Islamic romance novels set hearts aflutter in Bangladesh

DHAKA, April 26 — Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society. And...

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Saudi wins top Arab fiction award

RIYADH, April 26 — A Saudi novelist has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, becoming the third author in 10 years from the kingdom to grab the Arab world's most prestigious...

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‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ author Pirsig dies at 88

NEW YORK, April 25 — Robert M. Pirsig, author of the influential 1970s philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died yesterday at the age of 88, his publisher...

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A look at the ugly side of getting rich

NEW YORK, April 24 — In one photograph, the German-born, Harvard-educated hedge fund manager Florian Homm, who made and lost a personal fortune of more than US$800 million (RM3.52 billion),...

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Guinea city turns page on Ebola as World Book Capital

CONAKRY, April 24 — Piles of rubbish and broken-down cars are being removed from the rundown streets of Conakry, and disgruntled hawkers on the main avenues have been told to close their...

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