Jane Austen letter critiquing ‘prosy’ contemporary at auction

LONDON Jane Austen once wrote that a large income was the best recipe for happiness. Now a private letter written by the author to her niece could well make someone very happy indeed. A letter critiquing a contemporary author for...
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Eyeing sleepy office workers, China’s ‘sharing economy’ opens nap capsules

BEIJING For China’s sleep-deprived white-collar workers needing a place for a nap, a booming “sharing economy” offering a growing range of services has come up with a cheap, mobile-friendly solution: capsule hotels. With an easy phone scan, c...
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Cambodian temple site gets UNESCO world heritage status

PHNOM PENH The U.N. cultural organization added an ancient temple site in Cambodia to its world heritage list, the government said on Sunday, bringing the number of heritage sites in the Southeast Asian country to three. Sambor Prei Kuk, or...
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Russia’s Bolshoi calls off premiere of Nureyev ballet

MOSCOW The Bolshoi Theatre has postponed the world premiere of Nureyev, a ballet about famous Russian dancer, weeks after its director Kirill Serebrennikov was questioned as a witness in a fraud investigation. The long awaited premiere of the ballet about...
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Dying “Mother Ganga”: India’s holy river succumbs to pollution

By Danish Siddiqui | DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, India DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, India India’s holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its jour...
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Thousands of goldfish bring Tokyo art exhibit to life

TOKYO A Japanese artist has used thousands of fish in illuminated tanks to create a sprawling psychedelic visual art installation, drawing tens of thousands of viewers in Tokyo. Hidetomo Kimura’s traveling ‘Art Aquarium’ exhibition puts on di...
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Tracks to nowhere: a desperate search for missing climbers on Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain”

By Saad Sayeed | ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD Search team leader Alex Gavan wept uncontrollably after a helicopter dropped him at a Himalayan base camp on June 28, certain an avalanche had killed the two men he was searching for as they...
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Four hurt on third day of Pamplona bull-run festival

PAMPLONA, Spain Four people were hurt, but none gored, on Sunday on the third day of the week-long San Fermin festival in northern Spain in which bulls chase red-scarved runners through the streets of Pamplona. The run, which on Sunday...
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Brussels celebrates annual Ommegang festival, costumes and all

By Yves Herman | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS Revelers wearing Renaissance helmets, feathers and striped pantaloons paraded through Brussels on Friday in a tradition stretching back five centuries to the zenith of the city’s cultural and political power. The annual...
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Swiss museum readies for Nazi-era art trove show, seeks works’ heirs

By John Miller | BERN BERN A Swiss museum director preparing for a Nazi-era art collection’s long-awaited public unveiling later this year said Friday that her goal remains finding heirs to any works that may have been looted from Jewish...
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