World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Revellers welcomed 2019 with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe from Asia to Europe and the Americas at the conclusion of a tumultuous year.

New initiatives and parents cause popularity of classical music to surge among young Chinese

Classical music is attracting greater numbers of young Chinese as more parents introduce their children to music, China Daily reported Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/15 17:48:40

NY rapper tops charts with less than 1,000 sales

A Bronx rapper has snagged the top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart after selling just 823 albums and posting 83 million on demand streams.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/15 17:48:39

Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper's book

When Stephen King's local newspaper, under financial pressure, announced it would cut regional book reviews, the horror author swooped in and managed to save the section with just a few tweets.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/15 17:43:40


Happy birthday: Although one door may close today, several more will open themselves to you. Keep your eyes peeled or else these opportunities will pass right by you. Money matters should be a major priority today. Your lucky numbers: 1, 3, 7, 13, 19.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/15 16:58:40


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Source: Global Times | 2019/1/15 16:58:39

Laba porridge ushers in Chinese Spring Festival celebrations

At dawn, Buddhist temples across China started to hand out free Laba congee, a special meal served during the Laba Festival, which ushers in China's New Year celebrations.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/1/14 17:13:40


Happy birthday: Improving your listening skills will greatly increase your ability to socialize and in turn allow you to discover new opportunities. Your financial luck is rather unsteady, making this a bad time to change around your portfolio. Your lucky numbers: 3, 4, 5, 12, 17.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/14 16:38:39


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Source: Global Times | 2019/1/14 16:28:39

Blood of the colonized

One of France's most celebrated screenwriters is taking on its biggest taboo, the bloody conflict in Algeria, in a new war film.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/13 18:18:39


Happy birthday: Although the day may prove to be a trying one, you will come out on top eventually so long as you don't give up. A friendship is about to face a major trial. Try to ensure you give your friend the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. Your lucky numbers: 1, 4, 9, 14, 16.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 16:48:39

Michael Jackson estate slams sex abuse documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

A new documentary that accuses Michael Jackson of sexually abusing two boys has been denounced by the late pop star's estate as an "outrageous and pathetic" attempt to exploit his name.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/13 16:43:40

Bulgaria's Plovdiv launches capital of culture festivities

The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was on Saturday inaugurated as one of two ancient cities to share the honor of being a European capital of culture for 2019.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/13 16:43:39


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Source: Global Times | 2019/1/13 15:28:40