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Mud-brick palace is Yemen's latest heritage site facing disaster

Saywun - Yemen's Seiyun Palace, one of the world's largest mud-brick structures, has become the war-torn country's latest heritage site facing the risk of collapse as heavy rains and years of neglect take their toll.

Torlonia collection's ancient sculptures back on show after restoration

Rome - One of the world's biggest private collections of antique marble sculpture is bringing restored works, from mythical creatures to statues of emperors, back to public display in Rome this month.

Lebanese artists in overdrive to restore Beirut's beauty

Beirut - Lebanese stained glass artist Maya Husseini had hoped to retire after decades spent designing colourful windows, but she has been flooded with work since the blast that ripped through Beirut.

Argentine creator of Mafalda cartoon strip dies

Buenos Aires - Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who created the beloved comic strip Mafalda, has died aged 88, his publisher announced Wednesday.

Argentine creator of Mafalda cartoon strip dies

Buenos Aires - Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, creator of the comic strip Mafalda, has died aged 88, his publisher Daniel Divinsky announced Wednesday. "Quino has died.

Mexico's forgotten Afro-descendants celebrate roots

Cuajinicuilapa - With dancing devils, fireworks and traditional musical instruments like the donkey jawbone, Afro-Mexicans proudly celebrate a heritage that is often forgotten in the Latin American country despite a centuries-old presence.

No deal with Israel, but Saudi pushes outreach to Jews

Apo - From scrubbing hate-filled school textbooks to a taboo-defying religious sermon, Saudi Arabia is pushing for another kind of normalisation after declining to establish formal relations with Israel -- co-existence with Jews.

Five points for digital transformation success

Digital transformation is not just about technology. The process concerns culture and structure. Organizations must change in five areas: mind-set, organizational setup, work-activity allocation, workforce composition, and C-suite understanding.

Culture war: Inner Mongolia seethes as China presses Mandarin at school

Tongliao - As his son returned to school under the watchful eye of plainclothes police, an ethnic Mongolian father admitted defeat after days of fighting against a curriculum imposed by the Chinese state, which he fears will suffocate his culture.

Arab artists boycott UAE after Israel deal

Jerusalem - The United Arab Emirates' move to pursue normalisation with Israel has prompted a backlash from Arab artists and intellectuals, who are boycotting Emirati-backed cultural awards and events to support the Palestinian cause.

Digging up graves: an Indonesian community honours its dead

Wide - Families in a mountainous community on Indonesia's Sulawesi island dig up their mummified relatives every three years, clean them and dress them in their favourite clothes to honour their spirits.

Mexican rockers blend punk with indigenous soul

Los Zacatones - With a unique blend of punk rock, Aztec instruments and indigenous lyrics, five brothers from a struggling suburb of Mexico City are using music to preserve their cultural heritage."It has been an adventure," said Victor Hugo Sandoval, 31.

With streets silent, Latin American activists use walls to speak out

Medell - Coronavirus lockdowns may have largely silenced various social movements but a new form of protest is spreading on the walls of buildings in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America.

Virus-hit Mexico City reopens museums, cinemas

Mexico - Mexico is reopening museums and cinemas in the capital after months of lockdown, but face masks and social distancing are the new normal for culture vultures in a city still battling the coronavirus.

Istanbul in uproar over restoration damage to iconic tower

Istanbul - Cell phone footage of restoration workers drilling down the stone wall of Istanbul's 14th-century Galata Tower created a political firestorm Wednesday and forced the culture ministry into a hasty retreat.

Surviving selfies: Japan's purikura photo booths cling on

Apo - A pair of Japanese schoolgirls primp their hair before a long mirror, preparing for the perfect shot. But they are not taking a smartphone selfie, they are using a "purikura" photo booth.

Israel city's bid to honour Egyptian diva stirs anger

Haifa - She was one of the Arab world's most revered singers, praised by Bob Dylan and sampled by Beyonce: the late Egyptian legend Umm Kulthum seems worthy of having a street named in her honour.

Bombed and looted: Yemen battles to save its heritage

Ibb - The two facades of the National Museum in the Yemeni city of Taez bear testament to the ravages of a war that has consumed the Arabian Peninsula country.

Visitors bypass Berlin museums despite star attractions

Berlin - Berlin museums might house the iconic Nefertiti bust, the Ishtar gate of ancient Babylon or Rembrandt masterpieces, but they still trail global counterparts in popularity -- and the coronavirus is making things worse.

Future of famous Mexican dance hall threatened by pandemic

Mexico - Mexico City's famous "Los Angeles" dance hall was once frequented by Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky and Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

Royal rivalry in Italian Riviera 'micronation'

Seborga - The princess showed off her tiny realm, sitting peaceful and picturesque, high above the Italian Riviera.But trouble is afoot in the self-declared micronation of Seborga, where a pretender to the "crown" is stoking passionate opposition.

France's Louvre reopens after 16-week virus shutdown

Paris - The world's most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, reopened Monday after nearly four months of coronavirus closure, with a restricted number of visitors enjoying a rare chance to view the "Mona Lisa" without the usual throngs.

France's Louvre reopens after 16-week virus shutdown

Paris - The world's most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, reopened Monday after nearly four months of coronavirus closure, with a restricted number of visitors enjoying a rare chance to view the "Mona Lisa" without the usual throngs.

France's Louvre reopens after 16-week virus shutdown

Paris - The world's most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, reopened Monday after nearly four months of coronavirus closure, with a restricted number of visitors enjoying a rare chance to view the "Mona Lisa" without the usual throngs.

Japan university awards first-ever ninja studies degree

Apo - Japan has produced its first ninja studies graduate after Genichi Mitsuhashi spent two years honing his martial arts skills and absorbing the finer traditions of the feudal martial arts agents.

Opera returns to Vienna with hotel 'window concert'

Vienna - Deserted by tourists, a hotel in Vienna gave itself a temporary one-night-only makeover, turning itself into an outdoor concert hall.

Facebook denies sidelining research on site's 'divisiveness'

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday defended itself against a report that it shelved internal research indicating that it was dividing people instead of bringing them together.

Rio Tinto admits damaging Australian Aboriginal heritage site

Sydney - Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in the remote Pilbara region -- blasting near the 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

Saudi Ramadan TV dramas invite scrutiny of Israel ties

Apo - Two Ramadan television dramas on a Saudi-controlled network have stirred controversy as they test public perceptions of quietly warming relations between the Gulf kingdom and Israel.

Coronavirus interrupts world's longest-running cartoon

Apo - Production of the world's longest-running cartoon and a mainstay of the Japanese weekend has been interrupted by the coronavirus, forcing the broadcast of re-runs for the first time in decades.
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
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Aga Khan's collection for the first time in Berlin - Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum
2012 Newport Beach Film Festival - Latino Showcase
2012 Newport Beach Film Festival - Latino Showcase
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One of Manchester s many museums  located close to the university.
One of Manchester's many museums, located close to the university.
An amphitheater just below the Acropolis. Extraordinary engineering ingenuities such as this theater...
An amphitheater just below the Acropolis. Extraordinary engineering ingenuities such as this theater, would have housed the great poets like Homer, and speakers like Pericles.
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.
Turkish performers at the Toronto Turkish Festival.
Turkish performers at the Toronto Turkish Festival.
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
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