Drama in Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Is Personal, Not Political

VOA "Snowden," the new movie from filmmaker Oliver Stone, tells the tale of National Security Agency contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden largely through the lens of his personal life. It's a sympathetic account of the computer expert, as opposed to a polemic on
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Asia Roll Out of Pokemon Go Spurs Lifestyle Changes, Business Boom

VOA Asian fans of smartphone game Pokemon Go are hunting out the best telecom providers and network gear to overcome the hurdle posed by patchy network signals in their race to capture virtual cartoon characters. From Indonesia to Hong Kong and Cambodia, the wild popularity of Nintendo's augmented reality app is also (more...)

Want to Be a Detective? Escape Rooms May Help

The timer is running. People have 60 minutes to escape from a room they paid to be locked inside of. The room - one of two offered by Timothy Smith's Escape Lounge in Washington - is designed to mimic the Oval Office in the White House. It features (more...)

Russia’s Tishchenko Wins Heavyweight Boxing Gold

Silver medalist Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan reacts to the audience as gold medalist Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia stands at attention for the singing of the national anthem at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 15, 2016.

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Arabic ‘Fastest Growing’ Language in US

VOA News Arabic is the “fastest growing language in the U.S.,” according to the Pew Research Center. According to a post on the group’s website about the challenges Arabic presents to the U.S. census, Arabic speaking at home has surged by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014 among (more...)

Autopsy: Prince Died of Accidental Fentanyl Overdose

VOA News Autopsy results from the U.S. pop star Prince, who died suddenly in April, show he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller more potent than morphine or heroin. It was not immediately clear if the drug was obtained illegally or by prescription. (more...)

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies at 74

Carla Babb Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has passed away after a more than 30-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74.The former world heavyweight boxing champion had been admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and was fighting respiratory issues that were complicated by the Parkinson's disease.Doctors say the Parkinson's (more...)

‘Money Monster’ Taps into Anger of Every Man vs Wall Street

VOA Penelope Poulou Many films have dealt with the 2008 recession. Charles Ferguson's 2010 documentary Inside Job won an Oscar for its investigative approach to the subject matter. This year's Oscar nominee, The Big Short, wrapped its deadly serious subject matter in a more jovial package, documenting the real-life work of a (more...)

Philadelphia’s First Major Comedy Club To Open In Over A Decade

Nearly one year after the launch of The Fillmore Philadelphia hailed as “the most beautiful live rock music venue in the United States,” Live Nation is planning to unveil the Punch Line comedy club only a few steps away from that concert hall to join the rapidly emerging Fishtown entertainment (more...)

Is There an Association Between Video Game Playing and Aggression?

Video games are a popular form of entertainment for millions of people worldwide. Like the many people that play them, video games are available in all sorts of niches, from sports to battle-themed games, and many more. However, a common thread throughout all games is the presence of combat. Whether (more...)

Philly Celebrates Jazz and Honors World-renowned Jazz Bassist Christian McBride

Mayor Jim Kenney will proclaim April as Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month and honor a native son, five-time Grammy Award winner, and world-renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride at the Philly Celebrates Jazz Kick-Off. Held on Monday, March 28 at 3PM in the Mayor’s Reception Room, 2016 marks the City’s 6th annual (more...)

Rolling Stones to Play Free Concert in Cuba

VOA News Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Cuba on March 25, a milestone event in a country where the communist government once banned the group's music as an "ideological deviation." The band added the Concert for Amity show - likely to be the biggest (more...)

Oscar Favorite ‘Spotlight’ Big Winner at Independent Spirit Awards

VOA News Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe newspaper's investigation of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, won the best picture award at the Independent Spirit Awards in California Saturday. The annual awards show recognizes the best films made for under $20 million by independent producers and studios unaffiliated with (more...)

US Publisher Recalls Children’s Book on Slavery

VOA Fern Robinson Scholastic Publishing is recalling one of its children's books from bookstore shelves in the U.S. because, as it said in a statement Sunday, "the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves." One of the country's founders and its first president owned (more...)

‘The Revenant,’ ‘The Martian,’ Among Top Oscar Nominees

VOA Mike O'Sullivan The survival epic The Revenant and the science fiction tale The Martian are among the top nominees for this year's Academy Awards, or Oscars, announced early Thursday in Beverly Hills, California. The two films are among the eight nominated for best motion picture, which also include Mad Max: Fury Road, the (more...)

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