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24 Feb
2017

Princess Di fashion exhibit begins events marking 20th anniversary of her death

UNITED KINGDOM (WNF) - The first of the memorial events marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana is a fashion exhibition at her London home that celebrates her renowned chic.
The curator of the exhibition, Eleri Lynn, describes her as the most photographed woman in the world. “Every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinized,” according to Lynn.

The mother of Princes William and Harry and ex-wife of Prince Charles, she died in a car crash in Paris on Aug 31, 1997.

The show, at Kensington Palace, the princess’ home for 15 years, is titled, Diana: Her Fashion Story. London’s Evening Standard newspaper reports that the exhibits range from the glamorous evening gowns worn on engagements in the 1980s, to the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up her working wardrobe in the 1990s. The show includes the pink Emanuel blouse Diana wore for her engagement portrait by Lord Snowdon in 1981 and the Victor Edelstein velvet gown that she wore at the White House when she danced with American actor John Travolta.

The royal residence will also see the gardens transformed for the anniversary. #21946 Published: 12/07/2016

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26 Feb
2017

89th Academy Awards likely to ease diversity criticism

UNITED STATES (WNF) - The 89th Academy Awards look certain to avoid the controversy of the last two years when no American actors of African or Asian heritage were nominated.
Best Picture nominations for Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Moonlight, which has already picked up a Golden Globe for Best Drama, and Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, are now favourites to address the diversity call. La La Land, a romantic musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Kenneth Lonergan’s drama Manchester By the Sea, starring Best Actor frontrunner Casey Affleck, appear to be leading the way into the top awards.

Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation seemed initially a surefire Oscar contender to ease tensions over the lack of diversity, but the movie was seen as tainted after reports that Parker, the writer and director as well as the star, was charged and acquitted of rape while in college, and that the alleged victim killed herself in 2012.

The Oscars faced criticism again in 2016 after no non-white performers were nominated in the acting categories for a second consecutive year. The Hollywood Reporter, which reported the criticism, pointed out that such nominations are not unknown. It noted that in 2002, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry famously became the first black actors to win both lead acting awards in the same year. Washington’s Oscar was his second. Sidney Poitier was the first black man to win an Oscar.

Taking a cue from the diversity argument at the 2016 Oscars, a number of Asian-American actors have now emerged as fierce advocates for their own visibility in the industry. The New York Times reports that the issue has crystallised in a word - whitewashing - which upbraids Hollywood for taking Asian roles and stories and filling them with white actors. #21764 Updated: 01/23/2017 UPDATED to reflect nominations

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26 Feb
2017

Eclipse tourists primed for first of two solar eclipses of the year

ARGENTINA, AFRICA (WNF) - The first of two solar eclipses in 2017 is annular, and the best viewing bet for eclipse tourists is Patagonia in southern Argentina. The other country in the path of totality, Angola, is a riskier bet because it will be in the middle of its rainy season.
Another safe bet is an eclipse cruise in the Indian Ocean, as captains can choose destinations along the path between Argentina and Angola that skirt heavy cloud.

Chile, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Namibia are all in its path, but they will only see a partial eclipse. Rain is likely to wash out the view in the three African countries.

Annular eclipses lack some of the drama of the total kind, which occur when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned in an almost exactly straight line and turn day into night. In an annular eclipse, the Moon is more distant from Earth, making it appear too small to cover the whole Sun. The treat is the fiery ring that appears around the edge of the Moon.

The second eclipse of 2017, in August, will track a path across the continental United States. #21828 Published: 09/15/2016

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27 Feb
2017

Anniversary of Hindu-Muslim rioting a day for vigils and a new message

INDIA (WNF) - Communal riots between Hindus and Muslims started 15 years ago in Gujurat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu, was chief minister of the state. He was widely blamed for the prolonged rioting and viewed as the face of militant Hinduism. The anniversary offers him a chance to work on his anticipated message of religious tolerance, while reminding India and the world about Gujarat’s economic rise under his stewardship.

The riots erupted in 2002 after dozens of Hindu pilgrims were killed in a train fire in the town of Godhra. Hindus blamed the Muslims, and two months of rampaging, raping and looting followed. Modi imposed a curfew granting police shoot-to-kill orders. After peace was restored, his government was criticized for the harsh crackdown. He was accused of allowing the killings of more than 1,000 Muslims. Biography.com notes that after two investigations contradicted one other, the Indian Supreme Court concluded there was no evidence that Modi was at fault. He was elected prime minister in 2014.

In Jun 2016 an Indian court convicted 24 Hindu men for their role in the riots of 2002. Associated Press reports that the riots have spurred dozens of national and international investigations, including nine that the Supreme Court decided should be prosecuted. There are other pending lawsuits.

The anniversary is likely to see vigils by victims’ families. One of several competing inquiries ruled that the train fire had been an accident, not caused by Muslims. #21591 Updated: 01/15/2017 UPDATED to include 2016 conviction of 24 Hindu rioters

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27 Feb
2017

NATO exercises underway in eastern Europe

POLAND (GN) - Throughout February, U.S. military units will spread out across Poland, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany for training, exercises and maintenance as part of a NATO buildup that has angered Russia.
Hundreds of U.S. tanks, trucks and other military equipment arrived by ship in Germany in early January, bound for eastern Europe.

Around 4,000 U.S. troops are being deployed for exercises in NATO states near Russia, part of a series of measures aimed at reassuring them after Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

In addition to U.S. troops stationed in Poland, NATO members Germany, Canada and Britain are also sending battalions of up to 1,000 troops each to the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Baltic Deterrent Force, which was agreed at the Warsaw summit in Oct 2016, is expected to be in place near Russia’s borders by May.

Exercises in Poland and the Baltic republics are scheduled to take place from Feb 27-Mar 4.

NATO says the planned deployments are purely defensive, but Russia has rebuked what it sees as western aggression. #22005 Published: 01/13/2017

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