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Shanghai is racing to become China’s cultural capital

EARLIER this month, two influential art curators threw a memorable party in Shanghai. The hosts—Linyao Kiki Liu, director of Si Shang Art Museum in …

China

Exploring Village Life Beyond Bangkok's Floating Markets

Find an authentic experience on your next trip to Thailand by exploring this town just outside Bangkok.<p>Thailand’s like most places. When a train comes, you back away from the tracks. But in a town 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Bangkok, locals do something unexpected.<p>As the train approaches …

Travel

5 Things Breaking Bad Can Teach Us About Writing

I think the general consensus among those writers who teach the craft is that you must read—and read widely—about the craft of writing, particularly …

The best novels of 2016

Tolstoy had it right. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” he wrote in Anna Karenina. Which is one way of saying that nobody is interested in a fat novel about a perfectly balanced family unit. In a year of half-truths, post‑truths and downright lies, this …

Lego ends Shell partnership following Greenpeace campaign

Lego will not renew its marketing contract with Shell after coming under sustained pressure from Greenpeace to end a partnership that dates to the 1960s.<p>The environmental campaign group, protesting about the oil giant’s plans to drill in the Arctic, had targeted the world’s biggest toy maker with a …

China Used Crispr to Fight Cancer in a Real, Live Human

Do you remember President-elect Trump holding forth on the campaign trail about “China beating us at our own game”? Well, it's true, as long as the …

Jackie Kennedy biopic casts spotlight on a brighter American age

Natalie Portman’s portrayal of JFK’s wife has prompted talk of an Oscar. As the Trumps approach the White House, what lessons might the film offer?<p>Widowed at 34, Jackie Kennedy gave an interview to Life magazine a week after the assassination of her husband. “There’ll be great presidents again,” …

Natalie Portman

Steeped and Stirred: A film that reveals all the stuff you didn't think is in your cup of chai

How many times have we groaned about needing some coffee or tea to get us moving in the morning, or to keep us going for long nights? The memes, …

Ten movie moments from Fidel Castro’s Cuba

From ‘Memories of Underdevelopment’ to ‘7 Days in Havana’.<p>Cinema is “the most powerful and provocative form of artistic expression, and the most …

Cuba

Little Boy from Manly

The <b>Little Boy from Manly</b> was a national personification of New South Wales and later Australia created by the cartoonist Livingston Hopkins of <i>The</i> …

Weed Wednesday, green Friday: Marijuana sales spike at Thanksgiving

First you'll hit the grocery store for a turkey, or sweet potatoes, or pie. Then maybe the liquor store for a bottle of wine to bring to dinner. And …

Mosul battle: Remembering Iraqi special forces soldier 'Spongebob'

<b>Photojournalist Ayman Oghanna has been embedded for weeks with an Iraqi special forces unit seeking to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State. Here, he recalls his time with a member of the unit who died in a bomb attack.</b><p>Ahmed "Talqa" was killed on Friday.<p>He hated that name. Talqa …

Melania Trump's White House snub: Appalling or good parenting?

<b>The revelation that Melania and Barron Trump would not be joining Donald in the White House in January has raised eyebrows in some quarters, and garnered praise in others.</b><p>The president-elect has said Mrs Trump and Barron will move to Washington "very soon, after he's finished with school", but has …

BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?

<b>The BBC has chosen its list of inspirational and influential women for 2016. They will bring you groundbreaking moments of defiance, new takes on fairy tales, stories of octogenarian cheerleading, and take you inside the world of e-gaming.</b><p>Others will be exploring black feminism or taking part in …

Doctor Who fan's wife's epic labour of love

<b>When Neil Perryman decided to call in a favour his wife owed him, he perhaps did not realise what a labour of love it would turn out to be. The diehard Doctor Who fan persuaded Sue to watch all 697 episodes of the show. Two and a half years later their journey through time and space was …

Missing Doctor Who episode revived 50 years on

<b>A missing Doctor Who episode has been brought back to life after 50 years.</b><p>Despite the popularity of the television Timelord, 97 episodes were lost by the BBC.<p>Rob Ritchie, from Sunderland, was approached by a BBC producer who spotted his animation work on YouTube, and he ended up making a trailer …