Ancient Chinese Vase Kept in Kitchen Sells for Nearly £1.5 Million at Auction

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An extremely rare 18th-century Chinese vase bought for a few hundred pounds in the 1980s and kept in a kitchen has sold at an auction for nearly £1.5 million ($1.85 million) on May 18. The 60-centimeter (two feet) blue-glazed, silver …

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Largest North American Cave Art Discovered After 1,000 Years

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A team of scientists discovered the largest known Native American cave art that had been hidden in an Alabama cave for more than 1,000 years. Jan F. Simek, a professor at The University of Tennessee and a team of researchers …

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Harvard Acknowledged Slavery in its History

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Harvard University acknowledged that nearly 100 people were enslaved by the university after its foundation in 1636 in a 130-page report released on Tuesday. The report focused on Harvard University’s involvement in slavery and, after slavery was abolished, the university’s …

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World’s Oldest Person Dies at 119 in Japan

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Kane Tanaka, recognized as the world’s oldest person, died at age 119. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announced that she died of old age in a hospital in Fukuoka on Tuesday last week. Born on January 2, 1903, …

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FBI Returns 16 Artifacts to Peruvian Officials

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Art Crime Team repatriated 16 cultural items to Peruvian officials at a ceremony held at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. It was confirmed by the US Department of State’s Cultural Office in Lima, …

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Israeli Holocaust Museum Suspends Ties with Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Israel suspended ties with Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, following new sanctions imposed upon him amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “In light of recent developments, Yad Vashem has decided to suspend the strategic …

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Formally Apologizes to People Executed as Witches

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued on March 8 a formal apology to people — mostly women — persecuted as witches between the 16th and 18th centuries. “On International Women’s Day, as First Minister on behalf of the Scottish Government, …

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Brussels Statue of Colonial King Should be Melted and Made into Memorial for Congo Victims, Experts Say

A bronze statue of 19th-century Belgian King Leopold II in the center of Brussels could be melted down and turned into a memorial for victims of colonialism, an expert group recommended. The group, composed of historians, architects, and other specialists, …

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Netherlands Apologizes for ‘Excessive Violence’ in 1940s Indonesian War

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized to Indonesia on Feb. 17 after an inquiry found that Dutch armed forces used “systematic and widespread extreme violence” during the Indonesian war of independence in the 1940s. “For the systematic and widespread extreme …

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