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Nobel winner thought prize call was ‘student joke’

When a Swedish voice came down the line informing him he had a “very important call” Tuesday night, Australia’s newest Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt assumed it was an elaborate undergraduate joke. “My first thought was ‘Geez my students have done a pretty good job on this accent’,” the Australian-American astronomer said Wednesday. “She asked…

Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington dead at 94

MEXICO CITY — British-born Leonora Carrington, the Surrealist artist who ran off with Max Ernst and escaped from a mental hospital before fleeing Nazi Europe, has died in Mexico at age 94, officials said Thursday. Carrington, who became a national treasure in Mexico where her sculptures adorn the capital’s largest…

Prominent Chinese blogger charged as crackdown deepens

Prominent Chinese blogger charged as crackdown deepens BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have arrested prominent writer Ran Yunfei for challenging the ruling Communist Party, people close to the blogger said on Monday, the latest in a string of arrests in a deepening crackdown on dissent. Ran, a writer and literature…

Exiled Tibetans to elect new leader

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – Thousands of Tibetans worldwide vote Sunday for a new leader who hopes eventually to become the new face of the struggle for freedom in China, a cause embodied for decades by the Dalai Lama. The famous and celebrated monk, now 75, announced 10 days ago that…

Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement

The Dalai Lama rejected on Thursday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement. Skip related content The 75-year-old spiritual leader announced last week that he wanted to shed his role as political chief of the government-in-exile…

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