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Is this London ad selling protein powder or body shaming?

Friday, May 01, 2015

Are you beach body ready? That's the question on an ad that has provoked a backlash against a British company that opponents say is body-shaming consumers, instead of helping them get fit.

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Looking at the Vietnam War’s aftermath through the eyes of a communist spy

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new spy thriller is getting acclaim for bringing a fresh eye to the Vietnam War, refugee life in the US and the conflicting political beliefs of Vietnamese who found their way to the United States after Saigon fell.

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Sorry, your skirt is too long for France

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Twitter lights up with reaction to the story of a Muslim schoolgirl in France who was sent home from school for wearing a long black skirt to class. School authorities, citing concern over France's secularity law, asked her to leave and come back with a more neutral outfit. See some creative photo-protests using the hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux -"I wear my skirt as I please."

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Meet Canada's Godfather of African music

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Club Ballatou in Montreal has long been a home for African musicians, bringing some of the continent's hottest acts to the tiny but legendary club for decades. It's all thanks to one man: Lamine Touré.

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Why you won’t see Ho Chi Minh City appear in this newspaper in California

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago, but at this small Vietnamese-language newspaper in California, a war of words continues.

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For Nepalese abroad, 'you feel so helpless being so far away'

Monday, April 27, 2015

In New York City, home to one of the largest Nepalese communities in the US, crowds gathered after the earthquake in Nepal to pray, gather donations and hope for good news from relatives still unaccounted for.

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Here's where to go if you want to fart in someone’s general direction

Friday, April 24, 2015

It’s 40 years since the film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ was released in April 1975. Today, you can visit the Scottish castle where much of the comedy classic was filmed, and play with coconut halves.

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Finding the courage to write about cowardice

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Coward. Chicken. Yellow-belly." Those were insults the French used against the gunmen who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Cowardice, in fact, is currently enjoying a bit of global resurgence as a put-down. So much so that Boston University professor Chris Walsh decided it was time to write a book about the subject. The first hurdle? Finding source material.

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Tourists spend thousands of dollars to schlep to Bhutan when they can just go to El Paso

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The University of Texas at El Paso is close to the Mexico border, but the buildings look like they belong in Bhutan

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An Arab newscaster in Israel has a message: 'This is not your country. This is our country.'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Arab Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish is proud to be Israeli, and she's being honored at the country's Independence Day ceremony on Wednesday. Not everyone is happy to have an Arab included into the festivities, so what's her response? Deal with it.

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Why 'An Ember In The Ashes' could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory

Monday, April 20, 2015

A new book by a Pakistani American author Sabaa Tahir could be the next "Hunger Games." That's only if it doesn't become the next "Game of Thrones" first.

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CBC tries to close the book on harassment and start anew with 'q'

Friday, April 17, 2015

The CBC hopes to turn the corner on an ugly episode involving a high profile case of sexual harassment in its workplace. It's relaunching its signature radio program 'q' with a new look, and a new host.

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For decades, NASA has woken up its astronauts with music

Friday, April 17, 2015

Space Oddity, Rocket Man, It's a Wonderful World, Brown-eyed Girl, La Cucuracha, all of those songs have at one time been piped up to space. NASA astronauts have a tradition of waking up with music.

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Rap legend Nas hunts for hip-hop culture across the globe

Friday, April 17, 2015

A new documentary called "Shake The Dust" explores break-dancing culture from Yemen to Colombia, and its director says the grassroots hip-hip scenes he found around the world may be truer to the genre's New York roots than anything else around.

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Kim Kardashian (and the Pope) thrusts Armenia and its horrific past into the spotlight

Monday, April 13, 2015

Armenians have long been fighting for recognition for their darkest chapter, the mass killings in 1915 that they say were a deliberate genocide by the Ottoman Empire. And their cause got plenty of attention this week as the pope and Kim Kardashian both spoke out — in a way.

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British musical duo Public Service Broadcasting takes us on the race for space

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The British duo Public Service Broadcasting weaves archival tape in their music. Their sophomore album, "The Race for Space," uses clips from the British Film Archive to re-imagine the American and Soviet space race from 1957-1972.

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This young Yemeni American is on a quest to bring coffee from the 'land of Mocha' to the world

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Hail to the Yemeni coffee bean, rebels and airstrikes be damned.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s worldview was shaped by a jarring, unsettled childhood

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

In her new book The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, Masha Gessen says no single event explains the brothers' transition. But she looks for clues in Tamerlan's unstable early years.

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A Ukrainian pianist's pro-Russia tweets get her barred from Toronto's orchestra

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Valentina Lisitsa isn't just a concert pianist, she's an Internet sensation. But her strong pro-Russian political views led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to cancel her upcoming performances after a public backlash.

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Mexican artist Diego Rivera's painting sings the praises of a Detroit past — and future

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

What did Mexican folk artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo see when they came to Detroit in 1932? A new art exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts shows how they captured the soul of the American city.

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