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Turkish ‘Microangelo’ tells Istanbul’s tale on miniature objects

ANKARA: Following his morning stroll around Istanbul’s medieval Galata tower, Hasan Kale walks into a bulk food market to examine the goods that will make up his next canvas. “These are the ones I was looking for,” Kale says excitedly, as he scoops up a handful of pumpkin seeds. The 57-year-old’s morning routine may not stand out at first glance, but his motive does. At home, once Kale pours his freshly bought pumpkin seeds on his table, the adventure begins. Read More: Turkish ice cream vendor trolls Aamir Khan…

Life after Guantanamo: A tale of two Afghan friends

BATI KOT, Afghanistan: Two Afghan friends were incarcerated together at Guantanamo Bay, but they chose starkly divergent paths after release ?- one became an Islamic State jihadist, the other joined the US-led government fight to crush the group. Haji Ghalib and Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, whose friendship coalesced around a shared love for poetry, were scooped up in the post-9/11 American dragnet and shipped off to the prison camp in Cuba. Their journey encapsulates Guantanamo's failed legacy in the fight to expunge…

Oscar best actor race is tale of two opposites

LOS ANGELES: Denzel Washington plays a talkative, bombastic, larger-than-life dad whose personality leaps off the screen. Casey Affleck, by contrast, plays an introverted father, taciturn, mumbling and depressed. Both men are competing to be named best actor at Sunday's Oscars in what award watchers say is the ceremony's biggest cliffhanger after weeks of campaigns and show business accolades. While musical "La La Land" is widely expected to win the top award -- best picture -- Washington's performance in black family…

‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ brings heartwarming tale to screen

LONDON: The heartwarming true story of a stray cat that helped change the life of a London busker musician gets a big screen adaptation in "A Street Cat Named Bob" that premiered in the British capital on Thursday. Based on the book of the same name, the film stars "Clash of the Titans" actor Luke Treadaway as James Bowen, a recovering drug addict who upon returning from busking one evening in 2007 found an injured ginger cat at his sheltered accommodation. Bowen nursed the animal, which he named Bob, back to…