Fine Arts & Exhibits: ‘Scenes of Solitude’ from Hudson River School Artists

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Still, it can be seen as a sort of opening act for a much-anticipated exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings,” opening in January 2018. (A third major exhibit, at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, N.Y., will be staged in May, featuring...

What to Read Before Heading to Kerala

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In India, many young people are embracing the spices and signature dishes of the southern state of Kerala. Here are three books about Indian food that will prepare your palate for the trip. Photo CLIMBING THE MANGO TREESA Memoir of a Childhood in IndiaBy Madhur Jaffrey320 pp. Ebury Press. (2006)...

Colin Farrell and the Art of the Small Comeback

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Before “Dumbo,” which he said he liked working on very much — “there’s fire eaters and guys walking on balls and trapeze artists and Tim Burton running around with a stick. It’s genius” – Mr. Farrell was in Chicago filming “Widows” with Steve McQueen, and before that working on “Roman...

Update: Most Houston Attractions Have Reopened; the Opera Gets Creative

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Most of the city’s major attractions — including Space Center Houston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Houston Museum of Natural Science; and the Galleria shopping center — suffered little damage and reopened shortly after the storm. All the top hotels and restaurants are up and running, as are...

FBI agent reveals life infiltrating extremist groups in America

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Image caption The FBI have ensured Tamer El-Noury's true identity remains secret (file pic) An active FBI undercover agent has revealed details of his work infiltrating Islamic extremist groups.Tamer El-Noury - one of the agent's many false identities - talked to the BBC about his covert attempts to gain the...

Catalonia crisis: Officials ‘won’t follow orders from Madrid’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSome 450,000 people protested on Saturday, local police saidCatalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says. Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva told the BBC the central government...

Tommy’s bucket list: ‘It’s for the life I missed out on’

FBI Special Agents and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force prepare to arrest a suspect
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At 81 years old, Tommy Hagan is making up for the childhood he never had. From the age of three, he faced more than a decade of physical abuse at Quarriers care home in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Now, Tommy feels able to tell his story, and with the help of a...

Ashes 2017-18: England can win without Ben Stokes – Mitchell Johnson

FBI Special Agents and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force prepare to arrest a suspect
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Mitchell Johnson took 37 wickets in five Tests against England in the 2013-14 Ashes seriesThe AshesVenues: Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney Dates: 23 November - 7 JanuaryCoverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live...

Hunt for conman who pretended to be spy

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Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police Image caption Mark Acklom is likely to be with his wife Maria Rodriguez, police say Detectives hunting a man accused of conning a wealthy divorcee out of her life savings have released details of his family in an attempt to find him.Mark Acklom, 44,...