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United States returns stolen 14th century image of saint to Italy

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WASHINGTON A stolen 14th century illustration of a Roman Catholic saint was returned on Friday to Italy, where it will be put in a museum, U.S. Customs officials said.

Book hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling up for sale

LONDON "Harry Potter" fans will be able to bid for a piece of history next week when a book designed, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling goes on sale at Sotheby's auction house in London. | Video

Puccini's original 'Madama Butterfly' back at La Scala after 112 years

MILAN Milan's La Scala opera house opened its new season on Wednesday with the original, more brutal version of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", not shown there since its poorly received premiere in 1904.

Please do touch! Exhibition for blind opens in Prague

PRAGUE An exhibition aimed at blind people has opened in Prague, inviting visitors to touch artwork and enjoy pieces they would normally only read or hear about.

London-based artist Helen Marten wins Britain's Turner Prize

LONDON London-based artist Helen Marten has won this year's Turner Prize, receiving 25,000 pounds at Britain's annual contemporary art award.

Russian choreographer Eifman brings 'Up and Down' to London

LONDON Russian choreographer Boris Eifman's latest ballet 'Up and Down' arrives on the London stage this week, a two-act ballet set to the music of composers George Gershwin and Franz Schubert that chronicles a young psychiatrist's descent into madness. | Video

Bavaria is sued in New York over paintings looted by Nazis

NEW YORK Heirs to the German Jewish art dealer Alfred Flechtheim on Monday sued the German state of Bavaria, seeking the return of eight paintings by Max Beckmann, Juan Gris and Paul Klee that they said were looted by the Nazis.

Gothic ice dome rises in Slovakia's High Tatra mountains

HREBIENOK, Slovakia Fifteen sculptors worked three weeks to shape 90 tonnes of ice into a gothic-style dome that opened to visitors last week in the High Tatra mountains of Slovakia.

Russia's Hermitage museum faces criticism over Fabre exhibition

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia Over 200 artworks by Jan Fabre displayed at St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum have drawn mixed reactions because of the Belgian artist's use of stuffed animals alongside classical paintings. | Video

Frida Kahlo painting, unseen for 60 years, sells for $1.81 million

NEW YORK Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's "Nina con Collar," an early painting whose whereabouts had been a mystery for 60 years, has sold for $1.81 million at a Sotheby's Latin American art auction.

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British author Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted

NEW YORK Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labeled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. | Video