Herbie Hancock to lead all-star Osaka concert on International Jazz Day

By Tue, Mar 04, 2014 1:36PM UTC Herbie Hancock. Pic: AP.

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbie Hancock reckons he’s performed more often in Japan than in his hometown of Chicago. The pianist will be back next month for an all-star concert at Osaka Castle Park highlighting the third annual International Jazz Day.

Cambodia vies for 1st Oscar with ‘The Missing Picture’

By Thu, Feb 27, 2014 4:05PM UTC A scene from 'The Missing Picture' directed by Cambodian film director Rithy Panh. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The office of Cambodia’s most celebrated filmmaker is filled with books on the Khmer Rouge. On his desk, on the walls, in the filing cabinets and in every corner of Rithy Panh’s dimly lit office are memories of his country’s greatest tragedy.

‘Unsavory Elements’ review: Expat stories from modern-day China

By Thu, Feb 27, 2014 3:26PM UTC ‘Unsavory Elements’ review: Expat stories from modern-day China

In ‘Unsavory Elements’ (Earnshaw Books), traveler and photographer Tom Carter recounts the experiences of 28 foreigners ‘on the loose’ in the People’s Republic of China. Mr Carter – who has edited and partly written the book – mixes well known names, true heavyweights and more anonymous observers of China whose stories are connected by one single element: being an outsider in the former Middle Kingdom.

US author Mitch Albom to help rebuild libraries in typhoon-hit Philippines

By Tue, Feb 25, 2014 12:22PM UTC US author Mitch Albom. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. author Mitch Albom has launched a drive to rebuild 10 libraries in Tacloban, a central Philippine city ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November.

Analysis: India’s undying love affair with cricket

By Mon, Feb 24, 2014 3:33PM UTC Retired Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar remains a national hero. Pic: AP.

Indian cricket stars make a lot of money, recently reinforced by the IPL auctions. Yuvraj Singh will be paid Rs 14 crore, Dinesh Karthik will pocket a cool Rs 12.5 crore for a few weeks of effort on the field. The two are not even regulars in the Indian cricket team anymore.

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