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Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

Rome - The Italian government said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring.

Op-Ed: In praise of the hyper micro

We want things made for us, not for others. At a minimum, we are actively seeking at least an illusion that certain things are exactly to our taste, not to anyone else's and not to a mass, generic audience.

Friday's dramatic events in France so far

Paris - Developments up to 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Friday as the manhunt for the suspected killers of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris Wednesday and the perpetrators of a related killing of a policewoman Thursday culminate in a double hosta...

As old as the Republic: France's satirical press

Paris - Charlie Hebdo, the magazine targeted in Wednesday's massacre in Paris, is one of the few publications carrying on a French tradition of mocking religion and rulers in cartoons dating back to the Revolution.

Op-Ed: Why religious conflict persists

New York - Interfaith activists tend to focus on the inner makeup of faith and dialogue needed to work effectively for interreligious peace.

Op-Ed: A more informed urban narrative Special

London - The challenges linked to the urban environment requires following multiple paths to find solutions. Academic voices are often overlooked, but the reality is countless scholars offer crucial insights that can clarify contemporary concerns.

Skeleton found in mysterious Alexander-era Greek tomb

Thessalon - A skeleton has been discovered in the mysterious, richly-decorated tomb from the time of Alexander the Great that has crisis-hit Greece on tenterhooks, the country's culture ministry said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Cultural Cleansing: An imperfect name for a growing problem

The director of UNESCO has dubbed the intentional destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage "cultural cleansing." A bland and imperfect, but necessary and welcome, name for a very real and, sadly, recurring trend.

Paris Opera expels veiled woman during performance

Paris - France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

Op-Ed: What happened to good storytelling?

"The future is not a place that we're gonna go, it's a place that you get to create." These remarkably perceptive words from professional storyteller Nancy Duarte drew a line in the sand. A line we've crossed.

Pulling bulls by the tail, cowboys chase Colombia glory

Villavicencio - The gate opens and the bull charges into the arena, two cowboys on horseback in hot pursuit.One flanks him, the other tries to grab him by the tail to drag him at a gallop and pull him to the ground.

New Zealander wanted over broken statue in Cambodia's Angkor complex

Phnom Penh - Cambodian authorities say they are hunting a New Zealand tourist who allegedly destroyed a statue while illegally staying overnight at the country's famed Angkor Wat temple complex.

300 masterpieces from French museums set for Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh will be among 300 works displayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Emirate said Sunday, as it aims to become a leader in fine art.

Asian cave paintings challenge Europe as cradle of art

Paris - The silhouette of a hand on a cave wall in Indonesia is 40,000 years old, showing that Europe was not the birthplace of art as long believed, researchers said on Wednesday.

Comics, narrative, and the unstable other in Who’s Hump? Special

Chicago - On September 24th Chicago’s LATITUDE gallery space will host a Winkelman-Milling Projects show called Who’s HUMP?, the latest in a series of WMP shows that spotlight art and artists exploring boundaries in the windy city and beyond.

25 percent of world's languages threatened says new study

A new study published on September 3 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that many world languages are threatened by economic growth, and may go extinct.

Economic growth kills minority languages: Study

Paris - Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as "hotspots" for extinction risk.

'Vaping' and the rise of a new culture

Along with the rise of vaping comes a distinct culture as well. Vaping smokers have new options and new places to gather with this trend.

Popularity of 'little tiger' in Vietnam endangers pet cats

Cat owners are having to protect their pets from those who want to serve them as a snack alongside beer. Pet owners must now guard against criminal elements who want to make some fast money off of their stolen animals.

BAM ARTSfair showcases captivating works of art Special

Bellevue - ARTSfair, an annual outdoor art festival presented by the Bellevue Arts Museum, gives visitors the chance to behold and admire many unique sculptures, paintings and photo pieces created by accomplished local artists.

BAM ARTSfair showcases captivating works of art Special

Bellevue - ARTSfair, an annual outdoor art festival presented by the Bellevue Arts Museum, gives visitors the chance to behold and admire many unique sculptures, paintings and photo pieces created by accomplished local artists.

Does culture influence strategy?

People strategize better with those from their own culture and they are poor at predicting the behavior of those from different cultures. This is the outcome of a new study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Discover the best experiences in your city with Wutzwhat Special

In today's technology-orientated world, more and more of us find ourselves living in busy, crowded cities but somehow overlooking the treasures held within. Canadian start-up app Wutzwhat aims to rectify this by highlighting unique experiences.

Australia cancels 'Honour Killings Are Morally Justified' talk

Sydney - A planned talk on whether honour killings can be morally justified as part of Sydney's Festival of Dangerous Ideas has been cancelled following public outrage, officials said.

Amazing sculpture changes form based on where you view it from

Perspective can do some tricky things to the human mind. In this case it is used to create a piece of art that changes based on where you look at it from. Watch the video yourself and decide whether it is spectacular or not.

Op-Ed: Is India losing fight against rape culture?

Even though the Indian government introduced tougher laws to deter rapists, the number of reported cases is not declining. Is rape a part of India's culture, or are there some serious social issues in the background of the problem?

Inca trails, ancient French cave vie for World Heritage status

Doha - Inca trails spanning six countries and a French cave with some of the earliest known paintings are among the sites expected to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting that started Sunday in Doha.

Op-Ed: Zombie bees terrorize Bushwick

Brooklyn - Near Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the bees, like the freaks, come out at night. Earlier today the whole neighborhood was abuzz with talk of swarming bees near Roberta’s Pizza at 261 Moore St.

Virtual Reality is exploding in California Special

Facebook has recently acquired the technology behind the head-mounted display of Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Because of this, meetup groups, networking mixers, and dedicated virtual reality events are popping up all across California.

Venice mayor arrested in flood barrier fraud probe

Venice - Italy's financial police on Wednesday placed the mayor of Venice under house arrest in a sweeping corruption investigation into a multi-billion-euro flood barrier project to save the island city from rising sea levels.
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Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
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Aga Khan s collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Aga Khan s collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
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Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.