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New York billionaire Michael Steinhardt surrenders $70 million of stolen ancient art

Jack Guy, CNN US billionaire Michael Steinhardt has surrendered 180 stolen relics worth an estimated $70 million and agreed to an “unprecedented” lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities, officials in Manhattan have said. Investigators found that Steinhardt, one of the world’s largest ancient art collectors, was in possession of looted artifacts smuggled out of 11 countries… Continue Reading
Serra de Estrela is so rare that it's officially a protected cheese.

Europe’s tastiest cheeses

Julia Buckley, CNN It is a truth universally acknowledged that (almost) everyone loves cheese. And it’s a truth almost as universally acknowledged that Europe makes some of the best. Here, there are thousand-year-old cheeses. There are cheeses invented centuries ago by monks, cheeses that make cameo appearances in classic literature, and cheeses given intentionally offputting… Continue Reading
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Anger simmers over Omicron travel bans in southern Africa

By Zaina Adamu and Stephanie Busari, CNN African leaders are hitting back against travel bans imposed over the Omicron variant, accusing wealthy countries of being hypocrites for delivering new restrictions instead of the vaccine doses the continent desperately needs. Omicron, initially detected in Botswana, has reignited debate over the effectiveness of strict border closures and… Continue Reading
South Africa's Covid-19 cases have nearly quadrupled in the last four days

South Africa Covid-19 cases have nearly quadrupled since Tuesday, with Omicron fueling the surge

By Duarte Mendonça, CNN South Africa’s Covid-19 cases have nearly quadrupled in the last four days, underscoring concerns around how contagious the new coronavirus Omicron variant might be as the country enters its fourth wave of the pandemic. On Friday, South Africa reported on 16,055 new Covid-19 cases, up from 4,373 new cases on Tuesday.… Continue Reading
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The baby dragons of Slovenia

John Malathronas, CNN Postojna Cave, situated one hour’s drive southwest of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, is so vast, it has its own railway. And yet, one of the cave’s main attractions is something at the other end of the size spectrum — and completely unique to Postojna. Baby dragons! Postojna is, during normal travel times, one… Continue Reading
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