Rembrandt’s Night Watch Will Be Restored in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

(AMSTERDAM) — Rembrandt van Rijn’s Golden Age masterpiece The Night Watch is getting a makeover. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum announced Tuesday that it will restore its most famous painting, starting next year in a project that will be open to the public and viewable online. Rijksmusem General Director Taco Dibbits said that from July the huge Golden […]

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A Giant Net Has Been Deployed to Clean Up Plastics in the Pacific Ocean

A 2,000 foot-long floating pipe connected to an enormous net arrived Tuesday at its destination in the Pacific Ocean to begin cleaning up garbage. Dutch environmental start-up Ocean Cleanup Foundation launched the apparatus from San Francisco last month, CNN reports. It is expected to soon begin work clearing plastics and other debris from the Great […]

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Gambia Launches Truth and Reconciliation Body to Confront Abuses Under Yahya Jammeh

(BANJUL, Gambia) — Gambia has launched a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission to lay bare abuses committed under the 22-year rule of former leader Yahya Jammeh, with President Adama Barrow declaring the country’s “dark days” are over. The long-awaited commission is meant to help heal the tiny West African nation after years of extrajudicial killings, […]

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Facebook Bans More Myanmar Military-Linked Accounts for Spreading Propaganda

Facebook has removed nearly two dozen more accounts and pages linked to Myanmar’s military, which the U.N. is investigating for possible charges of genocide during its campaign of violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Facebook announced the removal of the 13 pages and 10 accounts “for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior” including distributing pro-military propaganda, […]

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Kickstart Australia Visit by Cuddling With Koalas

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kicked off their first overseas voyage Tuesday in Australia, where the royal couple crossed the Sydney Harbor and met a couple of cuddly koalas, Agence France-Presse reports. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will tour Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga on their 16-day international trip. The couple, who wed […]

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Coca-Cola’s Attempt to Use New Zealand’s Indigenous Māori Language Misfires

Coca-Cola’s attempt to tap market potential of New Zealand’s indigenous populations could have been smoother. In trying to incorporate the te reo Māori language into its marketing, the company accidentally emblazoned a message translating to “hello, death” on a vending machine, the Guardian reports. “Kia Ora, Mate,” read the signage, combining the Māori phrase for […]

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Australia Considers Moving Its Israel Embassy to Jerusalem, in Tandem With President Trump

(CANBERRA, Australia ) — Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that he was open to shifting the Australian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in line with President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the contested holy city as Israel’s capital. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the idea was suggested to him by a former ambassador to […]

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President Trump Suggests ‘Rogue Killers’ Are Responsible for Missing Saudi Journalist

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump suggested Monday that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an explanation offering U.S. ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm. The Saudis continued to deny they killed the writer, but there were indications the story could soon […]

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More Than Me CEO Katie Meyler Temporarily Steps Down

Published in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Katie Meyler, the founder of More Than Me, temporarily stepped down from her position as the American charity’s chief executive officer pending the results of a Liberian panel’s review of an investigation published by ProPublica and Time magazine last Thursday. The focus of […]

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Child Will Probably Not Be a Prince or Princess. Here’s What the Title Will Be Instead

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced Monday they are expecting their first child and many Brits have responded with the same enthusiasm that met news of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s impending arrivals: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. But, unlike his or her older cousins, Meghan and Harry’s new arrival will […]

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