November 6, 2013 |
The coming of age of horror cinema in Thailand might seem like an odd subject for the Princess of Thailand to address. But it was Halloween night, after all, and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya had good reason to single out the Southeast Asian nation's growing reputation as a hub for slasher, horror and monster films. The princess was leading a delegation of Thai officials, including the country's deputy prime minister and minister of commerce, in their first Los Angeles "road show" to promote the country's resources, talent and desirability as a film location.
October 30, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan will send a delegation to Pakistan soon in an attempt to open channels with the Taliban toward a peace deal, officials said Wednesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement that he and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to the initiative in London this week as part of a three-way conclave with British Prime Minister David Cameron aimed at bolstering stability in the volatile South Asia region. Afghanistan's High Peace Council, a group formed by Karzai in 2010 to pursue a political settlement with the Taliban, will send a delegation to meet with former deputy Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the president's office said.
August 18, 2013 |
Though the older sheet metal gets all the attention Sunday at Pebble Beach during the Concours d'Elegance, fans of the future are also treated to some eye candy. Organizers for years have hosted automakers large and small on the putting green outside Pebble Beach Lodge. Here are some of the highlights from this year's Concept Lawn. BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé: This concept made its North American debut Sunday at Pebble. It was originally shown at the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in May in Cernobbio, Italy - possibly the only other classic car show in the world that rivals the stature of Pebble Beach.
July 16, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - In an impassioned and at times deeply personal speech, the nation's first black attorney general vowed Tuesday to investigate the "tragic and unnecessary" death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in nearby Sanford and called on the country to address racial injustice he and his family had experienced firsthand. Eric H. Holder Jr. told delegates to the NAACP convention here of his father sitting him down years ago to advise him how to deal with the police - "what to say and how to conduct myself if I was ever stopped or confronted in a way I thought was unwarranted.
June 30, 2013 |
Without the reassuring voice of Jerry Buss, the late Lakers owner whose eleventh-hour phone call prevented Kobe Bryant from going to the Clippers in 2004, the Lakers are turning to two veterans to help keep Dwight Howard in Los Angeles. Bryant and Steve Nash will be part of the Lakers' delegation that meets Tuesday with Howard to try to persuade him to sign a five-year, $118-million contract. They'll be joined by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni. Team executives Jeanie Buss and Jim Buss are also expected to attend the meeting at an undisclosed Los Angeles location.
June 18, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - For more than a decade, the U.S. and the Taliban have met almost exclusively on the battlefield of America's longest war. In coming days, both sides said, they will sit down at a negotiating table to discuss ending the bloodshed in Afghanistan. U.S. and Taliban officials announced separately Tuesday that they would hold their first formal meeting in Doha, Qatar, as early as this week. In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said that he would send a delegation to Doha and that he hoped it would begin talks with the Taliban "as soon as possible.