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.
Black Friday: Data shows US consumers have been spending big for weeks
The day after the US Thanksgiving celebration is the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, and normally sees Americans line up outside stores before they open to clinch deals on popular items.
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.
While 'closely monitoring' new COVID variant, WHO cautions against travel curbs
The World Health Organization said its Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) was holding a meeting Friday to discuss the variant first detected through surveillance in South Africa.
Israel finds case of COVID strain first detected in South Africa
'The variant discovered in southern African states has been identified in Israel,' Israel's health ministry said, adding it was recorded 'in a person who returned from Malawi#.
Netherlands bowl against South Africa in 1st ODI
The three-match series forms part of the International Cricket Council’s World Cup Super League which is a qualifying tournament for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
Libya gunmen attack court halting Gaddafi son's appeal
Libya's government has condemned an attack on a court ahead of an appeal by the son of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi against the rejection of his presidential election candidacy.
Germany, Italy ban travel from SA over new COVID variant
The new rules, starting Friday night, will affect South Africa and 'probably neighbouring nations', Acting Health Minister Jens Spahn said, with only German nationals allowed entry.
Dressed for success: Rwanda fashion label breaks new ground by going global
Matthew Rugamba knew his Rwandan fashion label had arrived when Junior Nyong'o, the brother of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, attended the world premiere of 'Black Panther' in a three-piece suit designed by him.
Fancy a journey to the centre of the Earth? Iceland is on the job
The "Krafla Magma Testbed" team hopes to drill into the Krafla volcano magma chamber. Unlike the lava spewed above ground, the molten rock beneath the surface remains a mystery.
Calls ring out for Gambia’s Jammeh to answer for alleged human rights abuses
Gambia's truth commission has recommended the government prosecute a list of officials responsible for crimes committed under Yahya Jammeh.
Springboks have solid foundations but work to do: Nienaber
Jacques Nienaber said overall he was satisfied with the season which was also his first as head coach, having had to kick his heels for the whole of last year.
Maradona is dead, long live Maradona! World honors 'Golden Kid'
Fans, players, coaches, clubs and loved ones paid homage to the man revered for his talent and adored for his grandiose life and legacy.
Cummins named Australia Test captain as Paine takes break
After Paine's downfall for sending lewd text messages, Cummins knows that there will be intense scrutiny of his behaviour on and off the field, especially with the Ashes starting on December 8 in Brisbane.
Thousands join global outcry over violence against women
The rallies took place to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with thousands marching through Mexico City, Madrid and Barcelona, while others gathered in Paris and London.
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.