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Ivory Coast: African art museum gets new lease of life

It has been buffeted by the pendulum swing of domestic politics and suffered looting that left it without some of its most precious items. But Ivory Coast’s Museum of Civilisations is now back, and determined to recover its place as one of the richest museums of African art in the …

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Why we can’t return African artworks – museum

The National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian museum) has explained why it cannot return the original works of art from African countries back to their places of origin, amidst calls for their repatriation. The Director Emerita of the museum, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, stated  that the documentation of original artifacts from …

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New museum reveals power of poo in Italy

It may pong, but Italy’s “Shit Museum” has the whiff of success about it: here in Castelbosco, farmers are transforming sloppy cowpats into plates you can eat off. Once upon a time there was a large farm about 100km south of Milan. The farmer had not only hundreds of cows, …

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History destroyed: The ruins of Mosul Museum

So-called Islamic State took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, two and a half years ago. Priceless Assyrian and Sumerian antiquities in Mosul’s museum were looted and smashed as representations of false gods. With the museum now under the control of Iraqi security forces.

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Syria: IS destroys part of Roman Palmyra amphitheatre


Militants from the Islamic State group have destroyed part of the Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syrian officials say. The facade of the second-century amphitheatre and a group of four pillared gates called a tetrapylon have been ruined. The jihadists recaptured the Unesco-listed archaeological site in December …

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Kim Kardashian will appear in the all-female Ocean’s Eight

The upcoming all-female Ocean’s Eight film has just added a new cast member – Kim Kardashian. The reality TV star and her half-sister Kendall Jenner will make cameo appearances in the film. It will be the fourth movie in the Ocean’s franchise in 17 years – confusingly coming after Ocean’s …

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