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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.