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US Secretary of State Blinken in South Africa on Africa tour

Aug. 07, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his three-nation tour of Africa Sunday by visiting a museum in South Africa commemorating how the country's Black youths helped to end white racist rule. Blinken’s visit to Africa is seen as part of a competition...

UK museum agrees to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Aug. 07, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A London museum agreed Sunday to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era. The Horniman Museum...

New curator hopes to broaden Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Aug. 07, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — When Mickey Lollar walks through the Alabama Music Hall of Fame he senses more than a museum. He feels the history and story of Alabama. “So many people simply view the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as an induction and performance organization...

60 curators, 1 show: Native Americans pick favorite pottery

Aug. 06, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Native American voices and artistry are at the core of a new traveling exhibition of clay pottery from the Pueblo Indian region of the American Southwest, as major art institutions increasingly defer to tribal communities for displays of ancestral art and artifacts. ...

Local artist, former UL professor shows 70 years of his work

Aug. 06, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — For over eight decades Fred Packard has been creating art. He is celebrated by many in Louisiana for his work and dedication to the craft. Now, that work is on display at the Hillard Art Museum in Lafayette. The exhibit titled “Little Things:...

Thousands stranded in China resort city amid COVID lockdown

Aug. 06, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Some 80,000 tourists are stranded in the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya, after authorities declared it a COVID-19 hot spot and imposed a lockdown. The restrictions came into force on Saturday morning, as authorities sought to stem the spread of COVID-19 in...

Dolly Parton reveals Dollywood's longest roller coaster

Aug. 06, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton donned her best sequined park ranger outfit Friday to unveil Big Bear Mountain, Dollywood’s newest and longest roller coaster opening in spring 2023. The attraction, an expansion of Wildwood Grove, will bring thrills to this family-friendly...

Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes women's impact

Aug. 05, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old boy made his way through the the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum on Friday, checking out the memorabilia and bronze busts before stopping to take a picture of Jen Welter’s blue-and-pink jersey to send to his younger sister. “She will love...

AP PHOTOS: Toronto's Caribana a celebration of freedom

Aug. 05, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Caribana. A Celebration of Freedom. Feathers. Glitter. Decadent floats. Booming music. The vibrant masquerade at the Carnival Festival in Toronto is far more than a visual delight. It is a celebration of freedom -- of liberation and exuberance never...

From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR

Aug. 05, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

Click and gape at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims praying and circling around the cube-shaped Kaaba at Islam’s most sacred site. Or strap on a headset and enter the holy city of Jerusalem. There you’ll hear the murmur...