NYT Has Answers to Persistent 'Salvator Mundi…

The world has had questions about "Salvator Mundi." The New York Times says it has answers. After the painting sold for an eye-popping $450 million in 2017, it remained out of the public eye, reportedly in the hands of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, its rumored buyer....

In One Part of the World, Prince Philip Was…

Plenty of people in Britain are mourning the death of Prince Philip, but their sorrow may be trumped by that of some people across the globe. On the Vanuatuan island of Tanna, the tribespeople in two villages have considered the Duke of Edinburgh a "god-like spiritual figure" for decades, as...

France May Do Away With Short Domestic Flights

French lawmakers gave the green light to a new restriction over the weekend, but this one was spurred on by the climate, not COVID. The National Assembly late Saturday voted in favor of putting an end to all domestic airline flights whose journey could instead be made by direct train...

Top Chinese Official: Our Vaccine Effectiveness…

Comments made by China's top disease control official on Saturday are attracting attention, and not for good reason. Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the four Chinese COVID-19 vaccines currently in use both locally and around the world "don't have very high...

New Christ Statue to Be Even Taller Than Rio's…

Brazil is working on a statue of Jesus Christ that could, in theory, look down on the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Rio's 90-year-old statue is 125 feet tall; the new one, which is being constructed in Encantado, nearly 1,000 miles away, will stand 140...

UN Wants 'Proof of Life' for Missing Princess

The UN said Friday it is concerned that it has not received proof of life for Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, the missing daughter of the ruler of Dubai who has not been heard from in six months, friends tell the Guardian . Secret recordings she made were released in...

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Think Egypt Has the Most Pyramids? Not So

Just days before parts of Europe entered lockdown, Italian photojournalist Alessio Mamo traveled to Sudan, where he managed to set eyes on a sight that many of the country's own people haven't been able to see: the pyramids of Meroe, a city that served as the Kingdom of Kush's capital....

Iran: Power Outage at Plant Was 'Nuclear…

Iran has described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic installation on Sunday an act of "nuclear terrorism." No injuries or leaks were caused by the problem with the power distribution network, the BBC reports. The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization didn't accuse anyone of being the culprit, but...

Harry, but Not Meghan, Will Attend Funeral

Prince Harry will travel to the UK for his grandfather's funeral, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday. His wife, Meghan Markle, who's pregnant with their second child, won't be with him, People reports. "The Duchess of Sussex has been advised by her physician not to travel," a spokesman said. Because of coronavirus...

Harry, Meghan Post Own Tribute to Philip

The death of Prince Philip raises an awkward royal question: Will grandson Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle—not exactly in tight with the family these days —return to the UK for the funeral? Both People and the New York Post , citing sources, say Harry is expected to make the...

We 'Owe Him a Debt Greater Than ... We Shall Ever…

Mourners have appeared outside London's Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to Prince Philip, the longest-serving consort in British history. But his spouse, Queen Elizabeth II, won't be able to see them, at least not in the physical, as she's staying at Windsor Castle, where Philip died early Friday . The College...

A 'Mind-Blowing' Find: Egypt's 'Lost Golden City'

Big news out of Egypt, where a 3,000-year-old lost city has reportedly been found buried under the sand untouched. The "lost golden city of Luxor," as Egyptologist Zahi Hawass dubs it, was uncovered in September and dates to the reign of Tutankhamun's grandfather, Amenhotep III, who ruled from 1386...

The Ever Given Saga Isn't Over Quite Yet

Rumors started floating again this week that the beleaguered Ever Given, the container ship stuck in the Suez Canal last month for six days, had become restuck. That's not true , but the 1,300-foot ship isn't exactly free, either: The Wall Street Journal reports that Egypt won't release the Ever...

Norway's Prime Minister Runs Afoul of COVID Rules

Norway's prime minister is not above the law—and she is being penalized more harshly than the average citizen for breaking it. Police say Erna Solberg has been fined the equivalent of $2,352 for violating COVID-19 restrictions with a family gathering to celebrate her 60th birthday in February, reports...

Blaming Women's Dress for Rapes Doesn't Go Over…

The prime minister's office has said Imran Khan was misunderstood when he appeared to hold women partly responsible for the increase in sexual assaults, after Pakistan had a bad reaction to his remarks. Asked on a live TV show what the government was doing about the issue, Khan mentioned the...

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Biden Takes First Steps on Gun Violence

Dealing with frustration that he hasn't acted on gun violence issues since the recent mass shootings, President Biden announced a series of executive actions Thursday. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic," Biden said in the Rose Garden, adding that "the idea that we have so many people dying...

Navalny May Be in a 'Situation of a Slow Death'

Amnesty International is weighing in on Alexei Navalny's prison conditions, and it isn't pulling punches. "We have to do more," said Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard on Wednesday. "[They] have already attempted to kill him, they are now detaining him, and imposing prison conditions, that amount to torture. ... Russia,...

Why the World's Eyes Were Focused on Greenland's…

"A row over rare-earth deposits could bring down Greenland's government," read an NPR headline on Tuesday. On Wednesday, "could" shifted to "did." The AP reports the country's main opposition party managed to get the most votes in a parliamentary election, ending the decades-long ruling tenure of the center-left Forward (Siumut)...

Olympic Torch Run Hits Bump in the Road

The Olympics are set to come to Japan in 107 days, but the Olympic torch won't traverse the streets of Osaka prefecture as planned next week due to a COVID surge that had the prefecture governor speaking of the area's medical systems being "on the verge of collapse." The snag...

Brazil Is Turning Into a 'Biological Fukushima'

An already bad COVID situation is worsening in Brazil, which on Tuesday reported it blew past the 4,000-death mark for the first time, reporting 4,195 deaths in the past 24 hours. "If Brazil keeps the current pace, the country will probably reach 5,000 daily deaths in April,...

Months Later, Arrest in Brazen Pandemic Art Heists

More than a year after a Van Gogh was stolen from a shuttered Dutch museum early in the COVID-19 pandemic, an arrest has been made in that case—as well as another art heist that also took place in the Netherlands, at a different museum, months later. A 58-year-old Dutch...

Gestapo Leader Didn't Have to Hide From US After…

Although Austria wanted to try him for war crimes, Franz Josef Huber wasn't put on trial at Nuremberg. He didn't have to go into hiding or flee, newly released documents show, as other Nazi leaders did. Instead, Huber, a high-ranking Gestapo official who helped send thousands of Jews to their...

Jordan's Royal Family Feud Is Over

The royal feud in Jordan is apparently over. After days of uncertainty, former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein pledged loyalty to his half-brother, 59-year-old King Abdullah II, on Monday, the palace said. "The interests of the homeland must remain above every consideration. We must all stand behind the king in...

North Korea Decides Olympics Are a No-Go

North Korea will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer, citing coronavirus concerns. It's the first country to pull out of the games, the AP reports. The country's Sports Ministry said on Monday that its national Olympic Committee made the decision on March 25, wanting to "protect athletes from...

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Russia Tests New Super-Weapon in Arctic

Taking advantage of warmer conditions brought by climate change, Russia is strengthening its military presence in the Arctic and testing new, more powerful weapons. Satellite images show bases being built up along Russia's Arctic coastline, CNN reports, including Cold War-era installations that are being refitted. The area close to Alaska...

Putin Clears Way to Outlast Stalin's Tenure

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Monday legislation that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, the Moscow Times reports. If Putin stays in office that long, he will have held the reins longer than Josef Stalin, who ruled for 29 years, a run second only to...

Report: COVID Curfew Violator Died After Exercise…

Relatives of a Filipino man say he died two days after police enforcing coronavirus restrictions forced him to exercise as punishment. The BBC reports that relatives of Darren Manaog Penaredondo say guards in the city of General Trias stopped him for violating restrictions after he was seen buying drinking water...