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'Phantom of the Opera' at 25 Offers a Special Show

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend with a lavish birthday party that will certainly involve someone swinging from a chandelier.

Producers will broadcast on Sunday a live performance of the show from London's 5,500-seat Royal Albert Hall to movie houses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. The live performance — one of three shows at the hall — will be followed by rebroadcasts to cinemas on Oct. 5, 6 and 11.

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Berlin Show Offers Snapshot of Ancient Pergamon

A major new exhibition offering a glimpse into life in the ancient Greek city of Pergamon opened here Friday.

Visitors to Berlin's Pergamon Museum will be treated to a 24-meter (80-foot) high 360-degree panorama of the city in modern-day Turkey from the year 129 AD.

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New Festival Chief Wants Mostly New Productions

The new artistic director of the Salzburg Festival has unusual plans — he wants most operas performed there to be new productions.

Alexander Pereira says revivals will be the exception at the famed festival under his leadership.

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Tainted African Ruler May Get U.N. Prize in His Name

The African heads of state who converged on the capital of Equatorial Guinea this summer are used to life's finer things — yet even they were impressed.

The minuscule nation located on the coast of Central Africa spent several times its yearly education budget to build a new $800 million resort in which to house the presidents attending this summer's African Union summit.

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Racism, War -- and Laughs for Arab-Americans

Osama bin Laden, racial profiling, airport security, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- and that was just the opening for Arab-American comedians at a New York festival.

No topic was too edgy at the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in a packed Manhattan club on Wednesday. And for a group often marginalized, if not mistrusted, since the September 11 attacks, it was a chance to unwind.

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Treasure Hunters Eye Huge Silver Haul from WWII Ship

When the SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat 70 years ago, it took its huge silver cargo to a watery grave. U.S. divers are working to recover what may be the biggest shipwreck haul ever, valued at some $210 million.

Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration on Monday confirmed the identity and location of the Gairsoppa, and cited official documents indicating the British ship was carrying some 219 tons of silver when it sank in 1941 in the North Atlantic some 300 miles (490 kilometers) off the Irish coast.

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Art on Display from WWII Internment Camp in U.S.

Inside a storefront in downtown Little Rock's busy River Market district is an art exhibit that brings to the surface the emotions felt by the victims of a dark chapter in U.S. history: paintings, sculpture and drawings by inmates of a Japanese internment camp during World War II.

The works were created at the Rohwer Relocation Center in southeast Arkansas, one of 10 camps set up to hold Japanese detainees who were forced from their homes after the U.S. entered the war.

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Indian Temple Treasure Vault to Stay Locked

The final vault of an Indian temple where a 22-billion-dollar hoard of jewels and gold has been found will remain shut until already recovered treasure has been documented, a court said Thursday.

The Supreme Court, which has been overseeing operations at the 16th-century temple in the southern coastal state of Kerala, said the assets should be properly preserved before new work can begin.

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WikiLeaks' Assange Furious as Autobiography Hits Shelves

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denounced an unauthorized autobiography as it hit bookshops in Britain on Thursday, after he failed to prevent the publisher printing an unfinished manuscript.

"Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography" is the result of more than 50 hours of interviews between Assange and a ghost writer that was handed over to British publisher Canongate in March.

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Philippines Eats, Sells Biodiversity Riches

A Philippine brown deer hobbles on three legs in a tiny mud pit of a pen at a government-run wildlife rescue center, a grim symbol of the country's rapidly vanishing flora and fauna.

The deer was a victim of a snare set by villagers hunting it for food that claimed its front right foot six years ago, forcing the old male to live out the rest of its days a long way from home at the animal shelter in Manila.

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