‘The Amazing Maurice’ Book Adaptation Heads Abroad

‘The Amazing Maurice’ Book Adaptation Heads Abroad

The Amazing Maurice, the CG animated film adaptation of beloved Sir Terry Pratchett’s novel “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,” a children’s fantasy that has sold nearly 90 million books worldwide, is leaving a generation of fans anxiously awaiting its release. The 28th novel in Pratchett’s “Discworld” series, comprised of 41 novels, is a … Read more

NATO chief sure spat over Sweden, Finland will be resolved

NATO chief sure spat over Sweden, Finland will be resolved

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s leader flatly opposes having Sweden and Finland join NATO, but the military alliance’s chief said Thursday he was confident the standoff would be resolved and the two Nordic nations would have their membership requests approved soon. Turkey’s approval of Finland and Sweden’s application to join the Western military alliance is crucial … Read more

Ukrainian troops surrendering at Mariupol registered as POWs

Ukrainian troops surrendering at Mariupol registered as POWs

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds more Ukrainian fighters who made their stand inside Mariupol’s bombed-out steel plant surrendered, bringing the total to over 1,700, Russia said Thursday, amid international fears about the fate of the prisoners in Moscow’s hands. The Red Cross worked to register the soldiers as prisoners of war in a step toward … Read more

Red Cross registers hundreds of Ukrainian POWs from Mariupol

Red Cross registers hundreds of Ukrainian POWs from Mariupol

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian military said Thursday that more Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered, bringing the total who have left their stronghold to 1,730, while the Red Cross said it had registered hundreds of them as prisoners of war. The International Committee of the Red Cross … Read more

First NFT auction to be held in Israel as local artists embrace new technology

First NFT auction to be held in Israel as local artists embrace new technology

The first auction of NFT works in Israel will be held this month, as many artists and collectors embrace the emerging technology. The May 30 auction, hosted by the Herzliya-based Tiroche Auction House, is dedicated to contemporary art and will be held in collaboration with prominent art galleries from across the country. 4 View gallery … Read more

How Islamic Art Influenced One of Fashion’s Most Famous Jewelers | Smart News

How Islamic Art Influenced One of Fashion’s Most Famous Jewelers | Smart News

Tiara, Cartier London, special order, 1936. Platinum, diamonds, turquoise. Sold to The Honorable Robert Henry Brand. Cartier Collection. Vincent Wulveryck, Collection Cartier © Cartier For 175 years, the word “Cartier” has been synonymous with iconic French glamour, from massive diamonds to carefully considered watches. But part of the jeweler’s signature style wasn’t homegrown—it was inspired … Read more

In meeting with US, Turkey gives mixed signals on wider NATO

In meeting with US, Turkey gives mixed signals on wider NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States struggled Wednesday to get clarity from Turkey over the severity of its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an increasingly tough line against their membership bids. In a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the United Nations, Turkish Foreign … Read more

Live updates | President wants Croatia to block NATO members

Live updates | President wants Croatia to block NATO members

ZAGREB, Croatia — President Zoran Milanovic of Croatia wants his country to follow Turkey’s example by trying to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO. Milanovic is in a bitter verbal dispute with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic over a number of issues, including whether to support the NATO applications Sweden and Finland submitted on … Read more

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications, handed over by Finland and Sweden’s ambassadors to NATO, set a security … Read more

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. Amid relentless … Read more