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Cinemas Do Not Have to Play Indian Anthem: Top Court

NEW DELHI — India's Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling that ordered the national anthem to be played before movie screenings while audiences stand, a ruling that sparked a spate of arrests and attacks on cinema-goers who refused to rise.

Strolling Through Kolkata’s Colonial Past

KOLKATA, India — The British left footprints across their far-flung colonial empire from Toronto to Yangon. But nowhere is there as vast and varied a collection of heritage architecture than in Kolkata.

South Korea’s Moon Willing to Meet North’s Kim

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's president says he's willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under certain conditions, after their countries agreed in high-level talks to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Malaysia PM Visits Saudi King Despite Controversy over Ties

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak met with Saudi King Salman in a visit to the kingdom on Tuesday that highlights their close and at times controversial ties.

Bannon to Exit Breitbart News Network After Break with Trump

WASHINGTON — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is stepping down as chairman of Breitbart News Network after a public break with President Donald Trump.

Oldman Gives Us a Human Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Words matter. That’s one of the key messages of “Darkest Hour,” in which Gary Oldman embodies — fiercely and memorably — the legendary Winston Churchill, who rallied his country with soaring oratory when Britain’s very survival was at stake.

In Palme D’or Winner ‘The Square,’ a Charming Satire

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund’s last film, “Force Majeure,” began with the rumble of an alpine avalanche and the wallop of a shattered self-image. When a swelling white tide appears headed straight for an outdoor cafe, a panicked father flees with his iPhone, but not his children or wife. Their respect for him is undone in a cloud of snow.

Samsung’s Profit Jumps 64% to Record High on Chips

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics said its October-December operating profit jumped 64 percent to a record high, capping off 2017 with the biggest annual operating income and sales in its history thanks to the blockbuster semiconductor business.

Israeli TV Airs Audio of Netanyahu’s Son Outside Strip Club

JERUSALEM — An Israeli news station aired an audio recording Monday of what it said was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son drunkenly bragging outside a strip club in 2015.

Officials From North, South Korea Begin Rare Formal Talks

SEOUL, South Korea — Senior officials from North and South Korea began the rivals' first formal talks in about two years Tuesday to discuss how to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics in the South and how to improve their long-strained ties.

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