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PRAGUE: My Least Favorite City in Europe

<b>Estimated Reading Time: 15 minutes</b><p>I never thought I’d ever make a post about a city I hated, because quite frankly, I’m an easy pleaser<p>that’s what …

Suicide Squad: Margot Robbie leaves her mark with a tattoo

Harley’s Tattoo Parlour is open for business.<p>That is, <i>Suicide Squad</i> star Margot Robbie is keeping in character as the daffy supervillain Harley Quinn …

Harley Quinn

Spain: Jewish singer's concert axed over Palestinian issue

MADRID (AP) — Organizers have canceled a concert by the Jewish American singer Matisyahu at an international reggae festival in Spain after he …

Cecil the lion: Zimbabwe man charged for role in animal's killing

Zimbabwe has charged a man on whose land the well-known Cecil the lion was shot by American dentist Walter James Palmer in July.<p>Charges have not been filed against Palmer, according to prosecutors, while in Minnesota the dentist has reopened his practice.<p>Prosecutors on Tuesday accused Honest …

Wildlife

Russia vetoes UN genocide resolution on Srebrenica

Russia has vetoed a UN resolution that would have condemned the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as a "crime of genocide".<p>Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin on Wednesday called the UK-drafted text "not constructive, confrontational and politically-motivated," arguing that it …

Activists say Marikana report 'a gross defamation'

An official report on the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers in South Africa in 2012 was a "gross defamation" of those who died, an activist group has said.<p>The Marikana Support Campaign (MSC) criticised the Farlam Commission report, which last month cleared top government officials of any …

Blood Orange wrote a moving song in response to the Charleston shooting

Dev Hynes, the singer and producer who records music under the the name Blood Orange, shared an eleven-minute track he wrote that was inspired by the …

Eric Garner

Tonight’s Episode of Game of Thrones Doubled Down on the Sexual Assault

This post contains frank discussion of <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 5, Episode 7, “The Gift.” Spoilers for this episode abound below the warning.<p>Viewers looking for a break from the theme of sexual assault on <i>Game of Thrones</i> were in for a disappointment tonight. After last week’s bleak and disturbing …

"I'm Learning That There's a New World Out Here": Leah Remini Opens Up About Spending 30 Years in Scientology

And why she had to leave.<p>Leah Remini caused a lot of controversy when she decided to leave the Church of Scientology in 2013. But in a new interview that aired on <i>Oprah: Where Are They Now?</i>, the actress opened up about why she broke ties.<p>For more than 30 years, Remini was a devout member of the …

Orange Is the New Black: The Real Alex Vause Separates Fact from Fiction

<i>Orange Is the New Black</i> takes its premise from prison reality – but spins it for successful, if unrealistic, entertainment, says the real-life …

Queen Latifah on Bessie Smith, the Blues, and Baltimore

Bessie Smith’s songs read like chapter titles of her tumultuous life: “Down Hearted Blues,” “There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight,” and “Gimme a Pig Foot and a Bottle of Beer.” Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1894, she sang on street corners, performed in vaudeville theaters and summer …

George Clooney and Bill Murray Are Both Impressed by Miley Cyrus

The unlikely trio worked together on Murray’s upcoming Christmas special.<p>We suppose that if you were to pass muster with two of Hollywood’s actors, <b>George Clooney</b> and <b>Bill Murray</b> would be pretty great ones with whom to find acceptance. After all, the duo certainly knows how to have a good time. And …

Miley Cyrus

Game Of Thrones’ DeObia Oparei to play African warlord’s son in Independence Day 2

Building on the momentum of his relatively silent character (thus far, anyway) on <i>Game Of Thrones</i>, English actor DeObia Oparei has signed on to play …

Mindy Kaling Breaks Silence on Mindy Project Cancelation

When news broke Wednesday that Fox had canceled <i>The Mindy Project</i> after three seasons, fans had one question: How dare you? But the announcement came …

Ebola leaves US patient's blood and goes to his eye

The Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood, researchers in the US said.<p>The announcement on Thursday said the virus reappeared in Dr Ian Crozier who was diagnosed with Ebola in September 2014 while working in Sierra Leone with …

Burundi's president files candidacy amid tension

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has filed his candidacy to run for a third term, saying elections will "go well" despite days of deadly protests against his controversial bid.<p>"These demonstrations have turned into insurrection, but it is something that will be controlled shortly, and I assure …

Ivorian child smuggled to Spain in suitcase

Spanish Police have found an eight-year-old Ivorian boy hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into territory in north Africa, officials have said.<p>A 19-year-old woman took the case through a pedestrian crossing from Morocco into the small Spanish-governed territory of Ceuta on …

Africa

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free

Liberia has been declared free from Ebola after no new cases were reported for over a month, the World Health Organisation has said.<p>Peter Jan Graaf, the head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency, urged vigilence until the worst-ever recorded outbreak of the virus was extinguished in …

Kristin Davis Wants to Take Credit for Princess Charlotte’s Name

When the news broke in the VF.com war room that Kate and William had named their second child Charlotte, one of the first questions tossed out—after we all regained consciousness, of course—was what <i>Sex and the City</i> star <b>Kristin Davis</b>, pop culture’s most famous Charlotte, for sure, would make of …

Miley Cyrus on Telling Her Mom She Liked Girls at 14: "I Just Asked Her to Accept Me"

"I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant."<p><b>Update, 6/10:</b> Miley's <i>Paper</i> magazine spread has been getting loads of attention, but the accompanying interview is where it's *really* at.<p>In addition to reiterating that she's "down with any adult—anyone …

Vergara and ex go head-to-head over embryos on morning TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Morning TV on Thursday hosted dueling exes locked in a dispute over the fate of frozen embryos.<p>On ABC's "Good Morning America," …

Parents of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes keep a lonely vigil

He called his mother "Goober" and his father "Bobbo," affectionate names from a different life.<p>They sit behind him every day, not more than 20 feet from his silent form swiveling quietly at the defense table. He does not turn around.<p>James E. Holmes, 27, is on trial for his life. Every day, Arlene …

It's Becoming Clear 'Game of Thrones' Will End At Season Seven

Viewers of HBO’s Game of Thrones may assume that it’s the kind of show that can last forever. The show has gone through three kings of the seven kingdoms already, and it seems like the cycle could pretty much continue on indefinitely. Many characters have died, but new ones rise up and take their …

TV Series

Game of Thrones heads for uncertain destinations

"There was no way to free Loras without violence," he pleads to Margaery after being publicly humiliated by the High Sparrow. She immediately …

Congo-Brazzaville bans women from wearing full veil

Congo-Brazzaville has banned Muslim women from wearing the full face-veil in public, citing security reasons, an Islamic association said.<p>"The interior minister [Raymond Zephirin Mboulou] notified us of the decision to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the full veil. The decision was taken in …

Africa

Royal sibling rivalry: Henry VIII, Richard III and other monarchs whose fate was determined by their brothers and sisters

Through history, the role of second or third royal sibling (or, more specifically, royal <i>son</i>, since gender continued to trump age right into the 21st …

World History

Ben & Skip’s bogus journey: We need to face Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor — and mine — now more than ever

<b>Ben Affleck (AP/Lauren Victoria Burke)</b><p>Trust me, Ben, my family story is worse — but telling the truth about history might set white America free at last<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>April 25, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>So Ben Affleck didn’t want to talk about his slave-owning ancestor on TV with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Or …

Ben Affleck

Angelina Jolie Attacks UN Over Inaction in Syria

The actress accused the UN of not doing nearly enough to stop the killing of civilians in Syria, or to help the millions who have fled the country.

Survivor: Gunmen scouted Kenya campus before attack

Al-Shabab gunmen who killed 148 people at Garissa University College in Kenya as they shouted "God is great" appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, survivors have said.<p>One of the first things the fighters did when they attacked the campus …