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Russian disqualified from Tango competition over 'punch'

Buenos Aires - A Russian participant in the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires has been disqualified for violence towards his partner, the organizers said Wednesday.

Facelift of Cairo's Baron Palace sparks outcry

Apo - Egyptian authorities have defended renovation works at a historic Cairo palace after the site's new look sparked mockery on social media.The site, dubbed the Baron Palace, was built between 1907 and 1911 by wealthy Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain....

Beats replace bombs: young Iraqis revel at summer festival

Baghdad - Hundreds of Iraqi teenagers clapped along exuberantly to techno beats pumping across a makeshift dance hall on Friday night, a scene their capital had not witnessed in decades.

Digital tools and community first — A bright future for the TSO

Toronto Symphony Orchestra CEO Matthew Loden is uniquely positioned to observe how digital media is shifting audience expectations of classical music, and how reaching out to a larger community can benefit cultural institutions.

Notre-Dame cathedral 'still at risk of collapse' after fire

Paris - Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is still at risk of collapse after being gutted by a fire in April, with more stonework falling during the recent heatwave in the French capital, the government said on Wednesday.

Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

London - A six-year-old boy thrown from a tenth-floor viewing platform at London's Tate Modern gallery is a French national who was visiting the British capital with his family, police said Monday.

Teen arrested after 'throwing' boy from London's Tate Modern

London - A teenager was arrested on Sunday after allegedly throwing a six-year-old boy from a tenth-floor viewing platform of London's Tate Modern gallery, police said.

World's largest concert piano strikes chord in Latvia

Ventspils - Soaring to new musical heights, a German-born innovator has crafted what is believed to be the world's largest grand piano.

Brazil's new performing arts chief in anti-left 'crusade'

Rio De Janeiro - Creating a "cultural war machine" in Brazil's performing arts is renowned theater director Roberto Alvim's mission as he seeks to eradicate progressive ideas from the stage.

Report: Cultural factors hampering construction digitialization

A new report finds that while the construction industry is making progress with digital transformation, especially being an early adopter of AI, the DX journey is hampered by cultural factors.

Members of first all-female Afghan orchestra missing in Slovakia

Bratislava - Police in Slovakia said on Thursday they were searching for four members of Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra who went missing from their hotel after performing at a local festival.

Louvre museum removes Sackler name amid opioid controversy

Paris - The Louvre museum in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from one of its wings, amid a controversy that has seen the billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

Inside Notre-Dame: rubble, emptiness and an immense task ahead

Paris - Three months after a fire ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, a rare glimpse inside the burned masterpiece on Wednesday revealed it to be eerily empty and with rubble still littering the nave.

Benin readies for return of treasures taken by France

Abomey-calavi - The display cases at the royal palaces in Benin's sleepy southern town of Abomey are coated in dust and the exhibition halls plunged in darkness.

Cuba's aging rockers finally earn their due

Havana - For decades, their songs were banned, and even called the "music of the enemy." But Cuba's rockers have finally found their place in a nation where salsa, rumba and reggaeton usually reign.

Protesters urge Louvre to cut ties with donor over opioid crisis

Paris - Protesters gathered outside the Louvre in Paris on Monday to condemn the museum's ties with the Sackler family, billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.

Kyoto mayor steps into #KimOhNo row over Kardashian line

Apo - The mayor of Japan's ancient capital Kyoto has entered into an unlikely correspondence with the queen of selfies Kim Kardashian West, asking her to reconsider naming her shapewear line "Kimono".

Bum move: Kardashian 'kimono' shapewear sparks Japan debate

Apo - American television star Kim Kardashian has sparked debate in Japan by naming her new line of shapewear "Kimono," prompting some to accuse her of disrespecting the traditional outfit.

Saudi de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency'

Apo - Saudi Arabia has rendered toothless the once-feared religious police amid a liberalisation drive, but a planned "public decency" law is stoking controversy with some fearing a revival of morality policing.

An early 'Tintin' cover sells at auction for $1.1 million

Washington - An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, the Heritage Auctions house told AFP.The identities of seller and buyer have not been released.

'I worked here': home of Albanian author Kadare becomes a museum

Tirana - Ismail Kadare draws the curtain to bring a shaft of light into the Tirana apartment where he wrote furiously during the dark days of communism -- a space visitors can now explore first-hand after his former home was turned into a museum.

British visit Easter Island to discuss returning sacred monolith

Santiago - A team from the British Museum arrived Tuesday on Easter Island to meet with local Polynesian people seeking the return from London of one of the most spiritually important of the Chilean island's stone monoliths.

Malaysia fights to save centuries-old creole

Malacca - Children in colourful outfits sing in a creole of Portuguese and Malay during a class in the historic Malaysian city of Malacca, part of efforts to stem the decline of the centuries-old language.

Facelift helps Morocco's Old City of Fez lure tourists

In recent times the imperial city of Fez has been overlooked by tourists in favour of Marrakesh, but now Morocco's "spiritual" capital is bustling with visitors due to major renovations and low-cost flights.

UAE expats get taste of Ramadan traditional sweets

Dubai - Nida Mohammed drove for more than an hour from Fujairah to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates just to buy special Iraqi sweets and juices for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Moscow 8: the N. Korean filmmakers who defied Pyongyang

Seoul - As the Korean War raged eight of Pyongyang's young heroes -- all members of the North's new elite, destined for a life of privilege and power -- left for Moscow to study at a prestigious film school. They never returned.

Secret chamber uncovered 2,000 years on at Nero palace

Rome - A team of archaeologists have discovered a secret chamber decorated with detailed frescoes during restoration work at Emperor Nero's Domus Aurea or Golden Palace constructed two millennia ago.

Britain's answer to 'King Tut's tomb' found on roadside

London - Excited archeologists on Thursday hailed an ancient burial site found on the side of a road near a pub and a budget supermarket as Britain's answer to the tomb of Egypt's King Tutankhamun.

Gutted and broke: Brazil's National Museum pleads for money

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's devastated National Museum is broke and cannot afford storage for artifacts rescued from the ashes of the gutted building, its director said Tuesday.

Tales of Leonardo, enigmatic genius

Amboise - Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago on Thursday, lives in the collective memory as an enigmatic genius who embodied the Italian Renaissance. Here are some anecdotes about his extraordinary life and work.
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The same shoreline many Greek heroes leaving for legendary battles of ancient history have departed from for the last time. No doubt looking back from their ship feeling an immense sense of duty, honour and patriotism.
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Greeks are a very proud people of the utmost integrity and kindness. Their national pride is evident throughout the city with flags and banners everywhere. You can't help but think it was this same national pride that put the ancient Greeks at the forefront of politics, philosophy and morality.
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A Modern Athenian Horizon.
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The six-story archive building of the City of Cologne, collapsed on 3 March 2009, comes to life again at the Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum.
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Inside the museum. The extensive collection of artifacts is breathtaking. You could spend all day here!
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Another quaint Kafeneio in Athens, this one called 'Efcharis' (Ευχαρις: graceful). The interior of Greek cafes is always exuding with originality!
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Looking through the same Kafeneio. The service is always extraordinary: peaceful and enjoyable rather than the noisy and rushed experience many in Australia endure everyday.
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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Tapa cloths, part of 'Pacific Worlds' at the Oakland Art Museum. (Courtesy of Oakland Art Museum).
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View across the city: right at the tipsy-top of that mountain, is an ancient monastery, built by the Orthodox monks themselves.
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A quaint 'Kafeneio' (Καφενειο: cafe) on the incline to the Acropolis. Just what the doctor ordered!
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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March 25: Greek Independence Day. A proud national display of Greece's military might; dissuading any Turks or Macedonians considering a forceful border adjustment.
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.

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