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Did Disney Pixar Get Day of the Dead Celebrations Right in Its New Film 'Coco'?

Fall, when temperatures dip and trees shed their leaves, is my favorite time of the year, not only because of the blustery weather but also because it marks the season of holidays and my family’s traditions. In my home, these include the viewing of holiday-themed television programs and theater visits to see blockbuster films. This year, Disney Pixar’s Coco, the new animated film that celebrates the Mexican tradition known as Día de Muertos, is sure to be a family favorite. Día de Muertos has its roots in a pre-Hispanic commemoration of deceased…

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Azzedine Alaïa, Fashion’s Most Independent Designer, Is Dead at 82

Azzedine Alaïa, one of the greatest and most uncompromising designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, has died in Paris. He was 82. The cause was a heart attack. His company confirmed the news. Known as a sculptor of the female form, and worn by women from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga, Mr. Alaïa was equally famous for his rejection of the fashion system, and his belief that it had corrupted the creative power of what could be an art form. He rarely hewed to the official show calendar, preferring…

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Op-Ed Contributor: Two Dozen African Girls Dead at Sea

Earlier this month, the bodies of 26 teenagers were found floating in the Mediterranean Sea. The corpses were sent to Salerno, Italy, where autopsies are being conducted to determine the details of their deaths. The girls were probably victims of sex trafficking, originally picked up in southern Nigeria, held in Libya and then sent to Italian shores in dinghies. Aid workers suspect that, like many African girls trafficked before them, they were tortured and raped. “We will see if they have family members,” Marco Rotunno, the communications officer for the…

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YouTube removes dead extremist's videos

YouTube has removed nearly 50,000 videos featuring radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. Awlaki was renowned for preaching violence as a religious duty, although at the time of his death his family denied he was a terrorist. The remaining videos are mainly documentaries and news items, reports the New York Times. The BBC understands this is a result of human review, not machine learning. Slow to act To help ensure that the videos stay off YouTube, once humans flag a video for…

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Remembrance Day: UK events mark the nation's war dead

Politicians, members of the Royal Family and veterans will honour those who lost their lives in conflict as the UK marks Remembrance Sunday. A two-minute silence will be held across the country and wreaths will be laid at memorials. Prince Charles will lead the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and Big Ben will chime at 11:00 GMT. For the first time the Queen will not lay a wreath but instead watch from the Foreign Office’s balcony. At the Cenotaph on Whitehall, the Last Post will be played shortly…

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At least 27 dead in Texas church shooting

At least 27 people have died after a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas during Sunday services. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County. A police commissioner at the scene confirmed that at least 27 people had died. Several others are reported to be injured. The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed, and there was no indication of the gunman’s motive. The FBI also said that while only one shooter was reported, it was looking into other…

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