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2017 Record Store Day Black Friday event takes place this week

Courtesy of Record Store DayThanksgiving is tomorrow, and following on the heels of the festive holiday is the 2017 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 24. As usual, a wide variety of cool limited-edition vinyl discs will be available exclusively in independent record stores, including releases by Paul McCartney, Queen, Aretha Franklin, The Doors and Cat Stevens.

McCartney has two seven-inch singles being released, both featuring a rendition of his holiday classic “Wonderful Christmastime” backed by The Roots. One version is pressed on red vinyl and features Norah Jones performing the song “Peace” on the flip side. The second comes on green vinyl and has The Decemberists covering Big Star‘s “Jesus Christ” on the flip side.

Queen’s offering is a 12-inch single featuring the classics “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You;” it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band’s News of the World album.

Franklin will be releasing a seven-inch single that includes enhanced versions of her trademark tune “Respect” and her hit “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do),” with new accompaniment from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Doors’ Black Friday release is a remastered, two-LP version of the band’s 1970 Absolutely Live album pressed on midnight-blue vinyl.

Yusuf, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, is issuing a picture-disc version of his recently released studio album, The Laughing Apple, which features new renditions of some of his early recordings.

Other 2017 Record Store Day Black Friday releases include discs from Chuck Berry, Blue Oyster Cult, The Byrds, Cheap Trick, Petula Clark, The Grateful Dead, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Procol Harum, The Raspberries, Otis Redding, Toto, The Turtles and U2.

Check out the full list at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Smokey Robinson excited to perform at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…and then eat

ABC/Image Group LASmokey Robinson is one of the many stars who will be performing on the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow. The Motown legend ells ABC Radio that the festive event will not only give him the chance to celebrate the holiday but also the recent release of his new album.

“I have a new CD out, a Christmas record. It’s called Christmas Everyday,” Robinson points out. “And it’s available on Amazon, and so I’m doing the parade.”

Smokey, who reports that he previously took part in the Macy’s parade “many, many years ago,” says the event “is a fun time and it’s celebrating one of our biggest holidays.” He adds with a laugh, “And then after that, I go eat.”

Among the many artists who’ll be riding on floats and singing during the parade are Patti LaBelle, Goo Goo Dolls, Wyclef Jean, 98 Degrees, Flo Rida, Common, Andra Day, Andy Grammer and country stars Sara Evans, Cam, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch.

In addition, the event will include appearances by the Muppets and cast members of Sesame Street, and Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, not to mention 1,000 clowns, 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers, 12 marching bands, 17 giant balloons and 26 floats.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker, airs on NBC at 9 a.m. in all time zones. The show will encore at 2 p.m.

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Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” to be reissued as gold vinyl single to mark its 50th anniversary

RhinoOn this day 50 years ago, Otis Redding recorded perhaps his most enduring song, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” which went on to become the soul legend’s only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In honor of the milestone, the tune will be reissued as a seven-inch single on gold vinyl January 9, 2018, a day after the 50th anniversary of the song’s original release.

The single will include the rare, original version of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” which was pulled shortly after its release and replaced with the one that’s known to this day. The original recording was shorter and Redding’s voice was mixed lower. The single also features the tune “Sweet Lorene” on the b-side.

Sadly, Redding never enjoyed the success of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” — he was killed in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. He was just 26.

The vinyl single is one of several releases planned to mark the 50th anniversary of “The Dock of the Bay.” Another is the previously announced vinyl box set The Definitive Studio Albums Collection, a seven-LP package featuring mono versions of every Redding studio album. It’s due out December 15.

In related news, a tribute concert called An Evening of Respect: Celebrating Otis Redding & 50 Years of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay will be held on January 25 at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The benefit show, which will raise money for The Otis Redding Foundation, will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, with performances by neo-soul band The Dap-Kings and various guest stars. Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, November 28, via Ticketmaster.com, while pre-sale tickets are available now for American Express Card members.

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“Call Me by Your Name” leads Spirit Award nominees

Film Independent Spirit Awards(NEW YORK) — If you’re looking to get a jump on films most like to take home some trophies this awards season, you can start with Call Me by Your Name. The movie leads the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations this year with six nods, including Best Feature, Best Actor for its breakout star Timothée Chalamet and Best Supporting Actor for Armie Hammer.  It opens Friday.

Following close behind with five nods apiece are Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird and the cowboy drama The Rider scored four nominations each.

The Spirit Awards, which honor the best in independent film, will take place on March 3 — the day before the Oscars. It airs on IFC.

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Writer/director Greta Gerwig says ‘Lady Bird’ presents a “deeply-flawed but inspiring heroine

Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird”; Photo by Merie Wallace, courtesy of A24(NEW YORK) — It’s not every day a movie scores a 100-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Lady Bird managed to do it. The fabulous reviews are due in no small part to the film’s writer/director Greta Gerwig — making her solo directorial debut — and its star, the enamoring Saoirse [SUR-shuh] Ronan.

But when Gerwig set out to make the film, she wasn’t in search of fresh tomatoes — all she wanted to do was create a story about a young woman that wasn’t solely centered on romance.

“I’ve always been interested in stories about women, not that deny the existence of romance, but that that is not the central question of the character,” Gerwig tells ABC Radio. “I’ve seen a lot of movies about young men where the central question is their personhood and are they gonna step into their personhood. And I haven’t seen as many movies about young women that are about that, and also movies that center around a mother and a daughter.”

While elements of the film are taken from Gerwig’s own life – the Sacramento setting and Catholic school education, for instance – the character Lady Bird was largely inspired by who Gerwig wanted to be as a teen.

“I think in a way, writing this movie was a way for me to explore things that I wasn’t able to access myself,” she says. “I was much more of a rule-following kind of kid. I was a people-pleaser. And I think I was building a deeply-flawed but inspiring heroine that I thought was kind of magical.”

She says she “knew instantly” that Ronan was the right actress to bring the character to life.

The film — a four-time Spirit Award nominee which also stars Laurie Metcalf and Timothée Chalamet — expands to wider release this weekend.

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Don’t panic! ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall has last-minute turkey tips for Thanksgiving cooks

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — The 11th hour is here for Thanksgiving cooks — Thursday, your guests will be arriving and expecting you to be dishing out a perfect meal.  So, how far along with you meal should you be already?  The Chew‘s Carla Hall has an answer.

“You should have your cranberry sauce made, you should have your desserts made, your pie crusts and the start of your desserts, any homemade condiments and those things, those should be made,” Hall tells ABC Radio.

Twenty-four or so hours out, if you bought a frozen turkey, it should be thawed, and, says Hall, you should be thinking brine.

“This year I’m going to do a dry salt brine,” she says, explaining, “I will be salting my turkey the night before, uncovered, so it can dry out, and then that salt permeates through the meat of the turkey. And I think it gives you a really nice texture of turkey.”

OK, but what if you haven’t gotten quite out in front of your meal yet?  What if your turkey is still frozen even?  Don’t worry, says Hall. “What you can do is get a really big pot, and with the turkey still in the wrapper, immerse it into cold water, and then keep changing that water every 30 minutes,” she explains.  “If it’s just like 25 percent frozen you can still cook it, but it will slow down the cooking time. So you have to add some time to that turkey.”

And if you have any last minute shopping to do, there’s one gadget Hall suggests you add to your shopping list: “A thermometer with a probe, and then it has a magnet that can sit on your oven…so you know when your turkey is, and you’re not opening the oven constantly…”

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Free adoptions are offered at 90 shelters across US this Thanksgiving weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was a Black Friday frenzy of the furry — and super cute — kind in New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Before the doors had even opened, people were turning out in droves at animal shelters today, ready to meet and hopefully take home their newest family member.

“We have puppies, kittens, cats, dogs,” North Shore Animal League America shelter director Ronald Martorelli said.

As part of the Home for the Pawlidayz event, the charity arm of Zappos, the online shopping site, has partnered with 90 animal shelters across the U.S., including North Shore Animal League, to find homes for 25,000 cats and dogs.

Martorelli said participating animal shelters would be offering free adoptions until Sunday and Zappos is reimbursing adoptions fees.

Another company was also matching donations to shelters, according to Martorelli.

Some of the pets up for adoption today had been saved from areas ravaged by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria this year. Martorelli said new pet owners were really rescuing two lives.

“They’re rescuing the pet that they saved that day but they’re also opening up space for us to rescue another animal to put in its place,” he said.

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Christmas-decorated Cone Weed in North Carolina town raises more than $14,000 for charity

Huntersville Fire Department/Facebook(HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.) — What started as a roadside weed growing out of a cone has blossomed into a community effort raising thousands for charity this Christmas.

The Cone Weed has become a sensation in Huntersville, North Carolina, after someone anonymously decorated the weed for the holidays.

The Huntersville Fire Department has been sending updates about the saga of the Cone Weed, which have gone viral on social media, as the holiday spirited plant continued to grow.

“Two weeks ago it was suddenly decorated in the spirit of Christmas. We’re calling it magic,” the fire department’s public information officer, Bill Suthard, told ABC News. “It was the magic of the season. It had Christmas lights on it, it had a timer to come on at 7:30 at night and would go off in the morning. It had ornaments.”

Once the community got wind of the festively decorated weed, he said, “It exploded.”

“Someone put a tree skirt around it, someone hung a ‘Merry Christmas’ sign around it, news networks were hanging their own ornaments on there and it became this fun thing,” said Suthard.

The weed has been growing since March after the specific spot it was growing on wasn’t mowed for months due to the cone blocking it.

“It started to die towards the end of the summer, and we may or may not have nursed it back to life,” Suthard said with a laugh. “Everybody in the community was already calling it Cone Weed. All the kids in the school buses going by had named it Cone Weed.”

Brian Blackmore, a local graphic designer, noticed the weed’s newfound holiday spirit on social media and made Cone Weed T-shirts for people to purchase.

“I thought I might sell 20 shirts. That was my goal, but this weed has rallied people around it,” Blackmore, who said he’s donating all proceeds to a charity, HopeMatch.org, told ABC News.

They’ve now sold more than 950 shirts and raised more than $14,000 for families in need during the holidays.

But Monday, Cone Weed mysteriously went missing. After much investigation and ruckus on social media, Suthard found out the state Department of Transportation removed Cone Weed for being “so close to the road.”

“The state road crew that stole the cone, they’re all feeling pretty bad about it. They just didn’t know,” said Suthard. “They tracked it back to a DOT repair yard and brought it back. We got 100 percent of the decorations back, but the weed is now dead.”

Although the physical weed is now gone, Cone Weed will live on forever. The cone and decorations are proudly on display at the fire station to continue spreading Christmas cheer all season long.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s probably the best Christmas of my life,” Suthard told ABC News of the power Cone Weed has had on their community. “I’m being made fun of quite a bit in the fire service. They’re all calling me cone boy. But it’s worth it. I make sure they understand we’re raising money for over 100 families and then they don’t make fun of me anymore. It’s hitting everybody.”

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How to make a no-brainer savory pie using your Thanksgiving leftovers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Not sure what to do with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers this year?

Leah Cohen, a “Top Chef” alumna and the owner of the New York City eatery Pig and Khao, shared this original recipe for a savory pie that uses all your Thanksgiving leftovers.

“This is a great way to utilize all of your leftovers,” she said of the dish, which she described as “a cross between a shepherd’s pie and a chicken or turkey pot pie.”

“As a chef, I see so much food being just thrown out,” she added, saying the savory pie is a good option to help combat food waste.

Cohen, who also works with Meals on Wheels, said, “I love going and helping the elderly and bringing them food and just making the holiday times really nice for them.”

She encouraged getting creative with personal touches in the kitchen when trying this recipe at home.

“This is kind of a no-brainer. There’s no mistakes here,” Cohen said. “So whatever you have left over, you can throw in.”

The recipe for Leah Cohen’s Thanksgiving leftovers shepherd’s pie:


6 cups leftover stuffing
2 cups leftover shredded turkey (white and dark meat both work fine)
1 cup sausage and mushroom side dish
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 cups gravy or turkey stock
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup scallions (just the green parts, sliced thinly)
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat the inside of a casserole pan or aluminum pan with nonstick spray and work the stuffing into the pan, forming a crust covering the bottom and sides of the dish.

2. Bake the crust for 5 minutes.

3. While the crust is baking, in a saucepan, melt the butter and then add the flour to make a roux. Cook for 3 minutes to a golden blond.

4. Slowly whisk in the stock or gravy and bring to a boil.

5. Add the turkey and the sausage and mushroom side dish. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to blend.

6. Once the mixture thickens, add half the scallions. Stir. Remove from heat.

7. Remove pan from oven. Pour the turkey mix into the crust.

8. Top with the mashed potatoes and then top with the cheese.

9. Return the pan to the oven and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, until the cheese melts. If you like your cheese browned, put it under the broiler for the last three minutes, but be careful not to burn it.

10. Allow the pie to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into it. Garnish with the remaining sliced scallions.

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Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence more than doubled in new ruling

Marco Longari – Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Paralympic athlete and convicted killer Oscar Pistorius will spend the next 13 years and five months behind bars after the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) lengthened his jail sentence from six years to the maximum penalty.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) turned to the SCA earlier this month to appeal the sentence handed down by the High Court in Pretoria.

The former Paralympic gold medalist and Olympic competitor shot and killed his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp in the overnight hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Pistorius argued he shot Steenkamp, just 29 at the time of her death, through a bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.

The Supreme Court of Appeal said based on the evidence, it finds it difficult to believe that the man nicknamed the “Blade Runner” is genuinely remorseful about Steenkamp’s death. The SCA ordered that Pistorius receive the maximum possible sentence in this case of 15 years, however, it did take into account the time Pistorius has already served.

The double amputee’s brother Carl said he was “shattered‚ heartbroken‚ gutted” by the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling in a post on Twitter Friday morning, shortly after the SCA handed down its judgment.

Pistorius, who turned 31 behind bars this week, could potentially be out of jail for his 40th birthday if he is granted parole, but Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says it’s not a given that will happen.

“We will have to look at court papers and only once he has served the minimum of the total sentence, will he be considered [for parole],” Nxumalo said.

The disgraced athlete was originally convicted of culpable homicide — similar to the U.S. judicial definition of manslaughter — in the Pretoria High Court in 2014. However, the SCA upgraded his conviction to murder after the NPA appealed.

The matter was referred back to the court in Pretoria, which sentenced him to six years for the murder of Steenkamp. The NPA again turned to the Appeals Court, saying the sentence was “shockingly inappropriate.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/23/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:


Mississippi 31, (16) Mississippi St. 28

Minnesota 30, Detroit 23
L.A. Chargers 28, Dallas 6
Washington 20, N.Y. Giants 10

(1) Duke 99, Portland St. 81
SMU 66, (2) Arizona 60
(4) Michigan St. 73, DePaul 51
(5) Villanova 85, Tennessee 76
(7) Florida 108, Stanford 87
(9) North Carolina 102, Portland 78
(15) Xavier 83, George Washington 64
(17) Gonzaga 86, Ohio State 59
W. Kentucky 77, (18) Purdue 73
Rhode Island 75, (20) Seton Hall 74
(21) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 89, Harvard 71
(24) West Virginia 84, Marist 78

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Toddler photobombs his mom’s yoga headstand

iStock/Thinkstock(FREDERICTON, Canada) — Yogi Carly Gray wanted to capture her headstand practice, but her cheeky toddler had a different idea.

In a video posted to Facebook that has since gone viral, Jude Gray, 2, can be seen crawling back and forth in front of the cell phone camera his mom had set up to record her yoga moves.

The grand finale is when Jude pauses to give the camera a devilish smirk.

“He was pretty pleased with himself,” his mom, Carly Gray, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, told ABC News. “I couldn’t see him but I heard him crawling around making a commotion. I figured he was playing with his toys or trying to do some yoga with me, but I didn’t expect him to be doing that.”

“Obviously he walks now and I haven’t seen him crawl in a while, but he just had to get down on that level of the camera,” she added with a laugh.

Gray said her son is “so interested in yoga” and “loves watching me do it.”

“He always tries to do headstands with me,” she said. “If I tell him to do yoga moves, he’ll instantly go down into downward dog. He’s definitely a little yogi-in-training.”

Up until this point, though, “he’s never shown interest in the camera,” she said.

“I checked the camera afterward and couldn’t believe it. I died laughing. It’s so silly,” she added.

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Teddy bear flies over 200 miles to be reunited with 4-year-old girl

Loganair(ORKNEY, Scotland) — One beloved teddy bear got left behind by his best friend and had to travel a great distance to be reunited with his owner.

Donna, who asked ABC News not to use her last name, was traveling on Monday with her 4-year-old daughter Summer back to their hometown of Orkney, Scotland, from Edinburgh Airport in the country’s capital.

The mother said the two didn’t realize “Teddy,” as he is lovingly known, was left behind until they sat down on the plane.

“I panicked and called the cabin crew guy over, who said he’d [likely] be at security,” she added, noting that while going through airport security it was “really crazy.”

“It must’ve fallen off of something,” Donna said.

Donna said they didn’t have time to go back to security to look for Teddy. Instead, when she touched down in Orkney, she tried recovering Teddy, whom Summer has had as a best friend since she was born.

“As soon as I landed, I was frantically calling everywhere trying to get through to anyone,” Donna recalled. “But I wasn’t getting anywhere with the airport.”

So the mother took to Facebook, posting a plea in a local group for help with locating Teddy. That’s where Loganair cabin crew member Kirsty Walter heard about the incident, offering to help.

Walter was able to locate Teddy and personally flew him back Wednesday to Orkney herself to reunite him with Summer.

“Whenever our team was made aware of the ‘grizzly’ situation, we knew there could be pandemonium if we didn’t help,” Loganair’s Commercial Director Kay Ryan told ABC News in a statement. “Our cabin crew team quickly tracked down the bear and arranged for him to be on the next service up to Orkney. It was wonderful to see Teddy back in the company of Summer and we’re pleased to have played a role. Loganair prides itself on bringing everyone, including Teddy, home for Christmas.”

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Mosque attackers unleashed a hail of gunfire on worshipers kneeling in prayer, witness says

iStock/Thinkstock(BIR AL-ABED, Egypt)– Bodies lined the walls at a mosque in northern Sinai in Egypt after an attack killed hundreds during Friday prayers.

An eyewitness described the perpetrators as having stationed themselves at the mosque’s three exits and deliberately attacking those who tried to escape the building, as well as passing vehicles, after first shooting some who were “kneeling in prayer.” At least 235 people were killed and 130 more injured, according to Egyptian state news agency MENA.

“The sight was horrific,” the witness, Ibrahim Shetewy, told ABC News in Arabic, adding, “We carried whoever we found alive and took them in pickups and private cars until more ambulances could come and help.”

Shetewy described the mosque in question as one frequented by travelers on their way in and out of the area. He said the building is “huge” and was lined with bodies and a large quantity of shell casings following the attack.

“Most of the people from the mosque’s village are probably all dead, we saw 2-, 3- and 4–year olds dead. I saw a little boy with a hole … in his head … a horrible, horrible sight,” Shetewy said. “… The mosque is huge and it was all full of dead bodies.”

“There was a woman waiting outside for her husband and young child to finish praying; she came inside and found them dead next to each other.”

He added that people are lined up at a local hospital to donate blood.

Photographs taken after the attack each show more than a dozen bloodstained bodies lined up on the ground of a building as those who appear uninjured tend to them.

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95-year-old woman dubbed ‘Indiana Joan’ under fire for origins of artifacts

Andia/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A 95-year-old woman has come under fire after an Australian newspaper dubbed her a “real-life tomb raider” and “Indiana Joan” for her collection of ancient Middle Eastern artifacts.

Joan Howard of Perth, Australia, shared some of the highlights of her collection with The West Australian, a local news outlet, which reported the collection could be valued at AUD $1 million. Now, some archaeologists and officials are asking the Australian government to investigate how Howard obtained the rare objects and are demanding that she return any that were taken from their countries of origin illegally.

Monica Hanna, an archeologist and founder of Egypt’s Heritage Taskforce, started an online petition calling for an investigation by the Australian government into the origins of Howard’s artifacts. So far, the petition has received nearly 500 signatures. Hanna also wrote an open letter to Neil Hawkins, the Australian ambassador to Egypt, on Facebook.

The artifacts include coins, pottery, jewelry and other objects, according to the West Australian.

“I passionately dislike how Indiana Jones is viewed as a hero, rather than a tomb raider. I think in the 21st century, this stereotype of pillaging cultures should disappear and be reprehended rather than praised,” Hanna told ABC News via email.

Lara Lamb, the president of the Australian Archaeological Association, shared a letter she said she sent the West Australian on Twitter acknowledging Howard’s “great passion for collecting relics and artifacts” while calling her collecting “highly unethical, both by past and present standards.”

“Rather than celebrating Mrs. Howard’s activities, we should be condemning such behavior,” Lamb wrote. “Make no mistake, tomb raiding is not archeology.”

Howard has not publicly spoken about the criticisms leveled against her, and a family member speaking on her behalf declined to comment to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Howard told the West Australian that she traveled through Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel while her husband was working as a United Nations diplomat in the region five decades ago.

Of her time volunteering on archeological dig sites led by British and American experts, Howard told the West Australian: “It was all good fun. Dirty work, of course. But as it turned out, very, very rewarding.”

Howard “used her diplomatic freedom to search for antiquities before laws changed and it became legally difficult to do so,” the paper reported.

In 1970, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a convention prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and trade in cultural artifacts. Many individual countries adopted their own laws about the sale and export of antiquities before that. Keith Howard was posted to his role in 1967, according to the West Australian. It is not clear whether any of the artifacts in Joan Howard’s collection were obtained illegally.

“Collectors need to realize that their expensive hobby sometimes funds terrorist acts and destroys archaeological sites,” Hanna said, adding that children are sometimes used to help extract antiquities and have died in the process.

Shaaban Abdel Gawad, the director-general of the Retrieved Antiquities Department at Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told the Sydney Monring Herald that Egypt’s foreign ministry had contacted Australian authorities to open an investigation.

The Herald also reported that the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was looking into the matter.

Neither the Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts nor the Australian embassy in Cairo have responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

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