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Greek parliament approves more bailout reforms despite protests

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament on Monday passed a swathe of reforms demanded by international lenders in exchange for fresh bailout funds, a success for the government but a blow to thousands of people protesting outside.


Greek parliament approves bailout reforms for new loans

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a bill for fiscal, energy and labor reforms prescribed by the country's international lenders in exchange for fresh bailout funds.

Friend reportedly says Romney will run for Senate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney texted a friend that he will seek the open Senate seat from Utah this year, according to a New York Times report published Sunday.


Former Argentine vice president freed pending corruption trial

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's former economy minister and vice president, Amado Boudou, was freed from jail on Friday after an appeals court ruled that he was unlikely to interfere in a corruption case against him.


Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela's western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country.

Prisons and Prisoners

Atlanta Faces Call to Overhaul a Bail System That Jails the Poor

The Georgia city is being urged to embrace a national wave of bail reform that has already taken hold in places like Chicago and Houston.

President reportedly suggests US get more people from countries like Norway

President Donald Trump expressed frustration behind closed doors with people coming to the US from "shithole countries," The Washington Post reported on Thursday.


Benin photographer captures voodoo via the lens

COTONOU, BENIN (Reuters) - Hundreds of Beninois marked National Voodoo Day, celebrating the once-banned religion on Wednesday with a series of ceremonies across the country.

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Walmart, Citing Tax Cuts, Will Raise Starting Wages and Expand Benefits

The nation’s largest employer said on Thursday that would increase its minimum hourly wage to $11 from $9, expand parental leave benefits and give some workers a $1,000 bonus.


Aging Heiress Plotted 19 Grisly Crimes. Investigation Underway.

Frances Glessner Lee, the first lady of forensic science, was a cult curiosity. With her “Nutshell Studies” at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, she rises to art star.


Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong withdrawal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dominic Thiem's preparations for the Australian Open suffered another setback on Thursday when the world number five was forced to pull out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

Mark Wahlberg reportedly paid way more than Michelle Williams for reshoot


Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic returned to competitive tennis with a bang on Wednesday, bringing a six-month spell on the sidelines to an end with a thumping 6-1 6-4 win over world number five Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

Miller, Arthur

Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive

After a discreet tug-of-war with the playwright’s estate and Yale, the University of Texas has acquired the papers, including an “Aladdin’s cave” of unpublished material.


Los Angeles prosecutor drops artist's sex accusation against Polanski

(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Los Angeles said on Tuesday they declined to pursue criminal charges against film director Roman Polanski after a woman said last fall that he molested her 43 years ago when she was 10 years old.

Culture (Arts)

Unveiling Performance Space New York

Performance Space 122 has a new name and renovated digs. Jenny Schlenzka, its director, envisions a “vital center for community.”


A Mega-Dealer Expands: David Zwirner Plans a New Art Gallery

Though he is bound to be criticized for becoming too corporate, Mr. Zwirner argues that a gallery needs to be ambitious for its artists.


BRIEF-GoPro Has Reportedly Hired JP Morgan To Put Itself Up For Sale - CNBC



India sparks outcry over press freedom by naming reporter in probe on database breach

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government named a reporter in a police complaint after she wrote an article alleging a data breach in a federal identity database, drawing criticism from a journalist group that accused officials of trying to muzzle free speech.

Prisons and Prisoners

Outside Iran’s Most Notorious Prison, Calls for Loved Ones to Be Freed

More than 500 people have been arrested in Tehran during the recent protests, and the families and friends of prisoners have gathered outside Evin Prison to call for their release.


Fire-Breathing Robots Bring Anarchy to a Chelsea Art Gallery

Mark Pauline, a.k.a. Survival Research Laboratories, has resisted the commercial side of the art world for years. Now he has work for sale in Chelsea.

Mitchell, Arthur

Arthur Mitchell, Ballet’s ‘Grandfather of Diversity’

Mr. Mitchell, who at 83 still exudes grandness, is the subject of an exhibition at the Wallach gallery at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts.


The Struggling Artist at 86

Harry Bertschmann started his art career exhibiting alongside Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. For the next 60 years, he painted in almost total obscurity. Now he wants to get discovered.

Housing and Urban Development Department

Trump Administration Postpones an Obama Fair-Housing Rule

HUD will delay rollout of a measure requiring communities to analyze how their policies might be fostering racial and economic inequality.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trapped, and Freed, by the Ice

The forced isolation of an snowstorm is not all bad — for a little while, anyway.


Is Donald Trump, Wall-Builder-in-Chief, a Conceptual Artist?

Christoph Büchel, the artist provocateur, proposes protecting the border wall prototypes as a national monument because they “talk so much about our history.”


Metropolitan Museum to charge fixed admission fee for non-New Yorkers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's most popular museums, will start charging a fixed admission fee for out-of-state visitors rather than urge they pay a suggested donation, museum officials announced on Thursday.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Met Changes 50-Year Admissions Policy: Non-New Yorkers Must Pay

With a decline in visitors paying the “suggested” full admission price, the museum is looking for ways to regain revenue.


Critic’s Notebook: Inspired by Harriet Tubman, an Artist Takes Glass to Extremes

Joyce J. Scott explores the terrain between craft and art in her glass-beaded series focusing on racism and violence.


U.S. places Pakistan on watch list for religious freedom violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for "severe violations of religious freedom," it said on Thursday, days after the White House said Islamabad would have to do more to combat terrorism to receive U.S. aid.


Quad king Chen pushes for artistry ahead of Pyeongchang

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nathan Chen became the first figure skater to land five quadruple jumps in a single program last year, but the 18-year-old American insists he has much more to offer.


Freed Canadian hostage appears in court on criminal charges

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian court on Wednesday postponed a bail hearing for former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle, who was arrested on Saturday and faces criminal charges including assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement.


Show Us Your Wall: See the Art That Tavi Gevinson Collects

The blogger-turned-actress lives in Brooklyn and is drawn to artwork about young women.

Freed Taliban hostage faces assault charges in Canada

A Canadian man who spent five years with his family in militant captivity in Afghanistan was arrested in Ottawa, his lawyer said.

Kidnapping and Hostages

Canadian Hostage Freed From Taliban Is Charged With Sexual Assault

Joshua Boyle, who was held hostage with his wife and children in Afghanistan, faces 15 criminal charges, court records show.


Freed Canadian hostage faces assault charges: lawyer

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian man freed in 2017 nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan has been arrested in Ottawa and faces several charges, including assault and forcible confinement, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Haley: Iranians crying out for freedom

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley calls on the international community to support protesters demanding more freedoms in Iran.


In Hollywood, Another Sign of Women Punching Back

The artwork “Champ,” a white neon outline of a uterus with fiberglass boxing gloves, is to go on display there on Feb. 27.

Artificial Intelligence

Op-Ed Contributor: A.I. and Big Data Could Power a New War on Poverty

Conventional wisdom says artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs. But it can also improve education and employment.

Republican Party

Op-Ed Columnist: 7 Wishes for 2018

2017 was one of the darker years in modern American history. Here’s hoping for the beginnings of a turning point.

Artificial Intelligence

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

Artificial intelligence is making it possible for Street Views to be mined for insights about the economy, politics and human behavior — just as text mining has done for years.


The Acrobatic Artwork That Pretty Much Sums Up 2017

“Mechanics of History” features a circular staircase, a trampoline and entitled men, persistent and ever ascending.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)

Would You Play Ball at Fukushima?

Local officials and residents hope sports teams and the 2020 Olympics change how the world sees the area at the center of 2011’s deadly tsunami and radiation leak.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Vows: Of All the Blogs in the World, He Walks Into Mine

Adam Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga floated in the same social media circles until online intrigue led to a 1 a.m. pizza date.


Sunday Routine: How Carter Cleveland, of Artsy, Spends His Sundays

The entrepreneur sleeps in, goes to yoga, sits under a tree, steams, and always has dinner with his family on the Upper West Side, where he grew up.


The Materials Man of the Emirates

Hassan Sharif shaped the art scene in the UAE from its street trash. “But his art insists that nothing is wasted if you make waste your creative source.”


Art Review: MoMA Upends Its Collection to Celebrate Late Careers

The Museum of Modern Art proves that creativity is not just a young person’s game, stocking its fourth-floor galleries with works made by artists 45 and older.


Tech We’re Using: A World of Deal Making, Gleaned With an iPhone X

Michael de la Merced, a DealBook reporter in London, discussed his favorite tech tool — an iPhone X — and British norms for using the gadget socially.


Art Review: From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year

“Fictions,” the latest of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s regular surveys of black and Latino artists, highlights personal narratives and social justice.

Gardner, Isabella Stewart, Museum

Clock Is Ticking on $10 Million Reward in Gardner Art Heist

Until 2018 begins, a $10 million reward remains on the table for information leading to the return of art stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston.


Op-Art: 2017, With All the Trimmings

Twelve illustrators sum up their year in the form of an ornament.


Thirty-six Maduro foes freed in Christmas gesture in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) - Three dozen opponents of Venezuela's socialist government were released from prison and reunited with loved ones on Sunday as part of a wider Christmas release, a local rights group said.


Editorial: For Russian Artists in 1917, Art Was the Thing, Not Revolution

Amid suffering and chaos, painters of every leaning largely continued doing what they had been doing, whether to mark time or to provide escape.


A Colorblind Artist? Yes, With a Little Help From His Friends

Worried that he couldn’t work as an illustrator, Loren Long hid his “obstacle.” Now it’s out in the open.


UPDATE 1-Russia says finds law violations at bailed out Promsvyazbank

MOSCOW, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The Russian central bank has found multiple law violations at Promsvyazbank (PSB) that it now plans to report to the law enforcement authorities, the central bank said on Friday.


Rio ballerinas struggle amid Brazil's financial crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's opulent Municipal Theatre has gone quiet this year as months of unpaid wages emptied its calendar of major works and pushed many ballerinas and opera singers into poverty.

Culture (Arts)

Their Words to Live By: Artists We Lost in 2017

Artists who died this year left behind gripping scenes, profound turns of phrase, unforgettable melodies and plenty of laughter. We pay tribute to a few of the most notable — through their own words.


Jojo Is the Artist of Choice Among N.B.A. Stars

Joseph Anavim, a Long Island native, has made pop-art paintings for Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and many others.


Art Review: 5 Great Art Exhibitions to See in New York Before They Close

Here are some notable shows that may have escaped your notice and will all close after New Year’s (with one gallery exhibition that ends sooner).

Artificial Sweeteners

For Sore Throat, Xylitol and Probiotics Offer No Benefits Over Placebo

Researchers could find no difference in pain or swallowing problems between those chewing xylitol-sweetened gum, taking probiotics or using a placebo.


Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group Where Women Were Branded

Some women who joined a secret sorority within the group, called Nxivm, were branded with a symbol that incorporated the initials of the group’s leader.


Art Review: Remaking Ancient Greece, With Paints or Pixels

Elizabeth Price, a Turner Prize winner, pairs art and archaeology in her digital videos.


Cameroonian journalist to be freed after terrorism charges dropped

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - A Cameroonian journalist jailed for over two years for contact with Islamist militant group Boko Haram is set to be freed after a court on Thursday shortened his sentence, his lawyer said.


Chuck Close Apologizes After Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Several women complained that the celebrated artist, known for his outsize portraits, asked them to pose naked and made inappropriate sexual comments.


U.N. freedom of speech expert concerned about net neutrality

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N.'s freedom of speech expert said on Wednesday he was concerned about the ramifications of a decision in the United States to roll back net neutrality, since it could lead to small and independent voices being drowned out on the web.


Ireland repays final IMF loans from bailout early

DUBLIN, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Ireland on Wednesday said it had repaid ahead of schedule 5.5 billion euros of loans taken under its 2010 bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund, including the last tranche to the IMF.


Feminism and press freedom come together in 'The Post'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's movie "The Post" is being hailed as a timely reminder about press freedom, democracy, whistle-blowing and government lies.


Tolkien Christmas letters to his children to go on show

LONDON (Reuters) - A previously unseen series of illustrated Christmas letters written by the author J.R.R Tolkien to his children, featuring Santa Claus and his helper Polar Bear, are to go on show next year.

Artificial Intelligence

Even Imperfect Algorithms Can Improve the Criminal Justice System

A way to combat the capricious and biased nature of human decisions.


Phys Ed: Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Heart

Excessive sitting was linked to higher levels of troponins, the same proteins released after a heart attack.


A cross to bare: tattoos and tradition in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A small shop in the heart of Jerusalem's walled Old City offers Christian pilgrims indelible memories of their visit to the holy city: tattoos with religious designs unchanged for centuries.


After the Curtain Falls: Talking to Suzanne Farrell, Artist and Muse

Ms. Farrell talked to our critic about George Balanchine; her life as a dancer; and her company, which closed shop this month.


France pulls Marquis de Sade erotic novel from auction

PARIS (Reuters) - The auction of one of the world's earliest and most sordid erotic novels -- the Marquis de Sade's "120 Days of Sodom" -- has been halted after the French state declared it a national treasure and said it could not be sold to a foreign buyer.


BRIEF-China Recycling Energy Secures Contract With Shanghai Electric And Fujian Tongyong



From the Fringes of Art Basel Miami Beach

A photographer’s look behind the shiny facade of an art extravaganza.


What’s in a Rick Owens Retrospective? Whatever He Wants

The designer’s exhibition in Milan, which opens Dec. 15, includes his fashion designs but also a sculptural intrusion — globular, coiled, ominous.


Artist Who Filmed Beijing Crackdown Is Reportedly Freed on Bail

Hua Yong had recorded the city’s campaign to expel migrant workers in short videos and said in one of his last clips that his arrest was imminent.

Surfacing 2018

5 Offbeat Communities: Micronationalists, Mildly Offensive Fiber Artists and More

What do our readers care about? Some like to construct characters and recreate imaginary worlds, while others like to crochet mildly offensive sayings onto a quilt.


After Moving Into the Neighborhood, a Store Walls Off ‘Spirit of Harlem’

When Footaction, a sneaker chain, moved into a corner storefront, it covered up a glass mosaic. Word of the mural’s absence spread quickly.

Republican Party

Letters: The Republican Party in the Age of Trump

Readers respond to articles asserting that the party “is rotting” and “broke Congress.”


California wildfire rages as third largest recorded in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.


Mar-a-Lago Has a Feisty New Neighbor

Beth Rudin DeWoody opens a space for her vast collection of provocative contemporary art in West Palm Beach.


UPDATE 4-Russia hit by $3.4 bln Promsvyazbank bailout in latest bank blow

* Trio of failures biggest upset in 20 years (Adds details, quotes, background)


UPDATE 2-Russia moves to save Promsvyazbank in third bailout this year

* Trio of failures biggest upset in 20 years (Adds details, quotes, background)


Hito Steyerl Is an Artist With Power. She Uses It for Change.

This German filmmaker, writer and philosopher has been named the most influential person in the art world by a British magazine. But she sees value in even the poorest image.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: A Freed Hostage Audits the Murky Business of Captive Negotiations

In “The Trade,” the American journalist Jere Van Dyk relives the injustices he suffered both during and following his captivity at the hands of the Taliban.


Russia's Promsvyazbank says its bail-out due to new cenbank demands

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Russia's Promsvyazbank said on Friday that its bail-out was a result of a decision by the central bank to ask for additional provisions.


Russia's central bank says to bail out Promsvyazbank

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Russia's central bank said on Friday it had put Promsvyazbank, the country's 10th biggest private lender by assets, under temporary administration as part of a bailout plan.


In a Time of Violence, Artists Probe Its Costs

Carrie Mae Weems, Theaster Gates, Lynn Nottage and other artists, poets and writers devote a day to exploring power in its various forms at the Park Avenue Armory.


Online shopping won't grow forever, says Unibail boss creating malls giant

SYDNEY/PARIS (Reuters) - Online shopping has its limits and physical stores will never go out of fashion, says the CEO of Unibail-Rodamco which is betting $16 billion on buying Westfield to create a global mall giant.


U.N. chief says arrest of Reuters journalists shows erosion of press freedom in Myanmar

TOKYO (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

Parties (Social)

A Smarter Way to Clean Up After Your Big Party

Now the party’s over …


Arrests of Reuters Reporters in Myanmar Add to Fears About Press Freedom

The two journalists, accused of trying to obtain official documents illegally, could face up to 14 years in prison.


Down an Internet Rabbit Hole With an Artist as Your Guide

Artists explore some of their off-kilter obsessions in a series of distinctive online videos.

Walmart Stores Inc

Walmart, Criticized for Low Wages, Will Let Workers Take Pay Before Payday

The retailer is giving its 1.4 million workers early access to part of their paychecks. Some critics of the company say it points to a need to raise wages.


Westfield $16 billion Unibail-Rodamco sale rings the bell on retail's next chapter

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For investors in Australia's Westfield Corp , its $16 billion sale to European property giant Unibail-Rodamco may mark a turning point for a mall industry under pressure to reinvent itself amid fierce online competition.

Martial Law

Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year

President Rodrigo Duterte said continued military rule on the southern island of Mindanao was needed to ensure the “total eradication” of militancy there.


Artist Flees Beijing After Filming Devastation of Mass Evictions

Hua Yong, a painter, has shot and posted online dozens of videos documenting the forced removal of thousands of migrant workers from Beijing.


Europe's Unibail bids $16 billion for Westfield to counter online threat

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE/PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's biggest property firm Unibail-Rodamco is to buy U.S. and UK mall operator Westfield Corp for $16 billion, a defensive move to create a global leader in a sector grappling with the online shopping challenge led by Amazon .


Marquis de Sade erotic novel, or some quantum theory? You choose

PARIS (Reuters) - Fancy some 232-year old pornography, written in the Bastille and hidden behind a stone?


Europe's Unibail-Rodamco bids $16 billion for Westfield in global shift

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Unibail-Rodamco, Europe's biggest property group, has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $16 billion, marking the biggest takeover of an Australian company and a shift in global retail property to counter online shopping.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.


France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 billion for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.


UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds Frank and Peter Lowy comments, analyst comments)


UPDATE 3-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $24.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds analyst comment, retail background)


France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $24.7 billion for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.


RPT-Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.


Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.


UPDATE 1-China's Tencent plans retail push with Yonghui Superstores stake

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to buy a 5 percent stake in Yonghui Superstores Co Ltd, the department store operator said on Monday, in the latest push by China's internet giants into offline retail.


Ancient Roman Pantheon to start charging entry fee in 2018

ROME (Reuters) - Visitors to Rome's Pantheon, one of the ancient world's best preserved monuments, will have to pay an entry fee from next May unless they are going there to pray, Italy's culture and tourism ministry said on Monday.


The T Editors’ (Completely Fantasy) Gift Guide

From a custom surfboard to mink curtains, the things we’d want this year — if time, money or accessibility were no object.

Comic Books and Strips

Nonfiction: The Hand of the Comic Artist

Manohla Dargis reviews two new books that examine the aesthetics and the business of comics, from Superman to R. Crumb.


Princes William and Harry announce sculptor for new Diana statue

LONDON (Reuters) - A sculptor who produced the image of Queen Elizabeth used on Britain's coins has been chosen to create a new statue of Princess Diana, the office of Princes William and Harry said on Sunday, to commemorate 20 years since her death.


Palace releases new portrait of Britain's Prince Philip

LONDON (Reuters) - Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth's husband announced his retirement from active public life.


Big City: We Need to Talk About Balthus

The Metropolitan Museum declined to rethink its display of the artist’s painting of a girl in a sexualized pose, even as the culture grapples with the issues it presents.


Egypt reveals artifacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor

LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artifacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored.


Russia's delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin's tolerance for what it calls "homosexual propaganda".

Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts

Sunday Routine: How Peter Zaharatos, Chocolate Artist, Spends His Sundays

The owner of SugarCube, a dessert shop in Long Island City, shops for Greek ingredients and plays violin with his children in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Australia’s Shifting Political Order

The same-sex marriage debate showed that attitudes on gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide.


The Best Art of 2017

Art critics of The New York Times share their picks for the best shows and experiences of the year, from daring performances to sculptures cast in chocolate.


Art Review: Art Basel Miami Beach, Post-Irma, Is Still Swinging

Among the finds, Brazilian galleries. At the top of their game: Wolfgang Tillmans, Carrie Mae Weems and Ugo Rondinone.


Louvre Abu Dhabi to display Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi'

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The new branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi will exhibit Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, 'Salvator Mundi', which at $450.3 million became the most expensive painting ever sold at a New York auction last month.


'SUPERPUTIN' exhibition gives Russian leader a pop-art make over

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus - it's not his latest series of publicity photos, but rather artwork at a new Moscow exhibition focused on Russia's leader.


Art Review: Arshile Gorky’s Art of Bliss Remembered

An exhibition of his late art shows Gorky dreaming about — and trying to recover — his Armenian childhood.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Australia Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Just three weeks after a national referendum showed strong support for gay marriage, Parliament followed the public’s lead.


The Mysterious Buyer of the $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci? A Saudi Prince

The prince bought the “Salvator Mundi,” a portrait of Christ, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.


Sean Combs leads four black artists as world's highest paid musicians

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs was ranked the world's highest-paid musician on Wednesday in an annual list that saw black artists take the top four spots.


Zimbabwe court again postpones former finance minister's bail hearing

ZIMBABWE (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court has postponed to Thursday the bail hearing of former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who is facing charges of corruption dating back two decades.


Lubaina Himid awarded Britain's Turner Prize, oldest artist ever to win

LONDON (Reuters) - Lubaina Himid, a 63-year-old artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats, became the oldest person ever to win Britain's most prestigious art...


Turner Prize Goes to Lubaina Himid, Whose Work Depicts African Diaspora

Ms. Himid, 63, is the award’s first nonwhite woman winner and its oldest recipient. The prize raised its age limit above 50 for the first time since 1991.

Art Basel Miami Beach

In Miami, It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s ... a Flock of Drones?

A computer algorithm will result in “a flocking behavior that mimics what you can see in real birds in the sky, or fish in the sea” at Art Basel Miami Beach.


Can El Museo’s Leader Build a Bridge to Its Latino Future?

Patrick Charpenel, a curator and philosopher, faces a rocky road, including the competition for financing in New York.


Spain's Supreme Court refuses bail for former Catalonia cabinet members

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Catalonian vice-president Oriol Junqueras, former cabinet member Joaquim Forn and two leaders of civic groups ANC and Omnium Cultural, faced with charges of sedition, have been refused bail, Spain's Supreme Court said on Monday.


Former Catalonia vice-president Oriol Junqueras refused bail: court source

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Catalonia vice-president Oriol Junqueras, former cabinet member Joaquim Forn and two leaders of civic groups ANC and Omnium Cultural, faced with charges of sedition, have been refused bail, a court source said on Monday.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Gay Australian Politician Proposes During Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The marriage proposal came as a bill legalizing same-sex unions made its way through the final stages of passage in Parliament.


Without Trump, Kennedy Center celebrates Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.


Editorial: Art, Freed From Guantánamo

The military seems unsettled by the attention an exhibition of prisoner art has garnered from news organizations.


Without Trump, Kennedy Center honors Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.

Monuments and Memorials (Structures)

Academics and Artists Weigh In on Controversial City Monuments

A letter published in Hyperallergic singles out five monuments or markers for removal.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Opinion: Let Us Buy Cake

When granted the right to marry, weren’t we also granted the right to throw the wedding of our dreams?


Greece, lenders reach deal on reforms under bailout review

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece and official creditors on Saturday concluded talks on the review of its bailout progress, reaching agreement on fiscal issues, energy and labor market reforms, bad loans and privatizations, the country's finance minister said.


Flynn pleads guilty on Russia; reportedly ready to testify on Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving deeper into the actions of President Donald Trump's inner circle before he took office in January.


Flynn pleads guilty on Russia, reportedly ready to testify against Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about Russia, and ABC News said he was prepared to testify that before taking office President Donald Trump had directed him to make contact with Russians.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Turmoil as Russia investigation reportedly moves closer to Trump

NEW YORK, Dec 1 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks, the dollar and Treasury yields sank on Friday after an ABC report said former national security advisor Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that Donald Trump instructed him to make contact with Russians during the presidential campaign.


North Korea won't disarm, says Russian delegation to Pyongyang: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers who visited Pyongyang said North Korea was not prepared to disarm, and while it did not want nuclear war it is morally ready for it, Russia's RIA news agency reported.


Exclusive: Tezos founders push for legal bailout from Swiss foundation

NEW YORK/ZURICH (Reuters) - The couple behind the embattled Tezos cryptocurrency tech project wants the Swiss-based Tezos Foundation to cover their costs for lawsuits accusing them of fraud related to an online fundraiser it ran, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.


Gifts Tied to Opioid Sales Invite a Question: Should Museums Vet Donors?

The issue of how museums raise their money has resurfaced in the case of the Sacklers, a family of philanthropists whose company developed OxyContin.


At North Korean hub in China, uncertainty looms for Pyongyang-backed businesses

SHENYANG, China (Reuters) - North Korean-owned businesses such as the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, the biggest city in northeastern China, face an uncertain future as United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang-owned overseas businesses loom.

Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Will Transform the Economy. But How Much, and How Soon?

Three new reports suggest that artificial intelligence can probably do less right now than you think. But by one estimation, up to a third of American workers will have to switch jobs by 2030 largely because of it.


Earthquake in Delaware Rattles Region, but No Major Damage Is Reported

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake whose center was about six miles northeast of Dover was felt from Virginia to Connecticut.


When It Comes to Contemporary Art, Miami Wants More, More, More

The city is ground zero for cutting-edge art, fueled by excitement over the Art Basel fair, but how many museums does it need?


Review: In ‘The Disaster Artist,’ How to Fail at Moviemaking

James Franco directs and stars in this fictionalized look at the making of “The Room,” which fans call the worst movie ever made.


Ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort in $11.65 million bail deal: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has agreed to an $11.65 million bail agreement with the special counsel investigating Trump campaign ties to Russia, the longtime Republican political consultant's lawyer said on Thursday.


Art Review: Naked and Aflame or Considering Death, Munch Rarely Screamed

His best-known painting was an outlier among his works, which more often exuded melancholy and resignation, like the ones now at the Met Breuer and Scandinavia House.


Liberated Belgian artist ends chain reaction performance

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) - A Belgian man who chained himself to a block of marble to show the "burden of history" from which artists cannot escape, was unable to free himself and had to be cut loose...


Art Review: Rodin From Every Angle: A Cornucopia of Shows for the Holidays

Rodin celebrations in New York and Philadelphia include a bold new view of his work through the eyes and hands of Anselm Kiefer.

The Butchering Art (Book)

Books of The Times: The Story of How Surgeons Cleaned Up Their Act

“The Butchering Art,” by the medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris, recounts how Joseph Lister and others introduced antiseptic practices to medicine.

James Franco celebrates failure in 'The Disaster Artist'

The idea of achieving immortality through awfulness -- being "So bad, it's good" -- is hardly a new one. Still, "The Disaster Artist" -- James Franco's hyphenated turn as star, producer and director -- deftly falls into that comedic pantheon, joining the likes of "Ed Wood" in making an entertaining movie about a truly terrible one.

Freedom of Religion

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case Is Not About Religious Freedom

It’s about giving people permission to discriminate based on faith — a situation that never ends well.

T Holiday 2017

In the Studio With the Artist Who Painted Jay-Z

Henry Taylor, who made two works for T magazine’s holiday issue, reflects on his art — and on the music mogul.





Senior Saudi prince freed in $1 billion settlement agreement: official

DUBAI (Reuters) - Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching an "acceptable settlement agreement" with authorities paying more than $1 billion, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.


Saudi prince freed in $1 billion settlement agreement: official

DUBAI (Reuters) - Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching an "acceptable settlement agreement" with authorities paying more than $1 billion, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.


Art Review: Louvre Abu Dhabi, an Arabic-Galactic Wonder, Revises Art History

The museum’s style — integrating charismatic objects from all over the map — is sensational. Almost enough to make you forget certain grim realities.


Senior Saudi prince Miteb freed from detention: family members

DUBAI (Reuters) - Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, a former National Guard head once seen as a contender to the throne, has been freed after more than three weeks in detention, according to Twitter messages by royal family members on Tuesday.


Senior Saudi prince Miteb freed after weeks in detention: family member

DUBAI (Reuters) - Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a contender to the throne, has been freed after more than three weeks in detention, a royal family member said on Tuesday on social media.


BRIEF-High Arctic Energy Services Appoints J. Cameron Bailey As CEO



Thanks to One Man’s Collection, Jakarta Now Has a World-Class Museum

The city’s first major modern and contemporary art museum opened this month with exhibitions drawn from the collection of its founder, Haryanto Adikoesoemo.


An Insect’s Colorful Gift, Treasured by Kings and Artists

An exhibition in Mexico City traces Mexican red, the cochineal dye that reaped riches for the Spanish crown — and entranced painters.


Fontana, an Artist Ahead of His Time

Lucio Fontana, who died in 1968, was best known for his slashes on canvas. An exhibition in Milan is casting a new light on a less known part of his work that sets him at the forefront of art installation.


U.S. warns of repercussions for Pakistan over freed militant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for U.S.-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a freed Islamist militant accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai, India.


Freed accused terror mastermind rails against India, Pakistan ex-PM Sharif

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A newly freed Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai called ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a "traitor" on Friday for seeking peace with neighbor and arch-foe India.

Spacey, Kevin

News Analysis: The Artist Has Been Rebuked. Now What Do We Do With His Art?

Shows and films caught up in harassment scandals have become radioactive, and the culture is wrestling with where to draw the line.

Freed North Korea prisoner found burned to death

Police in San Diego are investigating the mysterious death of a man who made international headlines eight years ago when former US President Jimmy Carter helped negotiate his release from North Korea.


Art Review: David Hockney’s Life in Painting: Spare, Exuberant, Full

An artistic journey through six decades of painting sums up his achievements — and leaves you wanting more.


After DNA test, California man freed from prison in 1978 double-murder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man wrongfully convicted in California of the 1978 double-murder of a woman and her child is spending his first Thanksgiving Day as a free man in 39 years, after being released on the basis of DNA evidence.

Submarines and Submersibles

Explosion Was Recorded Where Argentine Submarine Went Missing

The disclosure raised fears that the 44-member crew had been lost, but the navy said a search for the vessel would continue.


In Prospect New Orleans, a Curator Guides 73 Artists Toward Higher Ground

Trevor Schoonmaker turns the Big Easy into a giant gallery, with Rashid Johnson, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mark Dion and more across 17 venues.


German artists build Holocaust memorial near far-right leader's home

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German political art group on Wednesday said it had built a pared-down version of Berlin's Holocaust memorial near the home of a far-right politician who sparked outrage by suggesting history books should more focus on German World War Two victims.


Pakistan court orders Islamist blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks to be freed from house arrest

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered an end to the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial hub of Mumbai that killed 166 people, a public prosecutor said.


Air China indefinitely suspends flights between Beijing and Pyongyang

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Air China Ltd has indefinitely suspended flights between Beijing and Pyongyang, citing poor demand as North Korea faces growing sanctions from the United States over its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Justice Department

How Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Policing Is Frustrating Some Chiefs

The president says the Justice Department has meddled too much in policing. But even police chiefs in Republican areas are frustrated with his rollback.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Romania Gay Marriage Case Could Have Outsize Impact in Europe

The case addresses whether the American husband of a Romanian man should be afforded residency rights in Romania. But its impact could be felt further afield.


Vatican, China swap art in bid to mend strained ties

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican and China will exchange paintings, vases and sculptures in a bid to mend often strained ties through "the diplomacy of art", officials said on Tuesday.


South Korea, Japan say listing North Korea as terror sponsor will pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it would ramp up pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

It's too soon to celebrate Australia's vote for LGBT freedom


BRIEF-Recon executes securities purchase agreement with Bi Yongquan

* Recon Technology - executed purchase agreement with Bi Yongquan pursuant to which Bi agreed to purchase 3 million restricted ordinary shares of co


Male artists win big but female singers dominate American Music Awards stage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pink, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera led female artists of pop music dominating the American Music Awards stage on Sunday with powerful performances, despite being edged out by male artists in most award categories this year.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

The government and Tepco officials designed radiation-hardened machines to search for the fuel that escaped the plant’s ruined reactors.

Arts and Antiquities Looting

Critic’s Notebook: The Void at the Heart of ‘Gurlitt: Status Report’

Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove of inherited art, hidden for decades, is finally on view in two exhibitions. But bringing it into the light can’t dispel his ghost.

Republican Party

Accounting ‘Gimmicks’ in G.O.P.’s Tax Overhaul Mask Higher Cost, Deficit Hawks Say

Some experts say the tax cuts, if accurately accounted for, could translate into slower economic growth and bigger budget deficits in the long run.


Art Review: The Comedic Beauty of Laura Owens’s Work

At the Whitney, this artist’s superb midcareer survey and catalog highlight her art, life and times — and a world of possibility for painting.


Critic’s Notebook: What Christian Artifacts of the Middle East Can Show Us About Tolerance

An exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris looks at 2,000 years of Christians in the Arab World. It has a message for France — and for us all.


German court releases on bail ex-Audi manager in emissions inquiry

MUNICH, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A former Audi manager is being released following his arrest earlier this year on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, a spokesman for Munich's higher regional court said on Friday.

Police artist finds creative way to honor fallen heroes


Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge: sources

(Reuters) - Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said.


Editorial: The da Vinci Lode

The sale of Leonardo’s “Salvator Mundi” for almost a half-billion dollars says more about grotesque financial inequality than about art.


'Raj Pink' diamond, top gems, fail to sell at Sotheby's sale

GENEVA (Reuters) - A large pink diamond, rare for its color and clarity, was among several major jewels that failed to sell on Wednesday at Sotheby's auction in Geneva.


London theater says 20 men made allegations against Kevin Spacey

LONDON (Reuters) - The Old Vic theater in London said on Thursday it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from 20 men who came into contact with him at the theater, or in connection with it, between 1995 and 2013.

Republican Party

Republican Tax Plans Put Corporations Over People

There are tough choices at the heart of the Republicans tax bills speeding through Congress, and they make clear the party values deep and lasting tax cuts for corporations above all else.