Political passions run high at Venice film festival

Political passions run high at Venice film festival

VENICE, Sept 13 — The award of top prize to hard-hitting Israeli war movie “Lebanon” was a fitting end to this year’s Venice film festival, where political passions ran high throughout.

The appearance of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and veteran US director Oliver Stone together on the red carpet half way through the 11-day cinema showcase said it all.

Film makers from around the world tackled issues from capitalism to war, Iranian democracy to suicide in a further sign that independent cinema is determined to take on tough contemporary themes despite limited box office appeal.

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As thou Sow Thou shalt Reap : Pro-Ahmadinejad cleric assassinated in west Iran

As thou Sow Thou shalt Reap :

Pro-Ahmadinejad cleric assassinated in west Iran

TEHRAN, Sept 13 — A Sunni cleric who backed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran’s disputed June election has been assassinated in a Kurdish-populated region, a semi-official news agency reported today.

Fars News Agency said Borhan Aali, a Friday prayers leader in the city of Sanandaj in western Kurdistan province, was killed by unknown assailants late yesterday at his home. State radio said he was shot several times.

“He was a prominent cleric in Kurdistan province who worked for Ahmadinejad in the course of the election. He was accepted and respected by all of the people of Sanandaj,” Fars said.

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Giving Ramadan a drumroll at 4am – in Brooklyn

Giving Ramadan a drumroll at 4am – in Brooklyn

SEPT 13 – A few hours before dawn, when most New Yorkers are fast asleep, a middle-aged man rolls out of bed in Brooklyn, dons a billowy red outfit and matching turban, climbs into his Lincoln Town Car, drives 15 minutes, pulls out a big drum and — there on the sidewalk of a residential neighborhood — starts to play.

The man, Mohammad Boota, is a Ramadan drummer. Every morning during the holy month, which ends on Sept 21, drummers stroll the streets of Muslim communities around the world, waking worshipers so they can eat a meal before the day’s fasting begins.

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Reuters:Serena penalty hands Clijsters final berth

NEW YORK, Sept 13 – Kim Clijsters reached the US Open final after beating defending champion Serena Williams 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday in a contest that ended in chaos after the American was handed a point penalty on match point.

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Reuters:Myanmar police release veteran opposition leader

YANGON, Sept 13 – Veteran Myanmar opposition leader Win Tin said he was taken in for questioning by police intelligence but released after a few hours late on Saturday with a warning he could be called in again.

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So long CPU wars, it was fun

NEW YORK, Sept 13 – The Great Chip Wars, as we’ve come to know them, ended this week – courtesy of a new marketing campaign from Advanced Micro Devices.

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