Cultures

Egypt's Jewish community backs country's UNESCO candidate

Oct 9, 2017

Egypt's minuscule Jewish community issues statement backing country's UNESCO candidate

Rights groups urge UNESCO to reject Egypt's nominee

Oct 7, 2017

Egyptian rights groups have called on UNESCO to reject the candidacy of Egypt's nominee to head the agency, alleging that she is complicit in state attacks on freedoms

In Gaza, Hamas levels an ancient treasure

Oct 6, 2017

Ignoring protests, Hamas is leveling a rare Bronze Age archaeological site in Gaza to pave the way for a housing development

Germany to investigate provenance of 1,000 African skulls

Oct 5, 2017

A German cultural institution has started investigating the provenance of about 1,000 human skulls from the country's former African colonies that ended up in the collection of a Berlin hospital, officials said Thursday

Minorities say they're sidelined by Sri Lanka's Parliament

Oct 5, 2017

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country's parliamentary democracy, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society

Black students rally at Cornell amid student beating probe

Sep 20, 2017

A black students organization at Cornell University is demanding coursework on "privilege and power" and conversion of a frat house into a cultural center following an alleged attack of a black student by a white student

Words With Friends adds 50,000 pop culture words

Sep 19, 2017

The Scrabble-esque mobile game Words With Friends is adding thousands of pop culture words, like BFF, delish and FOMO

In Namibia, 1533 Portuguese shipwreck's relics hidden away

Sep 15, 2017

In Namibia, 1533 Portuguese shipwreck's relics hidden away as archaeologists worry about decay

Norwegians find well-preserved Viking-era sword

Sep 14, 2017

A Norwegian archaeologist says a well-preserved, if rusty, iron sword dating to the Viking era has been found in southern Norway

Mexico quake hit hard at center of Zapotec 'muxe' culture

Sep 12, 2017

The magnitude 8.1 quake that killed 96 people across Mexico struck hardest in the heartland of Mexico's Zapotec culture

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