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Israeli archaeologists uncover rare 1,500-year-old mosaic

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JERUSALEM A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor with a Greek inscription has been uncovered during works to install communications cables in Jerusalem's Old City - a rare discovery of an ancient relic and an historic document in one. | Video

Russian theater director who irked establishment given house arrest

MOSCOW A theater director whose edgy work angered traditionalists in the Russian establishment was placed under house arrest on Wednesday in a fraud case his supporters say is part of a government crackdown on artistic freedoms.

Egyptian artist creates portraits out of burnt tobacco

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt In a small studio littered with empty cigarette packets in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, Abdelrahman al-Habrouk sits hunched over a sheet of paper making portraits with tobacco.

'Print' on Texas family wall is original Rockwell, sells for $1.6 million

DALLAS A Texas family who discovered their old Norman Rockwell work of baseball umpires was an authentic painting sold the work at auction for $1.6 million, Heritage Auctions said on Monday.

'Beyond the Wall': Tales of persecuted lives at the Berlin Wall

BERLIN An open-air installation is to open along an old section of the Berlin Wall at the weekend, featuring photos of soldiers patrolling the former deadly border, and stories of those persecuted behind it.

Art, or just a bunch of, er, balloons?

LONDON Art is well known for its power to move people, but a new installation in London can move itself - it comprises a series of autonomous floating spheres, that interact with visitors and the space on their own. | Video

Bruce Springsteen Broadway-bound for solo 'words and music' show

Bruce Springsteen is headed to Broadway for an eight-week solo theater run that he says will feature "just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music." | Video

Artist targets Twitter with offline hate tweets

BERLIN A German-Israeli artist who accuses Twitter of failing to delete hate speech tweets has taken matters into his own hands - by stencilling the offending messages on the road in front of the company's Hamburg headquarters.

Michelangelo's unrealized marble dream comes true in Italian quarry

QUERCETA DI SERAVEZZA, Italy In 1517, Michelangelo climbed Mount Altissimo in Tuscany and found the marble of his dreams. | Video

Bubbles in Hong Kong harbor are Japanese artist's thought-stirrer

HONG KONG Millions of bubbles floated across Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on Wednesday, the latest public art exhibition by Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki. | Video