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1. CHINA VIRUS TOTALS SPIKE China reports 254 new daily deaths and an increase in new daily virus cases of 15,152 after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.
2. CANDIDATES SET SIGHTS ON SUPER TUESDAY Nevada votes next, then South Carolina, but Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination are already looking ahead to the biggest prize on the primary calendar.
3. 'I WAS SHOCKED THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE BABY' Environmental reports obtained by the AP detail accounts of "alarming" birth defects, miscarriages and other health problems among residents living in South Sudan's oil regions.
4. PRO-TRUMP EFFORT RAISES TENS OF MILLIONS IN A MONTH AP learns that groups backing the president raised more than $60 million in January and have more than $200 million on hand for November's election, shattering fundraising records.
5. POMPEO, ESPER FACE PIVOTAL TRIP With tensions between the U.S. and Europe running high over numerous issues, the secretary of state and defense secretary are heading to Germany for an annual security forum.
6. WHO REACHED A DEAL WITH USS COLE FAMILIES Sudan says it's reached a settlement with relatives of the victims of the attack on USS Cole in Yemen which killed 17 sailors, part of an effort by Khartoum to have the country taken off the U.S. terrorism list.
7. BUFFETT'S DRUG WAR Howard Buffett, the eldest son of the billionaire investor, is spending $200 million to help Colombia kick its cocaine curse.
8. MEDIA SEEK OPEN HEARING ON SAINTS, CHURCH EMAILS News outlets in New Orleans want access to a hearing on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the city's NFL franchise concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.
9. SNOOP DOGG SAYS HE'S SORRY After days of blistering criticism, the rapper apologizes to CBS' Gayle King for attacking her over her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant.
10. ROENICK OUT AT NBC SPORTS The NHL analyst won't return to the network after he was suspended for making sexually suggestive comments about his co-workers during a podcast.
German cultural institution the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh unveiled the locker-mural titled Übernatural: Unlocked on Tuesday at the Goethe-Institut in Dhanmondi.
The mural project features 12 supernatural characters from German and Bengali traditions illustrated by 13 artists. A musical performance by Alex and the Monsters was followed by a story-telling session and a scavenger hunt during which visitors won Goethe-Institut goodies and HerStory Foundation’s books.
The initiative is a project by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, facilitated by HerStory Foundation.
“Back in January, Goethe-Institut commissioned HerStory Foundation to beautify the bag lockers that are used by visitors of the Institute. The result is a mural by 13 artists illustrating 12 supernatural female characters from Bengali and German folk traditions”, Goethe’s Information Officer Sharmin Shoma told UNB.
She further explained that the beautification of the storage facilities unlocks the many powerful female-driven narratives of the two cultures.
The stories and the artists are- Mader Gaan by Aabir Khalid, Patal Konya Monimala by Ahmed Fahim, Tanyabi Firti by Antora Mehrukh Azad, Rapunzel by Fj Mony, Frau Prechta by Farah Khandaker, Sultana’s Dream by Inshra Sakhawat Russell, Brunhild by Kabir Ava, Übernatural: Unlocked - typography by Kazi Istela, Frau Holle by Rafiuzzaman Rhythom, Chadburi by Sayeef Mahmud, Lorelei by Shourov Khan, Behula and Manasha by Venessa Kaiser and Bon Bibi by Wasi Ahmed.
With the participation of 400 drama groups across 64 districts, the first ever National Drama Festival 2020 will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Wednesday.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation is organising the stage-drama extravaganza from February 12 to February 29 in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the 18-day-long festival at 11.30 am on Wednesday through video conferencing from Prime Minister’s official residence Ganabhaban. BSA’s divisional offices in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet will join the inauguration. Besides, the programme will also aired from the DC offices at the same time.
A press conference was held at the National Theatre Hall’s seminar room on Tuesday. BSA Director General and Bangladesh Group Theatre Association’s President Liaquat Ali Lucky briefed the journalists about the details of the festival.
The mega festival will be joined by 30,000 drama activists from 400 drama groups of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.
A total of 302 dramas are scheduled to be staged in all the venues of BSA in those divisions and districts. Several plays will also be staged as street-drama.
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation’s General Secretary Kamal Bayezid, BSA Secretary Badrul Anam Bhuiyan and other officials were present at the press briefing.
The launching programme of a book on killing of intellectuals in 1971 "Abornoniyo Nirmamtar Chitra : Ekattorer Budhidhijibee Hottayakando O Annanya” (Indescribable story of Torture: Killing of intellectuals in 1971 and Others) written by Justice Obaidul Hasan will be held Thursday.
The programme will be held at the judge's corner of the Supreme Court at 5pm. Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain will be present as the chief guest in the programme.
The justice who joined the International Crimes Tribunal in 2012 heard the horrible killings of intellectual in 1971 and published those stories in the book.
The readers will find the details of the description of the killings from the witnesses as he was the chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal 2 during the intellectual killing case verdict.
Alongside, he also added his writings on different issues in his compilation.
Hasan was the son of the organiser of Liberation War Dr. Akhlakul Hossain who participated in the formulation of the constitution after the war as the member of the constituency assembly.
Publisher Ahmed Mahmudul Haque of Mowla Brothers published the book.
The 136 page book is now available at the Mowla Brothers Pavilion (29) at the book fair.
Anna Sui doesn't love scary movies, but she adores illusion, especially glamorous illusion.
That's one reason she turned to 1970s Italian horror, of the B movie variety, as inspiration for her latest collection, shown Monday at New York Fashion Week. Think goth vampires, and also the Catherine Deneuve-David Bowie cult favorite "The Hunger," another film that moved her.
It was the cat eye glasses and fascinator hats, along with the trashy lighting in red and green, that helped draw her in and punctuated her runway.
"This last couple of months I've watched so many of those movies," Sui told The Associated Press in a backstage interview. "Women wore negligees and peignoirs."
And devil horns? Her often breezy collection, with some colorful on-brand puffer coats thrown in, included one model with a pair of horns in black. Others were dressed in black faux leather, crinkle and burnt velvets, and vampire-esque black Jacquard with fluttery feathers.
It was horror glam, a la Anna Sui.
"I think that's what we're missing today is glamour," she said. "We've gone through that whole, like, sports sort of look and now we need something more glamorous. I think we miss glamour. Everything's so real, everything's so in your face, everything's so digital. We need a little illusion, we need a little fantasy, and that's what I was trying to show here."
This fantasy came with lace-up boots and shoes with chunky high heels, a green print dress with cutouts and a pattern of black and white leaves, a goth cape in fiery red and plentiful paisley, a brand mainstay. She mixed textures and prints, pairing a faux fur leopard coat with a loose floral dress and patchwork crochet skirts with stretch-sleeve flower blouses.
Though she hadn't left her office in weeks, Sui said fashion continues to sustain her after 40 some years in the industry.
"It's just something that I hope I can do forever," she said.