Malaria turns comedy’s Richard Curtis from laughter to tears


Director Richard Curtis arrives for a reception for the British Film Industry held by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, southern EnglandBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brussels and Washington are the two great lobbying capitals of the world, where campaigners talk themselves hoarse trying to shift the political dial. Some of them have had the fortune to recruit British director and screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose powers of persuasion move hearts as well as minds. Known for his romantic comedies, such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill”, Curtis has turned his hand to a didactic tragedy – “Mary and Martha” – being screened across the globe to coincide with world malaria day on April 25. …

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Kuwait author wins Arabic book prize for tale of foreign workers

LONDON (Reuters) – Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi has won the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his portrayal of the lives of foreign workers in Gulf countries in “The Bamboo Stalk”. The 31-year-old Alsanousi became the youngest winner in the $50,000-prize’s six-year history for the story seen through the […]