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Ending Putin’s support of Venezuela no easy feat for US


MOSCOW (AP) — In October 2016, the head of Russia's largest oil company traveled to the birthplace of Hugo Chávez, in the empty, sweltering plains of Venezuela, to unveil a giant bronze statue of the late socialist leader that he and his longtime friend,...

Karen Pence adds campaigning for Trump to busy to-do list

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | February 17, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence has no shortage of projects.The wife of Vice President Mike Pence promotes the healing power of art therapy and help for military spouses. She's into honeybees and supports sister cities. She's a watercolorist who designs...

Museum’s Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

February 17, 2020

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master...

French health minister to run for Paris mayor to end scandal

By ELAINE GANLEY | February 16, 2020

PARIS (AP) — France's Health Minister Agnes Buzyn was named on Sunday as a new candidate for mayor of Paris, a late entry by the country's governing party after a scramble to replace the original contender who abruptly withdrew after a leak of sex videos...

Maryland unveils statues of Tubman, Douglass in Capitol

By BRIAN WITTE | February 10, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland unveiled bronze statues of famed abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during a ceremony Monday night in the Maryland State House.The...

Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84

By RONALD BLUM | February 9, 2020

Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84.Freni died Sunday at her home in Modena, Italy, from a degenerative muscular...

Court raises sentence for banker who smuggled a Picasso

By Associated Press | February 4, 2020

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has raised the sentence against a former bank president found guilty of trying to smuggle a painting by Pablo Picasso out of the country.The Madrid court announced the decision Tuesday to raise the sentence against fined...

45 years on, ‘lost’ masterpieces see light in split Cyprus

By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS | February 4, 2020

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — It took more than 45 years, but 219 paintings thought lost or stolen — artwork that includes some of the most significant works produced by Greek Cypriot artists — have gone on display.One work by artist George P. Georghiou...

Best picture ‘1917’ is big winner at British Academy Awards

By JILL LAWLESS | February 2, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Gut-wrenching World War I epic “1917” was the big winner at Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards, winning seven prizes including best picture and best director.Sam Mendes’ drama about one of the most devastating conflicts in British...

Thieves steal bronze Dali sculptures from Swedish gallery

January 30, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — At least two thieves have stolen items from an art gallery in Stockholm, police said, with Swedish media reporting that they include 10 to 12 table-size bronze sculptures by Spanish artist Salvador Dali.Police said “at least...

Models pose nude for artists’ practice at art building

By Lucas Skye | September 12, 2019

Public nudity, when not considered a criminal offense, can conjure up images of a common nightmare: being caught naked among peers. For Life Drawing models, this nightmare is a comfortable reality.The College of Art and Design held its first community...