Poland’s Nobel-winning writer to support art, civil rights

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Nobel Prize winning writer Olga Tokarczuk says she is starting a foundation to promote Polish literature as well as human rights and environment awareness. ...

Jessye Norman remembered as force of nature at Met memorial

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman was remembered as a force of nature as thousands filled the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday for a celebration of the soprano, who died Sept. 30 at age 74. ...

Cambodian princess, classical dance star, dies at 76

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, eldest daughter of Cambodia’s late King Norodom Sihanouk, has died at age 76. Buppha Devi was the half sister of the country...

Italian police smash cross-border antiquities trafficking

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have broken up a cross-border criminal gang illicitly trafficking in archaeological artifacts. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said thousands ...

Sweden rejects Chinese criticism of press freedom prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s culture minister has rejected criticism by the Chinese ambassador of her participation in the awarding of a press freedom prize to a publisher detained in China. ...

General’s battlefield talk on Notre Dame rebuilding shocks

PARIS (AP) — A general named to oversee reconstruction of fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral has received a public reprimand for advising the chief architect for France’s historic monuments to “shut...

Makeup of new Polish government signals continuity

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced the composition of his new Cabinet following elections last month — and it looks a lot like his outgoing government. ...

Fugitive Catalan politicians surrender to Belgian police

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say two associates of fugitive former Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont have handed themselves in to police after Spain issued a new warrant for their arres...

Taiwan cultural wave to set the world alight: President Tsai

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese cultural wave should set the world alight, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said at the launch of the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (文策院) on Friday (Nov. 8). T...

Met Opera to hold celebration of Jessye Norman on Nov. 24

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hold a tribute to Jessye Norman on Nov. 24 that celebrates the life and career of the late soprano. Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Lise Davids...

Christian group tries to ban naked Joan of Arc oratorio

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Christian group is trying to prevent the La Monnaie opera house in Brussels from staging a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio "Joan of Arc at the Stake" in which the heroine ap...

US ambassador returns to Italy a statue stolen in 1968

MILAN (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Italy has returned to Italian officials the head of a statue stolen from an archaeological site in Rome more than 50 years ago. Ambassador Lewis E...

Indonesia president names election rival as defense minister

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has named his election rival as his defense minister and added technocrats and entrepreneurs to his Cabinet. Widodo was swo...

Removal of Notre Dame's melted scaffold to begin 'in weeks'

PARIS (AP) — France's culture minister says the melted, twisted scaffolding atop Notre Dame Cathedral will be removed "in the coming weeks" to allow restoration work to begin. It's b...

New fresco with gladiators discovered in Pompeii

ROME (AP) — Archeologists have unearthed a well-preserved fresco depicting gladiators in action in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The new discovery — located in the Regio V site,...