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Glassblower looks to ancient Venetian process
A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death.
 
Chinese artist, activist imitates photo of drowned Syrian toddler on beach
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous image of a 3-year-old Syrian child who drowned in Turkey last year by staging a photo of himself lying face down on a beach in Greece.
 
Taiwan will hold an exhibition to showcase 60 treasures from the Holy See from Feb. 5-May 2 in Taipei, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
 
'Buddha post hole' found in Nepal by archaeologists
Archaeologists have discovered a post hole, believed to be the place where Buddha gave his first sermon while visiting Nepal after attaining enlightenment, during an excavation at Nigrodharam in Kapilvastu district, Nepal.
 
16 1,000-year-old Buddhist stupas found in Bangladesh
Sixteen Buddhist stupas, around 1,000-year-old, have recently been unearthed at Nateshwar in Munishiganj district, 29 kilometers off Dhaka city, with a rich archaeological background.
 
Tattooing of jailbirds: symbol of time spent behind bars
The man groaned from the painful point of a needle as a tattoo artist pierced his arm, making way for the black ink to run under his skin.
 
A new gallery dedicated to artists with Kansas ties opens this week at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and there's not a sunflower or dilapidated barn in sight.
 
Magical Laos town preserved by UNESCO has 'lost its soul'
It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere.
 
At age 91, Robert Frank is happy to let others talk about his past.
 
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei said Thursday he decided to withdraw his works from two Danish museums out of deep anger at a new law allowing Denmark to seize valuables from migrants.
 
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