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Obama says new black history museum tells story of America

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
27 Sep 2016
President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed hope that a new national museum showcasing the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience will help to bring people together as the nation reels from recent racial upheaval....

Phantom of the Opera 'curse' hits as fire menaces Paris debut

26 Sep 2016
The curse of the "The Phantom of the Opera" appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theatre on Sunday which is threatening to derail the musical's debut in France next month. The global sensation composed by...

The Big Bucks Theory: Jim Parsons tops Forbes TV earnings list for 2016

The Big Bucks Theory: Jim Parsons tops Forbes TV earnings list for 2016
24 Sep 2016
Jim Parsons has been unveiled as the highest-paid actor in TV, according to this year's Forbes list.   The star of "The Big Bang Theory" earned $25.5 million from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016, the publication reports,...

Project to revive historic Al-Moez Street to be launched Wednesday

21 Sep 2016
Entesar Abdel Fattah, the head of Hewar Foundation for Peoples Arts and Cultures, is launching an initiative to "revive Cairo's historic arts", according to a press statement from the foundation. The new project has been in...

Gold toilet opens for business at Guggenheim

A working toilet cast in brightly gleaming gold, has been installed in a bathroom for the private use of the public at New York's Guggenheim museum. - AFP
17 Sep 2016
The streets may be paved with gold in heaven but in New York, it's a gold toilet providing creature comfort — and an eyeful for visitors to the city's Guggenheim museum.   The working toilet, cast in brightly gleaming...

Reagans' personal items to be auctioned in New York

A statue of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is seen after being unveiled outside the U.S. embassy in London July 4, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
17 Sep 2016
Furniture, jewelry and cowboy boots are among the more than 700 personal items that once belonged to U.S. President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan set for sale by auctioneer Christie's in New York starting on Monday. "...

Governorates banned from installing artworks in parks without ministry permission

Sohag, Sculpture, Woman, Mother of the Martyr, soldier 
09 Sep 2016
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a resolution on Wednesday evening banning local authorities in each governorate from the restoration or installation of statues, murals, or sculptures in public squares without approval from the...

Comic actress Lily Tomlin to get Screen Actors Guild lifetime award

Actress Lily Tomlin arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 10, 2016.
07 Aug 2016
Lily Tomlin, one of America's most enduring comic actresses, will receive a lifetime achievement award in January from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the group announced on Thursday.   Tomlin, 76, who rose to fame in 1969 through...

French artist eyes record with giant biodegradable hillside portrait

A painting, created by French artist Saype, which is said to be the world’s largest biodegradable painting 
06 Aug 2016
Armed with a spray gun and lugging buckets of flour, water, and pigment, a French artist has overcome storms and burrowing moles to turn a hectare of Swiss hillside into what is believed to be the world’s largest painting on grass....

Pottermania awakens as new play, book, film revive magical world

Scholastic to Publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Script Book in the US and Canada.
31 Jul 2016
It's been five years since fans of Harry Potter tearfully said goodbye to the boy wizard they had grown up with, but a new play, book release and spin-off film are casting his spell all over again.   Fans around the world went...