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Egypt to Do More Tests on Tut's Tomb in Search for Nefertiti

Egypt said Monday it will conduct more tests this week in search of a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb that a British archaeologist believes may be the burial place of Queen Nefertiti.

Archaeologists have never discovered the mummy of the legendary beauty, but renowned British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves said in a recent study that her tomb could be in a secret chamber adjoining Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of Kings in Luxor in southern Egypt.

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Peru Issues Measures Seeking to End Violence against Women

President Ollanta Humala on Sunday issued legal measures aimed at ending violence against women, arguing that full respect for them was essential for a truly democratic society.

In a ceremony before hundreds of women, Humala, with his wife Nadine Heredia by his side, asked Peruvians to end cultural practices that often condone domestic violence against women.

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Warhol, Pollock, Rothko on Rare Display in Tehran

Some of the world's most expensive and rarely seen modern art, including works by the Americans Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, went on display Saturday in a major exhibition in Iran.

They are part of a collection bought in the 1970s by dealers acting for Farah, the wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who fled into exile in 1979, heralding the country's Islamic revolution later that year.

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Remaining 2 NC Wyeth Paintings Stolen in 2013 are Recovered

A pair of stolen N.C. Wyeth paintings worth up to $500,000 apiece have been recovered and will be displayed in Maine along with four other stolen paintings recouped nearly a year ago in California, officials said Thursday.

The two paintings were recovered last month when a third party surrendered them to a retired FBI agent in the Boston area, Harold Shaw, special agent in charge of the bureau's Boston field office, told reporters at the Portland Museum of Art, where the paintings were on display. No additional arrests have been made, and the investigation is continuing, he said.

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Putin's Russia Sends Mixed Signals on Stalin-era Crimes

Russia plans to unveil a bronze "Wall of Grief" in Moscow next year in its first tangible condemnation of Stalin-era crimes but critics accuse the government of playing a double game.

The national memorial, backed by President Vladimir Putin, comes as authorities play down the horrors of Stalin's purges and revive some of the Soviet Union's ideology and traditions.

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Hemingway Memoir becomes Totem of Post-Attacks Paris

US literary great Ernest Hemingway's tender and joyful memoir of 1920s Paris, "A Moveable Feast", has enjoyed a surge in sales since last week's terror attacks in the French capital.

The author of such acclaimed novels as "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Old Man and the Sea" spent time in Paris as a young man honing his writing skills and chronicling the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I.

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Israeli Family Seeks to Block Cremation for Transgender Woman

The family of an Israeli transgender woman is seeking to stop the cremation of her body after her suicide, arguing it offends their ultra-Orthodox beliefs even though it was specified in her will.

The legal battle has highlighted the uneasy relationship between Israel's commitment to gay rights, rare in the Middle East, and its ultra-Orthodox Jews, who abide by a strict religious lifestyle.

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Study: Only Half of U.S. Blacks Confident of Living to 35

Only half of African-American youths are confident of living to 35, said a study Wednesday that lays bare the toll of the racial divide in the United States.

The figure is even lower, at 38 percent, for Mexican-born youths living in the United States, said the study in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

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France Says Show Must Go On with Call to Go to Cafes and Concerts

France declared that the show must go on Monday, with the public urged to go back out to bars, concerts and restaurants in defiance of the terror attacks on Paris.

Culture minister Fleur Pellerin said musicians would "never stop putting on concerts" and claimed that in the face of "barbarism... culture is our biggest shield and our artists our best weapon."

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Charity Wine Auction Share to Go to Paris Attack Victims

Organizers of France's most celebrated charity wine auction said Sunday that 480,000 euros of the 11 million euros ($11.8 million) raised this year would go to charity, including to victims of the Paris attacks.

The Hospices de Beaune charitable hospital's 155th auction saw bids come in from around the world, enabling this year's event to surpass last year's total of eight million.

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