NEWS OF THE WORLD | Miss World contestant challenges China on organ-harvesting

Anastasia Lin was due to compete at Miss World last year when it was hosted by China but was barred from entering the country due to her activism

The Holy Spirit

One of Germany’s 16 Bundesländer (Federal States), Freistaat Bayern (Free State of Bavaria) is no doubt one of the most powerful and characterful. Covering some 70,500 sqkm – equivalent

Food & Beverage | Ready for breaded cutlets of a different kind? Cauliflower!

  Let's say that one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat healthier and lose some weight. Join the crowd, right? In practice, what we

Film Awards season opens

* Movies: Neruda * Books: Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance by Mark Greaney * Music: Blue & Lonesome by The Rolling Stones

A poet on the run in startlingly great ‘Neruda’

Chilean director Pablo Larrain is on a hero’s quest to destroy the conventional biopic it seems. He turned the post-assassination days of Jacqueline Kennedy into an atmospheric examination of

Tom Clancy true ‘Faith and Allegiance’

The latest novel featuring Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy's iconic hero and now president of the United States, delivers all the elements that fans expect from the franchise.

‘Blue & Lonesome’ by the Rolling Stones

It shouldn't be a surprise, really, but still it's a bit startling to hear just how well the Rolling Stones can play the blues. Strip away the

News of the World | The Oscars: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’ separate from award season pack

In Hollywood’s early but rapidly solidifying awards season, two films — radically different in tone and tune — have separated themselves from the pack: “Moonlight” and “La

The Progenitor of East Asia

Since the invention – more likely to be accidental than intentional – of grain-based beer, fruit-based wine and grain-based cereal wine predates written history, it falls on the

Food & Beverage | Mexican ancient beverage of pulque makes a comeback

Mexicans have been brewing pulque from the juice of cactus-like maguey plants for centuries, but the viscous, beer-like beverage fell out of favor starting in the 1970s as

Paris’ Secret

* Movies: Jackie * Books: Ruler of the Night" by David Morrell * Music: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars * Wine: The Vinous

In ‘Jackie,’ a fractured Kennedy fable

 History, lately run amok, is ordered with such tidy, forceful finesse by Natalie Portman’s Jacqueline Kennedy in in the piercing “Jackie.” Summoning a journalist to Hyannis Port in 1963,

‘Ruler of the Night’ transports readers to Victorian London

David Morrell’s conclusion to the trilogy featuring Thomas De Quincey is another example of stellar writing and storytelling. In the two previous novels featuring the essayist and opium

Bruno Mars channels ‘90s R&B grooves on ‘24K Magic’

Bruno Mars pays homage to his musical influences with a groovy, R&B- inspired collection that sounds straight outta the ‘90s. “24K Magic” is a party album that recalls

News of the World | Victoria’s Secret rocks Paris with USD3m bra and Lady Gaga

ANGELS IN RED Guests shuffled into the huge steel-and-glass atrium of Paris' Grand Palais to the sound of a string orchestra playing softly from a huge Arc

The Vinous Bel Canto

Covering just under 22,300 sqkm and with a total population of approximately 3.75 million, Tuscany (Toscana) is the fifth largest and ninth most populous amongst Italy’s 20 regions.