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Paul Auster: Literary superstar turns 75

He can't imagine a life without writing, but, at 75, Auster recalls his doubts that success would ever come.

Age has not wearied the prodigious writer(Eva TedesjDN//TT/imago images )
Published on Feb 03, 2022 08:48 AM IST

'The Betrayal of Anne Frank' suspended from Dutch publication

Van den Bergh, a legal notary in Amsterdam, allegedly handed over a list of hiding places of Jews in Amsterdam to the German occupiers in order to save his own family. Among them was the address of the back house on Prinsengracht in Amsterdam where Anne Frank was staying.

Despite a six-year investigation, the source of the betrayal of Anne Frank may never be known(IFTN/United Archives/picture alliance )
Published on Feb 02, 2022 10:38 AM IST

A brief cultural history of hemp

Whether the Chinese emperor, the prophet Moses or the US founding fathers: the hemp plant was part of people's everyday lives for millennia — and not just as an intoxicant.

Hemp is making a comeback after decades in the wilderness(M. Woike/blickwinkel/picture alliance)
Published on Jan 31, 2022 06:35 PM IST

Crocheted ocean art to fight global warming

The Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim is a an art installation in which math, science and feminism are as tightly intertwined as the wool in its creations.

Crochet Coral Reef mixes handicrafts, environmentalism and feminism(Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring)
Published on Jan 30, 2022 05:30 PM IST
By, Delhi

Botticelli painting sells for USD 45 million at New York auction

Experts believe Sandro Botticelli painted the depiction of Jesus towards the end of his life. Few of the Italian artist's works are in private hands.

The Sotheby's auction on Thursday was part of
Published on Jan 29, 2022 05:02 PM IST
By, Delhi

Award-winning Holocaust memoir 'Maus' pulled from Tennessee school

Published in installments in the 1970s and 80s, "Maus" is considered the first great American graphic novel. It tells the story of Spiegelman's parents, Polish Jews who survived Nazi concentration camps, as well as the artist's own reflections on being the son of Holocaust survivors.

Author Art Spiegelman reads from his book in Berlin(BRIGANI-ART/imago images )
Published on Jan 28, 2022 08:15 AM IST

New Omicron subtype BA.2 is spreading quickly

The rapid spread of the new subtype suggests that it could be even more contagious than the original Omicron variant. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has classified BA.2 as a "variant under surveillance."

The Omicron subtype BA.2 has been found in more than 40 countries worldwide(CHROMORANGE/picture alliance )
Updated on Jan 27, 2022 08:30 AM IST

Covid-19 digest: BioNTech-Pfizer start trial of Omicron-specific vaccine

Pharmaceutical firms BioNTech and Pfizer have started a clinical trial of an Omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, an expert panel in Israel has recommended a 4th jab for adults. Follow DW for more.

BioNTech employees in cleanroom suits test the procedures for the manufacturing of the vaccine(Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)
Published on Jan 26, 2022 09:36 AM IST
By, Delhi

Ski season in Europe: Optimism despite Omicron

Despite the omicron variant, Europe's ski resorts are fairly busy. Austria is seeing a disappointing season, but in Switzerland visitor numbers are exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

Austria is seeing a disappointing season, but in Switzerland visitor numbers are exceeding pre-pandemic levels.(Anthony Anex/KEYSTONE/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 25, 2022 03:52 PM IST
By, Delhi

German museum identifies objects likely stolen from Africa

A Munich museum says 50 objects in its collection are of questionable provenance and may have been stolen by a German military commander during colonial times.

Due to difficulties faced by researchers, the provenance of one well-known object, a carved wooden post (pictured above) depicted by Munich's Blauer Reiter (Blue Rider) artists' group in their 1912 almanac, remains unclear.(Lino Mirgeler/dpa/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 22, 2022 10:21 AM IST
By, Delhi

From 'ice warriors' to commercial winter mountaineering

Until a few years ago, winter mountaineering was the sole domain of the toughest of extreme professional climbers. But now commercial expedition organizers are starting to get in on the act.

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain(Radek Kucharski/Zoonar/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 22, 2022 09:32 AM IST

Amanda Gorman: A year after 'The Hill We Climb'

Two books, the covers of Vogue and TIME, a Super Bowl debut, and a 2036 presidential bid backed by Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Poet Amanda Gorman has been busy.

Amanda Gorman: The poet who outshone a president(Captital Pictures/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 21, 2022 11:29 AM IST
By, Delhi

Why some church windows depict Hitler

Devil or fool? Several churches have stained-glass windows portraying Adolf Hitler. Who were the artists and what are the artworks all about?

Hitler, the devil tempting Jesus(Anton Gruber )
Published on Jan 21, 2022 11:25 AM IST

Coronavirus digest: Travel bans ineffective, WHO says

The World Health Organization said bans on international travel have proved ineffective. Meanwhile, the English will lower their masks. 

Several countries introduced travel bans to curb the spread of the coronavirus(Rick Bowmer/AP/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 20, 2022 07:31 AM IST

Jewish notary suspected to have betrayed Anne Frank

Investigators have identified a suspect who may have revealed the hideout of Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis. The clues lie in an unsigned note.

Anne Frank posthumously became world-famous through her diary(IFTN/United Archives/picture alliance)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 03:59 PM IST

Covid-19: Do multiple boosters 'exhaust' our immune response?

It’s too soon to understand the effectiveness of a fourth vaccine dose, according to the top EU drug regulator. But some countries have already authorized the shot.

Vaccine boosters could be ineffective at slowing the pandemic(Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON/picture alliance)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 06:36 PM IST

Coronavirus digest: Fourth booster 'not enough' to fight Omicron, study shows

Israeli researchers found that a fourth COVID-19 booster provided "only partial defence" against Omicron. Meanwhile, US drug maker Moderna plans to have a vaccine ready for the variant this spring. Follow DW for more.

Israel's Sheba Medical Centre said it carried out the first study on fourth boosters and the Omicron variant(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 09:04 AM IST
By, Delhi

Oxfam: 10 richest men in the world doubled wealth amid Covid pandemic  

The world's 10 richest men doubled their fortunes during the Covid-19 pandemic as poverty and inequality soared, an Oxfam study revealed.

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are two of the richest people in the world.
Published on Jan 17, 2022 01:45 PM IST

Celebrating Moliere's enduring legacy, 400 years on

His plays, such as "Tartuffe" or "Don Juan," were scandalous and banned. As the world celebrates Moliere's 400th anniversary, here's a look at the French playwright's works.

Moliere, baptized Jean Baptiste Poquelin on January 15, 1622(akg-images/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 16, 2022 09:33 AM IST

India's surge in Covid-19 infections affecting young children

Doctors in several cities report an increasing number of Covid infections among children, with many of those infected by the virus showing symptoms such as fever, cough, chills, diarrhea and respiratory problems.

Authorities have reserved more than double the Covid hospital beds for children than recommended by experts out of fear of being underprepared(Channi Anand/AP/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 15, 2022 08:27 AM IST
By, Delhi

Nirvana's Nevermind baby refiles lawsuit

Spencer Elden, the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's iconic Nevermind album, has filed a new lawsuit accusing the band of sexual exploitation, after his previous case was dismissed.

Now 30 years old, Spencer Elden is suing Nirvana for child sexual exploitation(Geffen Records )
Published on Jan 14, 2022 03:14 PM IST
By, Delhi

Dementia: A sharp rise in cases expected — how to avoid being one of them

As scientists predict dementia cases will triple over the next three decades, we asked an expert how to identify the early symptoms and what we can do to avoid it.

People generally think of dementia as an old person’s condition, and while old age is a risk factor, it is by no means an inevitable consequence of ageing(Britta Pedersen/dpa/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 14, 2022 11:21 AM IST

Multiple sclerosis caused by Epstein-Barr-Virus: Study

Researchers say Epstein-Barr-Virus is a main cause of MS, which affects 2.8 million people worldwide. New treatments and prevention may now be possible.

US researchers see a link between Epstein-Barr-Virus infections, which causes glandular fever, and multiple sclerosis(Cavallini James/BSIP/picture-alliance)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 09:25 AM IST
By, Delhi

Covid: Have we reached the peak of Omicron infections?

Omicron may infect 60% of the world's population by mid-March. That may mean global infections of 5 million per day.

Covid: Have we reached the peak of Omicron infections?
Published on Jan 13, 2022 07:41 AM IST

India: Covid outbreaks among medics threaten to derail health system

Hospitals throughout major Indian cities are bracing for the worst as a third wave looms, and scores of doctors and nurses are now infected with the coronavirus.

At least 1,492 doctors have died since the pandemic hit India in 2020(Dasarath Deka/dpa/ZUMA WIRE/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 12, 2022 07:37 AM IST

Deltacron: New Covid variant or lab mistake?

A researcher in Cyprus claims to have found a new coronavirus variant that combines characteristics of delta and omicron. Other researchers have their doubts. But the Cypriot scientist has doubled down on his discovery.

Omicron is highly contagious and has become the dominant variant of SARS-CoV-2 in many countries
Published on Jan 11, 2022 09:46 AM IST

Coronavirus digest: Italy extends restrictions for unvaccinated

New regulations in Italy mean most public travel and team sports are off-limits to those without a Covid-19 jab. Meanwhile, Uganda has ended the worlds-longest break for in-person learning. 

Coronavirus digest: Italy extends restrictions for unvaccinated(Nicola Marfisi/Avalon/Photoshot/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 10, 2022 01:37 PM IST

Turkmenistan wants to close 'Gates of Hell' gas crater

Turkmenistan's president has said he wants to close a popular tourist attraction known as the "Gates of Hell." The site is a spectacular natural gas crater that has burned for decades.

Turkmenistan wants to close 'Gates of Hell' gas crater(Alexander Vershinin/AP/picture alliance )
Published on Jan 09, 2022 09:01 AM IST
By, Delhi

Covid: Omicron's impact on cultural events

From the Grammys to the Golden Globes, from Carnival to Oktoberfest: Many organizers are rethinking, postponing or even canceling large events due to the highly contagious covid variant. Here's a list.

It's going to be a quiet New Year in China(Florence Lo/REUTERS )
Published on Jan 08, 2022 07:44 AM IST

What will our workplaces look like?

Coworking spaces aren't only for cutting-edge start-ups. More and more companies are mulling over the future of work. Since the pandemic, mobile offices and hybrid models have become a greater part of the equation.

What will our workplaces look like?(Hannah Clifford/Nairobi Garage)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 04:56 PM IST
By, Delhi
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