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In Morocco's Fez, world's oldest library holds gems

Fez - Nestled in a labyrinth of streets in the heart of Morocco's ancient city of Fez, stands the world's oldest working library.

Rebuilding history? Debate rages over lost Afghan Buddhas

Bamyan - For centuries they stood, two monumental ancient statues of Buddha carved into the cliffs of Bamiyan, loved and revered by generations of Afghans -- only to be pulverised by the Taliban in an act of cultural genocide.

Mahler symphony score sells for record £4.5 mn

London - The complete score of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony was sold in London for £4.5 million on Tuesday, a record for a musical manuscript, Sotheby's auction house said.

Israeli scientists unearth rare 'thinker' figurine

Jerusalem - A "unique" 3,800-year-old figurine showing a seated person, apparently deep in thought, was unveiled in Israel on Wednesday.

'Africa's male Barbie' speaks out after Nigeria controversy

Lagos - A cross-dressing social media star dubbed "Africa's male Barbie" has shot to fame in Nigeria, sparking a charged debate in a conservative country where alternative lifestyles remain frowned upon.

Ancient Indonesian martial arts seeks global spotlight

Jakarta - Some fight with machetes three-feet long, others are armed with daggers curved like the claws of big cats, while other combatants rely on only their minds.

Ancient Indonesian martial arts seeks global spotlight

Jakarta - Some fight with machetes three-feet long, others are armed with daggers curved like the claws of big cats, while other combatants rely on only their minds.

Ancient Indonesian martial arts seeks global spotlight

Jakarta - Some fight with machetes three-feet long, others are armed with daggers curved like the claws of big cats, while other combatants rely on only their minds.

Eagles of Death Metal singer denies trying to enter Sting gig

Paris - The frontman of the US rock group on stage in Paris when jihadists massacred 90 people a year ago Sunday denied claims he was barred entry to the show marking the first anniversary of the killings.

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz dies aged 70

Cairo - Iconic Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, who starred in more than 90 feature films and worked under some of Egypt's most celebrated directors, has died aged 70.

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz dies aged 70

Cairo - Iconic Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, who starred in more than 90 feature films and worked under some of Egypt's most celebrated directors, has died aged 70.

Bataclan bars Eagles of Death Metal from reopening show

Paris - Members of Eagles of Death Metal, the US group who were playing when jihadists attacked Paris' Bataclan concert hall last year, were turned away from the venue's reopening show Saturday over controversial remarks by their lead singer.

Sting set to reopen Bataclan concert hall year after Paris massacre

Paris - Rock star Sting will on Saturday reopen the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

Sting set to reopen Bataclan concert hall year after Paris massacre

Paris - Rock star Sting will on Saturday reopen the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

Sting set to reopen Bataclan concert hall year after Paris massacre

Paris - Rock star Sting will on Saturday reopen the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks.

Tug of war over China's founding father Sun Yat-sen

Zhongshan - China's ruling party is marking the 150th birthday this week of the man who ended millennia of imperial rule by trumpeting republican revolutionary Sun Yat-sen as a proto-Communist and a symbol of unification with Taiwan.

In Poland, bad blood brewing between politics and the arts

Wroclaw - The play is over, the curtain falls, then rises again to reveal the actors standing with their mouths taped shut at the Polski Theatre in Poland's western city of Wroclaw.

Feet of clay: 'foreign forces' row over China's Terracotta Warriors

Xian - Silent and enigmatic, China's emblematic Terracotta Warriors are at the centre of a bitter row, with patriots and scholars dismissing as impossible theories they could have been inspired by Greek sculpture.

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Portoroz - Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

England's 'most haunted village' gears up for Halloween

Pluckley - With Halloween in the air, ghouls are set to emerge from the shadows in the quiet streets of Pluckley, reputedly the most haunted village in England.

Syria's Kurds restore ancient names to Arabised towns

- On a dusty road in northeast Syria, a woman and her four children stand beside a freshly erected green sign for Joldara, the Kurdish name of her village known for decades as Shajra.

Art-loving US couple gives Paris multi-million dollar collection

Paris - A Texan couple who discovered their love for art during a trip to Paris in the 1970s are to donate the multi-million dollar collection they have amassed since to the French capital.

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: the coronation of a lifetime

Benin City - The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City.

Japan pulls UNESCO funding over Nanjing row

Toukyo - Japan is holding back more than $40 million in UNESCO funding, foreign minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, following a protest against listing documents related to the Nanjing massacre.

Unwanted gods find new home in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Tucked away on a coastal Hong Kong hillside is a different type of recycling point -- here, thousands of unwanted statues of deities look out to sea, gathered and repaired after their owners discard them.

London nightlife reels from Fabric closure

London - "Rest in peace" reads a note outside the Fabric nightclub as London revellers mourn the loss of the flagship nightspot -- just the latest music venue to shut its doors in the British capital.

France's Apocalypse Tapestry to be restored to medieval glory

Angers - Dusty and somewhat faded, as befits its onetime use as insulation for horse stables, a priceless piece of medieval artistic heritage, France's Apocalypse Tapestry, is getting a welcome clean-up.

Timbuktu attacker jail term a 'warning' to others: ICC prosecutor

Den Haag - The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court welcomed Tuesday a nine-year jail term handed to a Malian jihadist for destroying Timbuktu's shrines, saying it sent "a warning" to others planning such attacks.

Reshaping the future? Hong Kong's face readers

Hong Kong - Want to improve your performance at work, or solve relationship problems? Li Chau-jing has the solution -- plucking your eyebrows to help achieve those life goals.

Japan sake pours overseas as local market dries up

Ome - Ozawa Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries old drink is all the rage.
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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.
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The cover of Lady Humpdori.
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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.
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The French Minister of Culture's office at the French Culture Ministry, Paris 2009
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Toronto s cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
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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.
Toronto's cultural diversity is shown in many different forms across the city.
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