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Romanian Investigators Seize 101 Paintings in Corruption Probe

Romanian investigators have seized 101 paintings, including three signed Pablo Picasso, as part of a corruption probe targeting former finance minister Darius Valcov, prosecutors said Friday.

The Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) said there was evidence to suggest that Valcov had indirectly acquired the artworks with money obtained through suspect deals.

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'Car Park King' Richard III's Tomb Revealed

The stone tomb covering the grave of Richard III was unveiled Friday, the last act in the reburial of the 15th-century king found beneath a car park.

The 2.3-tonne slab of Swaledale fossil stone went on public display the day after he was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, central England, in the presence of royalty.

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Nobel's Will Goes on Display for First Time

Alfred Nobel's last will and testament, which played a pivotal role in Swedish history by creating the now-illustrious Nobel prizes, has gone on display for the first time in Stockholm.

Until now, only a handful of people had laid eyes on the original 1895 document that has been stashed away in a safe at the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm.

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Venezuelan Theater Chronicles Absurdity of Life in Crisis

Stage left is Josefina, a rough-talking working girl; stage right, Sofia, a swankily dressed bourgeois who has fallen on hard times.

The two characters in Venezuelan playwright Virginia Urdaneta's new play come together doing something that real people in her homeland spend long hours doing, across the country, every day: waiting in line to buy scarce products from barren supermarket shelves.

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Italian Police Seize Picasso Painting Worth 15 mn Euros

Italian police have seized a 15-million-euro ($16-million) Picasso and a precious Roman statue they suspect were about to be smuggled out of the country, media reports said Friday.

The Picasso was described as being a 1912 work from the Spanish artist's Cubist period.

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Stieg Larsson's Partner Appalled by 'Millennium Business'

Eva Gabrielsson doesn't mince her words: continuing the wildly successful Millennium trilogy written by her late partner Stieg Larsson is a mistake and should never have happened.

The highly-anticipated fourth instalment, written by David Lagercrantz, a journalist and author best known as footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic's official biographer, is due out on August 27 in 35 countries.

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Cover Design Unveiled for New Harper Lee Novel

The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

On Wednesday, HarperCollins unveiled the jacket art for Lee's "Go Set a Watchman," the unexpected follow-up to her classic "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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England's Richard III Finally Gets Burial Fit for a King

England's slain king Richard III, exhumed from an undignified grave beneath a car park, will finally be buried with honor on Thursday in an unprecedented ceremony filled with pageantry and poignancy.

Some 530 years on from his brutal demise, the last English monarch killed in battle will be laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral, across the street from where his remains were located in 2012 in a feat of archaeology.

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Cambodia Unveils Memorial at Brutal Khmer Rouge Prison Site

Cambodia unveiled a new memorial at a notorious Khmer Rouge prison Thursday to remember the thousands who were tortured and murdered there during the ruthless regime's rule in late 1970s.

The $90,000 tribute, reminiscent of a Buddhist stupa and paid for by the German government, was unveiled in front of survivors of the Tuol Sleng prison in the capital Phnom Penh.

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In Syria, Race to Save Antiquities from Looting, Damage

Workers at Syria's National Museum of Damascus carefully wrap statues and place them in boxes to be transported to a safe place, hoping to save the priceless pieces from theft or destruction.

Since his 2012 appointment as head of antiquities in the midst of Syria's civil war, Maamoun Abdulkarim says just one thing has been on his mind -- avoiding a repeat of the kind of looting that ravaged Iraq's heritage after the 2003 invasion.

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