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Starbucks to close US stores

NEW YORK: Starbucks announced Tuesday that it would close all company-owned stores and corporate offices in the United States on May 29 to conduct "racial-bias education," following outrage over the arrest of two black men in one of its cafes. It was the latest move by the CEO of Starbucks to recover from damage to the mammoth chain's reputation by the incident, captured on video and posted last Thursday on Twitter, which has been viewed millions of times and drawn widespread condemnation. The curriculum will be…

Lady Gaga takes up ‘Black Lives Matter’ with sober new album

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Lady Gaga rose to fame with her shock-inducing outfits and remains the seventh most followed person on Twitter, but on her sober new album, she admits an unease in the era of social media. "Joanne," the now 30-year-old singer's first solo album in three years, marks a shift from the glam synthpop that made Gaga a club sensation to another retro sound - unadorned soft rock, with forays into country. The singer who once said that she lived for the applause takes up weighty issues including Black…