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Amal Clooney has had talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras as part of a campaign to return the Parthenon sculptures from Britain

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Amal Clooney has had talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras as part of a campaign to return the Parthenon sculptures from Britain. Greece has hired...

Yo Picasso depicts the Spanish artist and sculptor at the age of 20, looking directly at the viewer while painting by candlelight

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An unseen Pablo Picasso self-portrait from 1901 will go on display in central London from Tuesday, October 14. Yo Picasso depicts the Spanish artist and...

Lauren Bacall was famed for her on and off-screen partnership with Humphrey Bogart

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Lauren Bacall’s effects - jewellery, artworks and furniture - are to go under the hammer in New York, auction house Bonhams has announced. Artworks including...

French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize in literature for 2014

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French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize in literature for 2014. The Nobel Academy described the historical author, whose work has often focused...

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Wanting to encourage creativity and imagination in our kids is something all parents aim for, yet if you’re on a slightly more modest budget,...

JK Rowling confirmed that her cryptic tweet was really the first line from the synopsis for a film screenplay she is writing

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British author JK Rowling has explained the meaning behind a cryptic tweet sent earlier this week, scotching hopes that it referred to a new...

Paintings belonging to Imelda Marcos have been seized by Philippine authorities who claim they were acquired with stolen state funds

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Paintings belonging to Imelda Marcos have been seized by Philippine authorities who claim they were acquired with stolen state funds. A small number of works...

Magda Olivero made her debut in the 1930s but stopped performing after getting married in 1941

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Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died at the age of 104 in Milan after a career spanning more than 70 years. Magda Olivero died on...

JK Rowling has published a short biography of Celestina Warbeck on the fan website Pottermore.com

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Author JK Rowling has published a short biography of Celestina Warbeck, a minor character from her Harry Potter books on the fan website Pottermore.com. Celestina...

Soprano Licia Albanese sang in hundreds of performances at New York Metropolitan Opera between 1940 and 1966

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Licia Albanese has died at her New York home at the age 105. The Italian-born soprano sang in hundreds of performances at New York Metropolitan...

Siegfried Sassoon’s writing was inspired by his first-hand experience as a serving officer in the Great War

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Siegfried Sassoon’s war diaries are being published online for the first time. The archive of 23 journals and two notebooks of poetry have been digitized...

The Louvre museum in Paris has called in the pest controllers after picnickers in its gardens encouraged an infestation of rats

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The Louvre museum in Paris has called in the pest controllers after picnickers in its gardens encouraged an infestation of rats. Startling photos and videos...

Carlo Bergonzi was considered a leading performer of Giuseppe Verdi's work

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Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi has died aged 90. Carlo Bergonzi was considered a leading performer of Giuseppe Verdi's work. During a career spanning 40 years, Carlo...

JK Rowling has revealed her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books

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JK Rowling has revealed her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books. The author said her plans...

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea from Arthur Conan Doyle's heirs, who are trying to stop the publication of a book based on Sherlock Holmes

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The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea from Arthur Conan Doyle's heirs, who are trying to stop the publication of a book based on...

Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and stepped down in 1999

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A collection of unusual items signed by Nelson Mandela is being auctioned in Johannesburg. The lots include a chess set, of figures from either side...

Harper Lee first distanced herself from The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee when Penguin announced its publication in 2011

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To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has denied she approved the writing of a memoir about her life in Alabama by former neighbor...

Sotheby's and eBay will create a web platform to allow viewers to bid on and buy art

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Sotheby's and eBay will create a web platform to allow viewers to bid on and buy art. According to Sotheby's chief operating officer Bruno Vinciguerra,...

Nadine Gordimer was one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid

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Nobel Prize-winning writer Nadine Gordimer has died in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the age of 90. Nadine Gordimer, who was one of the literary world's...

Lorin Maazel occupied top positions at the Vienna State Opera and the New York Philharmonic

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Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died from complications of pneumonia at his home in Castleton, Virginia, aged 84. Lorin Maazel occupied top positions at...

Botticelli’s Study for a Seated St Joseph, his head resting on his right hand has sold for a record $2.1 million at Sotheby’s auction in London

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A rare Botticelli drawing - titled Study for a Seated St Joseph, his head resting on his right hand - has sold for a...

JK Rowling has published a new short story about Harry Potter on her Pottermore fan website, set during the Quidditch world cup final

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JK Rowling has published a new short story about Harry Potter on her Pottermore fan website, set during the Quidditch world cup final. The 1,500-word...

Odalisque in Red Pants was recovered in Miami Beach in an undercover operation two years ago

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Henri Matisse’s painting Odalisque in Red Pants, which was stolen more than a decade ago, has been handed back to the Venezuelan authorities by...

The biggest event of the Ultra orthodox world in 2013 was the wedding of Shalom Rokeach and his bride Hannah Batya Penet

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The biggest event of the Ultra orthodox world in 2013 was the wedding of the grandson of the leader of the Hasidic dynasty Belz...

Phil Collins has donated his extensive collection of Alamo memorabilia to the Battle of the Alamo historic site in San Antonio

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Phil Collins has donated his extensive collection of Alamo memorabilia to the Battle of the Alamo historic site in San Antonio, Texas. Phil Collins, 63,...