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5 post-apocalyptic anime to watch while social distancing

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With government-enforced lockdowns around the world due to COVID-19, now is as good a time as ever to binge watch some anime. Post-apocalyptic anime, in particular, mirror the times we’re living in with themes centered around the nature of humanity and fragility of human society. Many people are drawn to the post-apocalyptic… Read

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Oprah Winfrey donates $10 million for coronavirus relief

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Oprah Winfrey said on Thursday she was donating $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts, including a new venture to help get food to vulnerable Americans during the coronavirus epidemic. Winfrey, one of America's richest and most influential women, made the announcement on her social media platforms. "I am donating $10… Read

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Harry Pottering around at home? Rowling to rescue bored kids in lockdown

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British author JK Rowling is hoping her much-loved Harry Potter series will work its magic on bored children stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first book in the series about the boy wizard, will be available for free worldwide as an ebook… Read

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Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr dead at 85

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Ellis Marsalis Jr., jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan that includes famed performer sons Wynton and Branford, has died after battling pneumonia brought by the new coronavirus, one of his sons said late Wednesday. He was 85. Ellis Marsalis III confirmed in a phone interview… Read

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Health ministry taps Tokyo Girls Collection for coronavirus awareness campaign

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In an effort to increase awareness of the novel coronavirus in Japan and promote correct knowledge about infection prevention measures, Japan's Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labour has collaborated with the semiannual fashion festival Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC) to produce a video targeting the younger generation who may not fully… Read

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April Fools! K-Pop star pranks his fans that he has coronavirus

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A South Korean K-Pop star on Wednesday pulled an April Fool's prank announcing that he had contracted coronavirus, and later removed the Instagram post after triggering a backlash. Kim Jae-joong, a member of boyband JYJ, posted on his Instagram account with 1.9 million followers that he was hospitalised after coming… Read

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'Wicked' movie release delayed, 'Minions' pushed to 2021

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“Wicked” fans are going to have to wait even longer to see Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Universal Pictures on Wednesday announced that another handful of theatrical release dates are shifting due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has bumped “Wicked” off the calendar entirely for the… Read

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Elton John's coronavirus 'living room' show raises $8 million for U.S. charities

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A weekend benefit broadcast featuring recording stars performing live music online from home raised nearly $8 million for two charities serving first responders and Americans facing economic hardship amid the coronavirus crisis, sponsors said. The Sunday night show, hosted by Elton John from his kitchen, featured Billie Eilish, the Backstreet… Read

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'Star Wars' actor Andrew Jack dies of COVID-19 at 76 in Britain

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Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76. The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach, was unable to see or talk to his wife, Gabrielle Rogers, because she was quarantined in Australia, Jack’s… Read

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Tenor Placido Domingo says he feels fine after coronavirus

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Tenor Placido Domingo says he is resting at home after catching the new coronavirus. Domingo said in a statement that he is "at home and I feel fine." The 79-year-old was reportedly hospitalized in Mexico after publicly acknowledging on March 22 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and said… Read

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