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Germany No former SS getting pensions in Belgium

BERLIN — German authorities say no former Nazi SS soldiers are receiving disability pensions in Belgium, responding to concerns raised by lawmakers there. The Labor Ministry said Wednesday that 18 people in Belgium are receiving war disability pensions but “there … more

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Netanyahu strikes election deal with far-right parties

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a preliminary election deal with two fringe religious-nationalist parties in a bid to unify his hard-line bloc ahead of April elections. Netanyahu’s Likud party announced Wednesday it would reserve the 28th … more

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7 children die in Canadian house fire

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Canadian police say seven children died in an early morning fire that witnesses say engulfed a home in a suburb of the Atlantic coast city of Halifax. Investigators said Tuesday it’s believed the young children are … more

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16 killed in attack by suspected herdsmen in Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria — An official in the central Nigerian state of Benue says 16 people have been killed in an attack apparently staged by herdsmen. Wednesday’s bloodshed comes three days before Nigeria’s election, in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking … more

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  • The Barber of Seville’s Disastrous Debut (1816)


    on 02/20/2019 at 5:00 am

    In 1816, Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini produced The Barber of Seville, based on the comedy by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais. Though Rossini created much of the opera’s music in just weeks, it resounds with his brilliant arias, ensemble numbers, and famous crescendos. Still, several on-stage accidents and constant jeers from the audience, […]