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Exhibit Introduces Hindu Holy Art to US Audiences

Hinduism is the world's third largest religion and its oldest continuously practiced one, so it's somewhat surprising there has never been a major U.S. museum exhibition on Vishnu, one of its most important deities.

"Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior" is a new exhibit at Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts that aims to introduce American art audiences to the visual beauty of the intricate ways Hindus throughout time have rendered their deities.

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Britain to Return Aboriginal Remains to Australia

A British museum said Thursday it had agreed to return 138 sets of skeletal remains of indigenous people to Australia in what it hailed as a new approach to the delicate subject of repatriation.

London's Natural History Museum will return the remains to the Torres Strait Islands off Queensland.

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Disappearing Tradition: Najaf Abaya Makers in Decline

Known across the region for its fine texture, the Najafi abaya is worn by all manner of VIPs from officials to oil-rich sheiks. But the men who produce the hand-made cloth, inheritors of a generations-old trade, are increasingly going out of business.

"Let me tell you something," said Kadhim, laughing bitterly while embroidering one of the full-length cloaks, spread across his lap. "If I could find a government job, I would stop all this.

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Pope's Book Says Jesus Was no 'Political Revolutionary'

Pope Benedict XVI has rejected the idea of Jesus as a "revolutionary" saying he used the "power of love" in a new book in which he also says the Jews were not responsible for Christ's death.

The pope writes in the second volume of "Jesus of Nazareth", his biography of Christ, according to an Italian version of the book, that the son of God "did not come as a destroyer, he did not bring the sword of a revolutionary".

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Precious Agatha Christie Ivories on Display in London

Precious ivory artifacts which crime author Agatha Christie cleaned using her face cream after her husband had excavated them have been bought by the British Museum, it was reported Tuesday.

The prolific author was present at excavations directed by her second husband, Max Mallowan, in the former Assyrian capital of Nimrud.

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Rodin Sculpture Stolen from Israel Museum

The Israel Museum says a statue by French sculptor Auguste Rodin was stolen during the facility's recently completed renovation.

The nude bronze of French novelist Honore de Balzac was one of a series of studies Rodin cast for a monument to Balzac on display in Paris.

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Rescuers Work to Help Vietnam's 'Sacred' Turtle

Thousands of Vietnamese jostled and climbed trees around a lake in the capital Tuesday hoping to see a rare giant turtle considered sacred by many but in desperate need of medical attention.

Dozens of workers waded chest-deep through the chilly green water in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake to try to capture the giant freshwater creature for the first time, so it could be pulled to an island and treated. It is one of the world's most endangered turtles — one of only four Rafeteus swinhoei believed to be alive today — but its value to the nation transcends the natural world.

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Tourists Flock to Bali's 'Eat, Pray, Love' Sage

Providence smiled on Balinese seer Ketut Liyer the day U.S. tourist Elizabeth Gilbert came to visit -- her memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love", would make him richer than he ever dreamed.

The fortune teller said to be aged in his 90s -- no one knows exactly -- was a poor man when he looked into Gilbert's eyes and predicted she would live in Bali and find true love.

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Exhibit Celebrates African American Struggle, Triumphs

From shackles that bound African slaves when they arrived in America to a smiling image of President Barack Obama, the American I AM exhibit, currently in Washington, is a moving chronicle of African Americans' struggle and triumphs.

The exhibit has gathered more than 200 artifacts from personal or museum collections, along with photos and film clips, to chart how 500 years of hardship, faith and creativity have forged African American history and how black Americans have left a deep imprint on U.S. life.

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Carlos Slim Unveils New Art Museum in Mexico’s Capital

The world's richest man, telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, gave a sneak peak Tuesday at the new museum where he plans to show his vast collection of art and collectibles, including priceless pieces by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, French sculptor Auguste Rodin and Italian master Leonardo da Vinci.

The Soumaya museum — named after the tycoon's late wife — opens to the public on March 29 and admission will be free.

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