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Mural Collecting Dust is William Cumming Original

A large mural that collected dust in barns over the decades before being displayed this month at a fair in Washington state is an original 1941 painting by William Cumming, a member of the Northwest School art movement of the 1930s and '40s, a Seattle art dealer confirmed.

Art gallery owner John Braseth said the signature on the painting was unmistakably Cumming's, the Skagit Valley Herald reported (

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Yasukuni War Shrine: Some Key Answers

Key questions and answers about Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine, which comes under the spotlight on the August 15 anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, when politicians -- and bereaved families -- visit the site, enraging Japan's neighbors.


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Enforced Silence at China's Cultural Revolution Museum

No signs along the long and dusty mountain road point the way to the Cultural Revolution museum complex.

And this year, no commemoration for the millions of victims of Mao Zedong's mayhem was held on the anniversary of its start.

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Museums Team Up to Digitize Warhol Films

Hundreds of films by Andy Warhol will be digitized and made available for public screening under a museum partnership.

The project was announced Thursday by New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and visual effects firm MPC. It covers some 500 films Warhol created between 1963 and 1972.

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Artist Pleads Guilty to Smashing Ai Weiwei Vase

A Dominican-born man pleaded guilty and apologized Wednesday for destroying a valuable vase that was part of a Miami exhibition by celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Maximo Caminero, 51, a local artist, must pay $10,000 in restitution and was given 18 months' probation as part of a plea bargain, prosecutors said.

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Long-Neglected Gaza Heritage Wilts in War

The Israeli missile tore through the vaulted ceiling and pulverized age-old sandstone. One direct hit destroyed the Omari mosque in Jabaliya and dealt another blow to Gaza's beleaguered heritage.

The site is believed to have housed a mosque since the seventh century and parts of the Omari were said to date back to the 14th century.

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Mummies in Egypt Began Long before Age of Pharoahs

The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1,000 years earlier than thought, said a study Wednesday.

The study in the journal PLOS ONE is the first to describe resins and linens used as funeral wrappings dating back as far as 3350 to 4500 BC.

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Pope Seeks to Boost Asia Church with S.Korea Trip

Pope Francis will fly to South Korea on Wednesday, bringing a message of peace to the divided peninsula and reaching out to the growing millions of Christians on the Asian continent.

Although the numbers of Catholic faithful are rising in Asia as a proportion, they still make up just 3.2 percent of inhabitants on the world's most populous continent.

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Indian State Passes Bill to End Dress Code 'Dhoti' Ban

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu passed legislation Tuesday upholding the right of men to wear traditional wraparound garments known as "dhotis" in fancy clubs and end what lawmakers called "sartorial despotism".

A dhoti consists of a piece of white unstitched cloth tied around the waist and is highly popular among men in southern India.

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A Century of Hard Work on the Panama Canal

From painter Paul Gauguin's illness-ridden misadventure in the Central American rainforest to tugboat captain Eileen Vinueza's purple nail polish and sneakers, working on the Panama Canal has changed considerably in the past century.

Digging a massive trench across the Isthmus of Panama was grueling work for the men brought in from around the world to build the canal, whose 100th anniversary this Friday is a testament both to the engineering genius of the era and their backbreaking labor.

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