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Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

Ghent - A painstaking restoration of the "Mystic Lamb", a 15th-century Flemish masterpiece by the Van Eyck brothers, was unveiled on Tuesday, revealing a "much more expressive and intense" version of the central image of the giant altarpiece.

Paris open-air booksellers seek UNESCO status

Paris - After baguettes and bistros, second-hand booksellers along the banks of the Seine River in Paris are pushing to be recognised as one of the world's cultural treasures on UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage".

Dance star Akram Khan returns to roots in last solo show

London - Britain's best-known choreographer Akram Khan has drawn on his roots for the final solo dance performance of his career, with a show that pays tribute to Indian soldiers who fought in World War I.

Scratch to save a castle: France launches heritage lottery

Ferney-voltaire - French President Emmanuel Macron launched a new lottery Thursday to raise funds for the restoration of endangered heritage sites, including an island fort in Brittany, a Roman aqueduct near Lyon and a disused sugar refinery on the French Indian Ocean i...

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

Istanbul - Looking up at the giant wooden edifice looming over him, Erol Baytas shakes his head."I don't think it will survive another winter," he says, broken tiles and boards strewn at his feet.

Jordan's veteran musicians revive Arab song

Apo - A group of musicians are causing a sensation in Jordan by reviving the golden age of Arab song -- and not one of them is under the age of 50."I would give you anything for the feast, my angel.

Intelligent processes for digital transformation goals Special

Companies can design intelligent processes that empower everyone from new hires to the C-suite to make a dent in their digital transformation goals, according to Ryan Duguid of Nintex.

'May the force be with you' in Taiwan's presidential office

Taipei - Darth Vader and a pose of gun-toting stormtroopers assailed Taiwan's presidential office Friday -- but the only shots fired were from a barrage of cameras, in a sci-fi makeover for Star Wars Day.

Digital transformation: Time to be optimistic says Dell

Las Vegas - Digital transformation brings with it many challenges and the progress implementation is often slow and haphazard. However, the potential gains are high and it’s time to get optimistic about the future, according to Michael Dell.

Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-park

Apo - Saudi Arabia's King Salman has launched construction of an "entertainment city" near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects aimed at helping the oil-dependent kingdom diversify its economy.

'Father of disco' Moroder still behind the decks aged 78

Ortisei - Pioneering Italian composer Giorgio Moroder, famed for the Oscar-winning soundtracks to Flashdance, Top Gun and Midnight Express, and for his collaboration with music royalty like Donna Summer and Daft Punk, is showing no sign of slowing down as he tur...

The UK dance company putting a new spin on the art

London - Whether in a wheelchair, on crutches or without any disability at all, performers from the Candoco company are giving London audiences a fresh twist on contemporary dance.

Natalie Portman says backed out of prize over Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Hollywood actress Natalie Portman said she was backing out of a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million prize to protest against the policies of Israel's prime minister.

Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

Apo - Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom's debut theatre in Riyadh.

Natalie Portman backs out of Jewish prize over 'recent events' in Israel

Jerusalem - Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has cancelled her participation in a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million (1.6 million euro) prize, saying she was troubled by "recent events" in Israel, organisers said.

50 years on, French baby boomers still cling to May '68 ideals

Paris - As France prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous months of its history, experts say the May 1968 generation remains largely true to its youthful aims of greater personal freedom and social justice.

Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema with 'Black Panther' screening

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster "Black Panther", the first in a series of trial runs before movie theatres open to the wider public.

Tiny unicyclists and dancers for North Korea's founder

Pyongyang - Eleven tiny unicyclists circled in front of a Pyongyang theatre Wednesday to celebrate North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung.

Tiny unicyclists and dancers for North Korea's founder

Pyongyang - Eleven tiny unicyclists circled in front of a Pyongyang theatre Wednesday to celebrate North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung.

Tracey Emin sends anti-Brexit message in pink neon

London - British artist Tracey Emin has unveiled her latest artwork: a bright pink homage to Europe at St Pancras station in London -- Britain's rail gateway to the continent.

Three big examples of DX culture shift

Digital transformation is not all about technology and big ideas. For digital transformation to be undertaken smoothly, a cultural change, involving all employees, need to take place. To illustrate, the strategies of three big companies are profiled.

Facing outcry over data breach, Facebook again overhauls privacy settings

Washington - Facebook on Wednesday launched a fresh effort to quell the firestorm over the hijacking of personal data, once again unveiling new privacy tools and settings to give users more control over how their information is shared.

Russians defend banned British Council caught up in spy row

Moscow - From plans for a Shakespeare statue to film festivals and English teaching, the British Council has suspended all its projects in Russia for the first time in almost 60 years after Moscow banned the arts and education organisation.

Invasive beetle threatens Japan's famed cherry blossoms

Apo - Across Japan's capital, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle.

Russian theatre titan Oleg Tabakov dies

Moscow - One of Russia's most beloved actors who had dominated Moscow's theatrical life since the Soviet era, Oleg Tabakov, passed away in hospital on Monday, his theatre said.

S. Korea abuse MP quits as poet's exhibition dismantled

Seoul - A South Korean member of parliament resigned Monday after being accused of sex abuse, the latest target of a spreading #MeToo campaign in the country, as an exhibition to an accused poet was dismantled.

Kyrgyzstan marks national hat day under shadow of dog scandal

Bichkek - Topchubek Turgunaliyev, a wispy-bearded former presidential advisor, smiles gleefully as he runs a finger around the rim of his favourite high-crowned "ak-kalpak" hat, which has a special place in Kyrgyzstan society.

Saudi Arabia begins issuing cinema licences

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia began issuing licences Thursday to operate cinemas in the kingdom ahead of their reopening after a decades-long ban was lifted as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive.

Turkey state TV blacklists songs, sparking censorship row

Ankara - Turkey's state broadcaster on Thursday faced accusations of imposing censorship reminiscent of a military coup after admitting it had banned over 200 songs from being played on air.

Picasso's hidden mistress set to fetch millions at sale

London - A Pablo Picasso painting depicting his muse Marie-Therese Walter with future lover Dora Maar emerging from the shadows behind is expected to fetch an eye-watering sum at a London sale next week.
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