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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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King Richard's Family Visit Battlefield before Reburial

King Richard III's closest known relatives set foot Wednesday on Bosworth Battlefield where the 15th-century monarch was slain, feeling the historic moment come to life on the eve of his reburial.

In the spring sunshine, four relatives of the last Plantagenet king stood in the quiet rolling Leicestershire fields, imagining the brutal clash that changed the course of English history.

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Ideal Nudes on Show at British Museum Greek Exhibition

A major exhibition on the human body in ancient Greek art is to open at the British Museum from Thursday, exploring notions of ideal beauty as rendered in marble, terracotta and bronze.

"Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art" will trace representations of the body in ancient Greece from simple figurines to the height of realism achieved under Alexander the Great.

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'No Blacks' Chinese Restaurant Shut Down in Kenya

A Chinese restaurant in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has been shut down and its owners summoned by authorities after it emerged it was barring black patrons, reports said Wednesday.

The restaurant became the focus of city authorities after furious residents took to social media to denounce an apparently racist policy of not allowing African patrons to eat there after 5pm -- pushing #RacistRestaurant, #NoBlacksHere and #TheChineseInvasion to be top trending topics.

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Graffiti Boom Born in Tragedy Brightens Up Colombia Capital

A vibrant stream of giant murals greets people heading in from Bogota's main airport or walking down the cobblestone streets of colonial downtown.

Stencils of pineapple-shaped grenades and AK-47 rifles arranged in a rainfall formation allude to Colombia's violent politics. Monkeys and butterflies spray-painted in bright colors pay homage to the country's natural beauty and provide welcome relief amid the Andean capital's gray skies and monochromatic red brick architecture.

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Iran Film Portrays the Prophet Muhammad, Drawing Criticism

Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it.

The movie "Muhammad, Messenger of God" already recalls the grandeur — and expense — of a Cecil B. DeMille film, with the narrow alleyways and a replica Kaaba shrine built here in the remote village of Allahyar. But by even showing the back of the Prophet Muhammad as a child before he was called upon by Allah, the most expensive film in Iranian history already has been criticized before its even widely released, calling into question who ultimately will see the Quranic story come to life on the big screen.

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Slavery Taints Global Supply of Seafood

The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.

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Deal Reached on Restitution of Nazi-Looted Matisse

A lawyer representing a Jewish family trying to retrieve a long-lost Matisse painting looted by the Nazis said Tuesday a deal had been signed with the German government for its restitution.

London-based attorney Christopher Marinello, who works for the Rosenberg family, said that the order inked by German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters had now paved the way for the 1921 masterpiece "Seated Woman" to be handed back.

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Egypt Teacher Detained for Beating Student over Hijab

An Egyptian elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly beating a girl and cutting off a lock of her hair because she was not wearing a hijab, an official said Tuesday.

The staff member, who teaches religion in the Fayum province west of Cairo, was detained on Monday for a period of four days pending an investigation, the prosecution official added.

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Lebanese Hoda Barakat among Booker International Prize Finalists in S.Africa

The finalists for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize were announced in Cape Town on Tuesday, with 10 authors from around the world, including Lebanese Hoda Barakat, contending for the 60,000 pound (nearly $90,000) prize.

The prize is awarded every two years to an author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in English.

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