China’s contemporary music scene takes off
After decades struggling with official
censorship, China's contemporary music scene is finally taking off,
fuelled by live shows, the Internet and a government eager to cash
in on a growing market. Chinese indie bands came late to the music
scene, largely missing out on the lucrative days of vinyl records,
cassettes and compact discs, and also suffered enormously from state
broadcasters' preference for pop.
Obama, Putin agree on ‘political process’ for Syria
Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
agreed Monday that Syrians deserve a “political process” to choose
their future, but could not frame an immediate plan to end the
bloodshed. As Syrian cities reverberated with shell fire, the US and
Russian leaders held their first presidential-level talks, following
a sharp public dispute about a US call for the ouster of Syrian
president Bashar al-Assad.