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CAIRO (AP) — Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid the political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Boosted by record-breaking New York sales of a Picasso painting and a Giacometti sculpture, the United States has become the world's leader in public art auctions, unseating China, a 2015 report by Artprice showed. The US art auction market grew by 20 percent in the first six months of the year, with sales totalling $2.8 billion (2.5 billion euros), nearly a billion more than China with sales worth $1.9 billion, said the report obtained by AFP. "An unexpected rebound, considering that, year after year, China seemed to confirm its place as number one," said Thierry Ehrmann, president and founder of Artprice, which compiles data on the art market, auction sales and artist's prices.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels on Sunday detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 31 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents.