Jolie, Pitt avoid media glare to wed privately in chateau in France

Aug 29, 2014

Jolie, Pitt avoid media glare to wed privately in chateau in France

The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated weddings shrouded from the media’s glare. When? Where? Why ...

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

Aug 29, 2014

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has picked anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. The only other Japanese to receive the award was Akira Kurosawa, ...

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

Aug 29, 2014

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before convening ...

Aug 29, 2014

Africa's militants may be inspired by Islamic State gains, officials told

African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State’s gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent’s militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria’s Boko Haram have not made as dramatic ...

Aug 29, 2014

Islamic State threatening Syria aid access: U.N.

The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria “to a new level,” threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday. The U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief, Kyung-wha Kang, told the council ...

Aug 29, 2014

Belafonte, Miyazaki to receive Academy's Governors Awards

American singer and actor Harry Belafonte, French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, Japanese animated film director Hayao Miyazaki and Irish actress Maureen O’Hara will be honored with Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said on Thursday. The academy, which hosts Hollywood’s annual ...