Jolie visits Bosnia, hopes to support education
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- A top official in Bosnia said Saturday that Angelina Jolie is interested in supporting education and other projects to help young Bosnians and people who return to homes they left during the war.
Haris Silajdzic, chairman of Bosnia's three-member Presidency, said after meeting the actress that she asked about ideas for projects she could support and they both concluded that ''the absolute priority is education.''
The aim would be turn Sarajevo into a regional center of education, Silajdzic said.
Jolie visited Bosnia in April as UNHCR ambassador and drew attention to the plight of 117,000 people who haven't been able to return to their homes even though the Bosnia war ended 15 years ago.
German director Schlingensief dies at age 49
BERLIN -- A spokesman for a cultural festival said German director and screenwriter Christoph Schlingensief, who was considered one of the most important figures in the country's contemporary theater, has died.
Ruhrtriennale festival spokesman Oliver Golloch said the 49-year-old director died Saturday. He did not elaborate.
Schlingensief, who was also a renowned artist and actor, had suffered from lung cancer for more than two years.
He directed numerous movies, plays and operas, including at the renowned annual Richard Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and in Manaus, Brazil.
Michelle Obama portrait debuts at Smithsonian
WASHINGTON -- Move over Martha Washington. Martha Stewart and Michelle Obama are getting space in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington for the first time.
A new exhibit, ''Americans Now,'' opened Friday, featuring famous names from science, business, government and the arts.
President Barack Obama and the first lady are among those portrayed. It's the first time Michelle Obama's individual portrait has been shown at the gallery.
Familiar names in the collection also include actor Tom Hanks and music artists Willie Nelson and LL Cool J.