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Artists seek release of Egyptian writer jailed over sex scene

The signatories, who are also demanding that novelist Ahmed Naji be acquitted, include the writers Robert Caro and Philip Roth, film director Woody Allen and composer Stephen Sondheim, said Pen America, an organization that defends freedom of expression.

Legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim dies aged 91

Throughout his more than five decades-long career, Sondheim won eight Grammy awards, eight Tony awards -- including the special Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre -- one Academy Award and a Pulitzer. He was nominated for many more Grammys and Tonys, as well as two Golden Globes.

Prime Minister tours flood-ravaged western Canada

Heavy rains hit British Columbia in mid-November, causing widespread flooding and mudslides that damaged or destroyed roads and bridges, forced thousands to evacuate their homes and left at least four dead and one missing.

Over nine million face hunger in war-torn northern Ethiopia: UN

International alarm is mounting about the escalating conflict in Africa's second most populous country, with fighters from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) rebel group advancing towards the capital as foreign governments urge their citizens to leave.

Riot-hit Dutch brace for new COVID curbs

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to announce fresh anti-COVID measures at a press conference at 1800 GMT, which could include closing bars, restaurants and non-essential shops at 5pm.