Rushdie says 'very difficult' to write after stabbing

British author Salman Rushdie said he finds it "very difficult" to write after being stabbed last year, in an interview published Monday ahead of the release of his new novel "Victory City.". "Victory City" will be released in Britain on Thursday. jwp-pdh/mlm

Florida presses bid to roll back Disney special status

Florida lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill that would allow the state to take control of the area around Walt Disney World that has until now been controlled by the entertainment giant.. The new bill will be debated in the Florida House of Representatives this week before being sent to the Senate. 

Google to release ChatGPT-like bot named Bard

Google said Monday it will release a conversational chatbot named Bard, setting up an artificial intelligence showdown with Microsoft which has invested billions in the creators of ChatGPT, a language app that convincingly mimics human writing.. Before the emergence of ChatGPT, which was released in late November, Google had been reluctant to launch its own language-based AI fearing the reputational risk of releasing technology that wasn't ready.

Thai cadets break world record with mass martial arts ritual

Thousands of Thai army cadets, university students and a handful of volunteers performed a record-breaking Muay Thai "wai khru" ceremony on Monday, all under the watchful eyes of six massive statues of former kings.. The 50-year-old Hua Hin local, who lives close to the army grounds where they performed, said she knew the army cadets had been practising for a month.

Russian Patriarch Kirill spied in Switzerland for KGB in 70s: media

The Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, a strong supporter of President Vladimir Putin, worked for Soviet intelligence while living in Switzerland in the 1970s, Swiss newspapers reported, citing declassified archives.. Kirill, who today is a fervent supporter of Putin's war in Ukraine, lived in Geneva in the early 1970s, officially as a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church at the World Council of Churches (WCC).

From reggaeton to Iran, five key moments on Grammys night

Music's biggest stars turned out in force at the Grammys on Sunday in Los Angeles -- and a LOT happened.. - Special award for Iranian song -  In the night's most political moment, First Lady Jill Biden came to Los Angeles to present a special Grammy for Best Song for Social Change.

Beyonce: music's golden girl

Beyonce, the music royal whose art has shifted the culture time and again, long ago cemented herself as one of the world's seminal stars.. Her paradigm-shifting 2016 album "Lemonade," which emphasized Black womanhood against the backdrop of America's heritage of slavery and culture of oppression, remains one of the most venerated musical projects in recent memory.

Key winners for the 2023 Grammy Awards

Here is a list of winners in key categories for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Los Angeles.. Beyonce led the field with a total of nine nominations and scooped up four awards, making her the winningest artist in Grammys history.

Rushdie releases new novel, six months after knife attack

Six months after being stabbed, British author Salman Rushdie on Tuesday publishes his new novel "Victory City", an "epic tale" of a 14th-century woman who defies a patriarchal world to rule a city. . - A 'triumph' - US author Colum McCann wrote in The New York Times that his friend Rushdie was saying "something quite profound" in Victory City.