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Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel Prize-winning author, journalist, and screenwriter, died Thursday at age 87, according to a report citing a source close to Marquez’s family.

17.04.2014 20:09

Xi Jinping's fears and liberal anti-China crusades
In his meeting with Barack Obama, Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged the US president to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Xi Jinping's concerns are justified.

28.03.2014 09:51

Damaging selfie: Student breaks 19th century statue in Milan while taking pic of himself
Taking funny selfies takes some imagination and creativity, but trying too hard can lead to unexpected results. Thus, in one such attempt to take a pic of himself, a student broke a 19th century statue in Italy’s Brera Academy.

19.03.2014 13:16

Will Turkey become the new Pakistan?
As Turkey is now slowly approaching the first centenary of the Republic's foundation on 29 October 1923, some critics appear to fear that the country has assumed an outlook most incongruous with the legacy of Atatürk.

21.02.2014 12:03

Mutual cultural presence: Helping Russia and Britain understand each other better
This year, for the first time in history, Russia and Britain are holding a ‘Year’ of each other's culture. It means that already substantial exchanges in this area will be taken to a higher level, with plans laid for over 250 events in both countries.

05.02.2014 09:01

Charm offensive: The way China influences the world
The far-flung celebrations of Chinese New Year around the world are a reminder of how growing popularity and expanding international recognition of Chinese culture and traditions demonstrate the progress of China's soft power.

04.02.2014 14:52

Older than oldest of 7 Wonders: 4,600 yo step pyramid uncovered in Egypt
A step pyramid, a few decades older than the Great Pyramid of Giza (the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), has been uncovered by archaeologists in southern Egypt.

04.02.2014 05:37

Eurovision song contest becomes ‘political and cultural irrelevance’
In a time of austerity, countries that have ditched the Eurovision think that the once a year “infomercial of poor taste pop” has turned into a “political and cultural irrelevance,” Srdja Trifkovic, foreign affairs editor of Chronicles Magazine, told RT.

13.01.2014 00:43

Pleasure principle: Our selfie-obsessed lifestyles twerking against us
‘Selfie’ has been named ‘Word of the Year’ by the Oxford Dictionary, an award that underscores the notion that we’re fast becoming a wired-up, dumbed-down society of egomaniacs.

25.11.2013 11:43

Lufthansa pulls plug on name change contest after Swedish deluge of volunteers
Popular airline carrier Lufthansa was forced to pull the plug on a wacky ad campaign after Swedes took it too seriously. The idea was to change one’s name to Klaus-Heidi in return for a new life in Berlin.

02.11.2013 05:26

Swiss vs Swedes: Humorous race to teach Chinese which is which
Swiss or Swedish? As people in China keep confusing the two European states, their consulates in Shanghai have launched a humorous competition to finally sort out the confusion and keep Sweden and Switzerland apart.

01.11.2013 11:57

Cash-for-Castles: Italy sells off historic sites to plug budget holes
A Grand Inquisitor’s villa, a Pope’s fort and a Venetian island will be sold off to fill Italy’s depleted state coffers, local media reports. It’s hoped the 50 historic sites will raise 500 million euros needed to obey strict EU austerity rules.

13.10.2013 14:39

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