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Tycoon buys Austria's Essl modern art collection

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VIENNA - Austrian tycoon Hans Peter Haselsteiner has come to the rescue of home-improvements millionaire Karlheinz Essl by buying a modern art collection that Essl had tried in vain to sell to the state to prop up his BauMax business empire.

Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5 million to Buffett son: lawyer

- A foundation controlled by the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett has paid $4.5 million for hundreds of artifacts belonging to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, a lawyer for Parks' heirs said on Friday.

Stellar 'It's Only a Play' cast welcomes Rupert Grint to Broadway

NEW YORK - British actor Rupert Grint, best known as wizard Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film franchise, makes his Broadway debut as a young, wunderkind director alongside a stellar ensemble cast in the show business comedy, "It's Only a Play."

First day of Burning Man festival canceled due to rare rainstorm

- Burning Man, the week-long arts and culture festival that brings attendees from around the world to the Nevada desert, canceled its first day on Monday as rare rain storms drenched the area, organizers said.

Poet Behbahani, 'lioness of Iran', dies at 87: state media

DUBAI - Poet Simin Behbahani, a champion of women's rights and free speech whose lyrical verse captured the hopes and disappointments of Iranians since the 1979 revolution, died on Tuesday at the age of 87, official media reported.

Robin Williams' death highlights Parkinson's-depression link

LOS ANGELES - Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease along with severe depression at the time of his apparent suicide, his widow said on Thursday, drawing public attention to the correlation between the diseases. | Video

Sarajevo's film festival marks 20th birthday with record line-up

SARAJEVO - Sarajevo's film festival, founded as an act of defiance while the city was besieged during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, marks its 20th anniversary on Friday with its biggest line-up of movies.

A Minute With: Icelandic writer on setting a musical in an elbow

NEW YORK - Sometimes the best way to get to the heart of a story is through the elbow, said Ivar Pall Jonsson, the Icelandic creator of the new rock musical "Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter."

Irish-American Bishop learns Chinese to break down comedy walls

- An Irish-American stand-up comedian has dramatically increased the size of his potential audience by learning to perform his act in Mandarin Chinese.

In Edinburgh, Fringe performers weigh in on Scotland's independence choice

EDINBURGH - The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may attract performers from all over the world, but in 2014, the future of the nation where it is held is on every performer's lips.