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Japanese Emperor Cautioned against WWII

Emperor Hirohito, the demi-god at the apex of the Japanese state when it waged bloody war across Asia, cautioned against conflict but celebrated military success, according to the long-awaited official history of his reign, released Tuesday.

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Hemingway Grandsons Celebrate in Cuba, 60 Years after Nobel

Just like Ernest Hemingway used to do, two of his grandsons sailed into the fishing town of Cojimar on Monday, marking 60 years since the iconic U.S. author won the Nobel prize.

John and Patrick Hemingway sailed in from the Ernest Hemingway International yacht Club west of Havana, through the Gulf waters where "Papa" used to fish, with a group of 16 that arrived Sunday.

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Fever Mounts as Stunning Statues Found at Ancient Greek Tomb

Two stunning caryatid statues have been unearthed holding up the entrance to the biggest ancient tomb ever found in Greece, archaeologists said.

The two female figures in long-sleeved tunics were found standing guard at the opening to the mysterious Alexander The Great-era tomb near Amphipolis in the Macedonia region of northern Greece.

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Replica of 18th Century Ship Tests French Waters

Cheered by tens of thousands, a life-size replica of the Hermione, the French navy frigate that shipped General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting British troops in the US war of independence, began its maiden voyage on Sunday.

Spectators lined the port in Rochefort in southwestern France to see the reproduced vessel, which took 17 years to build, set sail.

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Egypt Arrests Seven over 'Gay Marriage' Video

Egypt has arrested seven men accused of debauchery for taking part in a "gay marriage" video that spread on social media networks, state news agency MENA reported.

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Greece: Gay Partnership Delay Draws Protests

€”Gay rights protesters gathered outside Greece's parliament late Friday after the government said it would delay legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples. The decision came despite a European court ruling that found Greece has been discriminating against gays.

About 500 people joined the peaceful protest in central Athens as lawmakers prepared to vote on an anti-racism bill.

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Monet Discovered in Suitcase of 'Nazi Art' Hoarder

The reclusive son of a Nazi-era art dealer who amassed a giant secret collection snuck a Monet with him into the German hospital where he died in May, investigators said Friday.

The executor of Cornelius Gurlitt's estate discovered the French Impressionist artwork in a suitcase handed over to him by the clinic this week.

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Focus on Engraving at Beirut Art Fair

Since its creation, BEIRUT ART FAIR gives great importance on the quality of the cultural program offered during the event. For the first time since its launch, the organizers, Laure d’Hauteville and Pascal Odille, are giving the opportunity to the public to create art pieces while they are introduced to the art of engraving.

Based on an idea by Fadi Mogabgab, who has been, for many years, presenting and digging for talents by accompanying young artists, BEIRUT ART FAIR, with the support of BankMed, presents an engraving workshop set up between the aisles of BIEL.

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Wanted: Media Directors for Ancient Chinese Temple

Ancient Buddhist temple famed for its kung fu monks seeks media directors to build brand. English and social media skills required. Not necessary to be a monk, practice martial arts or eat vegetarian.

That online ad placed by China's 1,500-year-old Shaolin temple already has drawn a brisk response, reflecting the institution's exalted place in Chinese history and popular culture.

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Last of His Kind Tortoise to Go on Display in New York

The remains of "Lonesome George," the last of a subspecies of Galapagos Islands tortoise, will go on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York this month, Ecuador said Thursday.

The giant tortoise, who was thought to be over 100 years old when he died in June 2012, has undergone taxidermy and will return to Ecuador early next year.

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