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Government are now in discussions over how to remove the rabbit without damaging the statue of the anti-apartheid icon

The Broader Picture: Moving pictures

IT'S LIKE the Nativity all over again. In the high pastures of an Eastern land, a vision appears before shepherds - bathed in the light emitted by a 50-year-old projector.

Fresh allegations of cover-up over damaged Marbles

NEW EVIDENCE of a cover-up of the irreparable damage done to the Elgin Marbles by the British Museum will be revealed at a conference in London today.

Letter: Beware of trendy art critics

A FEW WEEKS ago it was the Chancellor of the Exchequer who fell foul of the Independent for his admiration of the painterly, figurative art of Leon Kossoff. Last Sunday it was the turn of the Minister of Culture, pilloried for selecting work by established artists such as Howard Ackroyd for his office walls ("Revealed: what Culture Secretary Chris Smith hangs on his walls", 29 August). There is no mention in your reporting that the choice of modern art, rather than an easy recourse to the canon of 18th- or 19th-century British painting, is quite a novelty in government offices, and a trait which distinguishes the present administration from their predecessors.

European Times: Moscow - A Dickens of a job for the apparatchiks

THOSE WHO worry that the culture-loving Russians, amid the post- Soviet mayhem, have lost all interest in art and literature need fret no more. They are as keenly interested as ever and, I can reveal, particularly in the works of Charles Dickens.

Armouries museum is pounds 20m in debt

THE GOVERNMENT was last meeting the private backers of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds after it was disclosed that it is up to pounds 20m in debt.

Parliament: Libraries may open on Sunday

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Football: Fans want their voices to be heard

Many supporters want an independent regulator to keep the game's authorities in check.

Poet Laureate blames No 10 for leak

THE NEW Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, who promised to make the post "more political", did just that on his first day yesterday, blaming the Government for controversially leaking his appointment.

Parisians quarrel over crumbling cultural palace

A LEAKY glass roof, bolts falling from the framework, and foundations sinking into the ground: the Grand Palais, formerly one of the most visited exhibition halls in Paris, is in "a perilous condition", according to an official report leaked to the newspaper Le Figaro.

Media: Sorry to mention the war

When Robin Cook was asked about attitudes to Germany on `Today' it made headlines. But was it a fair question?

Don't mention the obsession...

All attempts by Germans to assess the British national character are counter-productive

Books: Why it's never the one that everyone wants

The Russian Booker Prize causes as many arguments as its British counterpart. Helen Womack reports

Classical: When two or three Labs gather together

After years of persecution Albanian musicians still suffer shortage and hardship, but their art - and unique Lab singing - thrive. Sight Readings
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project