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Dutch architects, Taiwan dreams
Contemporary Dutch architecture differs greatly from the buildings of the 17th century golden age, such as the Dutch Anping Fort (Fort Zeelandia) in Tainan City. At that time, buildings made of bricks and stone were mostly geometric, each serving one specific function: military, commercial or medical. By contrast, modern buildings are abstract, asymmetrical, concept-based and unpredictable. More importantly, they are polyvalent, meaning that they can be used for a variety of functions without any adjustment being required to the building itself.
 
Black ballet: pupils find classical dance in Soweto
In a Soweto dance studio with yellowing mirrors, enthusiastic ballet students practice their first positions and plies in socks at the barre.
 
The Quran, revered by Muslims, is the centerpiece of a first-of-its-kind exhibition in the United States as the Smithsonian displays exquisitely decorated manuscripts from one of the top Quran collections.
 
In one of the most eagerly awaited Paris art show of the year, the ageing enfant terrible of French letters, Michel Houellebecq, does not disappoint.
 
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has sparked controversy in India by saying his heavy training schedule for an upcoming film left him feeling "like a raped woman."
 
A horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife after it was found seemingly abandoned at an auction stable in Pennsylvania has died at their New Jersey farm.
 
Anton Yelchin, 'Star Trek' actor, killed by own car in driveway
Anton Yelchin, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, was killed by his own car as it rolled down his driveway, police and his publicist said.
 
To make summer show pop, Rockettes turn to light wizards
Madonna has turned to them for a little stage magic. So have Muse and Nine Inch Nails. In search of their own visual bang, companies as different as Chevy, Cirque du Soleil, Royal Caribbean and Oakley have sought them out.
 
On Sunday mornings, some New Yorkers count down the minutes till noon, when they can legally order an alcoholic drink to cap their brunch.
 
Red carpet selfies
Gigi Hadid poses for photographs on the red carpet during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19. Coleman Hell performs on the red carpet during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday. Jessica Matten poses for photographs on the red carpet during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday.
 
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