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Philistines were more sophisticated than given credit for, say archeologists

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ASHKELON, Israel Philistines were no "philistines", say archaeologists who unearthed a 3,000-year-old cemetery in which members of the biblical nation were buried along with jewelry and perfumed oil.

Harry Potter hits Belgium 09 Jul 2016

Harry Potter fans can plunge into the magical world of wizards thanks to a touring exhibition dedicated to the film franchise opening in the Belgian capital. Visitors can experience first-hand what life at wizarding school Hogwarts is like by wandering through the Gryffindor's common room, strolling through the so-called Forbidden Forest or just by sitting in gamekeeper Hagrids' huge chair in the rustic-style hut. Peter Monballieu, press officer for the exhibition, says the show was a success ev | Video

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Giacometti art trove at center of Franco-Swiss legal tussle 04 Jul 2016

ZURICH A rich trove of drawings by Alberto Giacometti and photographs of the renowned sculptor and artist has been lying in sealed storage cartons in a Swiss museum for more than two years due to a legal dispute over their rightful ownership.

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'Walkers on water' overwhelm Italian lake installation 24 Jun 2016

SULZANO, Italy A yellow fabric walkway floating on Lake Iseo in northern Italy has attracted twice as many visitors as expected and has been forced to close at night for essential repairs and cleaning.

51st Karlovy Vary International Film festival opens 02 Jul 2016

The 51st international Film Festival opened in Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary on Friday (July 1). | Video

Going 'ham' in line for Hamilton 18 Jul 2016

Tickets for Broadway’s hottest show “Hamilton” hit fever pitch as fans camp out for days at a time in the hopes of a chance to see the sold-out show ahead of creator-writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s departure on July 9. | Video

Actor Johnny Depp's Basquiat art to go under the hammer 29 Jun 2016

LONDON Eight works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat collected by actor Johnny Depp over 25 years go under the hammer this month at auction house Christie's in London. | Video

Banksy's spray painted SWAT Van seen fetching $400,000 at auction 29 Jun 2016

LONDON A SWAT van spray painted by elusive street artist Banksy will go under the hammer at a London auction on Wednesday with an estimated sale price of around $400,000. | Video

David Hockney returns to London's Royal Academy with new art show 29 Jun 2016

LONDON British artist David Hockney will return to the Royal Academy of Arts with a new exhibition of portraits that offers an insight into his life in Los Angeles and his connections to the art world. | Video

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Paris exhibition displays Chirac-like 18th century Japanese masks 20 Jun 2016

PARIS Three antique Japanese theater masks that bear a striking resemblance to former French president Jacques Chirac will go on display from Tuesday in a Paris museum he set up 10 years ago and that will now bear his name.