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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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Iran slams ’hypocrisy’ of US-Saudi nuclear plans

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s foreign minister has seized on a congressional report that the U.S. sought to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, accusing Washington of ignoring the kingdom’s human rights violations. Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Wednesday: “First a dismembered … more

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Moroccan police crack down on protesting teachers

RABAT, Morocco — Moroccan police are firing water cannons at protesting teachers and beating people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital. Several demonstrations were held Wednesday, exactly eight years after the birth of a Moroccan Arab Spring protest movement … 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, […]