Medieval Mummies 'Beyond Repair' after Dublin Church Fire

Culture Police in Ireland. Reuters file photo

Medieval Mummies 'Beyond Repair' after Dublin Church Fire

Five medieval mummies preserved in the crypt of a Dublin church have likely been damaged beyond repair by a fire and water used to douse the flames, a church…

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Culture King Willem-Alexander, center, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands place a wreath at the tombs of Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King as the King's daughter Bernice King, left, looks on during a visit to the King Center, Monday, June 10, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP)

King and Queen of the Netherlands Pay Tribute to MLK During Visit to Atlanta 

The king and queen of the Netherlands began a four-day tour of the US on Monday in Atlanta, where they paid tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr…

Culture Chef Michael Rafidi of Albi in Washington, DC, stands on the red carpet before the James Beard Awards ceremony Monday, June 10, 2024, in Chicago. Rafidi won the James Beard award for Outstanding Chef. (AP)

Palestinian DC Chef, Senegalese Restaurant in New Orleans Win Coveted James Beard Awards 

A Palestinian chef using ancient cooking techniques a Senegalese restaurant in New Orleans and an upscale Thai restaurant in Oregon won coveted James Beard…

Culture Saudi Ministry of Culture Launches Camel Studies Grant

Saudi Ministry of Culture Launches Camel Studies Grant

The Saudi Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, launched the Camel Studies Grant, which aims to shine a…

Culture Dragon boat crew members participate in a traditional Chinese dragon boat race in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan Nighttime Dragon Boat Racing Puts Modern Twist on Ancient Tradition

Across the Chinese diaspora, racing in dragon boats has been a tradition reaching back thousands of years. But change is afoot, most recently in central Taiwan…

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Culture A handout picture, provided by Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office, shows a moment of the celebratory evening for 'La Grande Opera Italiana Patrimonio dell'Umanita' (The Great Italian Opera World Heritage Site), the Arena di Verona, in Verona, Italy, 07 June 2024, conducted by Riccardo Muti.  EPA/Arena di Verona Foundation Press Office HANDOUTEDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Meloni Joins Cultural Elite Celebrating Italian Opera's Recognition as World Treasure

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni joined top political and cultural figures at Verona’s ancient Arena amphitheater Friday night for an open-air celebration of…

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Culture DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM

UAE: DCT Abu Dhabi Honors 15 Establishments with Urban Treasures Accolade

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures…

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Culture This dictionary includes over 1,500 terms in eight energy fields in both Arabic and English. SPA

Saudi Energy Ministry Launches Dictionary in Collaboration with King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language

The Energy Ministry, in collaboration with the King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language (KSGAAL), launched on Thursday the Energy Terminology Dictionary…

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Culture Since the beginning of the year, the world has witnessed a massive coral bleaching episode in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Luis ACOSTA / AFP

Colombian Underwater 'Art Gallery' Serves as Coral Home

On the Caribbean seafloor, an unusual sculpture gallery is taking shape with an equally unusual purpose: to provide homes for corals under threat from tourism…

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Culture The antiquities, also known as the Elgin Marbles, were removed in the early 19th century by Lord Elgin - The AP

Greece is Buoyed by Turkish Official's Comments about Parthenon Sculptures Taken by Britain

One of the world’s most intractable cultural disputes is back in the spotlight after a Turkish official cast doubt on the existence of proof long cited by…

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Saudi Cultural Mission Reviews ‘Study in Saudi Arabia’ Program at Annual Conference in US

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) at the Saudi Embassy in the US participated in the Embassy Circle event, within the activities of the 76th NAFSA…

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Culture A view shows the Santa Cruz chapel in the city of Oran, Algeria May 22, 2024. REUTERS/Abdelaziz Boumzar/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

Algeria Seeks to Attract Tourists to Neglected Cultural, Scenic Glories

Algeria wants to attract more visitors to the cultural and scenic treasures of Africa's largest country, shedding its status as a tourism backwater and…

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Culture The Utah Beach Monument is pictured ahead of the 80th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy region, France, June 2, 2024. (Reuters)

Remembering D-Day: Key Facts about the Invasion That Changed the Course of World War II 

The June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France was unprecedented in scale and audacity, using the largest-ever armada of ships, troops, planes and…

Culture The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College boasts a rich history dating back to 1958 - SPA

Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College to Become National Defense University

The Saudi Armed Forces Command and Staff College is undergoing a significant transformation to become the National Defense University, SPA reported. The…

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Culture ROSHN and KFCRIS Launch Saudi Women’s Book, Glossary

ROSHN and KFCRIS Launch Saudi Women’s Book, Glossary

ROSHN Group, the PIF-owned giga-project and Saudi Arabia’s most trusted real estate developer has signed an agreement with King Faisal Center for Research and…

Culture  This photograph taken on May 30, 2024, shows the "Les Braves Omaha Beach Memorial" on Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, northwestern France, ahead of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the "D-Day" allied landings in Normandy. (AFP)

World War II Veterans Take off for France for 80th Anniversary of D-Day

More than 60 veterans of World War II took off Friday from Dallas to France, where they will take part in ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day. …

Culture The Kingdom's participation is overseen by the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission

Saudi Arabia is Guest of Honor at Beijing International Book Fair 2024

Saudi Arabia is getting ready to inaugurate its pavilion at Beijing International Book Fair 2024 as the guest of honor for this year's edition, which will be…

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Culture A landmark is lit up in the colors of the national flag in Diriyah on the occasion of Saud National Day. (SPA file)

Majed Al-Hugail Appointed CEO of Saudi Cultural Development Fund

The board of directors of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), chaired by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, appointed Majed bin…

Culture An animal rights activist holds a puppy while taking part in a demonstration demanding the approval of a law that prohibits bullfights, cockfights and events where animals are abused, in Bogota, Colombia, October 5, 2022. (Reuters)

Colombia’s Congress Votes to Ban Bullfights, Dealing a Blow to the Centuries-Old Tradition 

Colombia’s congress voted Tuesday to ban bullfights in the South American nation, delivering a serious blow to a centuries-old tradition that has inspired…

Culture A view of some of the works of art that have been repatriated from the United States of America by the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (TPC) on display at the Central Institute for Restoration in Rome, Italy, 28 May 2024. (EPA)

US Vows More Returns of Looted Antiquities as Italy Celebrates Latest Haul of 600 Artifacts 

Italy on Tuesday celebrated the return of around 600 antiquities from the US, including ancient bronze statues, gold coins, mosaics and manuscripts valued at…

Culture 20 discoveries were made in the Asir region. SPA

Saudi Heritage Commission Registers 202 New Archaeological Sites

The Heritage Commission has announced the addition of 202 new archaeological sites, bringing the total to 9,119. The documentation process for each site is…

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Culture Culinary Arts Commission to Participate in 'Taste London' Exhibition in June

Culinary Arts Commission to Participate in 'Taste London' Exhibition in June

The Saudi Culinary Arts Commission will participate in the 'Taste London' food festival and exhibition for the second consecutive time. The event, scheduled…

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Culture A man walks past the entrance of the Kunsthaus Zurich art museum on March 14, 2023. (AFP)

Mystery Persists as Missing Swiss Paintings Reappear 

One of the Switzerland's top art museums announced Sunday the return of two paintings that went missing last year, refusing to provide details in a case still…

Culture Bahrain’s Information Minister, Dr. Ramzan bin Abdullah Al-Noaimi (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Bahrain Information Minister to Asharq Al-Awsat: ‘Al Dana Drama Award’ Boosts Gulf TV Productions

Bahrain’s Information Minister, Dr. Ramzan bin Abdullah Al-Noaimi, said the “Al Dana Drama Award” award, the Gulf’s first for TV series, aims to support Gulf…

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Culture Dr. Balu Natarajan, right, from Hinsdale, Ill., poses for a photograph with his son Atman Balakrishnan, 12, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP)

US Spelling Bee Reflects Economic Success, Cultural Impact of Immigrants from India

When Balu Natarajan became the first Indian American champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1985, a headline on an Associated Press article read, …

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King Saud University Signs Academic MoU with University of Tokyo

King Saud University and the University of Tokyo have signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen academic collaboration in physics,…

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Culture The flags of Arab countries flutter in Tripoli, Lebanon (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Lebanon’s Tripoli Begins 2024 Celebrations as Arab Culture Capital

Lebanon’s Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati kicked off the “Tripoli the Capital of Arab Culture” celebrations at a formal event held at the Rashid…

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Culture 24 May 2024, Berlin: Façade parts packed for transportation lie on the construction site in the Mschatta Hall in the Pergamon Museum. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa

Berlin's Closed Pergamon Museum Maintains International Profile

Berlin's world-famous Pergamon Museum, which is closed for several years of renovation work, is seeking to maintain its presence through international…

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Culture This image released by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore on Thursday, May 23, 2024, shows a terracotta portrait of Florence landmark cathedral's architect Filippo Brunelleschi dating back to the early Renaissance, which was recently found among the furnishings of an historic residence near the Tuscan capital. (Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore via AP, HO)

Unknown Bust of the Architect Who Designed the Florence Cathedral Dome Found After 700 Years 

A previously unknown terracotta bust of the famed early Renaissance architect who designed the Florence Cathedral dome was unveiled Thursday in the Tuscan…