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Launch of Architectural Design Competition for New Modern Art Museum in Beirut

The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (APEAL) announced the launch of a design competition for a new modern and contemporary art museum in the heart of Beirut, Lebanon.


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British DIY Collective Turning Architecture into Art

Assemble, the architectural collective shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize, reckon their nomination has launched a fresh debate about the state of contemporary art in Britain.

The London-based group has blurred traditional boundaries between art and design with its redevelopment plans for 10 Victorian houses in the run-down Toxteth district of Liverpool, northwest England.

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Rare 'Citizen Kane' Scripts Fetch over $102,000 at Auction

Orson Welles' personal manuscripts for "Citizen Kane," including the film's final revised shooting script, brought over $102,000 at auction.

The three screenplays were offered by Profiles in History on Tuesday. They illustrate the evolution in the creation of the classic masterpiece.

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Police: Mob Kills Indian Man over Beef Rumours

Indian police said Wednesday they had arrested six people after a 50-year-old Muslim man was beaten to death over rumors he had eaten beef, a taboo in the Hindu-majority nation.

Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house on the outskirts of the capital and attacked by around 100 people on Monday night, a police officer told Agence France Presse.

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German Art Historian to Head British Museum

A German art historian was named Tuesday as the next director of the British Museum, becoming the first foreigner to head the prestigious London institution in 150 years.

Hartwig Fischer, 53, who is currently director general of the Dresden State Art Collections in eastern Germany, will take up the post in the first half of 2016.

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Julie Schumacher Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor

A comic saga of a creative writing professor and his letters of recommendation has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Author Julie Schumacher received $5,000 and a crystal plaque for winning with "Dear Committee Members." She was honored Monday at the New York comedy club Carolines on Broadway.

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British Archaeologist Aims to Pinpoint Nefertiti's Tomb

Standing before the majestic gold, ochre and white frescos of Tutankhamun's tomb, British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves on Monday passionately defended his daring theory that Nefertiti is buried in a secret chamber.

With the help of a sophisticated radar, Reeves aims to prove Nefertiti is buried there in a hidden chamber of the young pharaoh's underground tomb that long hid the most fabulous treasure ever discovered in Egypt.

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Islamist in War Crimes Court This Week for Timbuktu Destruction

Alleged al-Qaida-linked Islamist leader Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi will make an initial appearance before the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, facing charges of ordering the destruction of monuments in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu.

Faqi was handed over by Niger early Saturday to the ICC, where he is wanted for war crimes relating to the destruction of religious buildings and historical monuments in the ancient landmark.

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Banksy's Dismaland Theme Park Heading to Calais

British street artist Banksy's dystopian theme park Dismaland was being dismantled Monday before being shipped to a migrant camp near Calais to make shelters, organizers said.

Featuring a ruined fairy-tale castle, a crashed Cinderella coach and miserable stewards wearing Mickey Mouse ears, the "bemusement park" was designed to satirize commercialized tourist attractions.

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War Puts Damper on Libya's Fine Art Awakening

Four years after a joyous celebration of the end of censorship with the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libyan artists have had to put their creativity back on hold.

"We have lost all source of inspiration," said Marii Tillissi, an artist in his 50s known for his hyperrealist paintings. "The times are not conducive to creation."

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