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Celebrities Including Sting and Emma Thompson Press U.N. on Palestinian Refugees in Syria

Some 30 actors, writers, directors, artists, musicians and others have petitioned the U.N. demanding it take action to protect civilians, notably Palestinian refugees, caught up in the Syria conflict as it entered its fourth year Saturday.

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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

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Arab-Iranian Poet Hanged as an ‘Enemy of God’

Human rights activist and bard Hashem Shaabani, who was a vocal critic of “the treatment of ethnic Arabs in the province of Khuzestan,” was executed in Iran in late January after almost three years in prison, where he was reportedly tortured. 

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Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Dead at 81

The actor’s 1962 portrayal of an English ally of embattled Arabs is a high water mark of cinema. Long after overcoming stomach cancer in the 1970s, O’Toole died in a London hospital following an illness.

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Doris Lessing, Voice for Many Ages, Dies at 94

Doris Lessing, an influential and prolific writer who made her mark in more than 50 novels, as well as short stories, essays and poems, died Sunday in London at age 94. 

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Netflix Has More Subscribers Than HBO

The digital streaming service has reached an important milestone. More people now pay a monthly fee for Netflix than for HBO.

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‘Fifth Estate’ Director Calls Assange a Liar, Praises Snowden

Julian Assange has taken strong objection to “The Fifth Estate,” Hollywood’s take on WikiLeaks’ adventures in journalism. In a new interview, the director of the film, Bill Condon, says the WikiLeaks publisher “just flat-out makes things up.”

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Pick Up Your Phone, Alice Munro! Sweden’s Calling

The Nobel Prize Committee is trying to reach the acclaimed Canadian writer to let her know she won the prestigious award in literature. Only problem is it keeps getting her answering machine.

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New York City Opera Files for Bankruptcy

New York City Opera, known for 70 years as the “people’s opera” for its affordable tickets, revealed as much as $10 million in assets and debt in a bankruptcy petition it filed Thursday after years of declining income and a failed fundraiser.

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Michael Douglas Highlights Son’s Confinement in Emmy Speech

The actor used his Emmy win Sunday to draw attention to the plight of Americans held in solitary confinement, including his son.

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