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Homs Documentary Festival defies death and siege

Homs Documentary Festival defies death and siege

Writing by Faris Al Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- "Time can not be counted in Homs by months, weeks or days, but by the drops of blood, mortar shells. The roar of the airplanes and sound of swords. It is the price a country seeks freedom must pay,” in these words, Homs...

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Alexievich, chronicler of Soviet life, wins Literature Nobel

Alexievich, chronicler of Soviet life, wins Literature Nobel

Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union which the Swedish Academy said was "a monument to suffering and courage in our time". Alexievich's work includes chronicles of the lives of Soviet...

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Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it

Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it

 A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad is expected to break box office records in Shi'ite Muslim Iran after its release on Thursday, but some Sunni Muslim clerics in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it.     The state-sponsored "Mohammad, Messenger of God",...

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Pianist looks to Syria's musical past to spread peace

Pianist looks to Syria's musical past to spread peace

 Malek Jandali may only have been alive for four decades but the award-winning composer insists he feels ancient, having revived some of the oldest melodies from his war-torn Syrian homeland. "I'm 8,000 years old," said the pianist, in the middle of a world tour he hopes will spread...

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  The illicit art trade that is a major source of income for today's terror groups is nothing new

The illicit art trade that is a major source of income for today's terror groups is nothing new

“I’ve taken this out so many times,” said Hani, as he deftly unzips a black laptop case. From two side pockets the Syrian remove a statue, some beads and an assortment of stones and arrange them for viewing. Nestled in the bag is an intricately carved 4,000-year-old limestone...

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'Rihan' documentary: when gardens become graveyards

'Rihan' documentary: when gardens become graveyards

(Translation by Yusra Ahmed) “Rihan”, the documentary of the director Mohannad al-Hammod, has won the first prize in the Documentary Film festivals on Saturday.  The film has shown significant skillfulness in filming, presentation and directing, besides...

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Hidden DR Congo museum safeguards endangered tradition

Hidden DR Congo museum safeguards endangered tradition

Bukavu (DR Congo) (AFP) - Perched on a shelf, the "Little Kabila" with the mysterious eyes greets visitors to the Kivu Museum, housed in a Catholic mission but aimed at safeguarding endangered Congolese traditional artefacts some might consider "satanic". The statuette showing a woman...

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Annual commemoration for Sufi mystic begins in Turkey

Annual commemoration for Sufi mystic begins in Turkey

Commemorations marking the death of a 13th-century Sufi mystic began Sunday in the central Anatolian city of Konya, where he is buried.  The ceremony, also known as "Seb-i Arus" or reunion with the Beloved, celebrating the 741st anniversary of the death...

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Shock revelations as Egypt’s King Tut unmasked

Shock revelations as Egypt’s King Tut unmasked

King Tutankhamun, an icon of Ancient Egypt, reportedly had buck teeth, wide hips and a severe limp, digitally recreated images have shown. In a BBC documentary which airs next Sunday , researchers found that the most famous Pharaoh may have not lived the life insinuated by his...

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Syrian Artist Shares Story of Homeland Through Her Work

Syrian Artist Shares Story of Homeland Through Her Work

( Davidson Website )- Like thousands in her home country of Syria, artist Etab Hreib is intimately familiar with the consequences of violent conflict – her son was recently arrested and imprisoned by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and her house in Syria robbed. Hreib, who grew...

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Turkish Director Ceylan: 'I deal with inner worlds'

Turkish Director Ceylan: 'I deal with inner worlds'

(Reuters) - Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan says his film "Winter Sleep" dealing with the huge divide between rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless in modern day Turkey is not based on current events, but is meant to teach his country a lesson. Ceylan's film...

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Garcia Marquez, an influence 'all over the planet'

Garcia Marquez, an influence 'all over the planet'

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was an enormous influence on a huge number of writers worldwide, in particular through his 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Far beyond South America and the wider Hispanic world, Garcia Marquez's influence was felt by and played out in the work...

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Orientalists ‘spreading false views on Islam’

Orientalists ‘spreading false views on Islam’

A leading Islamic scholar, and a winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, has slammed orientalists in the West for spreading false information about the religion. Muhammad Mustafa Azmi, who specializes in Hadith studies, said: “Their false and misleading...

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