‘Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages’ reopens to public in Rome

A sixth-century church boasting a rare collection of early Christian art is reopening to the public in Rome after a restoration that took more than 30 years. Nestling at the foot of the hill where Rome’s emperors once lived, Santa Maria Antiqua was buried under rubble by an earthquake in 847 and only uncovered in … Read more ‘Sistine Chapel of the Middle Ages’ reopens to public in Rome

Rolling Stones on YouTube invite Cubans to free concert

The Rolling Stones are welcoming Cubans to their free concert on Friday with Mick Jagger speaking Spanish in a video on YouTube, though few are likely to see it, given Cuba’s scant Internet penetration. “We have played in many incredible places but this concert in Havana is going to be a historic event for us,” … Read more Rolling Stones on YouTube invite Cubans to free concert

Armani says to stop using animal fur in all his products

Giorgio Armani will stop using fur in all his products since technological progress means there is no longer any justification for cruelty to animals, the renowned Italian fashion designer said on Tuesday. Armani, 81, said in a statement that the decision reflected his luxury group’s attention to “the critical issues of protecting and caring for … Read more Armani says to stop using animal fur in all his products

Soft shoe diplomacy: Obama dances the tango at Argentine state dinner

President Barack Obama has made headlines for unexpectedly crooning a song or two in public since coming to the White House. Now he can add dancing the tango to his list of hidden talents. At the end of a state dinner in Buenos Aires with Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday, Obama and his wife, … Read more Soft shoe diplomacy: Obama dances the tango at Argentine state dinner