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Eighty-two-year-old DJ thrills crowds on Tokyo’s club scene

By Mayu Yoshida TOKYO, April 11 – By day, Sumiko Iwamuro runs a Chinese restaurant, where she has worked for six decades making “gyoza” dumplings, while by night, she spins records at Tokyo clubs under the moniker DJ Sumirock. But the juggling of long days and frenzied nights is not the most inspiring thing about Iwamuro. She is also 82 years old. Japan is known for its ageing demographic, with people aged 65 and above making up 26.6 percent of the population in 2015. A prime example of an active senior, Iwamuro plays to crowds mostly 60 years younger...

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Cousin of Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate killed in sectarian attack

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, March 30 – A prominent member of Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community and relative of its first Nobel Prize winner was gunned down on Thursday in an attack claimed by banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Malik Saleem Latif, a cousin of Abdus Salam, who shared the physics prize in 1979, was shot just yards from his home in the town of Nankana, near Lahore in the southern province of Punjab, said Saleemuddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community. Latif was riding his motorbike to work with his son when a gunman opened fire, said Saleemuddin, who goes...

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Vice Media takes its edgy journalism to the Middle East

By Alexander Cornwell DUBAI, March 30 – Vice Media is bringing its edgy style of journalism to the Middle East to tap what it believes is an underserved market of young, digital hungry consumers. Vice announced its arrival with a party on Wednesday at the glitzy Armani Hotel in the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, the global trade hub where the New York-based company will set up its regional headquarters. Vice reckons the region’s youthful population coupled with some of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world in countries such as Saudi Arabia and the...

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Stolen Van Gogh paintings back in Amsterdam after 14 years

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM, March 21 – Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were unveiled, barely damaged, at an Amsterdam museum on Tuesday, 14 years after they were stolen in a mafia heist. The works, 1882’s “View of the Sea at Scheveningen” and the 1884 “Congregation Leave the Reformed Church in Nuenen”, are from a period that was crucial to the post-impressionist master’s development as a painter. “They are back,” said Van Gogh museum director Axel Rueger ahead of the unveiling of the paintings, each valued by investigators on their recovery by Italian police six months ago at 50...

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Afghan activist who adopted 16 children wins award for work on job creation, women

By Zoe Tabary LONDON, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An Afghan woman who has worked as a civil servant, campaigner, management consultant and poet in both Afghanistan and Britain has been recognized for her work to empower women and create jobs. Seema Ghani won the Bond Outstanding Individual Award, an international development award, on Monday in London. The daughter of an army officer, she fled Afghanistan with her family in the 1990s during the country’s civil war, before pursuing a career as a consultant in London. After the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, she decided to come...

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This Pakistani-American Couple just donated $15 million to the University of Nortre Dame

A Pakistani-American couple has announced $15 million for the University of Notre Dame to create an institute that will promote interfaith knowledge and cooperation, and seek to explain how the traditions and practice of various faiths influence world events, a New York Times report said. Rafat and Zoreen Ansari, who moved the US more than four-decades ago, are medical doctors who were born in Pakistan. They spent their lives giving back to the country which gave them their fortune, giving away an estimated $1 million and countless hours to non-profit organisations which focus on children with autism, a condition which...

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“Beauty and the Beast” launch begins as Disney pulls film from Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 – Malaysia stood by its decision to bar “Beauty and the Beast” from cinemas without a “gay moment” being cut as the worldwide rollout of the Walt Disney movie began on Thursday. Starring Emma Watson as young Belle who falls in love with the Beast, the film features a gay character for the first time in Disney’s history. The company refused to make the cut and pulled the film from cinemas across the Muslim-majority country where homosexuality is discouraged by religious leaders. “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” Disney...

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Disappearing books: How Russia is shuttering its Ukrainian library

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, March 15 – First, armed police seized some of its books. Next, its director was put on trial accused of stirring up ethnic hatred. And now, quietly, its shelves have been emptied and its volumes packed up, ready to be merged into another library’s collection. A year and a half after Russia’s only state-run Ukrainian language library, Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature, was dragged into a political dispute between the two countries, Reuters has learnt that authorities are quietly winding it down. Officially, what is happening to the library — its 52,000 books are being...

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10 most inspiring Tedx Talks by Middle Eastern Speakers You Need to watch right now

From Libya to Afghanistan, Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, here is a collection of some of the most powerful TedTalks by Middle Eastern speakers that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to make a positive difference. Pakistani artist, writer and media personality Muniba Mazari shares her heart-wrenching incident that left her bound to a wheel chair. But she turned this adversity into opportunity.   Known globally as the first hijab-wearing Muslim model for H&M, earning her worldwide attention, Mariah Idrissi has appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Grazia. She has been featured on CNN, BBC News, ITV, CNN,...

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