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Mendelssohn in Edinburgh

Mendelssohn in Edinburgh, Scotlandby Robert Broerse Back in April, my mother and I had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, Scotland for the first time. We had never visited the city or the country before. It was a dream of my mother’s. While wandering the old town, we encountered the Sir Walter Scott Memorial and we visited the Writer’s Museum. We hiked up Calton Hill to …

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Wave-Gothic Festival in Leipzig

For four days – from June 2nd until June 5th – the Wave-Gothic Festival took place in Leipzig for the 26th time with around 21.000 visitors from all over the world. Every year the festival at Whitsuntide attracts ten thousands of Gothic fans. It is the world´s largest Gothic festival. The weekend was accompanied by a special program with readings, theatre performances, exhibitions and two …

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New findings shed light on Aztec sacrifices

A tower of human skulls has been unearthed in Mexico beneath the heart of Mexico City. The finding has raised questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire. More than 650 skulls have been found near the site of Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the ancient Aztec capital, and they expect the numbers to rise. The Aztec performed ritualistic human sacrifices as …

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EU summit in Brussels

EU summit in Brussels The EU summit in Brussels that took place last weekend saw France and Germany moving closer together. French President Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel stood side by side at an end-of-summit news conference sending a message of unity. With that the distrust between Paris and Berlin that prevented close cooperation in past years might come to an end leaving …

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Week in review (15th – 19th May)

Massive cyberattack hits countries all over the world A massive Cyberattack hit over 150 countries on the weekend infecting over 100.000 computers. Major companies like FedEx, Renault and telefonica in Spain have been affected. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. The virus locks the system and files on the computer until a ransom is paid. It had exploited a known bug …

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Online Pirates hack into Disney and steal the new “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during a town hall meeting on Monday in New York that an upcoming movie was stolen. “Pirates of the Carribean – Dead men tell no tales” will be the fifth instalment in the franchise and is due to be released on May 26th. The last movies were a huge success and Disney could lose a lot of money if the …

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Week in Review (24th February – 3rd March)

This Week in the News (24th February – 3rd March)CURRENT AFFAIRSThe British government suffers defeat in the House of Lords After the bill which is meant to start the legal procedures of the UK‘s exit from the EU passed the House of Commons unamended, the second chamber of the British Parliament, the House of Lords, adopted a clause which guarantees that EU citizens residing in …

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Oxford: an open-air history museum

The university city where time stands still In 2016, the University of Oxford became the first UK academic institution to top the Times Higher Education ranking, thus confirming its status as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. With a history dating back as far as 1096, it is the second-oldest university operating without interruption, having educated numerous prominent politicians, scientists and artists …

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Week in Review

This Week in the News (11th – 16th February)CURRENT AFFAIRS Stepbrother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un killed in mysterious attack Kim Jong-nam, the stepbrother of the North Korean head of state Kim Jong-un, died on Tuesday in the departure lounge of an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, reportedly after being attacked with a toxic chemical. The victim was waiting to board a flight to …

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This Week in the News

This Week in the News (21st - 27th January)CURRENT AFFAIRS Supreme Court: Brexit must be voted on by Parliament The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has decided that Britain cannot trigger Article 50 without the vote of the Parliament. As this is the result of an appeal made by the government, with this ruling, the Supreme Court upheld a decision it had taken in …

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