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Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

Associated Press News

Germany to introduce Nazi-looted art law

The upper house of Germany's parliament is voting on a draft law to make it easier to return Nazi-looted art to its rightful owners.<p>The new legislation would eliminate the statute of limitations applied to stolen property, usually 30 years, that some art collectors have used to protect their …

Delhi anti-corruption chief minister Arvind Kejriwal quits

<b>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has resigned after an anti-corruption bill was blocked in the state assembly.</b><p>Opposition politicians blocked the bill, which would have created an independent body with the power to investigate politicians and civil servants suspected of corruption.<p>They argued it …

India

Out of the 'Shadows': Pot Sellers Can Now Do Business With Banks

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration issued new rules Friday intended to ease the concerns of banks wanting to deal with businesses that legally sell marijuana, something the nation's banks have so far declined to do.<p>The rules, issued by the Treasury and Justice Departments, are intended to "move …

Brazil's government has set the favelas and middle classes against each other

In Brazil there is a saying: "A good thief is a dead thief." These words have never been more relevant in today's Brazilian class-ridden landscape, where prejudice, violence and racism run free.<p>The last week has been full of violent acts in Rio de Janeiro. Once again, police and protesters clashed …

Mexico's lost daughters: how young women are sold into the sex trade by drug gangs

Lupita is in her 30s and works as a laundry maid in several houses in Mexico City. She can still remember the first time she saw a girl taken from her home village. "She was very pretty," says Lupita. "She had freckles. She was 11 years old."<p>Lupita was 20 when five men drove into the small …

Healthy eating: nutritious indigenous foods you may never have heard of

The proliferation of the western diet, which is high in refined sugars, fats, processed grains and meat, has been blamed for a rise in global obesity and diet-related illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. As awareness of healthy eating has grown in the west, sales of once …

South Sudan: the state that fell apart in a week

A week ago, Simon K, a 20-year-old student living in the capital of South Sudan, was arrested by men in military uniforms. He was asked a question that has taken on deadly importance in the world's newest country in the past seven days: <i>incholdi</i> – "What is your name?" in Dinka, the language of the …