Residents of Yangchun tell Dutch court of importance of Buddha statue which contains mummified remains
A group of Chinese villagers have travelled to the Netherlands to make a passionate plea for the return of the remains of a 1,000-year-old monk as the legal fight over its ownership wrapped up in a Dutch court.
The small eastern Chinese village of Yangchun has accused Dutch collector Oscar van Overeem of buying the stolen Buddha statue containing the mummified remains of the monk in Hong Kong in 1996.
Melbourne artist Lynn Savery has won the $150,000 Doug Moran prize for her self-portrait
An unknown Melbourne artist, Lynn Savery, said she “really thought she was going to faint” after winning the $150,000 Doug Moran national portrait prize, for a self-portrait which she says aims to challenge “socially constructed” gender norms.
The 58-year-old artist from East Kew has been a full-time carer until recently, and was unknown before Thursday morning’s announcement; she has no artist website, and has not entered a painting prize before. This is her first oil painting and her first portrait, but she has “dabbled in drawing and other things,” she told Guardian Australia.
George Soros, a billionaire Democratic fund-raiser, has long been villainized in certain right-wing circles. Now conspiracy theories about him have gone mainstream, to nearly every corner of the Republican Party.
Exclusive: Police argue Neil Punchard, who sent woman’s details to violent ex-husband, should not give evidence
The Queensland police service is attempting to prevent a senior constable who accessed and leaked the details of a domestic violence victim from giving evidence at the woman’s breach of privacy hearing.