Writers and critics on the best books of 2013

John Lanchester Nina Stibbe’s Love, Nina, a collection of letters to her sister from the period in the mid-80s when she was working as a nanny, is funny and sharp and has a distinctive streak of wildness: no book this year made me laugh more. Also funny and sharp, though in a darker vein, is […]

‘Riverdale’ Star K.J. Apa Replaces Kian Lawley in ‘The Hate U Give’ After Racist Comments

Fox removed Lawley from the film on February 5, and according to Variety more than a week’s worth of reshoots was approved by the studio to replace Lawley with Apa, who plays Archie on Riverdale. Fox confirmed to Newsweek that filming for the production is underway in Atlanta with Apa in the role as Chris.

Padma row: Adnan Sami slams Opposition for attacking his merit, asks them to refrain from commenting on his relationship with father

Shergill ended the spat with a tweet, saying that it is not his nature to indulge in Twitter spats “but if someone will attack me personally then it is important to teach them in their own language”. While Congress leaders slammed Sami being awarded the Padma Shri, the BJP and the LJP maintained their stance […]

Washington Post Under Fire From Its Own Union, Media Critic for Suspending Reporter Over Kobe Tweets

He interviewed Sonmez as saying: “I would argue that not ignoring a matter of public record is the way to go and making survivors feel seen and heard helps Washington Post journalists rather than making our jobs harder. We are more able to do our jobs because we’ve demonstrated to those survivors that we’re worthy […]

India has the right to enact CAA, not for EU Parliament to comment on it: Israeli Consul General

Ms. Kursh said her country and India had faced similar situations in international fora and were wrongly accused of decisions or actions that they took as sovereign nations, be it the United Nations or International Court of Justice.​But her country was solidly behind India and the Israeli support was bipartisan as the case in India […]

Matt Mercer Releases Revised Version of Dungeons & Dragons Blood Hunter Class

The biggest change to the Blood Hunter is how blood rites reduce HP. Before, using a blood rite lowered your maximum HP whenever you used it, which made utilizing some of the Blood Hunter’s features very risk. Now, players simply take traditional damage (determined by rolling a hemocraft dice ranging from a d4 to a […]

First Draft of India’s Upcoming Blockchain Technology Ready

“India will be one of the leading countries in the world in innovation, education, commercialisation, and the adoption of Blockchain technology in the private and public sectors by 2025.  We first discuss the value proposition of this technology and motivate potential sectors in the economic networks wherein this technology may be value enhancing,” NISG said […]

Russia says it hopes US will not release Trump-Putin calls amid President’s impeachment crisis

The rough transcript of US President Donald Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy released by the White House this week shows Mr Trump urged Ukraine to “look into” his Democratic political rival Joe Biden. The July 25 call is now the focus of a US impeachment probe.

The Duchess of Cambridge shows how to wield influence subtly

The answer lies in her canny use of art. The focus of her photographs is on the human stories that lie behind the Holocaust and the imagery within them unravels slowly the more you study them: the inclusion of personal items such as a pan used in a concentration camp and a tomato grown in […]

The Observer’s books of the year

Hilary MantelNovelist Time to recall the more energising parts of the year’s reading: Kate Atkinson’s inexhaustibly ingenious novel, Life After Life (Doubleday). Or Ace, King, Knave (Faber), Maria McCann’s exuberant revivification of grave robbers and gamblers, hucksters and whores in 18th-century London (which I read in advance of its publication next month): like Hogarth sprung […]