17 February 2017

Dick Bruna, 'spiritual father' of rabbit Miffy, dies at 89

In this Thursday Aug. 27, 2015 file image drawings of Miffy are displayed at a new exhibition charting the significance of the white bunny created by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna, putting his work alongside those of his key inspirations, including Henri Matisse, Fernand Leger and members of Dutch art movement De Stijl at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Dick Bruna passed away Thursday Feb. 16, 2017 aged 89.
Dick Bruna, the Dutch "spiritual father" of Miffy, the white rabbit who enchanted millions of young children around the world for more than half a century, has died at age 89, his publisher announced Friday.
Decades before Instagram made square images immensely popular, illustrator and artist Bruna understood their power. For years, his Miffy books were printed in a square format.
"He thought that size was really good for two little children's hands, and he loved the visual impact, too," longtime friend Marja Kerkhof, of his Dutch publisher Mercis, said in a telephone interview.

Spain's Princess Cristina found not guilty in tax fraud case

In this Feb. 8, 2014 file photo, Spain's Princess Cristina arrives at the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. A Spanish court on Friday Feb. 17, 2017, found Princess Cristina not guilty in a tax fraud case in which her husband Inaki Urdangarin , was sentenced Friday to 6 years and 3 months in prison for evading taxes, fraud and various other charges.
In a wide-ranging tax fraud case that captivated Spain, Princess Cristina was found not guilty Friday of being an accessory to fraud but her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison.
A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, will be required to pay nearly 265,000 euros (over $280,000) in fines because the court considers that she indirectly benefited from the fraud.

The Zuckerberg manifesto: How he plans to debug the world

In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, waves at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru. Zuckerberg released a missive Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, outlining his vision for the social network and the world at large. Among other things, Zuckerberg hopes that the social network can encourage more civic engagement, an informed public and community support in the years to come.
Mark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto , sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan. Are we, he asks, "building the world we all want?"
While most people now use Facebook to connect with friends and family, Zuckerberg thinks that the social network can also encourage more civic engagement, from the local to the global level. Facebook now has nearly 2 billion members, which makes it larger than any nation in the world.

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75

Pakistani hospital staff make arrangements outside an emergency ward for the victims of suicide bombing at a famous shrine in interior Sind province, in Karachi, Pakistan. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted worshippers at a famous shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing dozens of people and wounding others, officials said.
An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.
The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload amid dozens of worshippers, according to three security officials, who said at least 20 women and nine children were among the dead.