Culture & Arts

Comic-Con hits 50: from hotel basement to Hollywood hangout

From Peter Parker’s run-in with a radioactive spider to Superman fleeing an exploding Krypton: comic book fans love a good origin story.

ADREW MARSZAL, Jul 16 2019

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Princess Jasmine is the strong female lead we’ve been waiting for in Aladdin’s reboot

I remember having mixed feelings about Aladdin’s live-action reboot when Disney announced it back in the day.

RAHUL HASNAIN, Jul 16 2019

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Meet Marvel’s first on-screen hijabi character

How often do Muslim women see themselves being represented in Hollywood without being stereotyped? Zoha Rahman wants to change that.

Jul 14 2019

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Ethiopian Israeli musicians use stage to promote struggles

In his song ‘Handcuffed,’ rapper Teddy Neguse addresses police brutality against young Israeli men of Ethiopian descent.

SHAHAR GOLAN, Jul 14 2019

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Social media rescue Morocco’s last woman potters

Beautiful handcrafted pottery made by Mama Aicha rarely sells in Morocco anymore, but thanks to social media her ancient techniques are drawing students from around the world to the foothills of the Rif mountains.

Jul 12 2019

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She’s got jokes. Or is it the puppet?

Seema Golchha’s puppet Jack Denials, a fuzzy-haired creature all in blue, is funny, irreverent and sometimes rude.

ARYA MAINALI, Jul 12 2019

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From Nazis to hippies: End of the road for Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolised many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938.

David McHugh, Jul 11 2019

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This young man’s flute covers have millions of views. Here’s why he chose to cover Despacito.

From the very first strains of the guitar, you know what song this is. As the guitar fades into the background, the flute picks up a familiar melody.

SNEHA DAHAL, Jul 11 2019

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Egypt asks Interpol to trace Tutankhamun relic over ownership docs

Egypt has asked international police agency Interpol to track down a 3,000-year-old Tutank-hamun artefact that was sold in London for $6 million despite fierce opposition from Cairo, government officials said.


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Vintage fashion: Senior models bridge South Korea’s age divide

Aged 70 she was working 20 hours a day in a hospital just to make ends meet. Now at 75, Choi Soon-hwa is an unlikely fashion star and model in South Korea, one of a handful of seniors who have become social media and fashion celebrities in a country where intergenerational conflict is mounting as the population ages.

Claire LEE, Jul 10 2019

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Thrilling yarn: tapestry depicts ‘Game of Thrones’ saga

In a Belfast museum, seamstresses are at work depicting gory battles and warring kings in shimmering threads of red and gold—an epic homage to the TV phenomenon “Game of Thrones”.


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Babylon, world wonder and jewel of Iraq’s national narrative

Babylon was once hanging gardens and opulent temples before parts were excavated and smuggled to Europe. A bastion for Saddam Hussein, then the forces overthrowing him. A centre of enlightenment, repeatedly destroyed.


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