Art & Culture

UNESCO: Warns Heritage Sites in Mali, Arab World at Risk

The United Nations cultural organization, UNESCO, warns that world heritage sites in the West African country of Mali and in the Arab world are at risk of damage and theft as political upheaval sweeps through those states.

Montana Man's Not too Old to Clown Around

Floyd “Creeky” Creekmore, 95, is recognized as the world’s oldest performing clown by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Earliest form of wall art discovered in southern France

Anthropologists believe that a 1.5 metric ton block of engraved limestone unearthed in southern France constitutes the earliest evidence of wall art.

UK Muslims under Islamophobic attacks following Asian child sex ring gang conviction

Anti-Islamist groups in Britain are exploiting the conviction of nine Asian men accused of grooming vulnerable white girls as young as 13 for sex, to create a 'climate of hate' against Muslims, community leaders have warned.

Buddhist teachings offer insights into achieving a sustainable future – Ban

Lumbini, a World Heritage site, is the birthplace of Buddha

UN celebrates legacy of jazz as a force of social transformation

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova (left) and Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock kick-off the first annual International Jazz Day in Paris, France.

Exhibit Explores Artistic Side of Video Games

80 games help trace 40-year history

“Awesome!” exclaims Jacob Smith, 6, as he enters the newest exhibit at the National Museum of American Art. It’s not the kind of response most art exhibitions elicit from children his age.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated at Parades, Pubs in Ireland and Abroad

From the Irish capital of Dublin to the U.S. city of Chicago, people around the world are donning green Saturday and celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Human Rights Activists Applaud Pakistan's First Oscar Win

In Pakistan, human rights activists are hoping the publicity surrounding the country's first Oscar winning film, a documentary about survivors of acid attacks, will help raise awareness and change the laws to protect victims of a crime that disfigures hundreds of women each year.

China Laments Oscar Snub of Christian Bale Epic

Hollywood's film community failed even to nominate "The Flowers of War"

China's state media are bemoaning the failure of the nation's most ambitious movie to make an impact at this year's Academy Awards.