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Spain banker accused of trying to smuggle Picasso art

Madrid - Courts are prosecuting a prominent Spanish banker accused of trying to smuggle a 26 million-euro Picasso painting out of Spain on a yacht, sources said Friday.

Full list of Nobel Peace Prize winners

Oslo - Here is the full list of Nobel Peace Prize laureates from 1901, when the prize was first awarded:2015: The National Dialogue Quartet (Tunisia)2014: Kailash Satyarthi (India) and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)2013: The Organisation for the Prohibition of C...

Pride, excitement and blank looks in Minsk as Alexievich wins Nobel

Minsk - In two of Minsk's largest bookstores on Thursday afternoon, local author Svetlana Alexievich's books were on prominent display after she won the Nobel prize -- but only in an edition published in Russia.

Forgotten Whistler canvas found in Dutch museum

Den Haag - Forgotten for two decades, a dusty old canvas hidden in a corner of a small Dutch museum has been revealed as a painting by American artist James Whistler.

Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Literature Prize

Stockholm - Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday for her work chronicling the horrors of war and life under the repressive Soviet regime.

Alexievich tops list of Nobel literature favourites

Stockholm - Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus is among the bookies' favourites for Thursday's Nobel Prize in Literature but could see herself snubbed by the Swedish Academy, the awarding body that likes to surprise.

The tough task of predicting a Nobel literature laureate

Stockholm - Predicting a Nobel literature prize winner can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack, with hundreds of possible candidates but few clues as to who the chosen one will be.

'Most valuable art collection ever' on show in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Masterpieces belonging to controversial former Sotheby's owner A. Alfred Taubman went on show in Hong Kong Friday, touted as the most valuable private collection ever offered at auction.

Egypt hopes King Tut's tomb could conceal Queen Nefertiti burial site

Cairo - Egypt hopes it can soon announce the "discovery of the century" in Tutankhamun's tomb -- what a British archaeologist believes is the burial place in a secret chamber of Queen Nefertiti.

Artist killed while painting anti-violence mural in Oakland

Oakland - A California muralist was shot and killed on Tuesday morning while painting an anti-violence community art piece in Oakland.

Dutch, French to jointly buy rare Rembrandts for 160 mn euros

Den Haag - The Netherlands and France will jointly buy two rare Rembrandts for 160 million euros, the Dutch culture minister said Wednesday after the two states defused a potential bidding war.

Canadian comics: Where do they go from here? Special

After being forgotten for decades, Canadian superheroes are now enjoying a well-deserved renaissance. They've re-emerged in a decade where the rules of comics success have changed.

German art historian Fischer to head British Museum

London - A German art historian was named Tuesday as the next director of the British Museum, becoming the first foreigner to head the prestigious London institution in 150 years.

Banksy's Dismaland theme park heading to Calais

London - British street artist Banksy's dystopian theme park Dismaland was being dismantled Monday before being shipped to a migrant camp near Calais to make shelters, organisers said.

Russian billionaire gives up Picassos in art dealer feud

Paris - A billionaire Russian art collector has handed over two Picasso watercolours to French authorities investigating whether they were stolen, in the latest twist of a feud with his Swiss art dealer that has gripped the high-end art world.

Review: Toronto ‘Marat/Sade’ remount picks spectacle over substance Special

Toronto - Overheard during the intermission at the Soulpepper theatre company’s new production of “Marat/Sade” last night: First dude says, “This is totally amazing, huh?” Second dude replies, “Yeah... but it’s also kind of exhausting, isn’t it?”

Escher museum accused of displaying copies of Dutch artist's work

Den Haag - Dutch artist M.C. Escher was a master of illusion. But in a row as mind-boggling as his intricate black-and-white images, a museum dedicated to his work is apparently mostly displaying reproductions.

France willing to pay 80 mn euros for Rembrandt painting

Paris - France said Thursday it was willing to pay 80 million euros ($90 million) to acquire one of two Rembrandt paintings on sale by the Rothschild family for the Louvre museum.

Archaeologists find bone fragments in hunt for 'real' Mona Lisa

Florence - Italian archaeologists trying to solve the mystery behind one of the world's most famous paintings said Wednesday they had found bits of bone that could have belonged to the 'real' Mona Lisa.
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