Feb 20, 2015

Nobel literature jury threatens to give leaked nominees the boot

Leaking names of writers shortlisted for the Nobel literature prize may lead to their disqualification from the prestigious award, the head of the prize jury warned Thursday. “There are nominators who like trumpeting in public which person they nominated,” Peter Englund, who is also ...

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Feb 5, 2015

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism have surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish a second novel, half a century after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an American classic. Until Tuesday, when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, ...

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

Feb 1, 2015

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

A fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more than a million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural “Chernobyl.” The blaze, which started on Friday and was still not completely out on ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...