South Africa’s ANC says Zuma must leave office

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), says it has decided that President Jacob Zuma must leave office, but said no deadline was set for him to resign. ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule said on Tuesday that the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) believes Zuma’s removal “should be treated with urgency”. However, he said that…

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Kendrick Lamar Accused of Stealing Artwork for ‘All the Stars’ Video

Recording artist Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. *Kendrick Lamar has been accused of using an artist’s work without permission in the video for “All The Stars,” the first single from his soundtrack to the upcoming “Black Panther” film. British-Liberian…

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Twisted taboos

The Punjab Film Censor Board has banned the Bollywood movie, Padman, solely on the basis of it portraying a subject that they think is a ‘taboo’ menstrual hygiene. As absurd as this claim by the censor board is, it is even surprising to learn that the men from the board ‘were hesitant’ to even watch the…

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Renowned author David Grossman wins Israel Prize for literature

Announcing award, Education Minister Naftali Bennett lauds left-leaning author’s ‘deep wisdom, sensitivity to fellow human beings and unique linguistic style’ World renowned Israeli author David Grossman was named Monday as a winner of Israel’s top civilian honor, the Israel Prize, for a “series of masterpieces” during his 35-year illustrious writing career. Grossman, 64, is already one…

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Obamas’ portraits unveiled

WASHINGTON — Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday at the National Portrait Gallery, showcasing works from the first African-Americans to create paintings for the gallery’s collection of U.S. presidents and their wives. The former president’s portrait features flowers in the background: chrysanthemums referencing the official flower of Chicago, jasmine evoking his native Hawaii…

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Modi Hopes Palestine Will Soon Become ‘A Free Country’

TEHRAN (FNA)- Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged India’s commitment to the Palestinian people’s interests during a visit to the West Bank, the first by an Indian Premier. “I have once again assured President Abbas that India is bound by a promise to take care of the Palestinian people’s interests,” Modi said following a meeting with Palestinian…

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UK’s Johnson meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson met with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s capital on Sunday to press for action on the Rohingya crisis, as the country faces mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities against the Muslim minority. Johnson spoke with the embattled Myanmar leader, whose reputation among the international community has plunged over…

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Jill Messick

Jill Messick Commits Suicide

Jill Messick, a Hollywood producer and Rose McGowan’s former manager, passed away on Wednesday due to an apparent suicide. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 50-year-old was diagnosed with bipolar disorder years ago, and she also struggled with depression. Messick’s family indirectly blamed Harvey Weinstein and McGowan for the producer’s death. Messick made headlines last month…

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Popular French minister denies sex harassment rumours

France’s environment minister Nicolas Hulot furiously fended off rumours of sexual harassment on Wednesday, two weeks after another member of President Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet was accused of rape. Hulot, a celebrity green activist who is one Macron’s most popular ministers, appeared close to tears in a television interview as he denied the “shameful” rumours. “It hurts,…

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Dave Whelan

Wigan negotiating sale to Hong Kong company

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has agreed in principle to sell the English football club to a Hong Kong-listed company, highlighting the appeal of even lower-league clubs to wealthy foreign investors. The International Entertainment Corporation (IEC), controlled by the family of the late Hong Kong property tycoon Cheng Yu-tung, said it had been given an exclusive…

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