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World Architecture Festival names more category winners

CRG architects proposed a skyscraper made entirely of bamboo at the World Architecture Festival.
19 Nov 2016
A second round of category winners were announced at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin on Thursday, including a resort and a music hall in China and a church in Germany, with the winning completed projects going on to compete for...

Bowie artworks fetch $30 million in first round of auction leftright 7/7leftright

The Morgana and Flex stores in Maadi carry some of the best collections of western vinyl records available in Cairo.
12 Nov 2016
A first auction of items from late rock star David Bowie's private art collection has fetched more than $30 million, with some going far above their estimated prices.   In a packed salesroom on Thursday evening, auction house...

Louvre Abu Dhabi opening further delayed to 2017: sources

Quickly becoming the Middle East's cultural center, the Louvre will open in Abu Dhabi next year. Zayed National Museum will open in 2016.
05 Nov 2016
The official opening of the Abu Dhabi branch of France's Louvre museum has been postponed to 2017 due to pending construction work, the latest setback for the long-delayed project, three sources said on Thursday.   The Gulf branch...

Critics' Choice Documentary Awards: '13th,' 'O.J.: Made in America' take top honors

Ava DuVernay followed up Oscar winner "Selma" with "13th"
05 Nov 2016
Ava Duvernay's incendiary prison system investigation '13th' and Ezra Edelman's epic episodic biography "O.J.: Made in America" both received the 2016 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards for Best Documentary...

UN appoints Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador amid outcry

Lynda Carter talks during an event to name Wonder Woman UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls at the United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York, Oct 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

24 Oct 2016
The United Nations named comic-book superhero Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador to fight for gender equality on Friday, amid criticism that the scantily clad fictional character was an inappropriate choice. U.N. officials at a...

Egypt invites Bokova to inaugurate new UNESCO office

UNESCO Director-General meets with President Al-Siss
08 Oct 2016
Higher Education Minister Ashraf al-Sheehy said on Friday that he has invited UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to inaugurate the new office of the UN cultural organization in 6th October city. Sheehy met Bokova on Friday on the...

Jay Z, calling juvenile solitary 'inhumane,' backs TV series

07 Oct 2016
Rap superstar Jay Z is helping shine a light on prison reform by co-producing an upcoming TV documentary about a young man who spent three years behind bars without trial for allegedly stealing a backpack.   The rapper teamed up with...

Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Italy, 14 years on

30 Sep 2016
Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh stolen in a 2002 heist in the Netherlands have been found, 14 years on, after a "massive" investigation by Italian authorities.   The artworks were taken from Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum...

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...