STEPHEN L CARTER: The political economy of Star Wars

'Despite the ubiquity of technology, it’s evident that many people and some entire planets are poor'

STEPHEN L CARTER: In praise of Stephen King

'Despite at least two announced retirements and an enforced convalescence following an accident, King, who turned 70 in September, shows no signs of slowing ...

Trump doodle sells for $16 000

'The latest drawing sold last week at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles to another prominent New York developer, Elie Hirschfeld, the auction house said'

LEONID BERSHIDSKY: What a television series tells us about Putin's Russia

'Unlike the U.S. sleeper agent series "The Americans," which is set in the Reagan era, "The Sleepers" is very much about the present'

Saunders wins Man Booker Prize for 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

His novel, set in 1862, a year into the American Civil war, is a blend of historical accounts and imaginative fiction

Da Vinci portrait of Christ expected to bag US$100m at auction

'This is truly the Holy Grail of art rediscoveries'

Heartbreak as Tom Petty dies

'We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty'

Fast food sales rise in US states where marijuana is legal

Forty-three percent of legal-marijuana users ate at a McDonald’s restaurant in the past four weeks, the survey found

Forever adolescent Playboy boss Hefner dead at 91

'What I created came out of my own adolescent dreams of fantasies. I was trying to redefine what it meant to be a young, urban unattached male'

Authorities investigate after toilet is blocked by 500-Euro notes

'We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money'

Why you should listen to 'happy music' like Vivaldi while working

'Music is such an important part of everyday life, and it could be a potential avenue for fostering creativity in education and the workplace'

Why economists are watching Taylor Swift ticket sales

When tickets go on sale, they’ll be offered to fans in order, according to who did the most “boosting.”

Saudi cops detain boy for dancing in the street

The teenager, whose name and nationality were not given, was being questioned because he had shown "improper public behavior"

Charlize rakes in the box office dollars as hardcore 'Atomic Blonde'

Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity is looking at a decent, but slightly below expectations launch for the Charlize Theron-starrer, "Atomic Blonde", with $18.5 ...

Jane Austen the new face of Britain's tenner

'Ten pounds would have meant a lot to Jane Austen, about the same as 1,000 pounds would mean to us today'

Saudi King suspends columnist for over-the-top praise

'The phrases and tribute which the author bestowed on the personality of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, are not acceptable'

Officials in trouble after strippers entertain prisoners

'I want to give assurance that‚ based on our briefing and our visit to the place where this happened‚ is that there is no taxpayer money involved in this ...

WATCH: Panic as man takes his pet lion for drive through city at night

'The man was driving around with his lion near a local market and it was a matter of endangering public life and property'

Xhosa Sci-fi movie will open BRICS film festival in China

'I grew up watching sci-fi films and‚ of course‚ my heritage is Xhosa. If I reflect on Xhosa and African culture there is a lot of potential sci-fi elements ...

'Reasons to vote ANC' book with blank pages is now a bestseller

The book, purportedly written by 'Thami Thami' caused a few laughs when it appeared on shelves

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