Bosnian Film Director Is Vilified in Serbia and ‘Disobedient’ at Home

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — A celebrated Bosnian film director always knew her latest movie, the harrowing drama of a mother trying unsuccessfully to save her husband and two sons from the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, would be panned by Serb nationalists. But the filmmaker, Jasmila Zbanic, was still taken aback when Serbian media invited a convicted war criminal to opine on the movie, “Quo Vadis, Aida?,” for which she recently won Europe’s best director award. The chosen critic? Veselin Sljivancanin, a former…

CVS and Walgreens temporarily shut some stores as Omicron cases soar.

CVS and Walgreens, two of the biggest pharmacy chains in the United States, are temporarily closing some stores this weekend because of staff shortages complicated by the soaring number of people infected with the Omicron variant.Mike DeAngelis, a spokesman for CVS, said the “vast majority” of stores were operating with normal hours this weekend. There are more than 9,900 CVS stores across the United States. “A tiny fraction of stores are temporarily closed on one or both days of the weekend to help address acute staffing…

Towers Rise Over London’s Brick Lane, Clouding Its Future

LONDON — Ornate English and Bengali typography adorns the signs of Taj Stores, one of the oldest Bangladeshi-run supermarkets in the Brick Lane neighborhood of East London. The signs evoke a part of the area’s past, when it became known as “Banglatown,” and eventually home to the largest Bangladeshi community in Britain.But Brick Lane’s future is looking very uncertain, said Jamal Khalique, standing inside a supermarket opened in 1936 by his great-uncle and now run by Mr. Khalique and his two brothers.Modern office…

Tsunami Reported in Tonga After an Underwater Volcano Eruption

A four-foot tsunami wave was reported to have hit Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, on Saturday, sending people rushing to higher ground. Witnesses said ash had fallen from the sky, after an underwater volcano erupted earlier near the remote Pacific nation.The volcano, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, is about 40 miles north of the Pacific archipelago’s main island, Tongatapu.The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia reported the tsunami on Twitter. But communication with Tonga was disrupted, according to The Associated Press, so there…

Alia Bhatt Bookmarks A Page From “Far Away Somewhere.” Read Her Caption

<!-- -->Alia Bhatt shared this image. (courtesy: aliaabhatt)Highlights"Here but not there," she wrote Alia Bhatt has a busy schedule ahead The actress was last seen in 'Sadak 2'New Delhi: Do not disturb Alia Bhatt. Why? The actress is busy daydreaming. If not that, she is probably reminiscing her recent travel diaries. Alia's latest Instagram post suggests she is "far away somewhere." Alia has shared a photo where she is nonchalantly gazing at a distant spot, away from the camera. Behind her, we see…

Priyanka Chopra On Dropping Surname And The “Noise Of Social Media”

<!-- -->Priyanka Chopra shared this image. (courtesy: priyankachopra)HighlightsPriyanka changed her Instagram moniker in November She dropped Jonas and Chopra from her Instagram handle The actress was last seen in 'Matrix 4'New Delhi: Priyanka Chopra, time and again, has addressed the hype around her name change on social media. In an interview with ETimes last year, the actress said, "I don't know. I wanted the username to match my Twitter, I guess. I just find it really amusing that everything becomes…

Months After an Explosion, a Town Is Deserted and Without Answers

It’s not a disaster scene like those left by the recent destructive flooding or wildfires in British Columbia. But the effects of an explosion last August in Wheatley, Ontario, have similarly upended the lives of hundreds of people in that town. Not long after coming back from reporting on the flooding in British Columbia, I headed to Wheatley and found a community in a state of suspended animation. My report on the mystery surrounding the gas explosion that leveled three buildings and turned the town’s…

Cambodia’s Internet May Soon Be Like China’s: State-Controlled

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The day Kea Sokun was arrested in Cambodia, four men in plainclothes showed up at his photography shop near Angkor Wat and carted him off to the police station. Mr. Kea Sokun, who is also a popular rapper, had released two songs on YouTube, and the men said they needed to know why he’d written them.“They kept asking me: ‘Who is behind you? What party do you vote for?’” Mr. Kea Sokun said. “I told them, ‘I have never even voted, and no one controls me.’”The 23-year-old artist, who says his songs are…

At Katrina Kaif And Vicky Kaushal’s Wedding, Baraatis Neha Dhupia-Angad Bedi Had This Much Fun

<!-- -->Neha Dhupia with Angad Bedi. (courtesy nehadhupia)HighlightsKatrina and Vicky got married last month They got married in Sawai Madhopur Neha shared throwback pictures from the wedding venueNew Delhi: Neha Dhupia decided to look back at the time she attended friend Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal's wedding in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. Neha shared throwback pictures with husband Angad Bedi. Some of the pictures also feature filmmaker Kabir Khan. Neha Dhupia captioned the post: "Throwback...Baraatis…

U.S. Says Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion

Russia has also demanded that the United States remove all of its nuclear weapons from Europe, and that Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia, three surrounding states that once were part of the Soviet empire, never join NATO. It is still unclear whether Mr. Putin believes those are realistic strategic objectives — Wendy R. Sherman, the deputy secretary of state, called them “nonstarters” this week — or whether his true focus is on bringing Ukraine to heel. The Russian president wants to expand his country’s sphere of…