Posts Tagged Social affairs

David Cronenberg writes first novel, ‘Consumed’

In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, filmmaker David Cronenberg poses for a portrait in promotion of his debut novel "Consumed" in New York. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — To finish his first novel, David Cronenberg had to work around a few other projects.

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No. 8 Michigan St. faces tricky task at Indiana

In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Indiana running back Tevin Coleman (6) runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has two ways to get his defense’s attention this week. He can put on Tevin Coleman’s game tapes -- or he can show the players Coleman’s stats. Either way, the eighth-ranked Spartans must figure out how to slow down the nation’s top rusher. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Mark Dantonio thought he had endured just about everything in his first 99 games as Michigan State’s coach.

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Chinese art colony’s free-speech illusion shatters

In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2014, Chinese artist Li Dapeng talks to reporters in front of one of his works depicting a typical Chinese scene featuring figures with grotesque pig heads at his studio in the Songzhuang art district in eastern Beijing, China. Artists in Songzhuang have long enjoyed rare creative freedoms by keeping their art and conversation mostly away from the public, but police arrested 13 people who work or live in the district in October after they posted online pictures and commentary support pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.(AP Photo/Jack Chang)

BEIJING (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing’s Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such touchy subjects as China’s prisons and Communist Party politics. Over lunch, they candidly lamented the state of free speech in China while chewing on chicken and downing glasses of beer.

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1 detained for attacks on Albanian shops in Serbia

Serbian soccer fans react during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match between Serbia and Albania, at the Partizan stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The 2016 European Championship qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday after skirmishes broke out on the pitch involving players and fans over an Albanian flag that was flown above the stadium by a drone. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have detained one person suspected in a spate of attacks on Albanian-owned businesses in northern Serbia after a soccer brawl this week at a game between Serbia and Albania.

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

In this Sept. 26, 2014 photo, Thai actress Pimthong Washirakom poses after an interview in Bangkok, Thailand. Up-and-coming starlet Pimthong's debut role as a dangerously beautiful "bad girl" who gets raped in the soap "The Rising Sun" aired last month. Pimthong said that filming of the scene, in which a police detective locks her in his office and rapes her, took place after the girl's rape on the train in July. As the cameras rolled, she broke down in tears. A recent real-life rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train in Thailand has focused national outrage on Thai popular culture, and particularly TV soaps for sending messages that trivialize - and some say encourage - rape. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)

BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after.

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