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August, 26, 2016

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Mark Hamill supports terminally ill 'Star Wars' fan
"Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill is among those lending his support to a terminally ill fan who wants to see "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" before he dies.
 
US$1.3 mil. Banksy painting destroyed  by renovation work
A one-million-pound (US$1.3 million) mural by British street artist Banksy which mocked government surveillance has been destroyed during building works on the house on which it appeared in 2014, the local council said Monday.
 
MOFA to aid Denny Tsao's nephew after overseas crash
Taiwan's representative office in Australia has pledged assistance to the family of Taiwanese singer Denny Tsao (曹西平), whose nephew was reportedly hospitalized in the country following a car crash, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
 
An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children's books into moving images for films has died at his Connecticut home. Morton Schindel was 98.
 
Professor Banks
Model and business mogul Tyra Banks is trading the catwalk for the classroom, teaching students at Stanford University next May. Banks will serve as a guest lecturer for two weeks for a class on creating and protecting a personal brand. The school says about 25 graduate students will receive instruction from Banks, who will guide students on how to use the media to showcase their business acumen and handle press exposure.
 
Belgian jazz legend Toots Thielemans dies aged 94
Legendary jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans died Monday in Belgium at the age of 94, Belgian media reported.
 
Troubled U.S. star Lindsay Lohan has demanded a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in return for appearing on a Russian chat show, its host said, confirming U.S. media reports.
 
Lou Pearlman, the producer who launched the hit 1990s boy band groups Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, has died in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for bilking investors of US$300 million.
 
Lebanon lit up
A woman releases a paper lantern during the Lebanon Lantern Festival at Ramlet al Bayda public beach in Beirut, Saturday, Aug. 20
 
Joyce Carol Thomas, a prize-winning children's author and champion of multiculturalism, has died. She was 78.
 
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