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Match found in 'needle in a haystack' search for stem cell donor 9.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Worldwide search for a donor for Lara Casalotti, a student with Thai-Italian background, ends after match has been found

After a worldwide search for a stem cell donor who could match the rare Thai-Italian background of a student suffering from leukaemia, one has been found – a chance described as “a needle in a haystack” when the hunt was launched.

The search for a matching donor for Lara Casalotti, from London but with Thai and Italian origin parents, was backed by celebrities including Stephen Fry, JK Rowling and Mark Wahlberg, who helped spread the word of the match4lara campaign through their social media posts.

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Japan gives Harry Potter the manga treatment 3.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Characters from JK Rowling’s books are being turned into manga characters in a country which appears obsessed with the Hogwarts and the wizard world

Japan’s enduring fascination with Harry Potter has generated colossal box office receipts and book sales, and his very own theme park attraction.

Related: The Harry Potter factory: inside JK Rowling's favourite room on Earth

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Screen Actors Guild awards set to further expose Oscars' lack of diversity 29.1.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
As the Academy continues to confront criticism, success at the Sags on Saturday for stars such as Viola Davis, Queen Latifah and Idris Elba seems likely to further highlight how far film lags behind TV As the #OscarsSoWhite diversity crisis continues to engulf Hollywood, the annual round of awards ceremonies are under inspection as never before. On Saturday, the Screen Actors Guild – the performers’ trade union – will give out its honours in a ceremony that has traditionally been seen as a strong indication of where the Oscars will go. But with the film industry in a hypersensitive state – particularly with regard to black and minority-ethnic performers – the mood is more febrile than it has been since the dramatic protests of the ...
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: JJ Abrams reveals he initially turned down film 19.12.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Director says he told Lucasfilm president he would not direct Star Wars reboot because he feared being known as ‘the sequels guy’

JJ Abrams initially rejected the opportunity to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens because he did not want to be regarded as “the guy who does sequels”.

The 49-year-old director, who successfully revived the Star Trek franchise, told the Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, he did not think it was the right project for him.

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How many LEGO blocks did it take to make this? 16.12.2015 Rediff: News
The UK's biggest LEGO show 'Brick 2015: Built for Lego Fans' in London featured a life-size woolly mammoth, a replica of the Titanic and Hogwarts from the famous Harry Potter franchise.
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Calls for an academic boycott of Israel continue to divide opinion | Letters 3.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Harry Potter enthusiasts are familiar with the character of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose racist attitude is not limited to physical persecution of those who are not “pure-blooded” magical people (Harry Potter and the boycott of Israel, theguardian.com, 29 October), but also manifest in the academic sphere. Teachers are persecuted or fired from teaching positions at Hogwarts, the school’s books are censored and its curriculum is rigorously modified to toe the line of the dominating ideology.

The boycott call is not directed at Jews, but at state institutions complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestine

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UK academics boycott universities in Israel to fight for Palestinians' rights 27.10.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

British and Israeli governments condemn pledge by 343 professors and lecturers who criticise what they call ‘Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land’

More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at what they call intolerable human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

The declaration, by 343 professors and lecturers, is printed in a full-page advertisement carried in Tuesday’s Guardian, with the title: “A commitment by UK scholars to the rights of Palestinians.”

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Cultural bridges with Israel have failed | Letters 27.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The letter from JK Rowling and others (Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts, 23 October) is well past its sell-by date. Cultural bridges between Israel and Britain’s elite have been part of the landscape for decades – and they’ve helped lead to where we are now; they’ve given Israel the veneer of respectability it needed to camouflage its expansionist, racist policies.

Today there’s no question: an artist or intellectual who collaborates with activities funded or approved by the Israeli state is complicit in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

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Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts | letter from JK Rowling, Simon Schama and others 22.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In February 2015 you published a letter from UK artists announcing their intention to culturally boycott Israel.

We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable or that the letter you published accurately represents opinion in the cultural world in the UK.

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Star authors call for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue rather than boycotts 22.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

JK Rowling, Hilary Mantel and other leading British arts figures sign a letter published in the Guardian that warns against cultural protests singling out Israel

A galaxy of British artists and authors have backed a network promoting coexistence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, partly to counter support for a cultural boycott of Israel.

JK Rowling, Hilary Mantel, Simon Schama and Zoë Wanamaker are among more than 150 figures from arts and politics who have signed a letter announcing Culture for Coexistence, published by the Guardian.

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Harry Potter's Brazilian voiceover actor shot dead in Rio shanty town 2.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

JK Rowling pays tribute after Caio César Ignácio Cardoso de Melo, who voiced the character in Portuguese, was killed while working as a police officer

JK Rowling has paid tribute to the Brazilian voiceover artist for Harry Potter after he was shot and killed while working as a policeman in a Rio de Janeiro shanty town.

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'History changes for Japanese rugby' as world wowed by defeat of Springboks 20.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Television stations were unmoved by the historic win in Brighton, but former greats pay tribute to stunning win by the hosts of the 2019 tournament

The rugby world has reacted with praise and astonishment after Japan pulled off the biggest upset in the sport’s history with a last-gasp victory over South Africa in their opening game of the World Cup.

As Japanese sports fans digested the enormity of their compatriots’ feat in Brighton in the small hours of Sunday morning, rugby stars past and present took to social media to applaud the tactical brilliance of the Brave Blossoms and their Australian coach, Eddie Jones.

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This 12-yr-old Indian-origin girl has IQ higher than Einstein 6.9.2015 Rediff: News
A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in the United Kingdom has achieved the highest possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, outwitting physicists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
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Londongrad: TV comedy shows London through eyes of its Russian inhabitants 21.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Russian comedy detective series centres around a ‘fixing’ agency set up to troubleshoot problems for rich Russians in London

A Russian official’s daughter is on the loose in London, threatening to ruin her father’s “patriotic” image and impending government promotion. Meanwhile, a young violin prodigy has been sent by pushy parents to play at the Royal Albert Hall, but all he really wants to do is visit Harry Potter sites. And a dubious Russian lawyer needs someone to sneak into a London office block and extract compromising files from the computers before police get hold of dirty business secrets.

It’s all in a day’s work for Misha Kulikov, the main character in the new Russian television show Londongrad, part comedy part detective series, which premieres on Russian television next month.

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Facebook rescinds internship from student who exposed app privacy flaws 13.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Harvard student Aran Khanna lost position after he launched app called Marauder’s Map that could pinpoint location of Facebook Messenger users

A Harvard University student says he lost his internship at Facebook after he launched a browser application from his dorm room that exploited privacy flaws on the company’s mobile messenger.

Aran Khanna’s app – called Marauder’s Map in tribute to the Harry Potter books – showed that users of Facebook Messenger could pinpoint the exact locations of people they were talking to.

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Slender Man stabbing case: pivotal ruling decides fate of Wisconsin girls 10.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Judge to decide whether to move 13-year-olds, whose stabbing of a classmate was motivated by an online character, into juvenile system

A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please an online horror character, Slender Man. The decision will either keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

Related: Slender Man: the shadowy online figure blamed in grisly Wisconsin stabbing

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Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon 31.7.2015 Rediff: News
'The dragon is Narendra Modi. While it may be harsh -- a tad -- to say that it was sleeping, it is fair to say that the government's approach in tackling corruption cases was lackadaisical.'
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France beats Britain to win first European Quidditch Games 27.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

French side’s main keeper breaks his shoulder in tough 90-50 final of Harry Potter-inspired tournament held in Italian hillside

France have been named European Quidditch champions after sweeping aside the British favourites in an intense Harry Potter-inspired final played out in the Italian countryside.

The 90-50 result sees the French win the first European Quidditch Games, hosted this weekend in Sarteano, a hillside town in Tuscany. The champions beat 11 teams, all on broomsticks, in the sport invented by author JK Rowling for her Harry Potter book series.

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Harper Lee's most awaited novel `Go Set A Watchman` hits shelves 14.7.2015 Sify News
(ANI): Harper Lee's much awaited novel 'Go Set A Watchman' has hit the markets in the UK.
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Berkeley student deaths: shock and heartbreak as tragedy touches Ireland 20.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Tributes paid to six Irish students who died, and seven others who were injured, when balcony collapsed in California apartment

The Omniplex cinema in Rathmines, Dublin, is a long way from Berkeley, California. But this week the staff there, like so many people across Ireland, have been touched by a tragedy that unfolded in the early hours of Tuesday in the American university town.

Jack Halpin, a University College Dublin (UCD) student, gaelic football player and former part-time employee of the Omniplex, was one of a group of young people celebrating a 21st birthday party when the balcony of the apartment they were on crumbled under their feet.

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