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Colombia to build museum to showcase shipwreck discovery

Colombia will build a museum to showcase artifacts found in the wreckage of a Spanish galleon discovered near the historic Caribbean port city of Cartagena, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday. The San Jose, thought by historians to be laden with emeralds and precious coins, sank in 1708. It was part of the fleet of King Philip V, who fought the English during the War of Spanish Succession. “We will build a great museum here in Cartagena,” Santos said on national television from Cartagena’s naval base. “Without a doubt, ...

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New immersive experience takes fans into world of 'The Walking Dead'

A new immersive, interactive experience is giving fans an up-close, terrifying encounter with zombies by taking them to the edge of a small town on the night the ghoulish creatures began the rampage that led to a zombie apocalypse. “The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1” is based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman and the TV series of the same name that debuted on U.S. cable network AMC in 2010 and is now in its sixth season. The 30-minute experience is featured at the Walker Stalker Con, ...

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Colombia says it has found Spanish treasure galleon San Jose

Colombia has found the wreck of a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Cartagena and is thought to be laden with emeralds and gold and silver coins, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Friday. More details will be provided at a news conference on Saturday, Santos said from his Twitter account. The San Jose sank in 1708 in the Caribbean Sea close to the walled port city of Cartagena. It was part of the fleet of King Philip V as he fought the English during the War of ...

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Wisconsin store owner buys out local Star Wars showing

People wait into a metro station decorated with Star Wars characters to promote the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Reuters/Charles Platiau The force will surely be with a Wisconsin toy store owner after he bought all of the tickets for an opening night screening of the latest “Star Wars” movie at a local theater, planning to give most of them to local children charities and loyal customers. Life-long “Star Wars” fan Matthew Rieley, owner of The Freaktoyz in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, bought all ...

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Through theater, Syrian refugees recount migration, look to Europe

In a small studio in central Beirut, more than a dozen refugee women from Syria dash about barefoot as they rehearse a play about their experiences as war migrants. “We get to a new country … people stare at us,” one actress says while others put on the disdainful looks they got on reaching Lebanon after fleeing civil war across the border. “Finally we find a home. We open the door and there’s rubbish everywhere. The room is full of cockroaches,” they chant in unison, stamping on the imaginary insects. ...

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Paris Christmas bookings suffer after militant attacks

A French flag flies over flowers, candles and messages in tribute to victims outside ”Le Carillon” restaurant a week after a series of deadly attacks in the French capital Paris, France, November 22, 2015. Reuters/Charles Platiau Demand for Christmas trips to Paris has slumped following last month’s Islamist militant attacks in the French capital, according to data from travel information firm ForwardKeys. Overall, net bookings – calculated by taking new bookings and deducting cancellations – recovered in the week starting Nov. 23, compared to the week immediately following the Nov. ...

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Obama lights national tree, remembers California victims

President Barack Obama and his family led the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, with charity, thanks, and a moment of reflection for the victims of Wednesday’s shooting. “Five, four, three, two, one. Merry Christmas, everybody!” Obama said as the national tree took sparkle for the 93rd year. Flanked by his wife, two daughters and mother-in-law, Obama led the countdown in windy President’s Park, across the street from their home at the White House, in a celebration that included performances by pop singer Aloe Blacc and rock band ...

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New Zealand's kiwifruit heading home to China

More than a century after the kiwifruit arrived in New Zealand, the fuzzy-skinned food is heading back to its roots in Asia. The world’s largest kiwifruit exporter, New Zealand’s Zespri International Ltd, already sells around 20 percent of its output to China and is now preparing the ground to start producing there, looking to cut costs at a time when it expects its overall exports to hit record highs. It also wants to tailor production to a market booming as an expanding middle class shifts to more healthy eating, consuming ...

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Artist hauls Greenland ice to Paris as a reminder of climate change

Residents of central Paris got a chilling reminder on Thursday of the challenge facing negotiators at the world climate summit on the city’s outskirts: 80 tonnes of Greenland ice left to slowly melt on the cobbles in front of the Pantheon. The ice was scooped from a Greenland fjord and hauled to Paris as part of an installation by the visual artist Olafur Eliasson, best known for building waterfalls in New York City in 2008 and an artificial sky inside the Tate Modern gallery in London in 2003. “I hope ...

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Pakistan court filing asks British queen to return Koh-i-Noor diamond

Queen Elizabeth II attends a prize giving ceremony during a visit to Malta Racing Club at Marsa racecourse near Valletta, Malta, November 28, 2015. Reuters/Matt Cardy/Pool A Pakistani attorney said on Thursday he has filed a court petition seeking the return of the famed Koh-i-Noor diamond Britain forced India to hand over in colonial times. Once the largest known diamond in the world, the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor is one of the Crown Jewels. It is set in a crown last worn by the late mother of Queen Elizabeth II during her ...

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