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Britons shun e-books due to ‘screen fatigue’

A man reads the bible from an iPad mini at the ''Christ is the Answer International Ministries'' group's camp near Florence February 2, 2013.
29 Apr 2017
British sales of e-books are waning, trade figures revealed, suggesting readers were suffering from "screen fatigue".    Britain's publishing industry had a record-breaking year in 2016, with sales of books and...

In Photos: Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks

27 Apr 2017
On a scaffold several storeys high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt. The church, deep within the dusty alleyways of one...

Global architect I.M. Pei, designer of Louvre Pyramid turns 100

I.M. Pei (left), the architect of the once-controversial Louvre Pyramid now an icon of the French caoital, is to turn 100 (AFP Photo/Eric Feferberg / AFP). Global architect, Pei has been the design force behind JFK Airport, El Paso Tower and the Museum of Islamic Art, among many other sites.
25 Apr 2017
The modernist architect I. M. Pei, who was once pilloried for plonking a glass pyramid into the courtyard of the Louvre, turns 100 Wednesday with his controversial creation now an icon of the French capital. The Chinese-American designer...

Lively, Chastain, Chelsea Clinton honored for philanthropic work

Chelsea Clinton takes part in a discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York, September 29, 2015.
22 Apr 2017
Hollywood actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were among the six women honored on Friday for their philanthropic efforts with organizations helping women and children.   They joined singer-actress Audra McDonald, television...

London’s British Library planning major expansion

An aerial shot of the British Library at St Pancras. Image: Tony Antoniou via AFP Relaxnews
22 Apr 2017
The British Library has revealed plans for a 100,000sq ft expansion that will include additional exhibition space and improved public areas.   Architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which worked on a recent expansion of...

Video: Lady Gaga shares with Prince William how she lives with trauma, anxiety

Lady Gaga shares with Prince William how she lives with PTSD, anxiety (Photo composite from Reuters photos). 
18 Apr 2017
It was a FaceTime call. Like old time friends, Lady Gaga and Prince William opened up about mental health. In a video released Tuesday, the pop star joined the Duke of Cambridge's Heads Together, a campaign he leads along with the...

Are songs getting faster these days?

15 Apr 2017
Online streaming is making it quicker not only to play music. A new study finds that pop songs themselves are getting faster as listeners’ attention spans diminish.   Instrumental openings to songs have shrunk dramatically over...

Next Star Wars movie to feature new female character

A visitor poses with a character from the Star Wars film series during a press preview for the exhibit 'Star Wars Identities' at the MAK museum in Vienna, Austria, December 17, 2015.
15 Apr 2017
The largely testosterone-fueled Star Wars movie franchise has added an important new female character in the eighth film, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", director Rian Johnson said on Friday at a fanfest in Orlando.   Johnson...

'Images of India' exhibition: unparalleled reflection of authentic Indian culture

Indian woman dressed in Indian traditional custom Sari
14 Apr 2017
Indian portraits of common Indians, colorful customs and architectural wonders are featured in the new exhibition entitled "Images of India" by Egyptian artist Ashraf Talaat. The exhibition is part of the annual Indian cultural...

Steven Spielberg appoints a director for 'Micro'

File photo: In this December 7, 2004 file photo, author Michael Crichton poses in New York (Jim Cooper / AP File photo).
08 Apr 2017
Norwegian Joachim Ronning will direct the adaptation of Micro, a novel that was left unfinished by Michael Crichton when he died in 2008. Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, the duo behind Jurassic Park, will produce the film.  ...