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November 18, 2017

Miss Universe Contestants in Las Vegas

Miss Universe Contestants

Photo: Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere, with the contestants during the welcome event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, November 16th. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, November 26, live from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become the next Miss Universe. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.


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November 17, 2017

‘Discrimination against one is discrimination against all,’ says UNESCO on Day for Tolerance

Unesco, Paris

Photo: The Afghan Women’s Orchestra “Zohra” from Kabul joins forces with members of Geneva’s youth Orchestre du Collège for a powerful affirmation of friendship and trust across cultures during Closing Performance at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

16 November 2017 - Marking the International Day for Tolerance, the head of the United Nations cultural agency underscored how tolerance must be nurtured to celebrate the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.

“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human,” said Audrey Azoulay, the newly-appointed Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her message on the International Day.

“Discrimination against one is discrimination against all,” she continued.

Ms. Azoulay pointed out that as globalization is accelerating across the world, societies are undergoing deep transformations, which open vast opportunities for dialogue and exchange as well as raise new challenges - sharpened by inequality and poverty, enduring conflicts and movements of people.

“We see today the rise of exclusive politics and discourses of division. We see diversity being rejected as a source of weakness,” she said.

Ms. Azoulay maintained that fuelled by ignorance and sometimes hatred, myths of “pure” lore cultures are being gloried while scapegoating and repressing people.

Also citing “barbaric terrorist attacks designed to weaken the fabric of ‘living together,’” she spotlighted the need that tolerance be more than the indifferent, passive acceptance of others.

“Tolerance must be seen as an act of liberation, whereby the differences of others are accepted as the same as our own,” stressed Ms. Azoulay.

The UN official said that that meant respecting the diversity of humanity on the basis of human rights; reaching out to others with dialogue; and standing up to all forms of racism, hatred and discrimination.

Noting that all cultures are different, she emphasized that “humanity is a single community, sharing values, a past and future.”

“There are seven billion ways of ‘being human,’ but we stand together as members of the same family, all different, all equally seeking respect for rights and dignity,” she underscored.

Ms. Azoulay termed tolerance “a struggle for peace” that calls for new policies that respect diversity and pluralism on the basis of human rights.

“Most of all,” she added, “this calls on each of us, women and men across the world, to act for tolerance in our own lives, in seeking to understand others, in rejecting all racism and hatred, including anti-Semitism.”

The UNESCO chief said its role is “to deepen the binds of a single humanity, through understanding, dialogue and knowledge,” which is why the UN agency defends humanity’s cultural diversity and heritage from pillaging and attacks.

“This is why we seek to prevent violent extremism through education, freedom of expression and media literacy, to empower young women and men. This is why we work to strengthen dialogue between cultures and religions, spearheading the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures,” she said, adding that it was also why “UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities works to fight racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion.”


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November 16, 2017

UNESCO Member States approve continuation of preparation of UNESCO’s Global Convention on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications

Unesco Education

Unesco Education

Photo: University student attending commencement (convocation). Image Credit: Southwestern Adventist University.

Unesco Education

Photo: Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists on the global launch of UNESCO’s flagship annual education report. 26 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

Paris, France, 14 November 2017 — UNESCO Member States today approved continuation of the preparation of UNESCO’s Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

The Convention would provide a global framework of universal principles and rules for the recognition of higher education titles, degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

The General Conference reaffirmed that the global convention will enhance international cooperation in higher education and will be a significant step forward towards global academic mobility and trust in higher education systems.

The Convention will be a major step forward for the rights of students to have their higher education qualifications assessed in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner by national competent authorities. It will also strengthen cooperation in higher education among member states and enhance trust in higher education systems by ensuring quality in education in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since its creation, UNESCO has served as a global platform for discussion on the recognition of higher education qualifications and the promotion of academic mobility.

Global academic mobility is sharply on the increase with the overall population of mobile students doubling since 2002. Today more than 4 million students study outside their home country and it is estimated that by 2020 around 8 million students will be studying abroad.

This significant growth in mobile tertiary students calls for a global regulatory framework for the recognition of higher education qualifications. This framework will reduce the obstacles faced by students, teachers, researchers and job-seekers within and outside their countries of origin.


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November 13, 2017

Audrey Azoulay of France appointed Director-General of UNESCO

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, the newly appointed Director-General of UNESCO. Here she is seen speaking to journalists at the United Nations when she was the Minister for Culture and Communication of France. 24 March 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

The General Conference of UNESCO has appointed Audrey Azoulay (France) to the post of Director-General of the Organization. Ms Azoulay was nominated on 13 October to take the place of outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) by UNESCO’s Executive Board.

The President of the 39th session of the General Conference Zohour Alaoui, congratulated the new Director-General at the end of a vote that endorsed the choice of the Executive Board.

“I now think of all the people I met in recent months, or had met in my various professional capacities, who have great expectations from UNESCO,” declared Ms Azoulay to the General Conference. “I think of UNESCO’s mandate, which is strikingly modern. I think of all of you who are aware of the difficulties of the Organization but who know that it is irreplaceable, that it is essential, in facing current global challenges and who aspire to the unity and serenity necessary to let it exercise its mandate to best effect.”

Ms Azoulay was France’s Minister of Culture and Communication from February 2016 to May 2017. She has occupied senior positions in France’s public broadcasting sector and then served as rapporteur to France’s public auditing authority, the Cour des comptes, and as a European Commission legislative expert on issues of culture and the media.

Ms Azoulay served France’s National Cinema Centre (CNC), first as Deputy Audiovisual Director, then as Director of Financial and Legal Affairs, and finally as Deputy Director-General. She is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Paris Institut d’études politiques. Ms Azoulay also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (UK).

Ms Azoulay is the 11th Director-General of UNESCO and the second woman to occupy this position. She will take office on 15 November.


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November 12, 2017


Miss Universe

Photo: Iris Mittenaere, the reigning Miss Universe. She will crown her successor on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

New York, NY - The Miss Universe Organization has announced that the 66TH MISS UNIVERSE competition will take place live from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, on Sunday, Nov. 26 on FOX.

Five-time Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey returns to the Miss Universe stage, marking the third time that the multi-talented personality will host the international competition.

Nearly 100 women from across the globe will travel to compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss Universe. Iris Mittenaere from France will crown her successor at the conclusion of the live three-hour event.

India will be represented by Shraddha Shashidhar from the city of Chennai.

Here is the list of the contestants:


  • Albania — Tirana — Blerta Leka
  • Angola — Cabinda — Lauriela Martins
  • Argentina — Buenos Aires — Stefanía Incandela
  • Aruba — Malmok — Alina Mansur
  • Australia — Adelaide — Olivia Rogers
  • Austria — Gänserndorf — Celine Schrenk
  • Bahamas — Nassau — Yasmine Cooke
  • Barbados — Bridgetown — Lesley Chapman-Andrews
  • Belgium — Bassevelde — Liesbeth Claus
  • Bolivia — Pando — Gleisy Noguer Hassen
  • Brazil — Teresina - Piaui — Monalysa Alcântara
  • British Virgin Islands — British Virgin Islands — Khephra Sylvester
  • Bulgaria — Sofia — Nikoleta Todorova
  • Cambodia — Phnom Penh — By Sotheary
  • Canada — Toronto — Lauren Howe
  • Cayman Islands — West Bay — Anika Conolly
  • Chile — Santiago — Natividad Leivi
  • China — Shenyang — Roxette Qiu
  • Colombia — Cartagena de Indias — Laura González
  • Costa Rica — Heredia — Elena Correa
  • Croatia — Slavonski Brod — Shanaelle Petty
  • Curaçao — Willemstad — Nashaira Balentien
  • Czech republic — Zlin — Michaela Habáňová
  • Domican Republic — Santiago De Los Caballeros — Carmen Muñoz
  • Ecuador — Guayaquil — Daniela Cepeda
  • Egypt — Cairo — Farah Sedky
  • El Salvador — San Salvador — Alisson Abarca
  • Ethiopia — Addis Ababa — Akinahome Zergaw
  • Finland — Helsinki — Michaela Söderholm
  • France — Paris — Alicia Aylies
  • Georgia — Rustavi — Miriam Gogodze
  • Germany — Halle — Sophia Koch
  • Ghana — Ajumako Entumire — Ruth Quarshie
  • Great Britain — Leicester — Anna Burdzy
  • Guam — Tomuning — Myana Welch
  • Guatemala — Ayutla, San Marcos — Isel Suñiga
  • Guyana — Essequibo Coast — Rafieya Husain
  • Haiti — Port-au-Prince — Cassandra Chery
  • Honduras — Roatan — April Tobie
  • Iceland — Kopavogur — Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir
  • India — Chennai — Shraddha Shashidhar
  • Indonesia — Jakarta — Bunga Jelitha
  • Iraq — Baghdad — Sarah Idan
  • Ireland — Cobh, County Cork — Cailín Áine Ní Toibín
  • Israel — Ashkelon — Adar Gandelsman
  • Italy — Naples — Maria Polverino
  • Jamaica — Mitchell Town, Clarendon — Davina Bennett
  • Japan — Japan — Momoko Abe
  • Kazakhstan — Almaty — Kamila Assilova
  • Korea — Seoul — Cho SeWhee
  • Laos — Vientiane — Souphaphone Somvichith
  • Lebanon — Saida — Jana Sader
  • Malaysia — Kuala Lumpur — Samantha James
  • Malta — Attard — Tiffany Pisani
  • Mauritius — Curepipe — Angie Callychurn
  • México — Sinaloa — Denisse Franco
  • Myanmar — Yangon — Zun Than Sin
  • Namibia — Rehoboth — Suné January
  • Nepal — Kathmandu — Nagma Shrestha
  • Netherlands — Handel — Nicky Opheij
  • New Zealand — Napier — Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia
  • Nicaragua — El Rama — Berenice Quezada
  • Nigeria — Neni — Stephanie Agbasi
  • Norway — Kongsvinger — Kaja Kojan
  • Panama — City of Panama — Laura de Sanctis
  • Paraguay — Asuncion — Ariela Machado
  • Perú — Piura — Prissila Howard
  • Philippines — Camarines Sur — Rachel Peters
  • Poland — Wrocław — Katarzyna Włodarek
  • Portugal — Setúbal — Matilde Lima
  • Puerto Rico — San Juan — Danna Hernández
  • Romania — Constanta — Ioana Mihalache
  • Russia — Moscow — Kseniya Alexandrova
  • Saint Lucia — Micoud — Louise Victor
  • Sierra Leone — Freetown — Adama Kargbo
  • Singapore — Singapore — Manuela Bruntraeger
  • Slovak Republic — Bratislava — Vanessa Bottánová
  • Slovenia — Ptuj — Emina Ekić
  • South Africa — Sedgefield, Western Cape — Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
  • Spain — Villarrobledo — Sofia del Prado
  • Sri Lanka — Colombo — Christina Peiris
  • Sweden — Gothenburg — Frida Fornander
  • Tanzania — Dar Es Salaam — Lilian Ericaah Maraule
  • Thailand — Bangkok — Maria Poonlertlarp
  • Trinidad & Tobago — San Fernando — Yvonne Clarke
  • Turkey — Izmir — Pinar Tartan
  • Ukraine — Kiev — Yana Krasnikova
  • Uruguay — Canelones — Marisol Acosta
  • US Virgin Islands — Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas — Esonica Veira
  • USA — Washington D.C. — Kára McCullough
  • Venezuela — Caracas — Keysi Sayago
  • Vietnam — Thai Binh — Loan Nguyen
  • Zambia — Chingola — Isabel Chikoti

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.”

The Miss Universe Organization and the brand is currently owned by IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries.

Fox Broadcasting Company

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including EMPIRE, THE MICK, LETHAL WEAPON, LUCIFER, GOTHAM, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, NEW GIRL, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, STAR, THE EXORCIST, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

While “Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino” is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, with 2,500 beautifully redesigned guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, along with endless options of unparalleled shopping, distinguished dining, popular entertainment and a bustling nightlife.


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November 10, 2017

Style Magazine "GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly" chooses the “GQ Men of the Year 2017”

GQ Men of the Year Award

Photo: Award winner “Influencer of the Year” Johannes Huebl poses backstage at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017 at Komische Oper on November 9, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for GQ. Copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Image provided by GQ.

Berlin, November 9, 2017. At the Comic Opera in Berlin this evening, the German “GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly” style magazine handed out the 19th “GQ Men of the Year Awards.” At the festive gala, honors were awarded in ten categories to leading personalities.

Some 850 invited guests enjoyed the awards ceremony.


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November 7, 2017

Cultural Rights of Women — UN Special Rapporteur Briefs Journalists

United Nations, Culture

Photo: Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, briefs journalists on Cultural Rights of Women. 25 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.



“Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.”

— Victor Hugo.


“A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout (nose).”

— The Holy Bible: Proverbs of Solomon 11:22.


“A diligent wife with strength of character is the crown of her husband, but the wife who disgraces him is like bone cancer.”

— The Holy Bible: Proverbs of Solomon 12:4.


“For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.”

— The Holy Bible: Proverbs of Solomon 5:3-4.


“He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.”

— William Shakespeare: King Lear, Act 3, Scene 6.

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November 1, 2017

UN Secretary-General Meets President of International Criminal Court

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). 30 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) [Not to be confused with the International Court of Justice (ICJ)] is an intergovernmental organization that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands. The ICC is intended to complement existing national judicial systems. It exercises its jurisdiction only when certain conditions are met, such as when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals.


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October 31, 2017

64 Cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Mumbai Misses the Shot!

Dubai, Unesco Creative City of Design

Photo: A building in Dubai. Dubai has just been designated UNESCO Creative City of Design. Image Credit: Xiquinho Silva.

Paris, France, 31 October 2017 — 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova. They join a Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities.

“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network” declared the Director-General. She added, “The cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region - a UNESCO Global Priority - has been a true success with 9 African cities now joining the Network.”

The new 64 UNESCO Creative Cities are:

  • Alba (Italy) - Gastronomy
  • Almaty (Kazakhstan) - Music
  • Amarante (Portugal) - Music
  • Auckland (New Zealand) - Music
  • Baguio City (Philippines) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Barcelos (Portugal) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Braga (Portugal) - Media Arts
  • Brasilia (Brazil) - Design
  • Bristol (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Film
  • Brno (Czechia) - Music
  • Bucheon (Republic of Korea) - Literature
  • Buenaventura (Colombia) - Gastronomy
  • Cairo (Egypt) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Cape Town (South Africa) - Design
  • Carrara (Italy) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Changsha (China) - Media Arts
  • Chennai (India) - Music
  • Chiang Mai (Thailand) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Chordeleg (Ecuador) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Cochabamba (Bolivia [Plurinational State of]) - Gastronomy
  • Daegu Metropolitan City (Republic of Korea) - Music
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates) - Design
  • Durban (South Africa) - Literature
  • Frutillar (Chile) - Music
  • Gabrovo (Bulgaria) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • [City of] Greater Geelong (Australia) - Design
  • Guadalajara (Mexico) - Media Arts
  • Hatay Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) - Gastronomy
  • Istanbul (Turkey) - Design
  • João Pessoa (Brazil) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Kansas City (United States of America) - Music
  • Kolding (Denmark) - Design
  • Kortrijk (Belgium) - Design
  • Košice (Slovakia) - Media Arts
  • Kütahya (Turkey) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Lillehammer (Norway) - Literature
  • Limoges (France) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Łódź (Poland) - Film
  • Macao Special Administrative Region, China (Associate Member, UNESCO) - Gastronomy
  • Madaba (Jordan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Literature
  • Mexico City (Mexico) - Design
  • Milan (Italy) - Literature
  • Morelia (Mexico) - Music
  • Norrköping (Sweden) - Music
  • Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Panama City (Panama) - Gastronomy
  • Paraty (Brazil) - Gastronomy
  • Pesaro (Italy) - Music
  • Porto-Novo (Benin) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Praia (Cabo Verde) - Music
  • Qingdao (China) - Film
  • Québec City (Canada) - Literature
  • San Antonio (United States of America) - Gastronomy
  • Seattle (United States of America) - Literature
  • Sheki (Azerbaijan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Sokodé (Togo) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Terrassa (Spain) - Film
  • Tétouan (Morocco) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Toronto (Canada) - Media Arts
  • Tunis (Tunisia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  • Utrecht (Netherlands) - Literature
  • Wuhan (China) - Design
  • Yamagata City (Japan) - Film

Since 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network highlights its members’ creativity within seven fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. It now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies.

Mumbai, UNESCO

Photo: Mumbai, a strong contender for the prestigious “UNESCO Creative City for Films” designation, missed the shot by failing to submit its application in time. Here, Mumbai actress, Puja Gupta, attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.

From India, Chennai has been designated as UNESCO Creative City of Music. Mumbai, a strong contender for the prestigious “UNESCO Creative City of Films” designation, has missed out on its chance.

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, had proposed to send dossiers for Chennai (for music), and Mumbai (for films). While the dossier to support Chennai was submitted by the government in time, dossier for Mumbai could not be sent ahead of the June 16 deadline set by the UNESCO Secretariat.

UNESCO Creative City, Chennai

Photo: A Music and Dance event in Chennai. Image Credit: TEDx Chennai.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Chennai, Rahman

Photo: A. R. Rahman, renowned musician from Chennai, Oscar nominee for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) and for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song), performs during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 27, 2011. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by and copyright © The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has congratulated people of Chennai on inclusion of Chennai in the UNESCO creative Cities Network.

The Prime Minister said, “Congratulations to the people of Chennai on the city’s inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition. Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India.”


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October 28, 2017

International Press Institute (IPI) urges India Government to withdraw a Controversial Ordinance

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: Participants at an event to mark the World Press Freedom Day at Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland. United Nations, Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Vienna, Austria, Oct 27, 2017 — The government of the Indian state of Rajasthan must reverse an ordinance, which, in the absence of a government-sanctioned criminal investigation, bars the media from covering allegations of wrongdoing involving public officials. This was stated today by the International Press Institute (IPI) in letters sent to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The ordinance requires courts and law enforcement agencies to obtain government approval before investigating public officials, judges, and magistrates for alleged wrongdoing committed in the course of carrying out public duties.

Here are the excerpts from the letter —

Oct 27, 2017

Mr. Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
South Block
New Delhi

Dear Prime Minister,

The International Press Institute (IPI) is deeply concerned by the issuance of an ordinance under the Constitution of India by the Governor of the State of Rajasthan, amending the Criminal Laws Act of the State, on the advice of the Government of Rajasthan.

The ordinance, which claims to protect public servants, judges and magistrates facing “false” allegations of corruption and criminality, prohibits the media from publishing any report on such allegations, even when accompanied by evidence, until an appropriate authority of the Government has considered the complaints and given sanction for the initiation of prosecution proceedings.

The concerned authority has been given a time limit of six months to take a decision on whether to prosecute or not to prosecute. Until then, media outlets are completely prohibited from writing any details on the allegations ……………..

IPI strongly condemns the gagging of the press through this ordinance. The measure, signed by the Governor of Rajasthan on the advice of the Government of Rajasthan, violates Art. 19 of the Indian Constitution, which enshrines freedom of expression …………….

Eminent jurists, journalists and journalist organisations as well as senior political leaders have strongly opposed the ordinance and have called for its immediate withdrawal …………..

Mr. Prime Minister, you recounted recently how you had participated in the political struggle against the censorship of newspapers during the Emergency which was in force in India between 1975 and 1977. In this same spirit, IPI calls upon you to intervene with the Government of Rajasthan, and direct the state Government to immediately negate the ordinance through the Constitutional route, and withdraw the bill now under consideration by the State Assembly.

Such an action would demonstrate your commitment to freedom of the press, and would ensure that acts of corruption and criminality are not shielded behind the curtain of censorship.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Trionfi
Executive Director
International Press Institute



The editor of GlobalGiants.Com, incidentally, is a member of the International Press Institute (IPI).

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October 25, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Announces 2018 Best Global Universities Rankings

U.S. News & World

U.S. News & World, University Rankings

Photo: University of California, Berkeley. A section of the campus during night. Image Credit: J. Hendron.

University of California, Berkeley

Photo: Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley, USA, captured during the session Human vs Artificial Intelligence in the Congress Centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report, a global authority in education rankings for more than 30 years, today released the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings. The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities - up from 1,000 last year - across 74 countries and are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide.

The U. S. leads the rankings again this year, with 221 universities making the overall list. The top four spots are held by U.S. schools, with Harvard University at No. 1. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at No. 2, followed by Stanford University at No. 3 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 4. The United Kingdom’s University of Oxford rounds out the top 5.

Behind the U.S., the following countries have the most ranked institutions out of the 1,250 schools on the overall list:

China: 136, Japan: 76, U.K.: 73, Germany: 58

Across the 22 subject-specific rankings, U.S. schools again claim the most No. 1 spots. For the first time, China’s Tsinghua University replaces MIT as No. 1 in computer science and once again tops the list for engineering. Listed in rank order, these countries performed the best in the following subject rankings:

  • Computer science: U.S., China, U.K., Canada, Australia
  • Economics and business: U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, China (tie), Netherlands (tie)
  • Engineering: U.S., China, U.K., Canada, Italy
  • Neuroscience and behavior: U.S., Germany, U.K., Canada (tie), France (tie), Netherlands (tie)

“The schools that rank the highest in the Best Global Universities rankings are those that emphasize academic research, including by partnering with international scholars to produce highly cited articles,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “This is different from the Best Colleges rankings, which measure the overall quality of undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and focus on student outcomes such as graduation and retention rates.”

For the 2018 edition, U.S. News made a slight change to the methodology to further emphasize international collaboration at universities by rewarding schools that author articles with researchers from different countries.

The Best Global Universities methodology - which is based on Web of Science data and metrics provided by Clarivate Analytics InCites - weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration. Each subject ranking has its own methodology based on academic research performance and reputation in that specific area.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News has been committed to making higher education data more accessible to prospective students choosing a U.S. university,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Global Universities rankings similarly allow consumers to accurately evaluate and compare international schools to find the right fit for them, based on available data.”

2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities

Overall Best Global Universities - Top 10

  1. Harvard University (U.S.)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  3. Stanford University (U.S.)
  4. University of California—Berkeley (U.S.)
  5. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  6. California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  7. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  8. Columbia University (U.S.)
  9. Princeton University (U.S.)
  10. Johns Hopkins University (U.S.) (tie)
  11. University of Washington (U.S.) (tie)
  12. Yale University (U.S.) (tie)

Africa - Top 5

  1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  3. University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)
  4. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  5. Cairo University (Egypt)

Asia - Top 5

  1. National University of Singapore
  2. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  3. University of Tokyo (Japan)
  4. Tsinghua University (China)
  5. Peking University (China)

Australia/New Zealand - Top 5

  1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
  2. University of Sydney
  3. University of Queensland Australia
  4. Monash University (Australia)
  5. Australian National University (tie)
  6. University of New South Wales (tie)

Europe - Top 5

  1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  3. Imperial College London
  4. University College London
  5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)

Latin America - Top 5

  1. University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  2. Pontificia University Católica de Chile
  3. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  4. University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  5. State University of Campinas (Brazil)

The Best Global Universities rankings serve the broader U.S. News mission to provide trusted information and rankings to help all students navigate their higher education options - including with the Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Online Programs rankings. For Chinese students in particular, U.S. News offers online resource centers published in Chinese to help guide prospective undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad. In addition, U.S. News is continuing to collaborate with U.S. News Global Education, a subsidiary company of Shorelight Education, to help international students and their families connect with universities.


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October 20, 2017

Xenia Tchoumi at the Zurich Film Festival

IWC Watches, Switzerland

Photo: Model and Fashion Influencer Xenia Tchoumi attends the IWC ‘For the Love of Cinema’ Gala Dinner on 30 September, 2017 during Zurich Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC. Image provided by IWC Schaffhausen.


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October 18, 2017

Diwali Greetings

Diwali Greetings

Happy Diwali 2017 !!

May the festival of lights brighten up your days and bring you happiness, success, and good health.


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October 17, 2017

Singapore’s NTU and NUS top the latest QS Asia University Rankings released today, IIT Bombay top among Indian universities

QS Asia University Rankings

Photo: Hongbo Chen, Vice-Dean, Tuspark Research Institute for Inovation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, during “Incubating Entrepreneurship” discussion at the World Economic Forum Meeting in Dalian, People’s Republic of China. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Ciaran McCrickard.

The results of the QS Asia University Rankings are out now featuring 450 of the top universities in Asia. The ranking is based on a methodology which considers 10 performance indicators, including academic and employer reputation, the proportion of PhD qualified academic staff, and the proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students at the university.



  1. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  2. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
  3. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  4. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea
  5. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  6. Tsinghua University, China
  7. Fudan University, China
  8. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  9. Peking University, China
  10. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong
  11. Seoul National University, South Korea
  12. Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH), South Korea
  13. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  14. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  15. Osaka University, Japan
  16. Korea University, South Korea
  17. Kyoto University, Japan
  18. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea
  19. Yonsei University, South Korea
  20. Tohoku University, Japan
  21. Zhejiang University, China
  22. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  23. University of Science and Technology of China, China
  24. Universiti Malaya (UM), Malaysia
  25. National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
  26. Nanjing University, China
  27. Nagoya University, Japan
  28. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  29. Kyushu University, Japan
  30. Hanyang University, South Korea

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay emerged as the best Indian university. It was ranked 34th in Asia, followed by IIT Delhi (41), IIT Madras (48,) and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (IISc) at 51. The 2018 rankings by QS showed that IISc, which was the best institution from India in 2016 and 2017, slipped the most among top Indian schools.

Traditional universities from India were led by University of Delhi (72), followed by Jadavpur University (125), University of Calcutta (125), Amrita University (168), University of Mumbai (181), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (200), Savitribai Phule Pune University (207), and Thapar University, Patiala (210).



  • 34 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • 41 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • 48 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • 51 Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  • 59 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • 62 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  • 72 University of Delhi
  • 93 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  • 98 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  • 125 Jadavpur University
  • 125 University of Calcutta
  • 168 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  • 181 University of Mumbai
  • 187 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • 196 Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
  • 198 Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • 200 Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • 207 Savitribai Phule Pune University
  • 210 Thapar University, Patiala
  • 216 Amity University
  • 223 Sri Venkateswara University
  • 225 Banaras Hindu University
  • 226 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) - Allahabad
  • 228 National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
  • 238 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh
  • 245 Bangalore University, Bangalore
  • 247 Symbiosis International University
  • 247 Tezpur University
  • 271-280 VIT University
  • 301-350 Andhra University
  • 301-350 Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh
  • 301-350 Anna University
  • 301-350 Pondicherry University
  • 351-400 Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA)
  • 351-400 SRM University

National University of Sciences And Technology, Islamabad (91) emerged as Pakistan’s highest ranked institution in QS Asia 2018 rankings. It was followed by Lahore University of Management Sciences (103), Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (128), Quaid-i-Azam University (133), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (190), University of Karachi (193), University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (200), University of the Punjab (PU), Lahore (232), and Aga Khan University (234).



  • 91 National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad
  • 103 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
  • 128 Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
  • 133 Quaid-i-Azam University
  • 190 COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Pakistan
  • 193 University of Karachi
  • 200 University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore
  • 232 University of the Punjab (PU), Lahore
  • 234 Aga Khan University
  • 271-280 Institute of Space Technology
  • 291-300 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • 301-350 The University of Lahore
  • 301-350 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
  • 351-400 GC University Lahore
  • 351-400 Mehran University of Engineering & Technology


QS uses a unique methodology to calculate this ranking. The methodology is designed to account for the unique challenges facing the region’s universities, and features 10 indicators. They are:

  • Academic Reputation (measuring research quality)
  • Employer Reputation (measuring employability)
  • Faculty/Student Ratio (measuring teaching quality)
  • Papers per Faculty (research)
  • Citations per paper (research)
  • International Faculty Ratio (measuring internationalization)
  • Staff with PhD (teaching quality)
  • International Student Ratio (internationalization)
  • Inbound Exchange Students (internationalization)
  • Outbound Exchange Students (internationalization).

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “This year’s rankings suggest that, in a number of nations, established hierarchies are being disrupted. This is a result of the region’s many universities continually striving to become competitive, forward-thinking, and internationally attractive.”


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October 14, 2017

“Girls Speak Out”

United Nations, Women

Photo: Participants at an event entitled, “Girls Speak Out”, marking the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October). The event was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Peru, and Turkey, and the NGO Working Group on Girls. 11 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

United Nations, Women

Photo: A young attendee at an event entitled, “Girls Speak Out”, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October). The event was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Peru, and Turkey, and the NGO Working Group on Girls. 11 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

United Nations, Women

Photo: Ashley Judd, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), speaks at the high-level launch of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative for the elimination of violence against women and girls. The event was held on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual general debate. 20 September 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.


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October 9, 2017

India Finance Minister Arun Jaitley To Speak At Harvard University

Harvard University

Photo: A Harvard Law School Signboard. Image Credit: Ryan Ward.

Harvard University

Photo: Event Announcement, Arun Jaitley’s lecture at the South Asia Institute, Harvard University.

WASHINGTON: India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley will address students of the prestigious Harvard University on October 12.

At Harvard, on October 12, the Finance Minister would deliver the ‘Mahindra Lecture’ in honour of late Harish C Mahindra, a distinguished alumnus of Harvard College and a visionary leader of business and industry in India, the South Asia Institute of Harvard University said in an announcement.

On the First Leg of his US visit, Jaitley will arrive in New York on the morning on 9th October, 2017. His major engagements during his one day stay at New York include Meeting with the Investors in partnership with Bank of America and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Thereafter, he will participate in the Roundtable Meeting of CEOs of USIBC-CII.

Next day, i.e., Tuesday, 10th October, 2017, he will deliver a Lecture on “FDI: Achievements and Challenges” at Columbia University. In the evening, he will leave for Boston.

On Wednesday, 11th October, 2017, Mr. Jaitley will participate in the Roundtable Investment Meet being organised in Boston in collaboration with NIIF, USISPF and FICCI on the subject of “Indian Economy - The Road Ahead”.

Later in the evening, he will deliver a Lecture on India’s Tax Reforms at the South Asia Institute, Harvard University.

On the morning of Thursday, the 12th October, 2017, the Finance Minister will leave for Washington D.C. to participate in the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

According to political analyst, Nikhila Natarajan, Jaitley would be visiting two “Ivy League” colleges - Columbia and Harvard.

“Yale, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia and Princeton,” she explains, “form the league of eight, called ‘Ivy League’, which embraces a wide sweep of connotations, including but not limited to academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, social elitism, and a common high-water mark for scholarship and athletics.”


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October 8, 2017

Canada’s Brooklyn Moors presented with the Longines Prize for Elegance at the 47th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montréal

Artistic Gymnastics

Photo: Montréal, Canada, October 6, 2017 — As the Official Partner and Timekeeper of the 47th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held in Montréal, Canada, Longines presented its Prize for Elegance to Canadian gymnast Brooklyn Moors for her outstanding grace and charisma displayed throughout the individual all-around competition. Image provided by & Copyright © Longines Watch Company.


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October 7, 2017

Conversation with Author of “Modern Slavery”

United Nations, Books

United Nations, Books

United Nations, Books

Photos: Siddharth Kara (right), author of the book “Modern Slavery”, addresses an event introducing him to readers at the UN Bookshop. At his side is Simone Monasebian, New York Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 06 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photos/Kim Haughton.

Kara’s book has been recommended by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It has been lauded by academics, policy-makers and the press, with the Financial Times describing it as an “eloquent and campaigning book” and “sex trafficking and slavery” experts heralding it as “groundbreaking” and the “best book yet on the enduring problem of modern-day slavery.” The book has become a go-to resource for policy makers, foundations, and NGO’s around the world.

Siddharth Kara is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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October 6, 2017

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

Nobel Peace Prize, ICAN

Photo: Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), with signed “Draft treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons” - 7th July 2017. Photographer: Clare Conboy. Image provided by & Copyright © ICAN.

Oslo, 6 October 2017 — The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). “The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,” the committee announced.

“We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

“Through its work, ICAN has helped to fill this legal gap. An important argument in the rationale for prohibiting nuclear weapons is the unacceptable human suffering that a nuclear war will cause. ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe. The coalition has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. To date, 108 states have made such a commitment, known as the Humanitarian Pledge.

“Furthermore, ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavour to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. On 7 July 2017, 122 of the UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As soon as the treaty has been ratified by 50 states, the ban on nuclear weapons will enter into force and will be binding under international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee is aware that an international legal prohibition will not in itself eliminate a single nuclear weapon, and that so far neither the states that already have nuclear weapons nor their closest allies support the nuclear weapon ban treaty. The Committee wishes to emphasize that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states. This year’s Peace Prize is therefore also a call upon these states to initiate serious negotiations with a view to the gradual, balanced and carefully monitored elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Five of the states that currently have nuclear weapons - the USA, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China - have already committed to this objective through their accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1970. The Non-Proliferation Treaty will remain the primary international legal instrument for promoting nuclear disarmament and preventing the further spread of such weapons.

“It is now 71 years since the UN General Assembly, in its very first resolution, advocated the importance of nuclear disarmament and a nuclear weapon-free world. With this year’s award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to pay tribute to ICAN for giving new momentum to the efforts to achieve this goal.

“It is the firm conviction of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that ICAN, more than anyone else, has in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated in its announcement.


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October 5, 2017


Oscars, Academy Awards

Photo: Spencer Averick, Oscar nominee, and guest arrive on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Mike Baker. Image provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars, Academy Awards

Photo: Olivia Culpo arrives on the red carpet at The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars, Academy Awards

Photo: Priyanka Chopra arrives on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - A record 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants.

The 2017 submissions are:

  • Afghanistan, “A Letter to the President,” Roya Sadat, director;
  • Albania, “Daybreak,” Gentian Koçi, director;
  • Algeria, “Road to Istanbul,” Rachid Bouchareb, director;
  • Argentina, “Zama,” Lucrecia Martel, director;
  • Armenia, “Yeva,” Anahit Abad, director;
  • Australia, “The Space Between,” Ruth Borgobello, director;
  • Austria, “Happy End,” Michael Haneke, director;
  • Azerbaijan, “Pomegranate Orchard,” Ilgar Najaf, director;
  • Bangladesh, “The Cage,” Akram Khan, director;
  • Belgium, “Racer and the Jailbird,” Michaël R. Roskam, director;
  • Bolivia, “Dark Skull,” Kiro Russo, director;
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Men Don’t Cry,” Alen Drljević, director;
  • Brazil, “Bingo - The King of the Mornings,” Daniel Rezende, director;
  • Bulgaria, “Glory,” Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva, directors;
  • Cambodia, “First They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie, director;
  • Canada, “Hochelaga, Land of Souls,” François Girard, director;
  • Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director;
  • China, “Wolf Warrior 2,” Wu Jing, director;
  • Colombia, “Guilty Men,” Iván D. Gaona, director;
  • Costa Rica, “The Sound of Things,” Ariel Escalante, director;
  • Croatia, “Quit Staring at My Plate,” Hana Jušić, director;
  • Czech Republic, “Ice Mother,” Bohdan Sláma, director;
  • Denmark, “You Disappear,” Peter Schønau Fog, director;
  • Dominican Republic, “Woodpeckers,” Jose Maria Cabral, director;
  • Ecuador, “Alba,” Ana Cristina Barragán, director;
  • Egypt, “Sheikh Jackson,” Amr Salama, director;
  • Estonia, “November,” Rainer Sarnet, director;
  • Finland, “Tom of Finland,” Dome Karukoski, director;
  • France, “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” Robin Campillo, director;
  • Georgia, “Scary Mother,” Ana Urushadze, director;
  • Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director;
  • Greece, “Amerika Square,” Yannis Sakaridis, director;
  • Haiti, “Ayiti Mon Amour,” Guetty Felin, director;
  • Honduras, “Morazán,” Hispano Durón, director;
  • Hong Kong, “Mad World,” Wong Chun, director;
  • Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;
  • Iceland, “Under the Tree,” Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, director;
  • India, “Newton,” Amit V Masurkar, director;
  • Indonesia, “Turah,” Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, director;
  • Iran, “Breath,” Narges Abyar, director;
  • Iraq, “Reseba - The Dark Wind,” Hussein Hassan, director;
  • Ireland, “Song of Granite,” Pat Collins, director;
  • Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director;
  • Italy, “A Ciambra,” Jonas Carpignano, director;
  • Japan, “Her Love Boils Bathwater,” Ryota Nakano, director;
  • Kazakhstan, “The Road to Mother,” Akhan Satayev, director;
  • Kenya, “Kati Kati,” Mbithi Masya, director;
  • Kosovo, “Unwanted,” Edon Rizvanolli, director;
  • Kyrgyzstan, “Centaur,” Aktan Arym Kubat, director;
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic, “Dearest Sister,” Mattie Do, director;
  • Latvia, “The Chronicles of Melanie,” Viestur Kairish, director;
  • Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director;
  • Lithuania, “Frost,” Sharunas Bartas, director;
  • Luxembourg, “Barrage,” Laura Schroeder, director;
  • Mexico, “Tempestad,” Tatiana Huezo, director;
  • Mongolia, “The Children of Genghis,” Zolbayar Dorj, director;
  • Morocco, “Razzia,” Nabil Ayouch, director;
  • Mozambique, “The Train of Salt and Sugar,” Licinio Azevedo, director;
  • Nepal, “White Sun,” Deepak Rauniyar, director;
  • Netherlands, “Layla M.,” Mijke de Jong, director;
  • New Zealand, “One Thousand Ropes,” Tusi Tamasese, director;
  • Norway, “Thelma,” Joachim Trier, director;
  • Pakistan, “Saawan,” Farhan Alam, director;
  • Palestine, “Wajib,” Annemarie Jacir, director;
  • Panama, “Beyond Brotherhood,” Arianne Benedetti, director;
  • Paraguay, “Los Buscadores,” Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori, directors;
  • Peru, “Rosa Chumbe,” Jonatan Relayze, director;
  • Philippines, “Birdshot,” Mikhail Red, director;
  • Poland, “Spoor,” Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik, directors;
  • Portugal, “Saint George,” Marco Martins, director;
  • Romania, “Fixeur,” Adrian Sitaru, director;
  • Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
  • Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director;
  • Serbia, “Requiem for Mrs. J.,” Bojan Vuletic, director;
  • Singapore, “Pop Aye,” Kirsten Tan, director;
  • Slovakia, “The Line,” Peter Bebjak, director;
  • Slovenia, “The Miner,” Hanna A. W. Slak, director;
  • South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director;
  • South Korea, “A Taxi Driver,” Jang Hoon, director;
  • Spain, “Summer 1993,” Carla Simón, director;
  • Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director;
  • Switzerland, “The Divine Order,” Petra Volpe, director;
  • Syria, “Little Gandhi,” Sam Kadi, director;
  • Taiwan, “Small Talk,” Hui-Chen Huang, director;
  • Thailand, “By the Time It Gets Dark,” Anocha Suwichakornpong, director;
  • Tunisia, “The Last of Us,” Ala Eddine Slim, director;
  • Turkey, “Ayla: The Daughter of War,” Can Ulkay, director;
  • Ukraine, “Black Level,” Valentyn Vasyanovych, director;
  • United Kingdom, “My Pure Land,” Sarmad Masud, director;
  • Uruguay, “Another Story of the World,” Guillermo Casanova, director;
  • Venezuela, “El Inca,” Ignacio Castillo Cottin, director;
  • Vietnam, “Father and Son,” Luong Dinh Dung, director.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


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