Swiss seize cultural relics looted from Syria's Palmyra
The confiscated objects, from the third and fourth centuries, include a head of Aphrodite and two funereal bas-reliefs.
Prado Museum hosts monographic exhibit of works by Master Mateo
The exhibition features the nine known sculptures that have survived from the lost façade of the Portico of Glory.
Ronaldo, Mourinho accused of hiding millions in tax havens
The reports claim Ronaldo and Mourinho may have benefited from a tax system orchestrated by their agent Jorge Mendes.
Sum 41, Good Charlotte lead new bands added to Download Fest line-up
Headlining the third stage will be Simple Plan and Sleeping With Sirens – which has now been renamed as “The Avalanche Stage”.
Breakthrough study links Parkinson’s disease to gut bacteria
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease that affects some 10 million people around the world and one million Americans.
Ex- Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher’s 1st solo fest show confirmed
Gallagher announced back in August that he is set to release a solo album via major label Warner Bros next year.
Turkey says killed 20 Kurdish fighters in Hakkari
The fighters crossed into Turkey from northern Iraq and attempted to launch attacks on military bases in the mountainous border region.
Climate change will stir “unimaginable” refugee crisis: experts
The group said that even if the rise in global warming is held under 2 degrees Celsius, there still could be a major humanitarian crisis to sort out.
MIT's AI figured out how humans recognize faces
This discovery excites scientists because it duplicates a previously observed feature of how primates process faces.
24 dead, dozens injured in suicide attack in Iraq's Mosul
Iraqi media reported that fierce clashes were underway between Iraqi security forces and the IS near Mosul's airport.
Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack
Financial regulators around the world have recently urged banks to beef up cyber security in the wake of a string of high-profile heists on banks around the world.
Lavrov says hard to solve Russia-Japan peace treaty issue
A territorial dispute over some western Pacific islands, seized by Soviet troops at the end of WWII, has upset diplomatic relations ever since.
Airbnb, New York City resolve rental law lawsuit
Airbnb filed the suit in Oct after New York state enacted a law imposing fines on hosts who advertise illegal short-term rentals.
Boko Haram: 400,000 children at risk of starvation in Nigeria
The group is today blamed for the death of at least 20,000 people and the displacement of millions in the Lake Chad region.
Alan Ritchson joins zombie actioner “Office Uprising”
Ritchson’s credits include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as the Gloss character and Raphael in the two recent “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies.
“Good Girls Revolt” hit drama canceled at Amazon
Set in 1969, Good Girls Revolt centers on a group of young female researchers who work at News of the Week.
Gazprom to buy $38,3 million shares by Armenian subsidiary
Russian Gazprom’s Board of Directors agreed to acquire additional issuance of shares by Gazprom Armenia, worth 2.5 billion rubles.
Tehran: Extension of Iran sanctions act shows U.S. unreliable
"To the world community, the extension of sanctions against Iran shows the unreliability of the American government," Zarif said.
Syria army seizes new rebel district in Aleppo: Observatory
The government's capture of Tariq al-Bab came after ferocious clashes that sent civilians flooding out of the neighbourhood of Al-Shaar.
Eric Brevig to helm Screen X actioner “We Kill Death”
Brevig previously served as visual effects supervisor for “Men in Black” and “The Maze Runner.”
Justin Chon, Ellie Bamber to star in indie romance “Taipei”
“Taipei” follows an unexpected, fast-blooming romance between Brooklyn writers Erin and Paul.
Chinese mine disasters killed at least 38 in last five days: media
Coal accounts for almost two-thirds of China's energy consumption, but its mines are among the world's deadliest.
Christine & The Queens among acts announced for Annual Hootenanny
Viewers can “expect a treat from her ‘Chaleur Humaine album” with Héloise herself “sitting in with Jools and the Orchestra for an intriguing cover.”
Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard unveils vid for solo single “Lose Your Love”
His last solo LP “Harvest Festival” was released in 2009 and Hot Chip’s last record was 2015’s “Why Make Sense?”.
Fitch rates Armenia's Yerevan "B+", says outlook Stable
It reflects Yerevan's status as the capital, satisfactory budgetary performance, supported by steady transfers from the central government.
Jinga Films acquires Brazil’s supernatural horror flick “Our Evil”
The film begins as a standard slasher shock piece but takes a sharp turn as characters actions are given explanations.
Facebook working on own version of Snapchat Discover
Facebook has approached media and entertainment companies in recent weeks to create content for the feature called Collections.
Amy Adams sci-fi “Arrival” tops $100 mln at worldwide box office
Adams received the best actress award from the National Board of Review, which named the movie as one of its 10 best films of 2016.
“The Jungle Book,” “Rogue One” advance in visual effects Oscar Race
Laika's Kubo is notable as it's highly unusual for an animated film to make the cut in the VFX category.
ArmPhone handsets to go on sale in Russia
The point of sale will offer ArmPhones with two SIM cards, a Full HD screen, 32 GB of internal storage, 3 GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor.
FilmRise acquires Marilyn Manson thriller “Let Me Make You a Martyr”
In his biggest onscreen role to date, Manson stars as a hardened, contemplative hit man hired by the father to kill his son.
Microsoft to use AI to automatically describe images for the blind
It has chosen to automate the process of making Alt Text for photo, drawing on its Cognitive Services Computer Vision API.
Film Factory picks up Sundance 2017 player “Woodpeckers”
“Woodpeckers” sparked a bidding war among sales agents after its Dec. 1 industry screening at Copia Cero.
55% of Democrats consider Israel a burden on U.S. - poll
The surveys showed 55% of Democrats believe Israel has too much influence on American politics and policies.
Cercamon nabs Singapore’s maiden Sundance selection “Pop Aye”
Set in Thailand, the story is simple enough, involving a man who is reunited with an elephant friend.
Amy Schumer to topline “Barbie” live-action movie
The comedienne is expected to play a character who gets kicked out of the perfect Barbieland because she doesn't quite fit the mold.
Norway wants predictable, clear policy on Russia from Trump
"What is most important to us right now is to have both a predictable and a very clear policy on Russia," Defence Minister Ine Eriksen said.
John Cena, Casey Affleck to host "Saturday Night Live"
Before welcoming the wrestler and the actor, "SNL" will have Emma Stone first on December 3.
Archaeologists claim to have found Queen Nefertari's mummified knees
Thought to have died around 1250 BC, Nefertari was the favourite consort of Ramses the Great, and was famed at the time for her beauty.
Robert De Niro’s “War With Grandpa” release date set
“The War with Grandpa” follows a boy who’s forced to move out of his room when his recently widowed grandfather moves in.
Hostages safe in Paris armed robbery, thief still at large
Police sources said seven hostages had been "found safe and sound" after the hold-up at the travel agency in the Chinatown area of Paris.
“Belzebuth,” “Body Electric,” “Len” win big at Ventana Sur
The awards went to three Ventana Sur sections, two of which – the genre-focused Blood Window and Animation! – are growth industries in Latin America.
Azerbaijan employs mortars, sniper rifles in ceasefire violations
To suppress the rival's attacks, Karabakh units took necessary measures to continue controlling the situation on the contact line.
Jason Momoa's “Aquaman” release date moved
Momoa made his debut as Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".
Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller in new “Office Christmas Party” trailer
The comedy is also starring Jennifer Aniston, Courtney B. Vance, Olivia Munn, Vanessa Bayer, Jamie Chung and Rob Corddry.
Women suicide bombers kill four Libyan troops
A spokesman for the Libyan forces said two similar incidents had taken place as other women and children were leaving IS-held ground.
China wary as Trump talks to Taiwan leader by phone
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the call between Taiwan's president and Trump was "just a small trick by Taiwan."
40 nations set to agree on fund to protect cultural heritage
A draft of the Abu Dhabi Declaration, still being discussed by the participants, did not mention a figure on the value of the proposed fund.
Abandoned places
Towns that won't welcome you
Once flourishing settlements, they are now deserted areas. They become ghost towns because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters.
Rumor mill: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 running Android 7.0 Nougat
Samsung has yet to let users know if the Galaxy Note 5 or the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will be getting the upgrade to Nougat.