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With some help from abroad, the National Museum of Afghanistan has reassembled or recovered thousands of artifacts destroyed or stolen under Islamist rule.
A newly translated ancient Hebrew text provides clues to what may have happened to the Ark of the Covenant, along with the other treasures in King Solomon’s Temple.
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Months before torching Washington, D.C., in the War of 1812, British forces burned Buffalo, New York, to the ground 200 years ago.
A natural cave found near the source of the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed the footprints of past gigantic waves going back some 7,500 years.
Troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh lost his left earlobe 125 years ago, but not all art historians believe the wound was self-inflicted.
According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, nine out of every 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but only half of those view it as a religious holiday.
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More U.S. civilians died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which took place 25 years ago from Saturday, than in any other terrorist attack except 9/11.