Large tomb at Amphipolis excavation site sparks intense interest

Aug 22, 2014

Large tomb at Amphipolis excavation site sparks intense interest

Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public’s imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace. The Culture Ministry appealed Thursday for “understanding” while the Amphipolis excavation proceeds. The ...

Aug 22, 2014

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. His eldest son, Philip, said he ...

The Nobility of Failure

Aug 16, 2014

The Nobility of Failure

by Michael Hoffman

Who hasn’t at one time or another suspected that failure is nobler than success? Here the late British historian Ivan Morris celebrates Japanese heroes who refused to make the tawdry compromises success all too often demands. They fail, but fail gloriously, reaping the posthumous ...

Hunt starts for massive bell in Myanmar river

Aug 15, 2014

Hunt starts for massive bell in Myanmar river

Divers attached to safety ropes have plunged into waters south of Myanmar’s old capital as part of renewed efforts to retrieve a bronze bell that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers. The 270-ton bell, believed to be one of ...

Aug 14, 2014

Giant bronze statue to French WWI soldiers is stolen

A memorial to soldiers killed in World War I has been stolen from its pedestal in a French town. Veterans Minister Kader Arif said Wednesday that the theft of the monument in the northern town of Craonne in the Aisne region is an “insult ...