In Brief

Post image for 472 US Writers Sign Open Letter Against Donald Trump

Some 470 US writers — including big names like Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Eggers, Cheryl Strayed, and Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz — have signed an online petition to oppose the candidacy of Donald Trump for president.

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Post image for In Response to Artist Protests, Brazil Reinstates Culture Ministry

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer will reinstate the country’s Ministry of Culture next Monday following a string of protests initiated by local artists and cultural organizations.

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Post image for Kids Smash Art at Glass Museum While Adults Stand by Filming

Just when you’d thought you’d seen it all when it comes to art-breaking mishaps (selfie seekers, I’m looking at you), along comes this incredible footage from China of two boys fracturing a sculpture in the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

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Post image for Urban Outfitters Wins Partial Victory Over Navajo Nation in Trademark Dispute

Urban Outfitters executives may spend the weekend partying in their infamous “Navajo Hipster Panties” and sipping from “Navajo Flasks”: the retailer has just won a partial victory in its ongoing trademark battle with the Navajo Nation, the largest indigenous tribe in the United States.

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Post image for Joan Miró Works Auctioned by His Grandson to Benefit Refugees

Today, 28 works by the Spanish surrealist Joan Miró were auctioned in London to benefit refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

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Post image for Iran Arrests Eight Models for Posting “Un-Islamic” Photos on Instagram

Iran has arrested eight female models for posting photos on Instagram that authorities have deemed “un-Islamic.”

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Post image for Old Master Paintings Snatched from Verona Turn Up in a Forest in Ukraine

After six months, 17 Old Master paintings stolen from Verona’s Museo di Castelvecchio have turned up on an island in Ukraine.

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Post image for YouTube Pranksters Sentenced to Jail for Faking Art Heists at Museums

A group of British pranksters is facing jail time for staging a fake art robbery in the National Portrait Gallery last July, proving the consequences of going to pointless lengths to attain internet virality.

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Post image for China Will Publicly Shame Vandals Who Tag Mount Everest Base Camp

For those temped to leave graffiti on the base camp of the Chinese side of Mount Everest, known as Mount Qomolangma, think again: your name may appear on a public list, distributed to and publicized by news outlets.

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Post image for George W. Bush Started His Art Career on His iPhone

Can George W. Bush eclipse his legacy as a war criminal and one of the worst presidents in American history by continuing to make weird nude self-portraits?

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