Arts

U.S. judge blocks extradition of Russian to Poland over Nazi looted art

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NEW YORK - A Russian art dealer accused by Polish authorities of illegally acquiring an 18th-century painting stolen during World War II by the Nazis cannot be extradited from the United States, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Monday.

French customs seize Picasso painting banned for export 3:54pm BST

- French customs officials seized a Picasso painting worth 25 million euros ($27 million) over concerns it could be permanently removed from Spain in defiance of an export ban, officials said on Tuesday.

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Huge Detroit, Bethlehem Banksy murals to be sold in Beverly Hills 31 Jul 2015

LOS ANGELES - A large street mural painted on a derelict Detroit auto factory by elusive British artist Banksy is going up for auction in Beverly Hills and could fetch up to $400,000 dollars for a local non-profit group, Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday. | Video

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Broadway's buzzy 'Hamilton' music to the ears of founding father's fans 31 Jul 2015

NEW YORK - Broadway hip-hop musical "Hamilton" is the hottest ticket in town this summer, and George Cox is, in a word, ecstatic.

Jamaican author makes Man Booker long list with Bob Marley novel 29 Jul 2015

LONDON - The long list of 13 titles for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English, published on Wednesday, features the first Jamaican author in contention for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize.

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Georgia's Spelman College ends professorship tied to Bill Cosby 26 Jul 2015

- Spelman College in Georgia has discontinued a professorship named after disgraced comedian Bill Cosby and returned the money meant to pay for it, a spokeswoman said Sunday.

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Drama helps Lebanese to bridge their city's divides 29 Jul 2015

BEIRUT - Young people from two warring districts in the Lebanese city of Tripoli are taking to the stage in a comedy inspired by their own lives, trying to turn their backs on old rivalries inflamed by Syria's civil war.

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Dr. Seuss back in stores with newly discovered children's book 29 Jul 2015

NEW YORK - A new book by much-loved children's author Dr. Seuss hit stores on Tuesday, 24 years after his death. | Video

London National Gallery staff announce all-out strike 28 Jul 2015

LONDON - London's National Gallery, one of the capital's main visitor attractions, is set to be hit by a new wave of strike action by attendants this summer over privatization plans, the workers' union said on Tuesday.

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New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on 24 Jul 2015

BAYREUTH, Germany - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time.