huffingtonpost.com. “Was The Mona Lisa Leonardo's Mother And A Chinese Slave?” - The elusive identity of the Mona Lisa, one of art history's most enduring and well-loved mysteries, might have just been solved. Well, sort of. According to art historian Angelo Paratico, the woman portrayed in Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece might be, simultaneously, a Chinese slave and the painter's mother, the South China Morning Post reports.
bbc.com. “Eric Garner death: Fresh protests across US cities” - Protests have been held for a second night over the death of a black man held in an apparent chokehold by a white New York police officer. Thousands of people took to the streets in New York and other US cities, disrupting traffic and holding sit-ins. The protests began on Wednesday, after a grand jury decided not to press charges over the death of Eric Garner.
euronews.com. “Rebel raid on Chechen capital Grozny leaves 20 people dead” - “We didn’t expect this to happen, the devils showed their last strength.” So said Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov after heavily-armed rebels stormed its capital Grozny. In the fierce gunbattles that followed, at least 20 people were killed.
RAPSI – “Full amnesty for capital returning to Russia – Putin” - President Vladimir Putin in his annual address to members of the parliament on Thursday proposed total amnesty for capital returning to Russia. That means that a person who opts to legalize assets and property in Russia will get firm legal guarantees that he would not be prosecuted and would not get under investigation by tax authorities or law enforcement agencies, according to Putin.
euronews.com. “Protests spread across the US as the black community reacts with anger to a court’s ‘chokehold’ decision” - African American communities in the US have been protesting across the country against a justice system that has been described as ‘broken’ by a key civil rights leader.