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Decoding Symbols in Renaissance Art. By Ruchi Bhalla Renaissance art is rich not only in terms of beauty, aesthetics and technique but also in terms of the colours and symbols that it carries, portraying an insightful visual language.

Decoding Symbols in Renaissance Art

There are some symbols that have held consistency in their meaning and make recurrent appearances in prominent masterpieces. Forbes Welcome. Hungary's Referendum On Refugee Resettlement Is Overwhelming — But Invalid. Hungarian women wearing traditional costume cast their ballot at a polling station in Budapest, Hungary, during a referendum on Oct. 2 on refugee resettlement.

Hungary's Referendum On Refugee Resettlement Is Overwhelming — But Invalid

Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Meeting Between Pope And Russian Orthodox Patriarch Will Be 'First In History' 10 Things You May Not Know About William the Conqueror - History Lists. Though he spoke a dialect of French and grew up in Normandy, a fiefdom loyal to the French kingdom, William and other Normans descended from Scandinavian invaders.

10 Things You May Not Know About William the Conqueror - History Lists

William’s great-great-great-grandfather, Rollo, pillaged northern France with fellow Viking raiders in the late ninth and early 10th centuries, eventually accepting his own territory (Normandy, named for the Norsemen who controlled it) in exchange for peace. The product of an affair between Robert I, duke of Normandy, and a woman called Herleva, William was likely known to his contemporaries as William the Bastard for much of his life. The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really?: Crash Course World History #14. Australia Enjoys Another Peaceful Day Under Oppressive Gun Control Regime. On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying. Photo Another day, another ghastly shooting in America.

On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying

So far this year, the United States has averaged more than one mass shooting a day, according to the ShootingTracker website, counting cases of four or more people shot. And now we have the attack on Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed at least 14 people. Paris shootings: 18 reported killed. Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock.

Paris shootings: 18 reported killed

CNN will update this story as information comes in: [Latest developments, posted at 11:59 p.m. ET] • Paris Prosecutor spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre said eight extremists are dead after attacks. Seven of them were killed in suicide bombings. • U.S. . • A total of six locations were attacked in and just outside the capital, Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters Saturday. Storm kills 1, causes severe flooding in southern Portugal's Algarve vacation region. Why Portugal's constitutional crisis is a threat to all Europe's democracies. But Portugal's more stridently anti-austerity, eurosceptic parties on the Left - the radical Left Bloc (sometimes dubbed the "Syriza of Portugal") and the anti-euro Communists, saw a surprising surge in support.

Why Portugal's constitutional crisis is a threat to all Europe's democracies

Combined, they gained 18.5pc of the vote. A minority government or Leftist alliance: Portugal's election produced a political stalemate Despite the inconclusive result, the election indicated an overall dissatisfaction with Portugal's dominant pro-austerity, pro-bail-out forces (including the Socialists). A stunted Leftist alliance The electoral result pointed to the likely continuation of a minority centre-right government led by Mr Passos Coelho. However, for any new government to carry out painful economic reforms demanded by the EU, the PM would require opposition support in parliament. Ireland should follow Portugal on drug laws, report suggests.

Ireland should follow the example of Portugal and offer counselling and other assistance to people caught by gardaí with small quantities of drugs rather than prosecute them, a new report for Government by an Oireachtas committee is proposing.

Ireland should follow Portugal on drug laws, report suggests

People found with drugs including cannabis, heroin and cocaine would face a civil or administrative response rather than a criminal justice one. The proposals come just days after Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said a more liberal and progressive attitude towards illegal drugs was needed in the Republic. Historical timeline for France with important dates and events. Major historical dates and events in French history, with wars and battles; the reigns of the kings, queens and political figures.

Historical timeline for France with important dates and events

You can also test and improve your general knowledge with the French trivia quiz Historical dates A list of important dates and periods in French history: Family tree of the French kings. Germany Faces Few Mass Shootings Amid Tough Gun Laws. Photo.

Germany Faces Few Mass Shootings Amid Tough Gun Laws

US gun violence kills more people than Boko Haram, and 10 other facts to consider after San Bernardino. Another day, another mass shooting in the United States of America.

US gun violence kills more people than Boko Haram, and 10 other facts to consider after San Bernardino

Tragically, this is a sentence I can write almost every single day in the US and be accurate. The violence that killed 14 people in San Bernardino yesterday, was the 353rd mass shooting in the US this year. That basically guarantees a tragic stat, that there will likely be more mass shootings than there are days in 2015. The prevalence of mass shootings (defined for this purpose as an incident where 4 or more people have been shot, as is done by in the United States is such a constant presence on the news, many of them don’t even grab national headlines.

Grappling with the impacts, causes and debates over gun violence in the United States is a monumental task. EU Officials Say Starbucks And Fiat Got Illegal Tax Breaks. European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager says tax breaks give some companies an unfair advantage. Thierry Monasse/AP hide caption itoggle caption Thierry Monasse/AP European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager says tax breaks give some companies an unfair advantage. Thierry Monasse/AP The European Union wants Starbucks to pay up to $34 million in back taxes, ruling that the company received illegal state aid from the Netherlands. EU officials also alleged that Fiat benefited from a similar deal with Luxembourg. "Tax rulings that artificially reduce a company's tax burden are not in line with EU state aid rules," said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Northern European History. Catalan Regional Parliament Approves Plan For Independence From Spain. Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes) member of the Catalan Parliament Marta Rovira gives a thumbs up as she votes to pass the start of the independence process Monday in Barcelona, Spain. David Ramos/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption David Ramos/Getty Images. Social Media Users Factcheck Mainstream News Coverage of Russian Plane Crash in Egypt. People lit candles and left flowers at Dvortsovaya Square in St. The Remarkable, Forgotten Story of How a Soviet Town Disposed of Its Dead. The Ob River. Photo by Ondřej Žváček. August 3, 2007.