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Willem Dafoe plays tormented genius Van Gogh in Venice biopic

VENICE, Italy: With his ginger beard, straw hat and a sad, wounded expression, Willem Dafoe looks uncannily like a Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait, as he plays the artist in a biopic that premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Monday. “At Eternity’s Gate” begins with the impoverished Van Gogh in Paris in the 1880s where his paintings are, at best, ignored and, at worst, derided as incompetent. It follows him to the south of France, in and out of mental asylums, and ends with his death a couple of years later, at 37,…

Trump rejects author’s accusations, calls self ‘stable genius’

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his track record showed he is a "stable genius." Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump’s first year, has said in promoting his book, “Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House,” that Trump is unfit for the presidency. Trump, in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, said his Democratic critics and the U.S. news media…

Math genius Maryam Mirzakhani dies, aged 40

WASHINGTON: Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician who was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal, has died in a US hospital after a battle with cancer. She was 40. Mirzakhani' friend Firouz Naderi announced her death on Saturday (Jul 15) on Instagram, and her relatives confirmed the death to the Mehr agency in Iran. "A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart ..... gone far too soon," wrote Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA. A light was turned off today.…

‘Genius’ TV series shows drama of Albert Einstein’s life

NEW YORK: Philosopher, humanitarian and physicist Albert Einstein is the subject of new TV series "Genius," which delves into the drama and passion of the man who developed the theory of relativity and helped initiate the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb. Executive producer Ron Howard told reporters at the TV show's launch at the Tribeca Film Festival that he had always been fascinated by Einstein. "But I never realized how many twists and turns and, you know, there were in his life, and how much drama there was,"…

Trump a ‘genius’ at business if he paid no tax, advisers say

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's decision to take a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax return showed his business acumen and "genius" at figuring out how to minimize his tax bill, two of the Republican presidential candidate's advisers said on Sunday. "This is a perfectly legal application of the tax code. And he would have been fool not to take advantage of it," said Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who is one of Trump's advisers. Speaking on the ABC program "This Week," Giuliani said that as a business owner,…