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Relief and 'justice' for relatives of Srebrenica victims

Cheers erupted in a memorial centre for victims of the Srebrenica massacre on Wednesday as a UN court convicted ex-Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison.<p>The wives, sisters and mothers of the mostly male victims of the 1995 …

Justice

Jim and Andy

During filming of Milos Foreman’s 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic <i>Man On The Moon</i> starring Jim Carrey, no one saw Jim Carrey. From day one of production, Jim …

Jim Carrey

Paddington 2 (2017) • reviewsphere

Almost three years ago to the day since a little brown bear with a big red hat swapped the rain forests of Peru for the leafy suburbs of London – …

Movies

Advice for the new Secretary of State for International Development (DFID) • reviewsphere

The London media have said little of interest about Penny Mordaunt, the new Secretary of State for the Department of International Development …

Geography

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) • reviewsphere

Not being an Agatha Christie aficionado, and having missed previous screen adaptations including the much-lauded 1974 movie starring Albert Finney, …

Murder on the Orient Express

Jigsaw (2017) • reviewsphere

To dismiss the eighth instalment of the Saw movie franchise with a withering “move along, nothing new to see here” quip, though accurate, would be …

Movies

The Death of Stalin (2017) • reviewsphere

“I know the drill: smile, shake hands, try not to say ‘c**t’.” No, not Prince Philip backstage at the Royal Variety Performance, but Vasily (Rupert …

Joseph Stalin

Catalan leaders facing rebellion charges flee to Belgium

Carles Puigdemont to give press conference in Brussels at lunchtime on Tuesday, Belgian lawyer says<p>Catalonia’s ousted president and several members of his deposed cabinet fled to Belgium hours before Spain’s attorney general asked for charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds to be …

Carles Puigdemont

North Korea conducts mass-evacuation drills as threat of war heightens

North Korea has been conducting rare mass evacuation and black out drills throughout the country in preparation for war, it emerged this weekend.<p>Multiple sources told NK News that the drills have taken place in secondary and tertiary cities and towns, particularly along the east coast, but not in …

North Korea

Breathe (2017)

Hot on the heels (or rather wheelchair treads) of Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning turn in The Theory Of Everything, based upon the remarkable life of …

Andy Serkis

In standoff with North Korea, the U.S. keeps deployment of ‘strategic assets’ mysterious

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — President Trump last month agreed to send more of the Pentagon’s “strategic assets” to South Korea on a rotational basis to deter North Korean provocations, but what exactly that means remains something of a mystery.<p>The U.S. assets — typically defined as …

North Korea

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Poetry of Jihad

<b>Poetry may seem an unlikely weapon of modern warfare, but Isis uses it to great effect. The counter-terror response seems confused.</b><p>Why do Jihadis …

Poetry

Psycho at Edinburgh Usher Hall • reviewsphere

For some, October means the end of Summer weather and the start of darker, colder days. It means pumpkin spiced lattes and getting excited far too …

Horror Movies

The Snowman (2017) • reviewsphere

Given the critical mauling received by The Snowman, my rhyming synopsis and withering opening was prepared in advance: “Film with Fassbender / Return …

Michael Fassbender

Happy Death Day (2017) • reviewsphere

Without giving too much of the paper-thin plot away (think Groundhog Day meets high school slasher), screenwriter Scott Lobdell has combined two …

Movies

Botoks (2017) • reviewsphere

If the plot of Polish writer and director Patryk Vega’s latest film Botoks is, as the opening credits suggest, “based on actual events”, then a word …

Health

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) • reviewsphere

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner has had more cuts than a Scotland supporter’s wrists.<p>Brace yourself: the Work-print cut, the San Diego sneak preview cut, …

Movies

MUSIC REVIEW

<b>by Brian Campbell</b><p><b>On paper Fife trio Annahar have it all: infectious melodies, smoothly soaring vocals, good looks and a growing fan base. Add to this</b> …

Christine McVie

Zoe and Zara Album ‘The Introduction’ Review • reviewsphere

Zoe and Zara are twin sisters and form an independent, Soul/Jazz and feel good duo. They come from Bedford and formed all the way back in 2011. I …

New Albums

GAME REVIEW

Initially, “Fabula Nova Crystallis”, Square Enix’s new generation of Final Fantasy games, wasn’t a bad concept but the myth surrounding it was just …

Final Fantasy XV

GAME REVIEW

by Alessandro Di Fraio<p>1996 was the year of the bandicoot for many. Sony had finally found a mascotte to compete with Nintendo’s very own Mario and it …

Nintendo DS

GAME REVIEW

by Alessandro di Fraio<p>In recent years I have seen a massive growth in the superheroes market. At least half of the movies or games now have some kind …

Screenwriting

Spain cracks down hard after Catalonia declares independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — In one of the most momentous days in recent Spanish history, Spain fired Catalonia's regional government and dissolved its parliament Friday after a defiant Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country's constitution.<p>Lawmakers in the Catalan parliament voted …

Spain

Fats Domino: A Life in Pictures

Ray Charles

The universe shouldn't exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matter

Our universe shouldn't exist, scientists say.<p>The most elite scientists in the world are still struggling to find why exactly our universe didn't …

Physics

Julian Assange offers €20k reward for information on Caruana Galizia murder

Julian Assange has expressed outrage at the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia as news of the savage attack made the rounds internationally.<p>The man …

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Hugh Hefner, Iconic Playboy, Dies at 91

The founder of the Playboy empire gave generations of men a robe-clad role model.<p>The 1992 documentary <i>Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time</i> was aptly titled. For generations of men, Hefner—who died September 27 at the age of 91, according to <i>Playboy</i>—lived a fairy-tale existence. As Kiss frontman <b>Gene Simmons</b> …

Entertainment

UN chief takes helicopter tour of Israel-Gaza border

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken a helicopter tour of the Israel-Gaza border, viewing the volatile front from the air before visiting the isolated territory.<p>Guterres was accompanied Wednesday by Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, and Aviv …