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Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia A collection of yawing mouths and extracted teeth, booming stereo speakers and colorful hookah pipes adorn shop fronts in Somalia, a colorful contrast to the airbrushed artworks of big business.

Samples taken from Salvador Dali's body to resolve paternity suit

FIGUERAS, Spain Forensic scientists and legal experts began taking DNA samples from the embalmed body of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali on Thursday to try to resolve a paternity claim.

Exhibit in New York celebrates life of Muppets creator Jim Henson

NEW YORK A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird. | Video

Shakespeare play accused of walking on the grave of England's Richard III

LONDON A sold-out performance of Shakespeare's "Richard III" was set go ahead on Wednesday despite attempts to stop the play taking place at the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle.

Jane Austen takes pride of place on Britain's new plastic tenner

WINCHESTER, England The Bank of England unveiled its first plastic 10 pound note on Tuesday, which features 19th century British novelist Jane Austen and will be available to the public from September.

Spanish police recover 3 stolen Francis Bacon paintings

MADRID Spanish police recovered three of five paintings by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid home in 2015, they said on Wednesday.

Woman in Dali paternity suit says just seeking the truth

MADRID A woman whose paternity suit has prompted a Spanish court to order the exhumation of surrealist artist Salvador Dali's body said she was simply seeking the truth about her family.

Old cinemas find new life in Lebanon as cultural hubs

TRIPOLI, Lebanon With paint peeling from the ceiling and crumbling plasterwork, renovating an abandoned picture house in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli is more than a dream for Qassem Istanbouli.

With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic

HAVANA Olaff Alejo's salt lamps are eerily beautiful and designed to purify the air. | Video

Tired of war, South Sudanese youth turn to art to push for peace

JUBA South Sudanese activists are using music, poetry, theater, comedy, dance and fashion to preach tolerance in the world's youngest nation which has been divided by years of civil war.

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