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Timbuktu attacker jail term a 'warning' to others: ICC prosecutor

Den Haag - The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court welcomed Tuesday a nine-year jail term handed to a Malian jihadist for destroying Timbuktu's shrines, saying it sent "a warning" to others planning such attacks.

Reshaping the future? Hong Kong's face readers

Hong Kong - Want to improve your performance at work, or solve relationship problems? Li Chau-jing has the solution -- plucking your eyebrows to help achieve those life goals.

Japan sake pours overseas as local market dries up

Ome - Ozawa Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries old drink is all the rage.

Chinese outrage over 'ugly' restoration of Great Wall

Bejing - Chinese social media users were in an uproar Friday over restoration of a 700-year-old section of the Great Wall that has been covered in cement, turning it into a smooth, flat-topped path.

China pushes Tibetan tourism while critics fear impact

- China has unveiled a sparkling new hotel as part of its drive to get tens of millions more tourists to visit Tibet, even as critics say the push is slowly eroding the local culture.

Romanian revolution cradle to be EU culture capital 2021

Bucharest - Timisoara, the cradle of Romania's 1989 revolution against communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, was named Friday by the EU as the European capital of culture for 2021.

Why the Emmys may no longer actually matter

Los Angeles - The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best of American television Sunday, and networks have been inundating media and Television Academy members with pleas for their shows.

'Fire dragon' draws thousands to Hong Kong festival

Hong Kong - Thousands of festival goers packed a historic neighbourhood of Hong Kong Wednesday night to watch a "fire dragon" lit with incense sticks carried through the streets, recreating a century-old ritual.

Guinea's world-famous dance troupe fades into uncertain future

Conakry - For years, Guinea's main dance company brought glory to the west African state, touring the globe for sell-out performances. Today, ageing and forgotten, it struggles to train a new generation of dancers facing a very uncertain future.

Inside Nepal's forgotten medieval kingdom

In Nepal's isolated, high-altitude desert of Upper Mustang, a new road to China is bringing economic transformation to the former Buddhist kingdom, once a centre for trans-Himalayan commerce.

Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games

In a melee of hooves and hands, a scrum of horseriders on the plains of Central Asia wrestle to get control of the ball -- or in this case the carcass of a freshly-slaughtered goat.

Lithuania snubs pro-Kremlin pop star

Vilnius - Lithuania has denied entry to a Russian pop singer known for his patriotic songs and his pro-Kremlin stance on the Ukraine conflict, officials said Thursday, underscoring tensions with Moscow in the Baltic region.

Papuan tribe preserves ancient rite of mummification

Wamena - Cradling the centuries-old remains of his mummified ancestor, tribe leader Eli Mabel lays bare an ancient tradition that has all but vanished among the Dani people in the Papuan central highlands.

Torch festival shines on in Chinese hill country

Xichang - Surrounded by green hillsides and fluttering flags, young women wearing silver headdresses and colourful costumes filed onto the stage, dancing hand in hand as sounds of singing filled the valley.

Traditions endure for Tibetan nomads, but urbanisation looms

Bejing - Under a twinkling starlit sky, the glow of an electric light is the only sign that a Tibetan nomad's way of life has changed in hundreds of years.

Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

Tehran - Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported.

Road brings jeans, satellite TV to Himalayan Shangri-La

- A Himalayan Shangri-La that was closed to visitors until 1992, the former Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang in Nepal is facing unprecedented change as a new highway brings modernity to the roof of the world.

Ruined Armenian city in Turkey becomes World Heritage

Istanbul - The UN's cultural agency on Friday added a ruined Armenian city inside Turkey's closed border with the ex-Soviet state to its World Heritage list, as it elevated eight other sites across the world to the list ranking.

Church and China Communists vie over French missionary

- To the Catholic Church, French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine is a saint, martyred for his faith 160 years ago in China. To Communist Party officials, he is a devilish rapist, bandit and spy.

Cambodia cracks down on scantily-clad visitors to Angkor

Phnom Penh - Tourists showing cleavage or wearing skimpy clothes will be banned from Cambodia's famed Angkor temple complex, authorities said Thursday, after a slew of photos emerged of scantily-clad visitors at the sacred site.

Taboo or not taboo? Artists expose naked truths in Pakistan

Karachi - Mohammad Ali sits before a painting of a semi-naked man and declares his work has never been censored in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where an artistic vanguard are challenging taboos in the chaotic city of Karachi.

Rome's Colosseum gets makeover

Rome - The first phase of a multi-million-euro makeover of Rome's Colosseum was completed Friday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledging cash would be made available to spruce up other crumbling historic sites.

Rumi wasn't yours: Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Sufi poet

Kabul - Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world's most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

Long walk to the ballot box for Mongolian nomads

Mandalgovi - It took Mongolian nomad Pagvajaviin Shatarbaatar seven days to get to his polling station to vote in Wednesday's general election -- accompanied by more than 2,000 sheep, goats and horses.

Last words: language of China's emperors in peril

Bejing - It was the language of China's last imperial dynasty which ruled a vast kingdom for nearly three centuries. But 71-year-old Ji Jinlu is among only a handful of native Manchu speakers left.

Lasers uncover hidden secrets of Cambodia's ancient cities

Phnom Penh - Unprecedented new details of medieval cities hidden under jungle in Cambodia near Angkor Wat have been revealed using lasers, archaeologists said Sunday, shedding new light on the civilisation behind the world's largest religious complex.

Athens to hide sculptures after busts go missing

Atenas - Athens is to store away dozens of outdoor sculptures after five brass busts went missing last month and a marble statue was vandalised, officials have said.

Tattoo lands Iranian actress in feminism controversy

Tehran - A popular Iranian actress has found herself at the centre of a dispute over feminism in the Islamic republic after cameras appeared to capture a "women power" symbol tattooed on her arm.

Bolshoi dancer behind acid attack freed

Moscow - A ballet dancer who masterminded an acid attack on the Bolshoi's artistic director has been released on parole after demonstrating "exemplary behaviour" in prison, a court said on Wednesday.

Cannes spotlight puts Iranian cinema centre stage

Tehran - As Iranian films and actors compete this weekend at Cannes attention is turning toward the country's thriving independent cinema sector which is succeeding despite tough regulations.
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
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The French Minister of Culture's office at the French Culture Ministry, Paris 2009
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View down the quiet street of Αλριανου from the Kafeneio.
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The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
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Schwäbisch Hall, in the town center.
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Vietnamese Cultural Festival 2010 in Berlin
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