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Feeling hangry? It'll soon be wine o'clock

London - Don't worry if you're feeling hangry, you could nibble on barbacoa and freekeh until wine o'clock. That would be awesomesauce.Oxford University Press on Thursday announced its quarterly update to OxfordDictionaires.

Argentina to return wealth of artefacts to Ecuador, Peru

Buenos Aires - Argentina will return thousands of stolen archaeological pieces to South American neighbors, President Cristina Kirchner said Saturday.

Russian call on U.S. to hand over Rachmaninov remains raises stir

Moscow - Russia's cultural authorities want to reclaim the remains of composer Sergei Rachmaninov from the United States, in a move seen as aimed at stoking patriotism but has made his descendants fume.

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

Bejing - China has ordered 120 songs to be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled "Don't Want to Go to School" and "All Must Die" because they promoted sex, violence or "incited law-breaking", authorities said.

Ukraine slaps broadcast ban on 13 Russian artists, including Depardieu

Kiev - Ukraine on Saturday named 13 pro-Russian actors and singers whose work would be banned from TV, radio and cinema, including France's Gerard Depardieu.

UN asks ICC to investigate destruction of Mali mausoleums

Goundam - The UN's cultural wing has reported the destruction of precious mausoleums during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali to the International Criminal Court, its head said on a visit to witness their reconstruction.

Japan hails new UNESCO listing despite Korean qualms

Toukyo - Japan on Monday celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.

Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status

Berlin - The UN's cultural body on Sunday conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing.

Hamburg's historic port warehouses win UN world heritage nod

Berlin - The UN cultural agency Sunday designated Hamburg's historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World Heritage sites.

Cyprus stages play for peace at reopened landmark

Famagusta - Cyprus's Othello Tower, named after the ill-fated Shakespearean hero, reopened Thursday after a facelift with a performance of the tragedy that organisers hope will spread unity among long-divided communities.

UNESCO lists Yemen world heritage sites as endangered

Berlin - The UN cultural agency on Thursday placed two ancient cities in conflict-torn Yemen, Sana'a and Shibam, on its list of endangered World Heritage sites.

China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

Bejing - Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported.

Alamo, French champagne vineyards vie for World Heritage status

Paris - The legendary Alamo battleground and the vineyards that produce France's beloved champagne are among the sites likely to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting starting Sunday.

New arrests as Italy probes mafia links to Rome officials

Rome - Italian police on Tuesday arrested six people, including a senior culture official, in a probe running parallel to a major investigation into a mafia network suspected of operating out of Rome city hall.

'Sensational' ancient manuscript sells for 356,800 euros

Vienna - An 11th-century French religious manuscript from a private collection sold for 356,800 euros ($388,900) in Vienna on Monday, in what auctioneers described as a "sensational deal".

UNESCO condemns 'severe' bombing damage to Sanaa old town

Paris - The United Nations cultural agency on Tuesday condemned "severe damage" caused to heritage sites in Yemen, such as Sanaa's old city, during intense bombing of the rebel-held capital.

Russians embrace Kremlin-backed WWII ribbon

Moscow - Millions of Russians will on May 9 don black-and-orange striped ribbons to mark Soviet victory in World War II, but critics accuse the Kremlin of using them to link wartime glory to current policies.

Head of French cultural body resigns over '40,000-euro' cab bill

Paris - The head of a major French public body that manages the country's TV and radio archives was forced to resign Tuesday after reportedly spending more than 40,000 euros in cab rides in 10 months.

Eyes on the prize: China cracks down on art, literary awards

Bejing - First went the fancy banquets, then the lavish gift-giving. Now, China's ruling Communist Party has set its sights on a new target in its anti-corruption drive: art and literary prizes.

California's Cahuilla natives try to keep traditions alive

Banning - In the middle of the dusty California desert, a group of Cahuilla Native Americans gather, as they have for generations, for the annual agave festival.

Minecraft to be given free to every school in Northern Ireland

Every secondary school in Northern Ireland is to receive free copies of the massively popular computer game Minecraft after the title was recognised for its unique educational potential and ability to teach children about the world.

Photo Essay: Alberta Rocky Mountains Special

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are located in the West of the province; it is a land of wilderness and nature with many rivers and trails, the Rocky Mountains draw many tourists each year.

Ireland fetes St Patrick's Day as PM rejects Irish cliches

Dublin - Hundreds of thousands of green-clad revellers partied in Ireland for Saint Patrick's Day on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Enda Kenny hit out at Irish stereotypes following comments from Australian PM Tony Abbott.

Ancient Chinese vase set to fetch $7.7 mn in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A simple Chinese vase made over 800 years ago and unveiled in Hong Kong Monday is expected to fetch HK$60 million (US$7.7 million) when it goes under the hammer next month, Sotheby's said.

'Priceless' Chinese artefacts stolen from French castle

Paris - Thieves have broken in to the fabled Fontainebleau castle south of Paris and stolen 15 or so "priceless" Chinese artefacts in a lightning raid, French authorities said.

Op-Ed: Libraries: More bridges between culture and education collapse

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

Year of the Sheep won't be baaa-d, fortune tellers say

Hong Kong - The Year of the Horse brought catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war -- and, in Hong Kong, large-scale civil unrest.

Controversy-hit samba school wins Rio carnival title

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian samba school shrugged off a controversy over alleged funding by an African strongman president and went on to claim its 13th win at the Rio Carnival championship on Wednesday.

Dali, parachutists, African polemic at Rio parade

Rio De Janeiro - A Dali-style homage to Rio ahead of the city's 450th birthday, parachutists landing on the piste and a polemic on the funding of an elite samba school paying tribute to Africa marked Monday's carnival parade.

At Rio carnival, not even downpour dampens show

Rio De Janeiro - Tens of thousands of people defied a thunderstorm to pack Rio's Sambadrome as elite dance schools paraded in dazzling costumes and revelers shed inhibitions at street parties.
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