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Alaa Wardi: A voice for alternative music

High acapella numbers by Alaa Wardi, a Saudi-born Iranian musician, are a big rage on YouTube with over a million views.



Best-selling book chronicles Danielle Steel’s work with the homeless

Danielle Steel, the famous American novelist with more than 90 books to her credit and sales of 60 million copies worldwide, is easily one of the most popular and best selling authors of our times.



Barbara Walters to retire May 16

NEW YORK: Trailblazing US television journalist Barbara Walters, famed for her political and celebrity interviews in a career spanning more than half a century, is to retire next month, the ABC networ





Arjun Kapoor relates to role in ‘2 States’

MUMBAI: Actor Arjun Kapoor says he relates to the emotions that his character Krish goes through in ‘2 States.’ “I relate a lot to the emotions of Krish and that is what mattered when I decided to do




‘Got Talent’ sets Guinness record

LOS ANGELES: Producers of the “Got Talent” TV franchise say the format is a winner in its own right.




Strait, Lambert win at Country Music awards

LAS VEGAS: Country music veteran George Strait and singer Miranda Lambert led the winners at the 49th Academy of Country Music awards, while the genre’s biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Lady An

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