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Spain is better together with Catalonia, say Spanish celebrities 15.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
A group of prominent Spaniards say it would be the right of all Spanish citizens to vote in a Catalan independence referendum Continue reading...
Not just pretty faces! Stars who are UN ambassadors 9.7.2014 Rediff: News
Emma Watson has joined a long list of celebrities who are using their fame and stardom to promote social causes as a United Nations' ambassador. presents a few of the celebs who have lent themselves to a good cause.
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Oksa Pollock: Guardian children's books podcast 26.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Anne is the English-speaker of the two authors. She tells how they had to publish and distribute the books on their own for two years, until a campaign by their readers – the Pollockmaniacs – in the media brought them a publisher. Anne explains that they set the stories in London, because it is the one city in the world that seems full of magic. Listen and enjoy their amazing story!

Idris Elba to voice Shere Khan in Disney remake of The Jungle Book 7.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Hackney-born actor in final talks over role in Jon Favreau's live-action/CGI take on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fable Idris Elba is in final talks to provide the gruff yet mellifluous tones of the tiger Shere Khan in Disney's remake of classic animation The Jungle Book, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Iron Man director Jon Favreau's live-action/CGI take on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fable is one of two competing versions proposed by Hollywood. Rival studio Warner Bros has tapped Oscar-winner Ron Howard to direct a separate project based on a screenplay by Harry Potter stalwart Steve Kloves. Disney is also said to be looking for a mixed-race actor to play Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves in the jungles of central India. The studio will focus on the Kipling story Mowgli's Brothers. Other fables by the writer, such as the story of heroic mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the tale of elephant handler Toomai, are likely once again to be ignored. Disney's own 1967 animated musical , featuring the ...
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Alfonso Cuarón wins best director Oscar 3.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Mexican film-maker takes Academy award for space thriller Gravity, seeing off challenge of 12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen • How the night unfolded • Full list of winners Alfonso Cuarón has won the best director Oscar for Gravity at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a field that included 12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen, Nebraska's Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street. In doing so, Cuarón becomes the first Mexican-born director to win the award. With a back catalogue including Mexican road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien, dystopian near-future parable Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Cuarón has been nominated for Oscars before, but not in this category. Gravity, the space-walk thriller starring Sandra Bullock as a scientist stranded in Earth's orbit after her craft is crippled by debris, has proved a huge box-office hit, as well as a showcase for cutting-edge visual effects. It has already won Cuarón major best director awards at the Golden ...
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Richard Griffiths: Academy pays tribute at 2014 Oscars 3.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Actor who played Withnail and I's Uncle Monty remembered at Oscar ceremony after death last year • Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony • Full list of winners as they're announced The Oscars paid tribute to Richard Griffiths, the veteran British actor who died last year - devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the star of The History Boys and Withnail and I. Griffiths' film career began slowly, with small parts in British films such as It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet and Chariots of Fire. After a string of roles of gradually increasing size he was cast as Uncle Monty in Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I, a character that earned up permanent cult status. He subsequently began to gain roles in Hollywood films, such as Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear. As well as playing Harry Potter's uncle Vernon Dursley in five of the Potter films, Griffiths' most admired performance was arguably that in The History Boys, an adaptation of the Alan Bennett play ...
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Wonderlands of illusion and other miraculous tales 23.2.2014 New Kerala: India News
By Vikas Datta : Cloaks of invisibility, small bags holding far more than their apparent capacity, appearance-changing potions, spells that can enable you to assume animal forms or reanimate the dead, all kinds of fantastic beings and beasts - where can you find all these? If Harry Potter comes to your mind, think again.
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Mexico: parents in Sonora prevented from giving children odd names 12.2.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
New law stops parents registering names defined by authorities as derogatory, pejorative, discriminatory or lacking in meaning A new law in the northern Mexican state of Sonora bans parents from registering names for their children defined by the authorities as "derogatory, pejorative, discriminatory or lacking in meaning". The civil registry is distributing a list of 61 such names to its local offices around the state that has been primarily drawn up from a revision of records of names registered in the past. These range from Burger King and Usnavy, to the Spanish words for scrotum and traffic, as well as famous names such as Hitler and Harry Potter. The director of the civil registry, Cristina Ramírez, said: "The objective of the list is to protect children from being bullied because of their name. We know that bullying can seriously affect a child's personality and the development of social skills, and we want to do what we can from our area of responsibility." The use of odd names ...
Who is Amanda Knox? 8.2.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Simon Hattenstone has been corresponding with Amanda Knox since 2009, and was with her as she awaited the verdict in her retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Here she talks about her second guilty verdict, life in prison and being a 'marked' woman 3 August 2009 Dear Simon Hattenstone, Hello, I have to say I'm a bit nervous about writing this letter because I'm not sure what I think about journalists and journalism any more. My entire life I've looked up to the profession quite a bit, even considered it as a profession to look into myself, until all that was thrown completely out of whack and I was left feeling really shocked, lost, betrayed and really angry. That was the first thing Amanda Knox wrote to me, four years ago. I had interviewed Amanda Knox's mother Edda Mellas a few months earlier , and sent a copy of the article to Knox at the Perugia prison where she had been held in custody for nearly two years, charged alongside her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito with the ...
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Republicans can't blame Clinton for Benghazi while absolving Christie of Bridgegate | A J Delgado 2.2.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Conservatives pounded Clinton for not properly overseeing her staff. Now they're looking the other way for Governor Christie As the Chris Christie " Bridgegate " scandal grows, conservatives are faced with a conundrum we refuse, foolishly, to acknowledge and address. Benghazi continues to be a rallying call for conservatives, albeit a waning one, particularly due to the belief that it will damage the Democrats' likely 2016 nominee, Hillary Clinton . While no documents or evidence exist directly demonstrating Clinton was personally aware of embassy requests for increased security, or deliberately failed to act, conservatives' main argument has been, to use Clinton's own phrase: " What difference does it make? " After all, as Secretary of State, the buck stops with her. Whether Clinton was directly involved, or aware, of the fated embassy's troubles, is inconsequential, they say: as head of the department, both accomplishments and errors fall squarely at her feet. Fair enough. Enter ...
'Modi tea stall' does brisk business 31.1.2014 BBC South Asia
A tea stall named after India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's PM candidate Narendra Modi is seeing a steady rise in business, media reports say.
From Russia With Love recap: men's men and women with killer boots 26.1.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
This Sunday afternoon at 12.45pm, ITV1 screens the second James Bond film – which perfectly captured Fleming's incorrigible spy, and brought us the unforgettable Rosa Klebb Reading on mobile? Watch the trailer here "Oh James, James, will you make love to me all the time in England?" - Tatiana After a period of being tucked away on Sky, the James Bond films are back where they're supposed to be – filling up huge swathes of the ITV weekend schedule until it's time to show all the Harry Potter films in order again. This is undoubtedly a good thing. James Bond is as much a part of ITV as Ant and Dec and those upsettingly sexually aggressive e-cigarette adverts. So, to welcome him back, here's a recap of 007's second cinematic outing, From Russia With Love. From Russia With Love is over 50 years old now, and it stands a perfect document of James Bond as he was meant to be, before prevailing fads of the times made him too jokey or too gadgety or too politically correct or deliberately not ...
Camp X-Ray: Sundance 2014 - first look review 19.1.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Kristen Stewart's US soldier falls in love with a wild-eyed detainee behind the razor wire of Guantanamo Bay. Now what could possibly go wrong? Camp X-Ray, the debut feature from writer-director Peter Sattler, is a platonic Romeo and Juliet tale in which the characters converse at length across the great divide, separated by wire-mesh glass or chain-link fence. If nothing else, Sattler's fumbled Gitmo romance proves that its star, Kristen Stewart, is well set for a fulfilling career outside the lucrative Twilight franchise. But the film itself is so crude and overstretched, it's a wonder she didn't attempt to tunnel out before the credits rolled. Stewart plays Private Amy Cole, swamped in fatigues, her hair scraped back and sent behind the wire at Guantanamo Bay, where she proceeds to distribute rations and library books to the luckless detainees. Locked inside his cell, Ali (Peyman Moaadi) decorates styrofoam cups with elaborate mosaics and clamours noisily for the final book in the Harry ...
China media: Zhang Yimou 10.1.2014 BBC South Asia
Mixed public reaction to film director's fine for violating one-child policy.
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China media: Professor's crawl 7.1.2014 BBC News: AsiaPacific
Calls for officials to disclose assets are back after professor crawls over lost wager.
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Japan hits back at China over Voldemort comparisons 6.1.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Both sides have now likened each other to Harry Potter villain in diplomatic row played out in articles in British press A week after a Chinese envoy compared Japan to Lord Voldemort, Japan's ambassador to Britain has also invoked Harry Potter's arch-enemy to accuse Beijing of raising tensions amid disputes over territory and wartime history. In an opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph , Keiichi Hayashi said China was attempting to use "coercion" to change the status quo in the Asia-Pacific region, and defended Japan's postwar commitment to peace, democracy and human rights. "Our maritime forces never harass neighbours on the high seas and we have upheld in action the values inscribed in the UN charter," Hayashi wrote in reference to Beijing's vigorous territorial claims, adding that those values were "deeply ingrained" in Japan. "East Asia is now at a crossroads," Hayashi said. "There are two paths open to China. One is to seek dialogue, and abide by the rule of law. The other is to ...
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China media: US criticised 3.1.2014 BBC News: AsiaPacific
State media criticise the US for failing to ensure Chinese diplomats' safety
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Lady and the Unicorn tapestry brought back to life 29.12.2013 The Guardian -- World Latest
'Mona Lisa of woven artworks' goes back on display at its Paris museum home after a two-year restoration It has inspired novels and songs, featured in Harry Potter movies and puzzled historians for the best part of 500 years. The Lady and the Unicorn , regarded as the Mona Lisa of woven artworks, is one of the greatest surviving artefacts of its kind from the Middle Ages. Now the tapestry, which is in fact a series of six wool and silk tapestries woven in Flanders in the 16th century, can be seen in an entirely new light after a major clean and restoration. Nearly two years ago, the hangings – five believed to depict the five senses and a sixth bearing the motto " A mon seul désir " (To my only desire) – were taken down from display at the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris, where they had been since 1882. Time and decades of dust had taken their toll on the colours, and the lining from which the tapestry was hung was deforming its shape and designs. Over the following few ...
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French teen Oksa Pollock works her magic in vacuum left by Harry Potter 28.12.2013 The Guardian -- World Latest
Global success is moving out of the realms of fantasy for Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf, co-creators of Oksa Pollock You might think that "Oksa Pollock" is a Harry Potter curse, or one of Professor Dumbledore's spells. In fact, it's the latest manifestation of juvenile wizardry's remarkable grip on the world's imagination. Perhaps more extraordinary still, Oksa Pollock hails from France . Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf, both in their 40s, are former librarians, friends for 20 years, who live on the third and fourth floor of the same block of flats in Strasbourg. In 2007, the year in which Harry Potter made his final appearance with the Deathly Hallows, a title known to the French as Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort, Plichota and Wolf fell into conversation at a New Year's Eve party and discovered a shared longing to write for children. In an interview with the Observer , Plichota says that she had nurtured this ambition "ever since I was 10", adding she that " Harry Potter ...
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Snowy owl versus peregrine falcon | video | @GrrlScientist 28.12.2013 Guardian: Environment
Peregrine falcons are not Harry Potter fans. If you live along the eastern seaboard of the United States, now is the time to look for snowy owls, Bubo scandiacus . These mostly-white owls, made famous by Harry Potter's faithful companion, Hedwig, are Arctic birds as one realises when they catch a glimpse of their thick insulative plumage -- even their feet and toes are protected with feathers. Despite this, lots of these birds are suddenly appearing in all sorts of strange places -- even in Bermuda and Hawaii! Snowy owls are large and dramatic birds, standing two feet tall with a five-foot wingspan, making them very conspicuous. Adult males are pure white whilst the larger females retain some dark barring on their feathers. The juveniles and immatures have much heavier barring on their plumage. (Keen-eyed observers will notice that Hedwig was actually portrayed in the Harry Potter films by a number of individuals, both male and female.) Snowy owls primarily feed on lemmings, Lemmus ...
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