Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears

US President Barack Obama calls for an “inclusive and credible” election process when Myanmar hold elections next year.

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“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” quoted from Julius Caesar


The world’s mine oyster

Investment bank Citigroup puts aside an extra $600m to cover legal expenses due to “rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries”.

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“The world's mine oyster” quoted from The Merry Wives Of Windsor


I do desire we may be better strangers

Israel promises to reopen a key Jerusalem holy site after closing it following the shooting of a Jewish activist.

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“I do desire we may be better strangers” quoted from As You Like It


“Every day we are presented with world stories through news feeds on multiple platforms. We are confronted with the atrocities of civil war, the consequences of forbidden love, betrayal and power – these challenges of the human condition all shared in Shakespeare’s plays.

To Be Today by Brendan Dawes captures news stories and frames them in Shakespeare’s words by matching the text written centuries ago with a beautifully crafted algorithm using today’s technologies. As the Royal Shakespeare Company explores new ways to interpret Shakespeare, this work shares the connections with our past and the present – the players, the characters, the plots and the observations captured in Shakespeare’s writing connect with us today.”

– Sarah Ellis, Digital Producer RSC.

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