Family ends row over legacy of artist Arman

20 Nov

A decade-long row between the heirs of the sculptor Arman, whose works were once some of the most expensive in the world, has been resolved, lawyers said Monday.The French-American artist, one of the founders of the “New Realism” movement alongside Yve…

Women-only festival for Sweden after rape complaints

19 Nov

A Swedish comedian announced Sunday the launch of a women-only music festival, after the country’s largest event was cancelled following a string of sexual assault and rape complaints.Organiser Emma Knyckare said the two-day music festival called State…

Morocco minorities call for religious freedom

18 Nov

Representatives of Morocco’s religious minorities on Saturday urged the government to clarify the law on freedom of worship in Morocco, where Islam is the state religion.Their statement came after an unprecedented meeting in the capital Rabat.”The Moro…

Poland to build Warsaw Ghetto museum

17 Nov

Poland will build a museum focused on life and death in the infamous World War II-era Warsaw Ghetto, where Nazi Germany imprisoned nearly 500,000 Jews during the Holocaust, a minister said Friday.”The museum will be located in a building that had been …

Londoners play dirty in erotic Scrabble speed dating

17 Nov

Triple word score: cunnilingus.In a cheeky bid to spice up London’s speed-dating scene, a nocturnal events organiser has come up with the idea of reinventing the rules of Scrabble.In the process he is transforming the venerable boardgame, a favourite o…

As Egypt targets gays, band reluctantly bears flag

17 Nov

The symbol of solidarity brought a harsh backlash. As Lebanese rockers Mashrou’ Leila played in Cairo, fans hoisted in the air rainbow flags, the global emblem of gay equality.The open-air festival on September 22 passed peacefully. But as pictures of …

One-legged football ‘king’ melts Chinese hearts

17 Nov

A one-legged footballer has captured the hearts of millions of Chinese fans after a widely circulated video showed him holding his own against able-bodied opponents and scoring a rasping right-footed drive.The exploits of 21-year-old He Yiyi, who lost …

Schiele nudes too racy even in London Underground

16 Nov

As the art world plans to celebrate the centenary of Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele’s death, some of his nudes have been dubbed too racy to show in their full glory, not least in the London underground.Austrian museums will next year host …

Anne Frank foundation buys her family home in Amsterdam

16 Nov

The foundation maintaining the Amsterdam house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid from Nazis during World War II said Thursday they had bought another property where her family lived in the 1930s.But the Anne Frank Stichting said it had no plans to us…

China’s futuristic library: More fiction than books

16 Nov

A futuristic Chinese library has wowed book lovers around the world with its white, undulating shelves rising from floor to ceiling, but if you read between the lines you’ll find something is missing.Those rows upon rows of book spines are mostly image…

Kurds find joy in a Swedish football team’s success

16 Nov

Weary of war, persecution, and statelessness, Kurds rejoiced as a Swedish football club founded just 13 years ago by Kurdish immigrants won promotion to the top division.Scores of cheering fans ran onto the pitch, dancing and waving Kurdish flags last …

Nepal’s musicians retune to tradition 

16 Nov

Nepal’s musical heritage is enjoying a revival as young musicians fuse the sounds of traditional instruments once at risk of disappearing with lyrics that examine the modern challenges facing the country.The Himalayan country has a rich folk tradition,…