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Native groups protest planned French auction of artifacts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Native American leaders are protesting the latest plan by a Paris auction house to sell off part of their tribal history, and their demand for the return of their ceremonial objects is getting bipartisan support.  Hundreds of religious items and art pieces from the Amer...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:53

Friends, Romans: Help restore Rome's ruins, monuments

ROME (AP) -- Friends, Romans, countrymen! Oh yes, and countrywomen. And people in far-flung nations. Everyone, basically. Rome is seeking all the sponsors it can find to fund the monumental job of res...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:52

Annual Arab film fest to open in Seoul, Busan

An annual Arab film festival will be held simultaneously in Seoul and Busan later this week, providing a rare chance for a South Korean audience to better understand the Arab world, a co-organizer said Wednesday.  The 5th Arab Film Festival will feature 15 films from 10 Arab nations, incl...

Updated : 2016.05.25 15:46

Ancient Chinese pottery reveals 5,000-year-old beer brew

MIAMI (AFP) - Residue on pottery from an archeological site has revealed the earliest evidence of beer brewing in China left from a 5,000-year-old recipe, researchers said Monday. The artifacts show ...

Updated : 2016.05.24 14:39

Vin Diesel, Chanel spark cultural backlash in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) -- “Fast and Furious.” U.S. cruise ships. A star-studded private celebration of Chanel.  The triple tsunami of global capitalism that pounded socialist Cuba this month has spawned a fie...

Updated : 2016.05.23 14:35

Secrets of early Shakespeare theater dug up in London

LONDON (AFP) - British archaeologists raised the curtain Thursday on a 16th century theater that staged William Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and where the bard himself acted in “London's first theatreland”. The Curtain Theatre put on productions between 1577 and 1625 as o...

Updated : 2016.05.23 13:55

Ihwa Mural Village continues its struggle with noisy tourists

On the night of April 15, a 55-year-old resident of the Ihwa Mural Village surnamed Park and two other accomplices took buckets of gray paint and painted away one of the village’s most famous, flower...

Updated : 2016.05.22 18:03

Hallyu theme park to open in Goyang

A theme park based on Korean pop culture is set to open in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, in 2017.  Called “K-Culture Valley” for the time being, it will be built on 326,393 square meters across the Ko...

Updated : 2016.05.20 14:32

Gov't to break ground on 'hallyu' park

South Korea on Friday said it has started the construction of a "hallyu" park in line with its move to establish sustainable attractions to lure Asian tourists.K-Culture Valley, a cluster of various cultural facilities to be located in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, aims to promote the hallyu ...

Updated : 2016.05.20 11:46

Palestinian history museum opens without exhibits

BIRZEIT, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinians opened a dazzling new museum Wednesday aimed at telling the tale of their history and culture, but the building is devoid of exhibits.  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inaugurated the museum, the biggest project the Palestinians have underta...

Updated : 2016.05.19 17:35

Yeol to hold 2016 Young Designers Market on May 28

Yeol, the Korean Heritage Preservation Society, will hold the 2016 Young Designers Market on May 28, the group announced Wednesday. Launched in 2013, the event promotes quality craftworks at reasonab...

Updated : 2016.05.19 17:23

Night market at Cheonggyecheon Square

A Night Doggaebi Market celebrating the month of May will open at Cheonggyecheon Square near Seoul City Hall from Friday to Monday between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.“Doggaebi” is a Korean word for a type of...

Updated : 2016.05.19 16:23

Contemporary Korean artist Kim Hyun-jung opens exhibition in Berlin

Korean artist Kim Hyun-jung opens an exhibition on Thursday in Berlin, the Korean Cultural Center in Germany said.The opening ceremony, attended by the artist herself, will take place at 6 p.m. local time in the center's gallery. One of the most promising young Korean artists, she is widel...

Updated : 2016.05.19 11:12

Kim Ki-min becomes first S. Korean ballerino to win top award

Kim Ki-min has become the first South Korean ballerino to win the world's most prestigious ballet award, organizers said Wednesday.The organizing committee of Benois de la Danse 2016 declared him the best dancer on Tuesday, local time, for his role as Solor in the Paris Opera Ballet's "La ...

Updated : 2016.05.18 16:13

Korean novelist Han Kang wins 2016 Man Booker Int'l Prize

South Korean fiction writer Han Kang won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel "The Vegetarian," the organizer announced Tuesday. "The story of a Korean woman who awakens from uneasy dreams to find herself transformed into an enigma without a key. Evocative and suggestive, ...

Updated : 2016.05.17 10:42