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Iran’s Shiite Muslims mark Ashoura with mourning, processions

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian Shiite Muslims on Tuesday commemorated Ashoura, a remembrance of the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith. More than 1,340 years after Hussein’s death, Tehran and other cities across the country were adorned with symbols of Shiite piety and repentance. Red flags represented Hussein’s […]

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Shannen Doherty, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star, dies at 53

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Los Angeles — Shannen Doherty, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” star whose life and career were roiled by illness and tabloid stories, has died at 53. Doherty died Saturday, according to a statement from her publicist, Leslie Sloane. She had had breast cancer for years. “The devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend was surrounded by her loved […]

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6 injured while running with bulls in Spain

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Pamplona, Spain — Six people were hurt Sunday in Spain’s traditional annual San Fermin bull running festival, with one participant gored and five suffering bruising, local government sources said.  A 37-year-old Spanish man emerged from his goring with slight injuries, officials said.  The curtain went up on nine days of festivities Saturday as thousands of revelers […]

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New sports minister promotes South African car ‘spinning’

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South Africa’s newly-appointed minister of sports – a self-described former gangster – wants to promote a sport that has associations with South African gangster culture. The sport of “spinning” involves fast-moving cars and dangerous stunts, and as Kate Bartlett reports from Johannesburg, the way it’s conducted is not always legal. details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received […]

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British-born guitarist revels in Ghanian sounds

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John Collins visited Ghana as a child with his father. But life brought him back years later, and the musician never left. VOA’s Isaac Kaledzi met him in Accra and Anthony Labruto narrates. details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received this content from this noted web source: VOANews.Com

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Eugenio Derbez’s ‘Acapulco’ brings feel-good nostalgia to global audiences

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Popular Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez has successfully transitioned to Hollywood. His bilingual comedy “Acapulco” on Apple TV is critically acclaimed and has put his work in front of new audiences. The show’s star and producer spoke with Veronica Villafañe about his mission to create an authentic, family-friendly series that positively represents his home country. details […]

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Paramount, Skydance merge, ending Redstone family reign

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NEW YORK — The entertainment giant Paramount will merge with Skydance, closing out a decades-long run by the Redstone family in Hollywood and injecting desperately needed cash into a legacy studio that has struggled to adapt to a shifting entertainment landscape.  It also signals the rise of a new power player, David Ellison, the founder of […]

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Trafficked Cambodian artifacts returned from US

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Phnom Penh — Buddhist monks in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh chanted blessings and threw flowers on Thursday to welcome 14 trafficked artifacts repatriated from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Angkorian artworks, which included a 10th century goddess sandstone statute and a large Buddha head from the 7th century, were stolen by […]

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In face of Russian attacks, Ukraine defends its monuments — and its identity

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As Ukraine’s war against Russia’s invasion drags on, Ukrainians are fighting to preserve their history. They say Russia is deliberately attacking cultural monuments in a bid to erase the country’s history and identity as a separate nation. For VOA, Anna Chernikova reports from Kyiv. VOA footage by Eugene Shynkar, Vladyslav Smilianets. details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal […]

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What was the ‘first American novel’? On this Independence Day, a look at what it started

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NEW YORK — In the winter of 1789, around the time George Washington was elected the country’s first president, a Boston-based printer quietly launched another American institution. William Hill Brown’s The Power of Sympathy, published anonymously by Isaiah Thomas & Company, is widely cited as something momentous: the first American novel. Around 100 pages long, Brown’s […]

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Panama’s traditional pollera dress faces uncertain future

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Panama’s pollera is the country’s beautiful, elaborate and very expensive national dress, and one of the most recognized Latin American traditional costumes. But production of the gorgeous garment faces an uncertain future. Oscar Sulbarán explains why in this story narrated by Veronica Villafañe. (Camera: Oscar Sulbarán; Produced by: Veronica Villafañe) details ⇒ BusinessMediaguide.Com portal received […]

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month culminates with parades in New York, San Francisco and beyond

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New York — The monthlong celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride reached its exuberant grand finale on Sunday, bringing rainbow-laden revelers to the streets for marquee parades in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere across the globe. The wide-ranging festivities functioned as both jubilant parties and political protests, as participants recognize the community’s gains while also calling […]