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American writer Philip Roth awarded France’s ‘Legion of Honor’

France has awarded US writer Philip Roth its highest decoration, the Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), with the country’s foreign minister bestowing the award in New York. At a ceremony on Friday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in the Big Apple for the United Nations General Assembly, praised Roth’s prolific career…

The good, the bad and the ugly as fans take a trip to ‘Breaking Bad’ lands

Breaking Bad has swept the Emmys and gripped millions. Now, as the final episode is shown, the location is making a killing too It took a while for Albuquerque to embrace Breaking Bad. The depiction of a good man turning evil and unleashing drugs and violence across the city was…

Margaret Thatcher’s ashes laid to rest in London

The ashes of late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher were laid to rest alongside the remains of her late husband Denis in London on Saturday, at a military nursing home she had long supported. An oak casket containing the ashes of Britain’s first and only female prime minister, who died…

Will Dianne Feinstein face Espionage Act charges?

So, we just discussed how it appears that Dianne Feinstein accidentally confirmed what was widely suspected: that the NSA is tapping the internet backbone to get access to emails. This is interesting on many levels, not the least of which is that Feinstein…  …

Cleanest air in 50 years! How did New York do it?

Those living in American cities may not be able to go out for a nonmetaphorical “breath of fresh air” quite yet, but there are signs of a remarkable rise in the quality of the nation’s air – even though pollution remains a threat to people’s health and contributes to global…

Leonard Bernstein’s letters reveal he nearly gave up on ‘West Side Story’

Leonard Bernstein’s hostility towards writer of musical’s book almost halted project, newly released correspondence reveals It is regularly judged one of the best musicals of all time, yet West Side Story, with its famous Leonard Bernstein score, came close to being abandoned before it reached an audience. A new, comprehensive…

Obama holds historic phone call with Rouhani and hints at end to sanctions

President says discussion with Iranian counterpart showed ‘basis for resolution’ of dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani held the first direct talks between American and Iranian leaders since the 1979 Islamic revolution, exchanging pleasantries in a 15-minute telephone call on Friday that raised the prospect of…

Spain denies Argentina’s claims of a Falkland Islands ownership deal

Spain denied Argentina’s claims the two countries had clinched an agreement to get Britain to negotiate the future of the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar. Both territories — the Falklands in the South Atlantic, which Argentina calls the Malvinas, and Gibraltar at Spain’s southern tip — are controlled by Britain. But…

After 200 years, George Washington gets his own library

George Washington, the first president of the United States, was finally honored with a library Friday, more than 200 years after the end of his tenure. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington was inaugurated in a ceremony at his Mount Vernon estate some 15…

China wins $2 billion oil deal in Uganda

China’s state-owned CNOOC has secured a $2-billion deal to develop a petroleum field in Uganda and help propel the east African nation into the club of oil-producing countries, an official said Friday. “This is a major breakthrough as a country,? Uganda’s junior energy minister Peter Lokeris told AFP, confirming that…

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