Green Book wins Oscar for best picture

The segregation-era road-trip drama Green Book was crowned best picture at the Academy Awards, handing Hollywood’s top award to a film seen as a feel-good throwback to some but ridiculed as an outdated inversion of Driving Miss Daisy by others. In a year where Hollywood could have made history by bestowing best-picture on Netflix (Roma) or Marvel (Black Panther) for the first time, ...

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Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir declares state of emergency after deadly protests

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir early on Saturday local time appointed a new caretaker administration, but left the country’s current defence, foreign and justice ministers in place following an earlier declaration of a one-year state of emergency. Just hours after announcing he would dissolve the country’s central and state governments, Bashir Al-Bashir — who seized power in a 1989 coup — also appointed new state governors who were all ...

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U.S. judge grants citizenship to twin son of same-sex couple after status initially denied

A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a same-sex married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to two-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks, District Judge John F. Walter found. The lawsuit filed ...

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Fire tears through Bangladesh’s capital, kills at least 70

A devastating fire raced through buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital and killed at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said. The fire in Dhaka was mostly under control after more than nine hours of frantic efforts by firefighters. Some of the about 50 people injured were critically burned. The Chawkbazar area where the fire was burning is ...

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