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BBC enlists Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, and emojis to show Shakespeare off to the world

The BBC has announced plans to sprinkle Shakespeare throughout in schedules in commemoration of his 400th anniversay of his death<p>He once proclaimed that all the world is a stage. This year, it appears, <b>William Shakespeare</b> was speaking the truth - at least when it comes to the <b>BBC</b>.<p>The corporation has …

China hemorrhaged $676 billion last year

Money is flying out of China. An estimated $676 billion left the world's second-largest economy last year, according to a report from the Institute of International Finance.<p>That's a lot more than the $111 billion that fled all emerging markets -- including China -- in 2014.<p>Capital outflows from …

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Disney Postpones New 'Star Wars' Movie's Release to December 2017

LOS ANGELES — "Star Wars" fans will have to wait two more years for the next installment after Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday pushed back the release of "Star Wars: Episode VIII" by seven months.<p>"Episode VIII" will now be released on Dec. 15, 2017, rather than as previously scheduled on May 26, …

Every Writer Who Freaks Out About Negative Reviews Needs To Read This Now

Mean book reviews are a fact of life nowadays. And if you spend any time in a workshop, you’re going to hear some pretty harsh feedback. But Cecilia …

Alleged German secret police torturer for Isil gives detailed account of witnessing executions

Nils D, a returning foreign fighter in Syria, describes the gruesome violence he saw in Isil territory during his trial<p>A German former jihadist alleged to have acted as a secret police torturer for Isil on Thursday told his trial he had witnessed the group carry out executions, in one of the most …

Meet the Indiana Jones of Stolen Art

At the center of art world drama between the Netherlands and Ukraine, you'll find art historian Arthur Brand.<p>On a warm August day in 2015, Dr. Arthur Brand is in an office building not far from the Dutch embassy in the Ukraine capital of Kiev. Standing, Brand is a cool 6’3, topped with …

Van Gogh exhibition in Chicago to feature all three 'bedroom' paintings

A Chicago exhibition next month will mark the first time in North America that three versions of a famous Vincent Van Gogh painting will be shown together.<p>"Van Gogh's Bedrooms" opens Feb. 14 at the Art Institute. It is dedicated to Van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in Arles in the south of France. …

Fairy tales trace back thousands of years, some older than the Bible

Many well known fairy tales predate the existence of modern European languages and major world religions, finds new research.<p>The findings, published …

8 Classic Novels Reduced To Their Punctuation

What can you tell about Moby Dick and other literary masterpieces after you’ve stripped out all the words?<p>What’s a novel without its words? Just punctuation. But when you take those lines of commas, periods, exclamation points, and quotes, then arrange them in a big spiral, you can still tell …

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