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Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in November with no limits on art


ABU DHABI More than 600 artworks from around the world will go on display at the Louvre's gallery in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 11, a project that hopes to draw millions of visitors a year to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Judge delays sentencing of accused mobster tied to Boston art heist

HARTFORD, Conn. A federal judge on Tuesday delayed sentencing an accused octogenarian mobster who authorities believe may hold clues needed to solve the largest art heist in U.S. history after he claimed to not recall pleading guilty to illegally selling guns.


Laughing in crisis, Venezuelan acts out dissident Ortega's tale

CARACAS Laughing at their own tribulations, Venezuelan theatergoers have been enjoying a new satire about a senior official who broke with President Nicolas Maduro and fled the socialist-ruled country in a boat.

German police recover stolen artworks worth 2.5 million euros

BERLIN German authorities have recovered a cache of stolen artworks by neo-expressionist painter Georg Baselitz worth 2.5 million euros ($2.97 million) after the thieves tried to sell some of them, police said on Tuesday.

Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by 'Gruffalo' author Donaldson

EDINBURGH An African safari has inspired a new book by Julia Donaldson in which the creator of children's favorite "The Gruffalo" homes in on an unsightly bunch of wild animals known as "The Ugly Five."

Israeli archaeologists uncover rare 1,500-year-old mosaic

JERUSALEM A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor with a Greek inscription has been uncovered during works to install communications cables in Jerusalem's Old City - a rare discovery of an ancient relic and an historic document in one. | Video

Vivien Leigh's diaries recording Olivier romance up for auction

Diaries and a ring tracing the love affair between "Gone with the Wind" star Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier are going up for auction in London next month, providing a glimpse into one of Hollywood's most notorious relationships.

Leonard Bernstein project celebrates musician with call for memories

For some, Leonard Bernstein was the person who opened up the world of classical music for the first time. Others played in his orchestras. One man remembers hearing of Bernstein's death as a 9-year-old. | Video

Russian theater director who irked establishment given house arrest

MOSCOW A theater director whose edgy work angered traditionalists in the Russian establishment was placed under house arrest on Wednesday in a fraud case his supporters say is part of a government crackdown on artistic freedoms.

Egyptian artist creates portraits out of burnt tobacco

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt In a small studio littered with empty cigarette packets in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, Abdelrahman al-Habrouk sits hunched over a sheet of paper making portraits with tobacco.


British author Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted

NEW YORK Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labeled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. | Video