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Yahoo! BooksNov 16, 2019
Chinese soldiers leave Hong Kong barracks in rare clean-up cameo
Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army briefly left their Hong Kong barracks on Saturday to help the clean-up after a week of disruption caused by pro-democracy protests, a rare and highly symbolic troop movement unsolicited by the city's embattled government. The action saw scores of soldiers from the garrison, which is confined to the barracks under Hong Kong's mini-constitution, with crewcuts and identical gym kits conduct a lightning-quick removal of bricks and debris near their base. Confirming the brief deployment on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform, the PLA said it acted to open a debris-strewn road outside their Kowloon Tong barracks to traffic, winning "applause from residents" in the process.


Yahoo! BooksNov 16, 2019
Australian MP says he and colleague barred entry to China
An outspoken Australian parliamentarian said Saturday that he and a colleague have been barred entry to China for a study trip, a development he said was concerning. Sen. James Paterson said he and Rep. Andrew Hastie were due to take part in a study tour next month in Beijing organized by China Matters, an Australia-based think-tank. Paterson has spoken out about human rights abuses against minority Muslim Uighurs in China's Xinjiang province and the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, while Hastie in August was rebuked by Beijing after comparing the West's handling of China's rise to the failure to contain Nazi Germany.


Yahoo! BooksNov 16, 2019
UPDATE 3-China's PLA soldiers help clean up Hong Kong streets as protesters leave campuses
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in shorts and t-shirts made a surprising appearance in some Hong Kong streets on Saturday, briefly helping residents clean up debris after anti-government protests blocked roads, witnesses said. The presence of PLA troops on the streets, even to help clean up roads near their base, could stoke further controversy over the Chinese-ruled territory's autonomous status. Hong Kong has been rocked by more than five months of demonstrations by protesters angry at perceived Communist Party meddling in the former British colony, which was guaranteed its freedoms when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.


Yahoo! ArtsNov 16, 2019
'He doesn't seem like the kind of kid to do this': Classmates, neighbors surprised by suspected Santa Clarita shooter's identity
The 16-year-old who fatally shot two students and wounded three others at Saugus High School in California was an unlikely shooter, classmates said.


Yahoo! ArtsNov 16, 2019
Maps show 500 suspected 're-education' camps and prisons where China is locking up and torturing its Muslim minority
Former detainees have spoken of torture and medical experiments in Xinjiang camps and prisons. China insists they are "free vocational training."


Yahoo! ArtsNov 16, 2019
Gunmen fire on buses carrying Muslim Sri Lankan voters
Gunmen fired at buses carrying minority Muslim voters on Saturday as Sri Lankans elected a new president, with the powerful Rajapaksa clan eyeing a comeback seven months after Islamist extremists staged deadly bombings. Minority Tamils and Muslims are seen as crucial in the close election, and the attack in the northwest of the island -- in which no one was injured -- was likely aimed at deterring people from heading to the polls. Election chief Mahinda Deshapriya said the shooting may not have prevented voting as just over 80 percent of the 15.99 million electorate was estimated to have turned out Saturday, compared to 81.5 percent at the previous presidential poll in 2015.


Yahoo! BooksNov 16, 2019
Protesters retake part of bridge in central Baghdad
Iraqi protesters occupied part of a main bridge in Baghdad on Saturday that security forces had pushed them away from a week before, a Reuters photographer said. Demonstrators also occupied a tall building overlooking the bridge, taking new ground in the center of the Iraqi capital after protests had appeared to lose momentum. A bomb blast at a nearby square during the night killed at least three people, police and medics said, but it was not immediately clear who was responsible or whether it was linked to demonstrations.


Yahoo! BooksNov 16, 2019
UPDATE 2-One killed in clashes in Iran over fuel price hike - media
One person was killed in the Iranian city of Sirjan during protests that erupted after President Hassan Rouhani's government imposed gasoline rationing and price hikes of at least 50 percent, Iranian ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. The government announced on Friday that the price of a litre of regular gasoline would increased to 15,000 rials ($0.13 cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private car was set at 60 litres. Additional purchases would cost 30,000 rials per litre.


Yahoo! ArtsNov 16, 2019
Australia Firefighters Battle Blazes, Brace for Worse
(Bloomberg) -- Australian firefighters struggled to control blazes across the nation's parched east coast ahead of a forecast of renewed strong winds and higher temperatures that are likely to fan the flames.Four people are dead and more than 300 homes have been razed in the state of New South Wales, while an estimated 2.5 million acres of farmland and bush have burnt in what have been early and extraordinarily fierce wildfires for the southern hemisphere's spring.The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning Saturday afternoon for northeast New South Wales, saying "very warm and dry westerly winds will generate elevated fire danger" over the region through the weekend. It forecast "severe fire danger" for the Far North Coast, New England, Northern Slopes and North Western areas.Hundreds of fires have raged in Australia this week, sparking debate on whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison is doing enough to curb emissions and whether climate change is worsening the fire season in what is already the world's driest inhabited continent. His conservative government has snubbed calls to discuss the impact of climate change in drought-affected rural areas, saying its full focus should be on extinguishing the blazes and helping victims.As of Saturday morning, 59 bush and grass fires were burning in New South Wales, with 13 yet to be contained, according to the Rural Fire Service. Firefighters overnight strengthened containment lines by back-burning -- where fires are deliberately lit to clear dry undergrowth -- around the Gospers

Billboard Music NewsNov 15, 2019
Irving Azoff's Music Artists Coalition Sides With Taylor Swift in Big Machine Spat
The Music Artists Coalition -- the recently-formed organization established to advocate for and protect the rights of artists -- has spoken out...

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Time EntertainmentNov 15, 2019
The True Story Behind the Movie Ford v Ferrari
A look at the real-life racing legends played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale

Billboard Music NewsNov 15, 2019
2 New Taylor Swift Songs to Lil Peep's Posthumous LP: Vote for Your Favorite New Music Friday Release!
Happy New Music Friday from all of your favorite artists! It's been a busy end of the week, with Taylor Swift sneaking in not one, but...

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NYTimes ArtsNov 15, 2019
‘The Report' and the Untold Story of a Senate-C.I.A. Conflict
The Adam Driver film dramatizes a contentious investigation into post-911 torture. But it leaves out a tense episode that could have buried the results altogether.

Time EntertainmentNov 15, 2019
A Gorgeous Ford v Ferrari Demands a Drive to the Theater
The new movie starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon is for more than just automobile aficionados, and it's worth seeing on the big screen

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NYTimes ArtsNov 15, 2019
James Holzhauer Beats Emma Boettcher in ‘Jeopardy!' Rematch
In the show's Tournament of Champions, the sports gambler from Las Vegas defeated the librarian from Chicago who ended his eye-popping winning streak earlier this year.

Time EntertainmentNov 15, 2019
Charlie's Angels Fails to Give Kristen Stewart the Glamorous Action Movie She Deserves
The reboot should have been fun. Instead, it's a boring mess

BBC Entertainment & ArtsNov 15, 2019
Taylor Swift's old label hits back in row over 'awards ban'
Taylor Swift claims Scooter Braun's label won't let her sing her own hits at an awards ceremony.

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Yahoo! TVNov 15, 2019
James Holzhauer dominates much anticipated ‘Jeopardy!' rematch vs. Emma Boettcher
James Holzhauer took a commanding lead over Emma Boettcher during the first night of "Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions."


Yahoo! ArtsNov 15, 2019
Santa Clarita shooting: What we know about the Saugus High School suspected gunman, victims
Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles, will remain closed Friday as authorities continue their investigation of a deadly shooting.


Yahoo! ArtsNov 15, 2019
Pro-China protesters to rally amid Hong Kong chaos
Pro-China protesters plan to rally in Hong Kong on Saturday to denounce increasingly violent anti-government unrest in the Chinese-ruled city and support the police who have become a prime target of attack. The former British colony has been embroiled in more than five months of demonstrations, with pro-democracy protesters angry at perceived Communist Party meddling in a city guaranteed its freedoms when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Protesters are also furious at perceived police brutality, a charge police deny.


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NYTimes ArtsNov 15, 2019
Review: ‘The Mandalorian,' a Gunslinger in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
The highly entertaining new "Star Wars" series, the marquee attraction of the Disney Plus originals, is a test of the limits of franchise extension.

Billboard Music NewsNov 15, 2019
Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Brandi Carlile & Desiree Perez to Be Honored at Billboard's 2019 Women in Music
Billboard's 14th annual Women in Music event is returning to Los Angeles, and this year's honorees are Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj,...

Reuters EntertainmentNov 15, 2019
Taylor Swift says AMA performance in doubt due to dispute with former label
Pop superstar Taylor Swift has told fans her planned appearance at this month's American Music Awards ceremony is in jeopardy, saying executives at her former record label will not allow her to perform her older songs on television.

Yahoo! ArtsNov 15, 2019
'A fighter': President Jimmy Carter's neighbors know they'll say goodbye one day, but not yet
The folks in President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia, say he will bounce back yet again from the latest medical concern.


Billboard Music NewsNov 15, 2019
Camila Cabello, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez & More Celebs Support Taylor Swift in Scooter/Scott Dispute
Halsey, Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Gigi Hadid and more celebrities rushed to support Taylor Swift on Friday (Nov. 15) in the wake of her statement...

Billboard Music NewsNov 15, 2019
Jonas Brothers Added to 2019 American Music Awards Performance Lineup
The 2019 American Music Awards are burnin' up, as the Jonas Brothers have been added to the star-studded performance lineup, Billboard ...

Reuters EntertainmentNov 15, 2019
Taylor Swift 'not allowed' to perform old songs at awards amid music row
American pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift has told fans that her upcoming performance at a music awards ceremony is in doubt after two record executives said she could not perform her old songs on television.

New York Times BooksNov 15, 2019
Carol Brightman, 80, Dies; Profiled a Notable Writer and a Notable Band
After publishing a biography of Mary McCarthy, she changed course and plunged into the world of the Grateful Dead and the group's devoted fans.

Yahoo! TVNov 15, 2019
'The Mandalorian' drops new episode, reveals surprising new force in the 'Star Wars' universe
What we learned and the burning questions that remain after new episode of live-action "Star Wars" series hits Disney .


NYTimes ArtsNov 15, 2019
Review: ‘Dollface' Aims for #Squadgoals but Comes Up Short
Kat Dennings stars as a woman negotiating a breakup, neglected friendships and the occasional advice-giving, bus-driving cat.

NYTimes ArtsNov 15, 2019
Meeting the Brother Who Can't Remember Her
In Thanhha Lai's "Butterfly Yellow," a Vietnamese refugee finds the brother taken from her family as a toddler. Much more than just time separates them.

Reuters EntertainmentNov 15, 2019
New 'Star Wars' title from EA set to be big draw this holiday season
Electronic Arts Inc launched "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" on Friday, garnering strong reviews for its flagship action-adventure series that is crucial to its holiday sales, after the videogame publisher shelved "NBA Live" game.

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Yahoo! BooksNov 15, 2019
UPDATE 4-Trump adviser Roger Stone, self-proclaimed 'dirty trickster,' guilty on all charges
President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone was convicted on all charges on Friday by a federal court jury that found the veteran Republican operative and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" guilty on seven counts of lying to the U.S. Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. During the trial, prosecutors pressed their case that Stone lied to lawmakers about his outreach to WikiLeaks - the website that disclosed many hacked Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 U.S. election that proved embarrassing to Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton - to protect Trump from looking bad. The verdict, in a trial arising from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that detailed extensive Russian interference in that election, is not only a blow to Stone but renews scrutiny on Trump's actions as a candidate even as he endures an impeachment inquiry that threatens his presidency.


Yahoo! ArtsNov 15, 2019
Gang violence hits Mexican leader's ratings, U.S. warns of 'parallel government'
Support for Mexico's president has fallen some ten percentage points during a surge in gang-related violence, a poll showed on Friday, just as the U.S. ambassador voiced concern about "parallel government" by cartels in parts of the country. The Nov. 6-11 survey of 1,000 Mexicans for newspaper El Universal showed President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had an approval rating of 58.7%, down from 68.7% in late August. The poll had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.


Yahoo! TVNov 15, 2019
Survivor's Elizabeth and Missy Apologize: Sexual Harassment Has 'No Business' Being Used as a Tactic
Survivor: Island of the Idols' Elizabeth Beisel and Missy Byrd have both tendered apologizes for their actions during the reality series' Nov. 13 installment, where they trumped up sexual harassment allegations against a fellow castaway. In the double-episode outing, castaway Kellee Kim made clear her discomfort with Dan Spilo's encroaching of her personal space and […]


Roger Ebert Movie ReviewsNov 15, 2019
The Good Liar
The gifted Devika Bhise and an unrecognizable Rupert Everett face off in this awkward, declamatory tribute to an inspirational Indian ruler.

Yahoo! ArtsNov 15, 2019
Pro-Life Investigators Found Guilty in Lawsuit After Filming Planned Parenthood Execs Discussing Sale of Fetal Body Parts
A San Fransisco district court on Friday found pro-life activists guilty in a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood after the activists surreptitiously filmed executives of the abortion group discussing the sale of fetal body parts.A ten person federal jury convicted activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, breach of contract and trespass and violation of state and federal recording laws in Maryland, California and Florida. Planned Parenthood will be awarded $870,000 in punitive damages.Daleiden and Merritt released videos in 2015 of Planned Parenthood executives as well as footage from the 2014 National Abortion Federation conference, which they obtained while posing as researchers for a fake fetal tissue research company they called Biomax.In the videos, abortion industry players could be seen admitting to illegally altering abortion procedures in order to provide fresher, more intact fetal parts, as well as haggling with the investigators over prices. The investigators have also accused Planned Parenthood of illegally profiting off the sale of fetal tissue for medical research, using their footage as evidence.The verdict set "a dangerous precedent for citizen journalism and First Amendment civil rights across the country, sending a message that speaking truth and facts to criticize th

Billboard Music NewsNov 15, 2019
New K-Pop Girl Group HINAPIA Make Debut on World Digital Song Sales Chart With 'Drip'
2019 continues to be good to new girl groups, as a promising new act lands on the charts on their first try. HINAPIA see their debut single...

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New York Times MoviesNov 15, 2019
Watch Christian Bale Burn Rubber in ‘Ford v Ferrari'
The director James Mangold narrates a Le Mans racing scene featuring Bale and Matt Damon.

Billboard Music NewsNov 15, 2019
Big Machine Denies Blocking Taylor Swift From Singing Her Songs, Says She Owes 'Millions of Dollars'
Taylor Swift's former record label has issued a statement denying the star's bombshell accusations that she was being prevented from...

Rolling Stone Movie ReviewsNov 14, 2019
‘The Good Liar' Review: McKellen, Mirren Match Wits in Missed-Opportunity Thriller
Two veteran performers do their best to lift up this wobbly drama about a con man and the widow he's attempting to charm out of her savings

Fandango.com Entertainment NewsNov 08, 2019
The Week in Movie News: Colin Farrell is The Penguin for ‘The Batman,' ‘Fantastic Beasts' Goes to Brazil and More


Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   The Batman casts Colin Farrell and Andy Serkis: Almost 20 years after playing the Marvel comic book villain Bullseye in Daredevil, Colin Farrell could be DC's The Penguin in The Batman. Deadline reports the actor is in talks to play the baddie opposite Robert Pattinson's Caped Crusader. And they could be joined in the movie by Andy Serkis as Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth,...

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