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December 16, 2009
ABBA, others in rock hall The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opening its arms to welcome in ABBA, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff, but has given the KISS-off, for this year at least, to hard rock's most celebrated tongue-wagging, makeup-loving band. The Cleveland-based rock hall announced the 2010 inductees Tuesday. Its 25th annual induction ceremony will be held March 15 in New York City. Veteran music mogul David Geffen also will enter the hall as a non-performer, along with two of the Brill Building's most celebrated songwriting teams, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
April 27, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Kathleen Hennessey
At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the comments a play for public opinion and called on the Palestinian leader to "tear up" his recent pact with the militant Islamist movement Hamas. "What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime known by mankind in modern times," said Abbas, according to a statement published Sunday by the Palestinian government news agency WAFA.
March 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Ola Brunkert, 62, a former drummer for the Swedish pop band ABBA, was found dead Sunday with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Police said Monday that an autopsy showed the death was an accident. A police spokesman said Brunkert hit his head against a glass door in his dining room, shattering the glass and cutting himself in the neck. He managed to wrap a towel around his neck and left the house to seek help but collapsed in the garden. Abba was one of the world's most successful pop bands in the 1970s and early 1980s, selling more than 370 million albums.
March 17, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Thousands of Palestinians rallied in West Bank cities on Monday in support of President Mahmoud Abbas, hours before his scheduled meeting at the White House with President Obama. Palestinians carried pictures of the Palestinian leader and banners expressing support for Abbas, who Palestinians fear faces pressure from Obama and other world leaders to accept a framework peace agreement with Israel that falls short of their aspirations for independence. "We are here, Mr. President, to tell you that we are behind you in your efforts to find a solution to our just case that would end the [Israeli]
July 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Despite the astonishing success of the stage musical "Mamma Mia!," ABBA has ruled out any reunion tour. Songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of the Swedish pop quartet told Britain's Sunday Telegraph that ABBA will never perform together again. Ulvaeus said "money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition." ABBA, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s, split in 1982 but continues to sell nearly 3 million records a year.
July 17, 2008 | Randy Lewis
The stage appears to be set for at least a modest ABBA resurgence with the arrival of the film version of the musical "Mamma Mia!" opening Friday. The soundtrack album has jumped into the Top 10 of the national sales chart even without a movie audience primed to lap it up: It sold 48,000 copies and enters at No. 7. Beck, meanwhile, lands at No. 4 with "Modern Guilt," the top new arrival during a week in which Lil Wayne, Coldplay and the "Camp Rock" soundtrack all held steady in the top three slots.
September 15, 2011
The 23rd Annual Taste of Newport offers three days to sample fare from more than 30 local restaurants, sip wine from 15 California wineries and enjoy live music — all against the backdrop of Newport Beach. This year's musical guests include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Friday, the Barenaked Ladies on Saturday and a doubleheader of Taylor Dayne and ABBA: The Concert on Sunday. Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island, Newport Beach. 6-11 p.m. Fri., 4-11 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. $22-$125 per day. (949)
March 29, 2012
STAGE There's nothing like a hot blast of ABBA to make you forget the tumult of modern life, and "Mamma Mia!" has the Swedish band's hits in spades. The popular production was a Broadway smash and a movie-remake favorite, and it comes to Pantages for a run to please every dancing queen. Pantages, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Times vary, Thu.-April 8. $25-$95.
February 8, 2009 | Catrina Stewart and David Nowak, Stewart and Nowak write for the Associated Press.
A British-based ABBA tribute band said Friday that the Kremlin whisked it away to perform a private concert for Vladimir Putin -- offering a rare glimpse into the private life of the secretive Russian prime minister. The four-member Bjorn Again band said it traveled 200 miles north of Moscow for the Jan. 22 gig on the shores of Lake Valdai to perform before an exclusive audience of eight people -- Putin, a woman and six other men in tuxedos. Putin's spokesman denied that the prime minister attended any such concert, but band members gave plenty of details and said they recognized Putin at the show.
June 1, 2003 | Richard Cromelin
ABBA and Madness don't have a lot in common. With 20 U.S. chart singles to their credit, the former is an international name in '70s pop. Madness had three chart records two decades ago and is mainly a faint memory in this country. But if the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" could create a whole new round of ABBA mania, maybe "Our House" can do something similar for Madness.
July 29, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas weren't in the room Monday when preliminary peace talks resumed in Washington. But the fate of Secretary of State John F. Kerry's initiative depends on the political courage and fortitude of these two leaders. Better known as cagey strategists than risk takers, Netanyahu and Abbas will each need to overcome considerable political opposition from within their ranks, a deeply pessimistic public and a mutual distrust that some fear may be unbridgeable.
July 19, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Abbas al Nouri pauses as a particularly loud car roars past the cafe on the main thoroughfare. The overly solicitous waitress lingers, a hint of recognition in her eyes. At the table, the conversation inevitably focuses on Al Nouri's native Syria. "The father who cannot listen to his children is a failure, and this is something that destroys the family," Al Nouri says, the metaphor describing the war pitting armed rebels against the government of President Bashar Assad.
July 17, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "urgent" meeting Thursday of his senior advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and other factions to consider the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel, his office said Wednesday. Though there were some signs that Kerry's effort is making headway, officials on all sides said it remained unclear whether a breakthrough was imminent.
May 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The gift shop of the recently opened ABBA museum in Stockholm is stocking an exclusive collection of jewelry inspired by the band and its music and designed by fellow Swede Efva Attling . According to Wednesday's press announcement, the eponymous designer has known members of the band since her nightclubbing days in '70s Stockholm, where she and ABBA's Anni-Frid Lyngstad “often did some disco moves together. "  Attling continues: "Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn and Agneta and I stayed in touch off and on over the years.
May 7, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
With no ABBA reunion in sight, patrons can take a chance on a new museum devoted to the 1970s Swedish pop super-group. Opening Tuesday in Stockholm, the museum will display band memorabilia, including star-shaped guitars, gold records, concert footage and the requisite hip-hugging flares -- except for a few "embarrassing" skin-tight costumes, band member Bjorn Ulvaeus told the Associated Press he omitted from the collection. The permanent exhibit inside the Swedish Music Hall of Fame features an interactive side where guests record music videos to ABBA hits alongside life-sized holograms of band members and try on costumes via a green screen.
May 7, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured Shanghai on Tuesday, paying tribute to the city's role sheltering Jews during World War II and conveniently avoiding Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was visiting Beijing. The concurrent visits to China of the Middle East antagonists created some diplomatic awkwardness. Although the official Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times suggested the two might hold an impromptu meeting, Netanyahu's itinerary apparently was arranged to avoid that possibility.
February 25, 1996 | Andria Spencer, Andria J. Spencer teaches English at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco
With the recent spate of Victorian literary biographies, from a reassessment of the Brontes to an examination of Christina Rossetti, it comes as no surprise that a newly introduced edition of Martha Saxton's fascinating 1977 life of Louisa May Alcott should appear, especially considering the renewed interest in the New England writer. What with the recent release of a new film version of "Little Women" to the discovery of her charming "lost" thriller, "A Long Fatal Love Chase," to the reissue of a collection of her pseudonymous "blood and thunder" tales, this indeed seems the year of Louisa May Alcott.
Attention, reference-book junkies: Three new releases may help satisfy that never-ending craving for one more juicy morsel of information. Anyone who instantly recognizes the names of Daniel Quilp, Sir Dinglby Dabber or Charity Pecksniff, for example, will want to peruse "The Charles Dickens Encyclopedia."
February 28, 2013 | By Jonathan Schanzer
President Obama's visit to the Middle East next month is widely billed as an earnest attempt to double down on diplomacy and revive the moribund peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against the president. Doves on both sides quietly cede that it would take a miracle to get the two sides back to the business of serious diplomacy. But Obama has an opportunity to aim a little lower and accomplish something that could help safeguard the peace process for years to come.
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