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Bronx and Havana museums to exchange artworks

Bronx Museum of the ArtsThe Bronx Museum of Art and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts have launched an art exchange initiative that will include two major exhibitions.

The cooperation began long before the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations. The Bronx Museum calls it the most ambitious art exchange between U.S. and Cuban museums in more than 50 years.


Argentine leader convinced Nisman death was no suicide

Nisman deathArgentine leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says she is convinced the death of top Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was not suicide.

Mr Nisman, 51, was found shot dead in his apartment on Sunday. The prosecutor probing his death said it appeared to be suicide. But in a letter published on Thursday, Ms Fernandez cast doubt on that theory.

Mr Nisman had been investigating the 1994 deadly bombing of a Jewish centre.


King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies at 90

KING Abdullah diesHe was one of the world's few remaining absolute monarchs. But King Abdullah's years as crown prince might have marked his legacy even more than his rule as king.

Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud became de facto ruler of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1995 when his immediate predecessor, King Fahd, suffered a stroke. At the time, Abdullah was crown prince — but from that position he wielded a tremendous amount of power and influence.


German anti-Islam leader resigns after Hitler, refugee posts

German anti Islam leaderThe leader of a German organization against the perceived "Islamization" of Europe stepped down Wednesday after online posts surfaced in which he used derogatory language to refer to refugees and posed looking like Adolf Hitler.

Lutz Bachmann, co-founder of the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, announced his departure on Facebook after German media published the comments where he called refugees "cattle" and "filthy," and a photo showing him with a Hitler mustache and hair combed over like the Nazi Fuehrer.


Aides: Rebels hold Yemen's president 'captive' at his house

Yemen presidentShiite rebels in control of Yemen's capital now hold the country's president "captive" at his home, his aides said Wednesday, putting in question who actually rules the Arab world's most-impoverished nation.

Embattled Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — a top U.S. ally in the war against al-Qaida in Yemen — appears to have run out of options to continue governing the country, months after the Houthis began a blitz in September, seizing the capital and state institutions.


Palestinian wounds 11 in Tel Aviv bus stabbing

Israel bus stabbingA Palestinian man stabbed 11 people on and near a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, seriously wounding three of them before he was shot and arrested by Israeli police.

Police described the assault as a "terrorist attack," and the Islamic militant group Hamas praised it. It appeared to be the latest in a series of "lone-wolf" attacks in which Palestinians have killed and wounded Israelis using knives, acid and vehicles, citing tensions surrounding a disputed Jerusalem holy site.


Islamic State group threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages

Japanese hostages The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive $200 million in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom Tuesday from Japan's premier during his visit to the Middle East. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to save the men, saying: "Their lives are the top priority."

Abe and other Japanese officials declined to discuss whether they'd pay the ransom for captives Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, though their armed forces generally only operate in a self-defense capacity at home. Their kidnapping also immediately recalled the 2004 beheading of a Japanese backpacker in Iraq, carried out by the Islamic State group's predecessor over Japan's involvement in the U.S.-led war there.


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