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Op-Ed: A special event for Kindness is 'NeekOn' comes to San Francisco Special

San Francisco - Everyone can experience a little more kindness these days, at least that is what one man sees is a higher purpose in life. So much so it has inspired him to organize the first one-day event in Golden Gate Park to call attention to it.

How Waterloo led to a more powerful England Special

Edinburgh - Waterloo isn’t the watershed that it’s been cracked up to be. That’s the view of historian David Crane whose new book “Went the Day Well” examines the battle and how it paved the way for a newly assertive British empire.

Op-Ed: Maria Yudina, Stalin's favourite pianist

Moscow - Maria Yudina, an influential Soviet pianist was born on September 9, 1899 and died on November 19, 1970. After graduation from the Petrogad Conservatory Yudina taught there until 1930.

Oliver Sacks, best-selling author and neurologist, dies at 82

New York - Renowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who explored the mysteries of the human brain in a series of best-selling books, died Sunday at age 82.

Hundreds protest smashing of 'Mephistopheles' in St Petersburg

Sanktpeterburg - More than a thousand Russians rallied in Saint Petersburg on Sunday after a century-old bas relief of a mythical demon was destroyed amid fears of increasing religious intolerance under President Vladimir Putin.

Lethal agents and border crossings at the Fringe Special

Edinburgh - It comes as little surprise that events making the headlines are reflected in many of the performances at this year’s Fringe Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to Edinburgh every August.

Review: Obnoxious, uninspired ‘Full House’ parody is a Toronto disaster Special

Toronto - The most unintentionally ironic moment in “Full House: The Musical!” comes when Tanner patriarch Danny (Perez Hilton) throws wanna-be comic Uncle Joey’s (Seth Blum) catchphrase right back at him in song: “Cut it out! / You’re just not funny.”

The 'Rainbow Grandpa' saving a Taiwan village with art

Taipei - Huang Yung-fu greets visitors to his village in central Taiwan with paint-stained hands and shoes spattered with flecks of colour, a sign of the daily artistic labour that has seen him single-handedly stave off the developers' bulldozers.

New Orleans awash in music 10 years after Katrina

New Orleans - The vibrant sounds of brass bands and buskers echo through the streets of New Orleans ten years after the birthplace of jazz was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Millennium sequel hits bookstores as author admits 'total fear'

Stockholm - The eagerly-awaited sequel to Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium crime trilogy hit store shelves in 25 countries on Thursday, as the author admitted he wrote the book in a manic depressive state.

Edinburgh’s Fringe festival shuns controversy this year Special

Possibly the biggest news from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival – an August tradition since 1947 – is that there is no big news.

Interview: Carol Lee Brosseau talks 'Art Breakers' on Ovation TV Special

Expert art advisor and appraiser Carol Lee Brosseau chatted with Digital Journal about the show "Art Breakers" on Ovation TV this fall.

From Rolex to buttocks: Swiss city embraces the art of nudity

Biel - The Swiss city of Biel and its peaceable citizens is known as the world capital for watchmaking.But could the home of Rolex and Swatch also gain an unlikely reputation for naked flesh?

Canadian comics: From Golden Age to renaissance Special

The first Canadian superhero that comes to mind for most is Wolverine, who hails from Alberta. But what happened to true-blue Canadian-created superheroes like Nelvana of the Northern Lights or Captain Canuck?

Tokyo 2020 logo designer apologises in new plagiarism row

Toukyo - The designer of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics logo has apologised after admitting his team traced the designs used for a Suntory promotion campaign, as he faces plagiarism allegations over the Games design.

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