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Major Dali Restrospective Opens in Madrid

Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum opens Friday a major retrospective of works by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali which explores how his experiments with painting, cinema and advertising have influenced art.

The exhibition features more than 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, writings and television and film clips from the 1920s to the 1980s, including 30 works never before shown in Spain.

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Tunisia Court Reviews Jail Terms for Prophet Cartoons

Tunisia's Court of Cassation was on Thursday reviewing the jail terms of two young men for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet, a case that has angered the secular opposition.

"I am at the court, the hearing is about to begin. After the hearing, I will make known the progress of the case," defense lawyer Ahmed Mselmi told Agence France Presse.

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Plan to Put Gay Partners in U.S. Immigration Bill

Gay rights groups are pushing to adjust a bipartisan Senate bill to include gay couples, but Democrats are treading carefully, wary of adding another divisive issue that could lose Republican support and jeopardize the entire bill.

Both parties want the bill to succeed. Merely getting to agreement on the basic framework for the immigration overhaul, which would create a long and costly path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, was no small feat for senators. And getting it through a divided Congress is still far from a done deal.

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French Court Dismisses Ex-Minister's Cartoon Ban Plea

A French court on Wednesday dismissed former justice minister Rachida Dati's request to ban the publication of a satirical comic book depicting the quest to unmask her daughter's mystery father.

Dati, 47, a glamorous protege of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, had a child four years ago with a man she refused to name, sparking feverish speculation in a country where the political elite's sexual antics are usually kept quiet.

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Robot Discovers Chambers under Ancient Mexico Temple

A small robot has discovered three possible burial chambers under a temple in Mexico's pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, a find that may reveal secrets about funeral rituals in the ancient site.

The robot, dubbed Tlaloc II-TC, located the chambers in the last section of a 2,000-year-old tunnel tucked under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, surprising archeologists who had expected to find just one room.

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A Century on, Turkey's Muslim Armenians Come Out of Hiding

They dropped their language and religion to survive after the 1915 genocide, but close to 100 years on Turkey's "hidden Armenians" want to take pride in their identity.

Some genocide survivors adopted Islam and blended in with the Kurds in eastern Turkey's Dersim mountains to avoid further persecution.

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Afghan Leader Orders Crackdown on 'Obscene' TV Shows

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered a crackdown on "un-Islamic and obscene" televisions shows in response to lobbying by the country's religious council, an official said Wednesday.

Karzai told the culture ministry to block programs "which are vulgar, un-Islamic, obscene and violate social morality, and Islamic morality", according to a statement from his Council of Ministers.

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Kuwaiti Wins Arab Booker for Novel on Migrant Workers

Kuwaiti writer Saud al-Sanaussi has won the Arab version of the Man Booker Prize for a novel focusing on the situation of migrant workers in the Gulf.

"The Bamboo Trunk" explores the difficulties facing Asians in the oil-rich region through the story of Jose, a young man rejected by the family of his Kuwaiti father because his mother was a Filipina maid.

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Nude Masterpieces Go Face to Face in Venice

Two naked seductresses separated by three centuries of history went face to face for the first time in Venice on Wednesday in an exhibition devoted to French painter Edouard Manet with his "Olympia" alongside Titian's "Venus of Urbino".

Manet completed his painting of a prostitute being waited on by a black maid in 1863 -- a controversial masterpiece which caused a stir at the time but was largely inspired by old master Titian's own ground-breaking work from 1538.

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Stairway to Heaven: Siena Cathedral Opens Roof Tour

Secret passages high up in the rafters of Siena Cathedral have opened for the first time after decades of restoration, offering a rare view of midnight-blue ceilings and the Tuscan panorama.

The famous 13th-century black-and-white striped cathedral has opened a series of spiral staircases and covered internal walkways to the public -- all some 15 meters (49 feet) from the marble floor.

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