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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.

Britain announces plan to ban antique ivory trade

London - Britain on Friday outlined plans for a near-total ban on trade in antique ivory, bowing to pressure from campaigners who say that poachers are exploiting loopholes in the current regulations.

Green fingers: Japan sending garden-repair teams abroad

Toukyo - Tokyo plans to send green fingers to every corner of the world on a mission to spruce up Japanese-style gardens that have fallen into disrepair.

Taiwan's battle with betel nut addiction

- For years Huang Sheng-yi helped feed Taiwan's addiction to the betel nut, planting thousands of the trees on his mountainous farm.

Spain on tenterhooks ahead of Catalan referendum

Barcelona - Spain is on tenterhooks as the crisis between Catalan separatist leaders and the central government reaches fever-pitch ahead of an independence referendum banned by Madrid on Sunday.

Leonardo da Vinci may have drawn 'Nude Mona Lisa', experts say

Paris - A nude drawing that bears a striking resemblance to the Mona Lisa may have been done by Leonardo da Vinci, experts told AFP Thursday.

Three-year-old anointed as 'living goddess' in Nepal

Kathmandu - A three-year-old girl was anointed the new "living goddess" of Kathmandu by Hindu priests on Thursday and taken to a palace in the historic centre of the Nepali capital where she will remain until she reaches puberty.

Nepal names 3-year-old as new 'living goddess'

Kathmandu - A three-year-old girl has been named the new Kumari of Nepal's capital Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as "living goddesses".

'Seismic' street-art icon Basquiat gets major UK show

London - The explosive works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a trailblazer of the New York art scene of the 1970s and 80s, are to be shown in London starting this week in his first major British exhibition.

Banksy honours Basquiat with new London murals

London - Two new murals by street artist Banksy have appeared in central London in tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat ahead of a new exhibition celebrating the US artist's work.

Splashes galore as Frisian pole-jumpers reach for the sky

De Beek - At 22, Dutch pole-jumper Sytse Bokma is getting to the top of his game -- literally. But on a muggy summer's afternoon in rural northern Netherlands, things just weren't going his way.

Superman confronts a new villain: white supremacists

Washington - No longer are planet-destroying extra-terrestrials or billionaire evil geniuses the villains: Superman, the DC Comics superhero, has a new mission protecting hard-working immigrants from white supremacist bullies.

On the banks of the Tigris, a refuge for Iraqi readers

Baghdad - Sitting in the green grass under a bright Baghdad sun, Iraqi men and women bury their heads in romance novels, essay collections and volumes of poetry.

Pregnant woman's suicide roils China

Bejing - Ma Rongrong's labour pains were unbearable. For hours she had begged for a C-section to ease her agony. After multiple requests were refused, she jumped five floors from a hospital window in northern China to her death.
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