Iranian refugee detained in Papua New Guinea wins cartooning award


SYDNEY An Iranian refugee held at an Australian-funded detention center in Papua New Guinea has won a political cartooning award for his work depicting life inside the camp.

Muhammad Ali auction items seen fetching heavyweight prices

NEW YORK Muhammad Ali's 1974 WBC heavyweight championship boxing belt and a handwritten letter about his conversion to Islam are among items that will hit the auction block in September, in the biggest such sale since Ali's death in June. | Video

Disabled Afghan girl painter dreams of international fame

Like many other young artists her age, 16-year-old Robaba Mohammadi dreams of holding international art exhibitions. | Video

New York clinic turns to art in Zika fight

NEW YORK A picture is worth a thousand words - or at least that is the philosophy behind a New York clinic that is creating Zika-inspired art to raise awareness about the virus.

Fair and foul: Shakespeare in many guises at Edinburgh Festival

EDINBURGH Rapping, drunkenness and "Star Wars" are some of the twists given to William Shakespeare's plays at the Edinburgh festival this year, marking the 400th anniversary of his death.

Refugee team mural unveiled in Rio

Rio de Janeiro The portraits of all 10 members of the first Olympic refugee team now have a permanent place on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. | Video

Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov calls Trump 'totalitarian opportunist'

Legendary Russian-American dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov has denounced Donald Trump as a "totalitarian opportunist,' saying the Republican presidential candidate's speeches remind him of his years in the Soviet Union. | Video

No stone left unturned in Italian artist's workshop

ZEVIO, Italy Luigi Lineri's home workshop is covered in stones -- tens of thousands of them. They resemble animal heads, human faces and other forms, and the artist and poet believes may have been shaped by prehistoric humans.

Russian artist gives his Havel prize to group accused of killing police

PRAGUE A Russian performance artist on Monday gave his Vaclav Havel Prize to a businessman who promised to fund a Russian group whose members have been convicted of killing policemen.

Australia announces $154-million upgrade for Sydney Opera House

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday unveiled plans for the largest renovations to the Sydney Opera House since its opening in 1973, with more than A$200 million ($154 million) earmarked to update the UNESCO world heritage-listed site. | Video