- Mirror, mirror on the wall
July 6, 2013
Thousands of art lovers in Paris are staring at themselves in Anish Kapoor's distorting mirrors. What do they see?
- A bird, not a bomber
July 6, 2013
During the Lebanon war of 1982, an Israeli pilot refused to bomb a building when he suspected - correctly - that it was a school.
- Restless in Rio
June 29, 2013
A protest in the Confederations Cup has become the catalyst for a nationwide movement.
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Führer's shocking DNA code
New DNA tests have revealed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler possibly had Jewish as well as African ancestors - communities that he had pledged to exterminate. Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, worked together to locate 39 relatives of Hitler and collect saliva samples in order to determine his genetic background. Jean-Paul Mulders was able to investigate Hitler's DNA after he managed to lay his hands on a serviette dropped by the dictator's great-nephew Alexander Stuart-Houston who lives in New York. A serviette is a small square of cloth or paper used while eating to protect the clothes, and wipe the mouth and hand. He got a second sample from an Austrian cousin of Hitler, a farmer known as Norbert H. The DNA tests threw up a startling result. It revealed a form of the Y-chromosome that is rare in Germany and the rest of Western Europe, but common among Jewish and North African groups. Experts now think that Hitler had migrant relatives who settled in his homeland. Mulders said both the test samples had a form of genetic material known as Haplopgroup E1b1b, proving an "irrefutable link" to the Nazi leader. Ronny Decorte, a genetic specialist in Belgium, said: "Hitler would not have been pleased about this. Race and blood were central in the world of the Nazis. Hitler's concern over his descent was not unjustified. He was apparently not 'pure' or 'Aryan'."
Egypt to tighten museum security
Post the disappearance of a $55 million Vincent Van Gogh painting in Cairo, Egypt is planning to set up a security control room to monitor all museums for theft. Culture minister Faruq Hosni has formed a committee to review security measures after the theft at the Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum. The Van Gogh work is one of 304 oil paintings and 50 sculptures in the three-storey museum, which was built on the Nile in 1920 as the residence of Egyptian art collector Khalil. The most conservative estimate of the value of the collection is $1. 2 billion. The painting, known as 'Poppy Flower' was stolen from Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil Museum, home to one of the Middle East's finest collections of 19th and 20th-century art. This is not the first time that the painting has gone missing. In 1978 the painting was stolen, and authorities recovered it two years later at an undisclosed location in Kuwait.
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