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

British designer and museum founder Sir Terence Conran, unveils plans for the new British Design Museum

£80m Design Museum plans unveiled

Plans for a new £80 million museum of design and architecture were unveiled today.

Golden age of British film should be studied at school

Every schoolchild should have the chance to study film, according to a Government-commissioned report, as Britain looks to capitalise on a "golden" age and usher in the next generation of The King's Speech-style successes.

Funding scandal from Sarkozy's past returns to haunt him

Investigation into misuse of cash from two decades ago threatens to derail re-election campaign

Paris cinemas protest at the degradation of culture

Two of the best-known independent cinemas in Paris have “abolished Christmas” to protest against the monopolisation of popular “art” films by the big, French cinema chains.

Edinburgh Diary: A little ray of sunshine

Eyebrows have been raised at the Edinburgh International Festival's decision to continue its association with the Chinese government in light of artist Ai Weiwei's detention in April and his continuing media ban.

Pornography clampdown to shield children online

The Government said last night that it is committed to restricting children's access to pornography in video-on-demand services.

South Korea faces 'crisis' over match-fixing

The South Korean government will beef up penalties for match-fixing to deal with the 'crisis' that has led to the arrest of a handful of soccer players.

Mummified Maori head is returned

A French museum returned the mummified and tattooed head of a Maori to a delegation from New Zealand yesterday, a belated gesture to restore dignity to the first of 16 such human heads once displayed as exotic curiosities.

Professor Donny George

Donny George Youk-hanna, who died on 11 March aged 60, was a former director general of the Iraq National Museum who led a fight to recover antiquities looted during the chaos of the allied invasion.

FA admit mistakes over Fabio Capello contract

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne today revealed former chairman Lord Triesman failed to discuss changes to Fabio Capello's contract as England manager with the organisation's whole board.

Olympics: Hunt calls for end to squabble over Olympic profits

The heads of the 33 British Olympic sports will gather in London today for what is certain to be a fractious meeting as Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, attempts to defend his actions in the increasingly embarrassing squabble with organisers of next year's Games.

End of a love affair: Brando's 'lover' dies

Maria Schneider, the French actress best-known for her controversial steamy sex scenes in the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris, has died at the age of 58.

Internet plea to Nazi death camp museums

Museums at former Nazi death camps in Poland have been asked to drop the .pl suffixes in their internet addresses by the country's culture minister.

Cheap at half the price? MPs' expenses plummet

Expenses claimed by MPs have halved in the new Parliament, the first breakdown of payments since the general election has revealed. They were paid £3.1m between May and the end of August, with more than 70 MPs claiming nothing over that period.

Drop in number of UK games developers

The number of video game developers in the UK is down almost a tenth in the past two years, with the industry body complaining that the country is at a "competitive disadvantage".

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