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Britain's King Charles III outside Buckingham Palace in London. Daniel Leal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Marble Head of Athena, from 200 B.C.E. and which was looted from a temple in central Italy, is displayed during a news conference and repatriation ceremony of stolen antiquities to Italy, in New York City. Brendan McDermid/Reuters hide caption

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A kidnapped goddess returns home, after prosecutors expose art thieves

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Sarah Cameron Sunde will produce the finale to her "36.5: A Durational Performance with the Sea" on Sept. 14 in New York City. Matthew Schuerman/NPR hide caption

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This artist gets up to her neck in water to spread awareness of climate change

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A Texas town gets its portrait on a silo

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Taliban guards stand at the entrance of the National Museum of Afghanistan after it reopened under Taliban control in Kabul in December. Mustafa Melih Ahishali/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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The Taliban now guard Afghanistan's National Museum, where they once smashed objects

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A new exhibit in LA explores the complicated history of Black Cinema

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The blue dashiki (left) is from the Rwandan design studio Moshions and first appeared on a Kigali catwalk 5 years ago. Center: an outfit from womenswear brand IAMISIGO led by Kenya's Bubu Ogisi. Right: An outfit from Thebe Magugu out of Johannesburg, South Africa. These are 3 of the garments starring in the new "Africa Fashion" exhibit at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Victoria and Albert Museum/Maganga Mwagogo/Tatenda Chidora hide caption

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Are you a bittersweet person? Take this quiz — then discover the power of sadness

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Rafael López poses with his mariachi stamps in a classroom at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. The set was launched in August. Gabriel J. Sánchez/NPR hide caption

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For the first time, the Postal Service features mariachi musicians on stamps

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Robert Adams, Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, 1969 gelatin silver print image: 14 x 14.9 cm (5 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.) Private collection, San Francisco. © Robert Adams, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisc hide caption

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Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple, delivers the keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in 2003 in San Francisco. Jobs created a personal uniform for himself that featured a black turtleneck from Japanese designer Issey Miyake. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Vision divine du 11 Mars 1948, is a series of eight drawings by Ivoirian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré. They depict a vision that Bouabré said he experienced that year: "seven colored suns" creating a "circle of beauty around their 'mother-sun.' " This piece and other works from Bouabré are part of an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art. The Museum of Modern Art hide caption

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The Horniman Museum's collection of artifacts from the ancient kingdom of Benin includes 12 brass plaques, ceremonial objects and a key 'to the king's palace'. Horniman Museums and Gardens hide caption

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Harlan shares a collage of images from a family beach trip. She knew she wanted photos of a sandcastle, her family at the beach at dusk, downtime at the house and the cousins playing together in the pool. Creating a "shot list" in advance of images she hoped to capture helped her "leave her trip with no regrets," she says. Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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How to take better (and more distinctive) photos on vacation

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Lesia Khomenko, Max in the Army, 2022. Oil on canvas, 84.5 x 57.5 inches © Lesia Khomenko hide caption

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The Ukrainian women who make art in the face of war

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