SHOTLIST STOCKHOLM, SWEDENNOVEMBER 9, 2019SOURCE: AFPTV 1. Mid shot actors performing Midnight Sun, a play in Arabic, in a small theatre in the Stockholm suburb of Fisksatra2. Close-up actors performing on stage in 'Midnight Sun' at a theatre in the Stockholm neighbourhood of Fisksatra3. Mid shot cast coming onto the stage at the end of the play4. Mid shot audience applauding at the end of the play5. Mid shot exterior Fisksatra theatre with a sign for the Arabic theatre company STOCKHOLM, SWEDENSOURCE: AFPTV 6. SOUNDBITE 1 - Othman Othman, actor with the group (male, Arabic, 15 sec): "It's nice to be able to work in your mother tongue in Sweden, and that’s not something that happens often. I've been here in Sweden for nearly five years and all my work is in Swedish." STOCKHOLM, SWEDENNOVEMBER 9, 2019SOURCE: AFPTV 7. Mid shot actors performing on stage in 'Midnight Sun' at a theatre in the Stockholm neighbourhood of Fisksatra8. Mid shot audience watching play STOCKHOLM, SWEDENSOURCE: AFPTV 9. SOUNDBITE 2 - Oscar Rosen, co-founder of the Arabic theatre company (male, English, 15 sec): "In Sweden we have approximately half a million Arabic speaking people, immigrants, refugees and a lot of Syrians who came in the last years and that’s the biggest minority language in Sweden, before it was Finnish so the need is a cultural need which all people have ." STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN NOVEMBER 9, 2019 SOURCE: AFPTV 10. Cutaway: Mid shot actors from the Arabic Theatre company performing 'Midnight Sun,' a play written based on interviews with migrants living in Sweden about the challenges of integrating and living in a new country 11. SOUNDBITE 3 - Oscar Rosen, co-founder of the Arabic theatre company (male, English, 1 sec): "In Sweden we have approximately half a million Arabic speaking people, immigrants, refugees and a lot of Syrians who came in the last years and that’s the biggest minority language in Sweden, before it was Finnish so the need is a cultural need which all people have ." 12. SOUNDBITE 4 - Oscar Rosen, co-founder of the Arabic theatre company (male, English, 0 sec): "In Sweden we have approximately half a million Arabic speaking people, immigrants, refugees and a lot of Syrians who came in the last years and that’s the biggest minority language in Sweden, before it was Finnish so the need is a cultural need which all people have ." 13. SOUNDBITE 5 - Oscar Rosen, co-founder of the Arabic theatre company (male, English, 0 sec): "In Sweden we have approximately half a million Arabic speaking people, immigrants, refugees and a lot of Syrians who came in the last years and that’s the biggest minority language in Sweden, before it was Finnish so the need is a cultural need which all people have ." 14. SOUNDBITE 6 - Oscar Rosen, co-founder of the Arabic theatre company (male, English, 4 sec): "In Sweden we have approximately half a million Arabic speaking people, immigrants, refugees and a lot of Syrians who came in the last years and that’s the biggest minority language in Sweden, before it was Finnish so the need is a cultural need which all people have ." STOCKHOLM, SWEDENNOVEMBER 10, 2019SOURCE: AFPTV 15. Mid shot actors and producers taking part in rehearsals for the Arabic Theatre company's production of Midnight Sun16. Mid shot actors and producers taking part in rehearsals for the Arabic Theatre company's production of Midnight Sun ///-----------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: FOCUSArabic theatre is cultural lifeline for Sweden's migrants By Tom LITTLE =(Video)= ATTENTION - Video by Tom Little ///Stockholm, Sept 11, 2020 (AFP) - In a theatre in Stockholm's suburbs, a small crowd gathered to watch three actors, two Syrian and one Swedish, act out the lives of a young migrant couple settling into life in Sweden.But the language spoken by the troupe on the sparsely decorated stage in the small municipal theatre was Arabic, not Swedish.This group has spent four years performing in the language, making it the first of its kind catering to Sweden's Arabic speakers.Their Stockholm play was based on interviews with young migrants who arrived in Sweden from 2015, when more than one million people mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan made their way to Europe. Sweden took in some 160,000 asylum seekers, the highest number per capita of any European Union nation.After the performance -- one of the last before anti-coronavirus measures shut theatres -- Iraqi-Syrian actor Helen al-Janabi said the lack of opportunities for young Arabic speakers in Sweden to express themselves prompted her to launch the company with her Swedish husband in 2015."There's a serious lack of Arabic cultural activities," she said at the Stockholm office she shares with her husband, Oskar Rosen.That gap was a particularly sore spot for Janabi, 40, who had worked in theatre in Damascus before arriving in Sweden and found next to no chance of using her skills in her new home.With Rosen, 55, she tours small theatres with a rotating cast, often in areas with high populations of recently arrived migrants.So far they have performed 400 times in front of an estimated 20,000 people in total.While all performances are in Arabic, the group also aims to attract as wide an audience as possible, and an LED board over the stage always gives a translation of the dialogue into Swedish. - Integration themes - Most recently, they produced Midnight Sun, the story of a young couple — an Iraqi man and a Syrian woman — who arrived in Sweden in 2015, depicting their trials with integration, the asylum process and racism.Syrian playwright Waseem al-Sharqi, who now lives in Berlin, wrote the script after reading through the transcripts.He picked out recurring themes and experiences the migrants talked about, such as loneliness and the difficulties of integration."A large part of the audience tell us after the performance they either see themselves in the performing characters, or part of the processes they've been through," the 30-year-old said during a visit to the Swedish capital.Farah Jarrar, a Syrian in her early thirties living in Stockholm who watched the performance, agreed."I've been in this country for more than two years, it's very hard transiting from one society to another," she said as actors and the audience mingled behind her.The group has also travelled to several countries outside Sweden to put on theatre workshops, but the company has put performances on hold since gatherings of more than 50 to curb the novel coronavirus have been banned."We aren't performing at all, and we don't know when we can perform again," Rosen said. "We have scaled down our work and are trying to survive."In the meantime, Janabi and Rosen are recording productions and posting them online -- in hopes of getting back into theatres again in the future.tl/po/tgb
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Republican lawmaker to ask Justice Department to investigate Trump's response to attack on U.S. Capitol
A ranking House Republican is formally asking the Justice Department to broaden its investigation to include President Trump’s conduct during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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A federal judge in Washington on Friday night halted a plan to release and put on house arrest the Arkansas man photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol. Richard Barnett will instead be brought to Washington, D.C., immediately for proceedings in his case, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ordered Friday night, staying a decision by another judge to confine Barnett to his home in Gravette, Arkansas, until his trial. Howell's ruling came hours after U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Wiedemann in Arkansas set a $5,000 bond for Barnett and ordered that a GPS monitor track his location.
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Jennifer Ryan faces charges of disorderly conduct and knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry.
Bee Nguyen, Georgia's first Vietnamese American state representative, donned an áo dài to her swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday. Regarded as the most popular national costume of Vietnam, the áo dài for women is a long dress with a contoured top that flows over loose-fitting trousers that reach the sole of the feet. Nguyen, 39, decided to wear the garment in response to the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, in which rioters carried the South Vietnamese flag.
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An Arkansas man was accused Thursday of beating a police officer with a pole flying a U.S. flag during last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to court documents. In an arrest affidavit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, an FBI agent said Peter Francis Stager is shown in video and photographs striking a prone police officer repeatedly with the flagpole after rioters dragged the officer down the Capitol's west stairs. Confidential informants had recognized Stager in riot video and photographs and alerted authorities, who have charged Stager with interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder, according to the affidavit.
- The Telegraph
Wearing a giant furry hat, black leather jacket and a beaming smile, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un introduced “the world’s strongest weapon” – a new submarine-launched ballistic missile – at a nighttime parade on Thursday in Pyongyang. The display of North Korea’s military might followed a rare congress of the ruling Workers' Party, during which leader Kim denounced the United States as his country's “foremost principal enemy” and vowed to strengthen the North’s nuclear war deterrent. On Friday, the reclusive regime’s state media released 100 photos of a mass celebration of the national armory, including tanks and rocket launchers, all flanked by rows of marching soldiers, noticeably not wearing masks. Military aircraft were illuminated by LED lights as they flew overhead in formation. “They’d like us to notice that they’re getting more proficient with larger solid rocket boosters,” tweeted Ankit Panda, a North Korea expert and author of ‘Kim Jong Un and the Bomb’, as the parade unfolded in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung square. As the spectacle reached its climax, the military rolled out what analysts said appeared to be new variants of solid-fuel short-range ballistic missiles – which are more quickly deployed than liquid-fuelled versions - and four Pukguksong-class submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).
- Charlotte Observer
An Army private first class was arraigned on sexual assault charges before a military judge.
- The Week
Less than a week before the inauguration, Vice President Mike Pence has reportedly called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations.Pence and Harris spoke over the phone Thursday, with Pence congratulating the incoming vice president and offering "his belated assistance," The New York Times reported on Friday and The Associated Press confirmed.This is the first time Pence and Harris have spoken since their debate in October, and the call was "described as gracious and pleasant," the Times writes. President Trump has yet to speak with President-elect Joe Biden since the election, having spent more than two months falsely claiming to have won.Pence may invite Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, to the vice-presidential residence prior to next week's inauguration, according to the Times, though this is reportedly not set in stone due to scheduling issues created by the ongoing security concerns following last week's Capitol riot.Trump is reportedly expected to leave Washington, D.C. the morning of the inauguration. The president previously confirmed he will skip Biden's swearing-in, but Pence is expected to attend.More stories from theweek.com Trump's vaccine delay is getting suspicious 5 scathing cartoons about Trump's second impeachment The worst-case scenario for America's immediate future
U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson was buried on Friday on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, a city that he fought for years to have recognised as Israel's capital. Mourners dressed in black - some in skullcaps and all wearing masks - laid Adelson's unadorned coffin to rest, accompanied by his Israeli-born wife Miriam and other family members. Praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "huge Jewish patriot", Adelson died on Monday from cancer, said Las Vegas Sands Corp, which he turned into the world's largest casino company.
What happened: The officer attended the riots in Washington D.C. and is accused of "penetrating" the Capitol, Click2Houston reports. During a press conference on Wednesday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo discussed the officer in question. According to the New York Post, the officer — who was not named publicly by Acevedo — was placed on administrative leave.
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Jaime Harrison - a longtime Democratic Party official and fundraising powerhouse who failed in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham - is Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, the president-elect announced Thursday. Harrison is expected to be elected without any significant opposition when the Democratic National Committee convenes next Thursday in a virtual session, a day after Biden is inaugurated. In addition to Harrison, Biden on Thursday announced that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela Jr. of Texas would serve the party as vice chairs.
- Architectural Digest
When it came to the lighting in his home, Pardo drew inspiration from the insides of fruits, nuts, and seeds, as well as sea creatures and machine parts.Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
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As blizzard conditions impacted parts of the Midwest, two Southern California coastal locations registered a national high temperature of 94.
The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment." The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.Be smart: sign up FREE for the most influential newsletter in America. * The NRA then sued James in federal court, accusing her of violating its right to free speech. * Karl Racine, attorney general for Washington, D.C., filed a separate lawsuit in August against the gun lobby and its foundation "for misusing charitable funds to support wasteful spending by the NRA and its executives."What they're saying: "Today, the NRA announced a restructuring plan that positions us for the long-term and ensures our continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said in letter to members and supporters Friday. * "The plan can be summed up quite simply: We are DUMPING New York, and we are pursuing plans to reincorporate the NRA in Texas," LaPierre added. * "Under the plan, the NRA will continue what we’ve always done – confronting anti-gun, anti-self-defense and anti-hunting activities and promoting constitutional advocacy that helps law-abiding Americans." * "Our work will continue as it always has. No major changes are expected to the NRA’s operations or workforce. " LaPierre also claimed Friday that the NRA is "as financially strong as we have been in years," despite the organization laying off or furloughing dozens of employees, canceling its national convention and cutting salaries last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, per AP. * A spokesperson for the NRA said in May that like "every other business and nonprofit, we are forced to make tough choices in this new economic environment," per AP. * In its bankruptcy petition filed in Texas, the NRA listed assets and liabilities of as much as $500 million each, Bloomberg reported. Go deeper: The NRA's dwindling political influenceEditor's note: This story has been updated with additional details. Get smarter, faster with the news CEOs, entrepreneurs and top politicians read. Sign up for Axios Newsletters here.
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With the worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topping 2 million on Friday, a new variant of the virus that has begun spreading in the United States has health experts on edge. The variant, designated B.1.1.7, was first identified in the U.K., and researchers estimate it is roughly 50 percent more transmissible than the more common coronavirus strain. On Friday the CDC predicted this variant could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by March.Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Kavita Patel explains what we can do individually and as a country to minimize the impact of this new variant.
The governors of several states accused the Trump administration on Friday of deception in pledging to immediately distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses from a stockpile that the U.S. health secretary has since acknowledged does not exist. Confusion over a vaccine supply windfall that was promised to governors but failed to materialize arose as scattered shortages emerged on the frontlines of the most ambitious and complex immunization campaign in U.S. history, prompting at least one large New York healthcare system to cancel a slew of inoculation appointments. Just 10.6 million Americans have received a shot since federal regulators last month granted emergency approval to two vaccines, one from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech and a second from Moderna Inc, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.
- Miami Herald
As more rioters from the attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 get arrested, a clearer picture is emerging of who was there that day. At least a handful of Florida residents have been tracked down, thanks in part to video and images widely circulated on social media.
- Associated Press
Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Friday that saw “suicide drones” crash into targets and explode, triangle-shaped aircraft that strongly resembled those used in a 2019 attack in Saudi Arabia that temporarily cut the kingdom's oil production by half. Iran has long denied launching the attack on the sites of Abqaiq and Khurais while Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels initially claimed the assault.
- The Telegraph
The one-time lover of Spain's former king has accused him of ordering the secret service to deliver death threats to her after their relationship was exposed. Speaking as a witness in a court hearing on Friday, Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein stated that her life and those of her children were threatened by the then head of Spain’s CNI secret service, General Félix Sanz Roldán, in her London hotel room in May 2012. The beginning of the alleged campaign of harassment came weeks after a disastrous elephant-hunting trip to Botswana had led to her relationship with Juan Carlos becoming public knowledge. “Sanz Roldán and King Juan Carlos were at great pains to make it clear that it was Juan Carlos who was giving orders to Sanz Roldán, that these orders were coming from the top,” the 56-year-old businesswoman said, speaking to the court in Madrid via a video link from Westminster Magistrates Court. The comments came in a trial in which former Spanish police commissioner José Manuel Villarejo faced charges of slander and false accusation against Mr Sanz Roldán. Mr Villarejo was facing defamation charges after he accused Mr Sanz Roldán of threatening Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein during a 2017 television interview. Mr Villarejo has been remanded in custody since November 2017 while he is investigated on dozens of counts of alleged illegal espionage and other offences. In court, Mr Villarejo said he had been commissioned by the CNI to meet Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein in London in 2015 “to gain her confidence” and convince her to hand over sensitive documents and defuse the dispute between her and Juan Carlos. Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein ratified that she had told Mr Villarejo that Mr Sanz Roldán had said he “could not guarantee my safety and that of my children” during a meeting she said was arranged by Juan Carlos in London’s The Connaught hotel. Since a tape of the conversation between Mr Villarejo and Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was leaked to the media in 2018, she and other associates of Juan Carlos have been placed under investigation in Switzerland for alleged money laundering. After prosecutors at Spain’s Supreme Court also opened a probe into the former monarch last June, Juan Carlos left Spain and has remained in exile in UAE since.
- The Independent
Local newspapers turn on Lauren Boebert as 68 state politicians demand investigation into Capitol riot role
Lauren Boebert is under fire for sharing details about the location of the House speaker during the Capitol riots