The FBI has added a Renoir to its global gallery of major art thefts, a year after it was stolen from a private home in Texas, the U.S. federal law enforcement agency said Tuesday.
"Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair," thought to be worth $1 million, was seized by a lone armed burglar wearing a ski mask in Houston on September 8, 2011.Full Story
About 200 Palestinians protested outside offices of the Red Crescent near Ramallah Tuesday, in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
Four men are currently fasting in a demand to be released from detention without trial.Full Story
California Coptic Christian and Muslim leaders on Monday denounced an anti-Islamic movie that has sparked violence in the Middle East, as the filmmaker and his family left their suburban home and went into hiding.
The Southern California religious leaders joined a chorus of condemnation about last week's killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans as violence continued and the leader of the powerful militant group Hezbollah called for more protests.Full Story
Hopeful eyes look on as thousands of candles and the lighted crosses of a dozen tiny chapels dot the chilly nightscape at Krastova Gora, a holy site high up in Bulgaria's Rhodope mountains.
"I've had a stroke. That's why I came here. For help!" said Yanko Dimitrov, 65, one of the many who have come to the sacred site.Full Story
Dozens of sub-Saharan Africans expelled from Morocco as immigration policy tightens somehow find their way back into the country, sheltering in makeshift camps on their quest to reach "the other side."
In these camps, located in the Sidi Maafa woods near Morocco's Mediterranean coast, the illegal migrants -- men, women and children -- find themselves tantalisingly close to the narrowest stretch of water separating Africa from mainland Europe.Full Story
Paris's famed Louvre museum this week opens a new wing of Islamic art in a bid to improve knowledge of a religion often viewed with suspicion in the West.
Costing nearly 100 million euros ($131 million), it is funded by the French government and supported by handsome endowments from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, Oman and Azerbaijan.Full Story
Georgia on Sunday reopened a world-renowned medieval cathedral in the ex-Soviet state's second city Kutaisi which has been restored despite concerns raised by global cultural agency UNESCO.
The consecration ceremony was attended by Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II and President Mikheil Saakashvili as well as representatives of opposition parties which are challenging the ruling United National Movement in crucial elections on October 1.Full Story
The Maldives government rejected Sunday a ban on dancing in public between men and women called by its own Islamic Affairs ministry and pledged that the honeymoon hotspot would remain a beacon of tolerance.
Presidential spokesman Abbas Riza said a circular issued by the ministry prohibiting dancing between men and women was not enforceable as it had no basis in Maldivian law.Full Story
Myanmar grew used to international criticism under a notoriously brutal junta, but reformist leaders tackling the fallout from deadly communal unrest are facing a new reality -- having to listen.
Festering animosity between Buddhists and Muslims in western Rakhine state erupted in June leaving, according to official figures, nearly 90 dead.Full Story
More than 30,000 tearful mourners attended the elaborate, flower-strewn funeral in South Korea Saturday of their "messiah" and controversial Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon.
Moon died of complications from pneumonia on September 3 aged 92.Full Story