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Happy 2968! Berber New Year becomes holiday in Algeria

Tizi Ouzou - Algerian Berbers marked their New Year as a public holiday Friday with feasts, dancing and horse parades, a first for the North Africa region where indigenous peoples have long suffered marginalisation.

Warsaw to stage first Chopin global competition on period pianos

Warsaw - Poland's Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC) on Thursday said it would hold the first international competition where pianists will play the romantic composer's music on period instruments.

Koi story: priceless Japanese fish make a splash

Kazo - Hand-reared for their colour and beauty, koi carp have become an iconic symbol of Japan that can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars and even participate in fishy beauty contests.

Turkey police seize over 26,000 historical artifacts: report

Istanbul - Turkish police confiscated thousands of historical artifacts in a giant operation against smugglers in Istanbul, the private Dogan news agency reported on Thursday.Police detained 13 suspects and seized 26,456 artifacts, Dogan said.

High and dry: Pakistan's penchant for hash

Peshawar - Niaz Ali is a deeply religious man: He prays five times a day and visits the mosque as frequently as possible. But he also loves to smoke hashish -- lots of it.

Vatican returns shrunken 'warrior' head to Ecuador

Vatican City - The Vatican museum has returned a shrunken head to Ecuador, relinquishing the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior nearly 100 years after it was taken by a missionary.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas: government

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Teng bong! Minority languages on the rise in Singapore

Singapore - Kevin Martens Wong reels off sentences in Kristang, which is among several minority languages in Singapore enjoying a new lease of life after a decades-long drive to encourage the use of English and Mandarin.

Abu Dhabi authorities 'acquired' $450 mn Da Vinci: museum

Abu Dhabi - The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Friday that local Emirati authorities had "acquired" a $450-million painting by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, as reports swirled about the original source of funding.

Saudi Arabia finds its funny bone with stand-up comedy

Riyadh - Saudis took the stage one by one to poke fun at the world -- and themselves -- introducing a hissing, cackling audience to an art form widely unknown in the conservative kingdom: stand-up comedy.

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans: study

Miami - No longer can the tale of one single human migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago be considered an accurate history of humankind, said a review of scientific literature Thursday.

Brexit strips UK of 2023 European Capital of Culture

Brussels - Britain can no longer host the European Capital of Culture in 2023 as planned because of Brexit, even though some non-EU countries are eligible, the European Commission said on Thursday.

China tells 'aunties' to dance away from cemeteries

Bejing - China's most ubiquitous public performers -- lively groups of primarily elderly women who show off their moves in outdoor squares -- have been ordered to avoid dancing on graves and spreading superstitious beliefs.

Art project transforms historic Indian fishing dock

Mumbai - Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai's oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space.

Jean Nouvel: From napkin sketch to Abu Dhabi's architectural triumph

Paris - The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened its doors on Wednesday, started life as a simple sketch on a restaurant napkin, says French architect Jean Nouvel.

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch

Abu Dhabi - More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this week, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time.

Libya armed group detains Comic Con organisers for 'attack on morals'

Tripoli - A Libyan armed group said Saturday it had closed a comic book convention in Tripoli and detained the organisers for an "attack on morals and modesty" in the strife-ridden country.

Philippine Everest conqueror sets sail for China

Manila - After conquering Mount Everest, Philippine adventurer Carina Dayondon is set to sail to China aboard a wooden replica of an ancient boat in the hopes of boosting national pride in a forgotten maritime prowess.

Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead in year of earthquakes, violence

Mexico - Mexico's Day of the Dead is a festival of colorful costumes, traditions and sweets, but it has a bittersweet flavor this year as the country remembers those killed in two earthquakes and a wave of violent crime.

US museum debuts first 3-D holograms of Holocaust survivors

Chicago - Seated onstage at a museum near Chicago, Adina Sella talks about her life as a Holocaust survivor.A group of young school kids is entranced -- all the more so because Sella is not actually there.

Remote Amazon tribe tries to straddle two worlds

Serra Do Navio - Transfixed, tribal villagers in Brazil's Amazon rainforest look up, pointing at the sky."Airplane!" says one.

The forgotten history of Rodin's Napoleon, found in New Jersey

Washington - Napoleon Bonaparte and Auguste Rodin are both household names in their own right. But a bust of the French emperor created by the master sculptor faded into oblivion in an American town, only to be discovered by chance.

Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies

Riyadh - The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades —- a trip to the cinema.

Russian minister keeps doctorate despite plagiarism claims

Moscow - Russia's conservative culture minister will be allowed to keep his doctorate in medieval history, the country's top academic body ruled Friday, despite widespread accusations of plagiarism and inaccuracy.

Audrey Azoulay, France's 'passionate' arts defender to UNESCO chief

Paris - When Audrey Azoulay, then number two at France's National Cinema Centre, was named culture minister last year, she barely had a public profile -- she didn't even have a Twitter account.

Parthenon Marbles not in any Brexit deal: EU

Atenas - Greece cannot hope to benefit from EU cultural repatriation rules to get back the Parthenon Marbles from Britain in the event of Brexit, the European Commission said Thursday.

Despite strains, Turkey's wine industry refuses to wither

- On the verdant, fertile Gallipoli peninsula in northwest Turkey, headscarf-clad women in colourful clothes harvest grapes in the blistering late summer heat.

Ancient pools near Jerusalem set for renovation

Al-dawha - Ancient pools that provided water to Jerusalem around the time of Jesus are to be restored under a $750,000 renovation funded by the United States, officials said Tuesday.

Nepal's newly-retired 'living goddess' starts school

Kathmandu - Matina Shakya was only three when she was taken away from her parents to be worshipped as a "living goddess" in Nepal's historic capital. On Monday she finally started school after puberty ended her nine-year reign.
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