a much better film than Sultan.

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    The lost verse: Why is Iqbal going out of fashion?

    Once upon a time, once upon a recent time in fact, young Urdu poets frequently used to talk about Iqbal’s poetry in both formal and social settings — Iqbal, Pakistan’s national poet.

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    A new book looks at the Kashmir conflict through the lives of its women

    Kashmir is on the boil; the “Azadi” chant reverberates from every corner; normal life is at a halt. A young, educated, career-oriented woman’s life gets entangled amidst all this.

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