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A year in showbiz: court drama, box office records and a young billionaire   -10%

From the world's youngest self-made billionaire to celebrities in court, the world of entertainment produced a wide array of headlines this year. Below are some of the biggest showbiz stories of 2019.


'It is something deeper': David Datuna on why he ate the $120,000 banana   35%


The artist who ate Maurizio Cattelan’s work at Art Basel Miami talks about the concept behind his audacious stunt

Art Basel Miami highlights the best new work from the world’s contemporary artists, many of whom toil away at their craft, painstakingly, hoping to create something new and innovative under the sun. But naturally all anyone can talk about is the guy who taped a $120,000 banana to the wall and the other guy who ate it.

Related: Don't make fun of the $120,000 banana – it's in on the joke | Jonathan Jones

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Why a wave of suicides washed over Germany after the Nazi defeat   -5%

Toward the end of World War II a suicide wave swept the areas of Germany occupied by the Red Army. Florian Huber’s new book blames the influence of Nazi anti-Bolshevik propaganda and the mass rapes by Russian soldiers


Meltdowns and touchdowns: How the U.S. scored a Canada-Mexico trade deal   -42%

Revising the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement took a year of acrimonious talks among Democrats, the chief U.S. negotiator and a labor union president - and may have set a world record for phones being slammed down in anger, according to one negotiator.


Yaa Gyasi on the long shadow of slavery in America   -33%

Ghanaian-American writer Yaa Gyasi talks to Haaretz about what inspired her acclaimed debut novel, 'Homecoming,' in which two different worlds - 18th century Ghana and present day America – are linked by devastating exploitation


The top travel trends for 2020, according to the experts   -15%


From prioritising pets to embracing slow travel, here are the Next Big Things in the world of tourism


I wore men's pants for a day and, frankly, women get a raw deal   40%

I realised why men appear to move through the world with more ease. It's because their pants are more comfortable.


Ilitches plan $25M renovation of historic Detroit building with big tenant coming  


IWG will lease the upper floors of the historic Detroit building on Park Avenue that once housed the one of the largest women's clubs in the world.

       


'Master of black': Pierre Soulages gets Louvre retrospective for his 100th birthday   4%

The only other artists to have been given such Louvre shows during their lifetime were Chagall and Picasso: As the French painter turns 100, he is celebrated through a retrospective at the world's largest art museum.


Climate change: Oceans running out of oxygen as temperatures rise   27%

A warmer world means oceans are able to hold less dissolved oxygen, which is bad news for many fish.


'A reflection of inner life': show explores history of the hoodie   15%


A Dutch exhibition examines the cultural meaning of a garment that has inspired love and fear

It is an item that you can buy at Sainsbury’s and Next, but the hooded top is still somehow a sartorial conduit for state of the world conversations.

In recent months, we’ve had Sienna Miller defying tabloid Brexit sensibilities in her pro-European hoodie, a Canadian politician thrown out of parliament for wearing one and Timothée Chalamet challenging gender by sporting a bedazzling one on the red carpet.

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Defending champion PV Sindhu eyes turnaround at World Tour Finals   -100%


Sindhu registered her career’s biggest triumph at the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland in August, but since then the Indian looked awfully out of form.


UN chief warns point of no return for climate change imminent  


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate” so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return.”Speaking before the start on Monday of a two-week international climate conference in Madrid, the UN chief said the impact of rising temperatures – including more extreme weather – is already being felt around the world, with dramatic consequences for humans and other…


The Lost Jewish brands of Berlin  



If you haven’t heard of it, that’s understandable. Manheimer has been defunct since 1929. But once upon a time, around the turn of the 20th century, it was at the centre of a German fashion world that rivalled Paris and London in design, production and glamour.


Following in the Footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci   20%


Many of the artist’s works have traveled from around the world to a major show at the Louvre. But many more remain in Italy, in cities and small towns alike.


Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over. Dont You Care?   -1%


What happened to the guy who told his Muslim employees in 2015 that he would “fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment”?

The post Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over. Don’t You Care? appeared first on The Intercept.


Clash on the Dunes: Joshua lightens the load as Ruiz Jr piles on the pounds  


Lean-looking British challenger Anthony Joshua weighed in more than three stones lighter than world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of their title rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Joshua


No Olympics: Anti-doping agency imposes ban on Russia  


Russia has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for four years from international sports events after accusations of tampering with a database.


Saudi Aramco raises record $25.6 billion in IPO as OPEC members hash out a deal   -17%

Saudi oil giant Aramco raises $25.6 billion in the world's biggest ever IPO, beating a record set by Alibaba in 2014. Meanwhile, OPEC members meet in Vienna to discuss cutting oil production by a further 500,000 barrels a day - more than previously expected.


Oil ekes out a gain as OPEC, allies gear up for meeting   -3%

Oil rose for a second day as investors focused on the upcoming OPEC+ meeting that could lead to deeper supply cuts by some of the world’s biggest crude producers.


Greta Thunberg named 2019 Time Person of the Year  

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist is known for her blunt addresses to world leaders.


Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz 2: Eddie Hearn addresses sparring rumours ahead of rematch  


The Brit is bidding to win back his world titles on Saturday


Climate pledges 'misleading', Greta tells UN meet  


The UN climate forum tasked with saving the world from runaway global warming has become an "opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition" to act on climate, the 16-year-old told delegates.


Across Mister Rogers neighborhoods, his faith echoes  

In western Pennsylvania, where Fred Rogers’ actual neighbors were, the ripples he left behind reveal a strong sense of faith in the imperfect, always striving patch of the world where he chose to make both his program and his home


Hamilton completes F1 season in style in Abu Dhabi   50%

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the Formula One season in style Sunday by cruising unchallenged to a dominant victory in Abu Dhabi in his 250th grand prix.


Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World Dangerously Close to Irreversible Change   -36%


The acceleration climate change's effects have brought the world “dangerously close” to abrupt and irreversible changes, scientists warned.


Clash on the Dunes: British challenger Joshua takes back heavyweight titles  


Britain’s Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American


The contract on Corbyn   20%

Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. His real sin is to fight against injustice in the world, including the version Israel perpetrates


Revisiting the legacy of Oscar-winning acting legend Maximilian Schell   35%

A Frankfurt exhibition is dedicated to the Austrian-Swiss actor and director Maximilian Schell, who was at home around the world. Originally cast in Nazi roles, the Oscar-winning star quickly broadened his repertoire.


Belgian boy genius Laurent Simons, 9, drops out of university   2%


A nine-year-old Belgian boy who was on track to become the world’s youngest university graduate has terminated his studies at the Dutch university of Eindhoven following a dispute over his possible graduation date.Laurent Simons made headlines around the globe last month, as he looked set to complete a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology before the end of the year – which would have made him the world’s first-ever graduate under the age of 10.But on…


COP25: Alternative Climate Summit Honors Those "Suffering the Crimes of Transnational Corporations"  

We broadcast from Madrid, Spain, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, began Monday and will continue through next week, as environmental leaders from around the world gather to negotiate global solutions to the climate crisis. Activists have converged on Madrid for the conference and are hosting an alternative summit of their own: Cumbre Social por el Clima — the Social Summit for the Climate. The alternative summit has been organized by social justice and environmental groups to draw attention to the ongoing political repression in Chile, corporate influence on the climate summit, Spain's own failure to address the climate crisis and the Eurocentrism of the climate conference. This is the third year in a row that the conference is being held in Europe. We speak with Tom Kucharz, one of the organizers of the alternative climate conference. He is a journalist and activist with the group Ecologists in Action.


Russia banned from next Olympics and World Cup football  


Russia was banned from the world’s top sporting events for four years on Monday, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 football World Cup, for tampering with doping tests.


Trump Cripples W.T.O. as Trade War Rages   55%


A U.S. offensive against the World Trade Organization will effectively shutter the group’s system for settling disputes, at a time it’s most needed.


Alun Wyn Jones says World Cup hurt is fuelling Lions ambition  

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones admits that World Cup pain is spurring him on to make a fourth British and Irish Lions tour.


WHO decries collective failure as measles kills 140,000   -15%


Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the world, the World Health Organization said


Israel to host largest event ever on combating anti-Semitism  

30 heads of states set to attend the 5th World Holocaust Forum, as world braces with rising xenophobia, anti-Semitism


Russian world champion Maria Lasitskene hits out at Russia over latest anti-doping ban   7%


Three-time high jump world champion demands to know 'who ultimately is to blame?' after Russia received a four-year ban from major sporting events


Joshua vs Ruiz result: How our judges scored AJs unanimous points victory to regain world titles  


Anthony Joshua became a two-time world heavyweight champion after defeating Andy Ruiz by unanimous victory to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO titles


Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell welcomes baby boy  

"Welcome to the world, Aiden Ronald Scheier!"