Italy celebrates as 5,000 plundered artefacts worth €50m are returned

Italy is celebrating the greatest single recovery of its looted cultural patrimony after 5,361 ancient artifacts stolen by Italian and Swiss criminals were displayed by authorities in Rome, following a complex, 14-year criminal investigation. The precious haul, said to be worth more than €50m (£38m), contains objects dating from the eighth century BC to the […]

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Rewriting history? Polish FM says Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, Russia puzzled

The Polish FM’s statement that it was the Ukrainians who liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp has puzzled Moscow. Russia’s UN envoy remarked that the Soviet Army, which liberated the camp, was actually multinational. “The 1st Ukrainian front and Ukrainians liberated [the concentration camp], as on that January day there were Ukrainian soldiers, so they opened […]

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Hungarian space-age piano will enrich instrument’s history

In the 19th century, piano makers competed to make special instruments for Hungarian virtuoso Franz Liszt, the world’s first piano superstar. Now Hungary is returning the favour with a space-age piano named for its creator, pianist Gergely Boganyi. “The Boganyi,” unveiled on Tuesday, has two legs, uses carbon composite as well as wood and employs wild curves […]

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Bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald – Canada’s First Prime Minister

2015 marks the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s iconic first Prime Minister and one of the Fathers of Confederation. Sir. John A Macdonald was instrumental in building and uniting Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, in what would become the beautiful country it is today. A  man of controversy – and […]

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