7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Nov. 26

By Tina Tatarková, Epoch Times
November 26, 2013 7:03 am Last Updated: November 27, 2013 10:06 am

Sweden: Swedish woman finds 2,000-year-old gold ring

A woman was left gobsmacked when she learned the gold ring she stumbled across in a field was 2,000 years old.

“I walk through that field several times a week. At first I thought it was one of the little rings we put around the chickens’ feet,” Camilla Lundin, 51, told The Local. “I thought it was strange that it was so far away from home.”

Lundin took the ring home and showed her husband, who also didn’t believe it was anything special. But Lundin took a picture which she sent to her brother, who immediately told her it was a treasure. …

The Local


United Arab Emirates: Tricks to throw memorable yet money-saving marriage

If spending too much on your wedding worries you, try some smart money-saving tips.

– Marry during the off-season: Hotels and popular wedding destinations generally lower their prices during the non-traditional wedding season. This can help you get the best of the venue at a reasonable price rate. …

Khaleej Times


South Korea: Exhibition highlights need for good use of returned heritage

Thorough research, good maintenance and promotion of returned cultural assets are as important as the repatriation of these treasures, said the chief of the state organization in charge of gathering Korean assets held overseas.

It is also crucial to forge ties with the owners of the items in order to induce more people to return valuable Korean items to the country in the future, said Ahn Hwi-joon, chairman of the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation, on Monday. …

The Korea Herald


France: Old Eiffel Tower steps sold off at Paris auction

A piece of Parisian history went under the hammer on Monday when a 19-step section of the Eiffel Tower’s original spiral staircase was sold at auction in Paris. The steps were expected to fetch around €30,000 but in the end went for a lot more.

The iron steps, which once connected the tower’s second and third levels, were part of a sale of Art Deco furniture by auction house Artcurial in the French capital.

The steps were expected to fetch between $27,00 and $40,000, but in the end they went for €170,000 ($230,000) to a Portuguese collector, who apparently intends to sell the steps on at a profit. Although the buyer has promised the steps will remain in Europe, if not France. …

The Local


Canada: Autistic kids get quiet time with Santa at malls

A program offered by nine Oxford Properties malls across Canada gives kids with autism a chance to meet Santa without the noise.

Some kids with autism want for Christmas is a chance to visit with Santa.

But the noise and crowds associated with the holiday shopping season make that a nearly impossible challenge for autistic kids — until now.

Nine Oxford Properties shopping centres — including five in the GTA — offer a special program which allows these children to sit on Santa’s knee and enjoy a leisurely visit. …

The Star


Iran: Tar virtuoso Keyvan Saket to give concerts in Iraq

Iranian musician and tar virtuoso Keyvan Saket plans to give concerts in the two Iraqi cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah in mid-December.

 A collection of Kurdish songs have been selected for performance during the concerts, Saket told the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.

 A team of professional Iraqi Kurdish musicians are scheduled to accompany Saket during the concerts.

 “I have chosen Iraq for my performance since I get a lot of energy from the audience there. I also have plans to give more concerts in Iraq, in which I will perform several Persian compositions with Iranian musicians as well,” he added. …

Tehran Times


Venezuela: Venezuela Proposes Expanding Mission Miracle to Other Mercosur Nations

The Minister of People’s Power for Health, Francisco Armada, said on Friday that the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) discussed Mission Miracle, a Venezuelan social program that grants free eye care, in order to make this health care strategy regional.

In declarations published by the Bolivarian System for Communication and Information (SiBCI), Armada indicated that the proposal is aimed at employing South-South solidarity “to facilitate the process of treatments for cataracts among the different countries in the region.” …

Venezuela Analysis