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UNESCO chief warns about jihadist 'culture cleansing'

 A statue dating back to the ancient Assyrian era.
03 Jul 2015
The head of the UN cultural organisation on Wednesday called for a campaign against the "culture cleansing" being carried out by Islamic State jihadists. "Extremists don't destroy heritage as a collateral damage, they...

Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war

In this photo taken Thursday, June 18, 2015, Bassam Salim, right, and Mahmoud Abdulnabi , left, play on ouds at Abdulnabi's workshop in Baghdad, Iraq. The Islamic State group has banned music in the third of Iraq under its control, but in Baghdad a growing number of musicians and other artists are defying the extremists, hoping to revive a rich culture smothered by decades of war. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
03 Jul 2015
 In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country. "...

Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction

02 Jul 2015
Go see them now, before it's too late: threatened by neglect, the elements, changing architectural trends or ruthless developers, these outstanding buildings are all fighting a hard battle for survival.   Old City of Jerusalem...

Jacques Pépin preps book, TV series ahead of 80th birthday

A Croquembouche is presented at chef Jacques Pepin's 80th Birthday celebration at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Colorado June 19, 2015 in this handout picture provided by FOOD & WINE magazine.
01 Jul 2015
Renowned celebrity chef Jacques Pépin may be approaching his 80th birthday, but the award-winning cook is still going strong.   Pépin's second book, "La Technique," was published nearly four decades ago and is considered...

Seattle home linked to Disney's "Up" movie could be demolished: media

A century-old Seattle house formerly owned by Edith Macefield and featured in a marketing stunt to publicize Walt Disney Co's balloon adventure movie ''Up'', is pictured in Seattle, Washington March 13, 2015.
30 Jun 2015
A century-old Seattle house resembling the home in Walt Disney Co's animated movie "Up" is facing possible demolition, local media reported on Monday.   In 2006, Edith Macefield drew national media coverage when she...

The unforgettable Glen Campbell

David Wild is an Emmy-nominated TV writer, a New York Times best-selling author and contributing editor for Rolling Stone
29 Jun 2015
Like a lot of people around the world, I have been listening to and loving the extraordinary music of Glen Campbell all of my life. Yet it was only this week that I could emotionally bring myself to see "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be...

Roselyn Sanchez, Cristian de la Fuente praised for stance against Trump

Roselyn Sanchez was set to co-host the Spanish-language simulcast of the Miss USA pageant.


28 Jun 2015
Two stars are being hailed for taking a stand after some controversial comments made by Donald Trump when he announced his presidential bid.   Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente pulled out of participating in Trump's Miss...

Down memory lane with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Clothing and accessories that belonged to iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo are seen during a media preview of the exhibition ''Smoke and Mirrors: Frida Kahlo's dresses'' in Mexico City November 21, 2012.
28 Jun 2015
The love story of Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo has played out in books, opera and a Hollywood movie.   Mexico City is also a memory lane of their stormy romance, with murals and museums marking their early encounters...

Come to the theater, ride a chandelier, play a role in show

Delysia La Chatte performs as Josephine Baker in ''Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic'' at the Liberty Theater in New York, in this undated handout photo provided by Matt Ross Public Relations.
28 Jun 2015
Aerialists descend in a giant chandelier and lift a guest back up with them, a showgirl leads an audience member back in time to a 1920s Parisian nightclub and actors single out guests for a mysterious experience yet to come.  ...

70 percent of Islamic Art Museum restored, says antiquities minister

“Reflections on Islamic Art,” published in November 2011, pairs art from Doha’s monumental Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) with creative writing from twenty-seven internationally acclaimed authors. 
26 Jun 2015
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el Damaty said restoration work of the Islamic Art Museum, which has been badly damaged by a bomb explosion targeting the nearby Cairo Security Directorate last year, has been roughly wrapped up. "Nearly...