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20 Years On, That Buena Vista Social Club Magic Endures

Twenty years ago this month, Americans were introduced to the romantic sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was an unlikely group of stars: mostly elderly musicians from Cuba playing very old-fashioned music. But when the group's debut album was released in 1997, it wound up selling millions …

Buy Books and Never Read Them? There's a Japanese Word for That

From the Bible to <i>Harry Potter</i>, some of the world's most popular books have been challenged for reasons ranging from violence to occult overtones. In …

Literature

The Fight to Bring Home the Headdress of an Aztec Emperor

The brilliant object sits on display in a Viennese museum—and Mexico’s been wanting it back for decades.<p>In 1878, the Austrian geologist and explorer …

Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility

US ride-hailing company to appeal against ruling but new chief executive admits it is the ‘cost of a bad reputation’<p>Uber has been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that dealt a serious blow to one of Silicon Valley’s fastest rising companies and sparked an outcry from a coalition of …

Transportation

Saudi Arabia to allow women to obtain driving licences

King Salman ordered the reform in a royal decree delivered on Tuesday night, requesting that drivers’ licences be issued to women who wanted them<p>Women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to drive, overturning a cornerstone of Saudi conservatism that had been a cause célèbre for activists …

Saudi Arabia

Les multinationales bientôt responsables des agissements de leurs fournisseurs

L'Assemblée nationale a voté en nouvelle lecture la proposition de loi PS instaurant la responsabilité aux multinationales de prévenir les attentes …