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British Museum reportedly in talks on Parthenon Sculptures

Dec. 03, 2022 12:42 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British Museum has pledged not to dismantle its collection, following a report that the institution’s chairman has held secret talks with Greece’s prime minister over the return of the Parthenon Sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles. The report by the...

Beijing, Shenzhen scrap COVID-19 tests for public transport

Dec. 03, 2022 10:46 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities on Saturday announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport. The slight relaxation of testing requirements comes even as daily virus infections...

Civil War collection on permanent display at winery

Dec. 03, 2022 09:03 AM EST

CENTREVILLE, Va. (AP) — D.P. Newton’s extensive collection of Civil War artifacts that once filled his southern Stafford County museum is now on permanent display in Centreville at a business that touches the east side of the Manassas National Battlefield Park. “It went back to...

Czech museum to return original Beethoven score to heirs

Dec. 03, 2022 02:30 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A musical manuscript handwritten by Ludwig van Beethoven is getting returned to the heirs of the richest family in pre-World War II Czechoslovakia, whose members had to flee the country to escape the Holocaust. The Moravian Museum in the Czech city of Brno has had the...

Germany: Kandinsky sale on hold after Poland alleges theft

Dec. 02, 2022 15:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German auction house said Friday that the recent sale of a watercolor by Wassily Kandinsky has been put on hold in response to the Polish government's claim that the painting is stolen. Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage said Thursday it notified...

Hawaii eruption brings tourism boon during slow season

Dec. 02, 2022 06:59 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The spectacle of incandescent lava spewing from Hawaii's Mauna Loa has drawn thousands of visitors and is turning into a tourism boon for this Big Island town near the world’s largest volcano. Some hotels in and around Hilo are becoming fully booked in what is...

Airbnb urged to require carbon monoxide devices after 3 die

Dec. 01, 2022 18:17 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family members of three tourists who died while staying at an Airbnb in Mexico City, apparently of carbon monoxide poisoning, urged the short-term rental company Thursday to require detectors in properties it lists to prevent future tragedies. “Our main goal is...

Morocco reaches last 16 of World Cup, beats Canada 2-1

Dec. 01, 2022 16:48 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Walid Regragui stood in the middle of a team huddle as his players reached out and patted him vigorously on the head. Then they threw their coach in the air, almost as if they had already won the World Cup. Regragui has been an international coach for only three...

Spain pledges 350M euros to save Doñana wetlands

Dec. 01, 2022 14:04 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's government pledged to invest 350 million euros ($368 million) in the country's Doñana wetlands, a UNESCO world heritage site that ecologists say is dying due to the misuse of water and climate change. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced...

Viewers flock to watch glowing lava ooze from Hawaii volcano

Dec. 01, 2022 06:56 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The world's largest volcano oozed rivers of glowing lava Wednesday, drawing thousands of awestruck viewers who jammed a Hawaii highway that could soon be covered by the flow. Mauna Loa awoke from its 38-year slumber Sunday, causing volcanic ash and debris...