Miscellany

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    Vietnamese beauty queen pushing girls to stay in school

    Agence France-Presse . Ho Chi Minh City | Updated at 10:04pm on September 30, 2020

    Skin-whitening, child marriage, a curtailed education: Vietnamese model and literacy campaigner H’Hen Nie has defied traditional expectations laid on her -- and is now determined...

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    Britain to return looted 4,000-year-old plaque to Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 09:35pm on September 29, 2020

    Britain will hand back a 4,000-year-old sculpture to Iraq after an investigation found that it had been looted, the British Museum said on Monday. Museum...

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    Writing contest for emerging women writers announced

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 09:29pm on September 29, 2020

    A digital writing competition for emerging women writers aged 16-plus from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Birmingham, UK was announced on Tuesday at an online press conference...

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    UK artist aims to unite with ‘humanity-inspired’ work

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 11:16pm on September 28, 2020

    British artist Sacha Jafri paces barefoot back and forth across his giant canvas stretched across the ballroom floor of a luxury Dubai hotel, listening to...

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    Turkey seeks new life for submerged tourist town

    Agence France-Presse . Hasankeyf | Updated at 11:16pm on September 28, 2020

    Just two roofs poke through the vast expanse of an artificial lake that has swallowed a Turkish town whose caves and pre-Ottoman ruins once drew...

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    LWM remembers significance of Jessore Road

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 11:11pm on September 28, 2020

    Liberation War Museum recalled September on Jessore Road and its significance in the context of the country’s liberation war in a special online programme streamed...

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    Tourism festival under way at Dhaka Regency

    Cultural Correspondent | Updated at 10:18pm on September 27, 2020

    The Dhaka Regency Hotel and Resort is hosting a 10-day festival titled ‘Dhaka Regency Tourism Fest 2020’ marking World Tourism Day amid the COVID-19 crisis,...

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    Rio scraps carnival street parties, along with parades

    Agence France-Presse . Rio de Janeiro | Updated at 11:00pm on September 26, 2020

    Revelers hoping to escape the coronavirus doldrums at Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous carnival got more bad news Friday as organizers indefinitely postponed the city’s epic...

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    Art has kept us sane, says Prague coronavirus exhibition curator

    Agence France-Presse . Prague | Updated at 10:59pm on September 26, 2020

    Fancy face masks and protective shields feature next to printed-out versions of paintings and graffiti, photographs, sculptures, music and video at a Prague exhibition of...

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    Bangladesh’s traditional weavers hanging by a thread as factories boom

    Agence France-Presse . Ruhitpur | Updated at 10:34pm on September 23, 2020

    In small tin sheds in a town outside Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, wooden looms are deftly operated by a group of men and women -- some...

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