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

Twombly hits new heights at Louvre

The Louvre's ceilings already abound with paintings: There are plenty of frolicking maidens, epic battles and racing chariots, not to mention cherubs holding cornucopias. American contemporary artist Cy Twombly had something different in mind, however – something a bit simpler.

Library users get right to order any book

Library-goers should have the right to order any book – including out-of-print editions – and free access to e-books under a new plan for the future of the library service.

BNP votes in favour of non-whites

Anti-immigration party changes its rules – but says it will never be 'multi-racial'

Athlete's death overshadows opening of Olympics

But decision of Georgian team not to pull out gives a boost to Winter Games hit by technological breakdown and a lack of snow

Excavation and restoration on the Avenue of Sphinxes

Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, and Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), along with the governor of Luxor, Samir Farag, will embark today on an inspection tour along the Avenue of Sphinxes that connects the Luxor and Karnak temples.

Haiti's al fresco cabinet counts its blessings

The Cabinet holds meetings outdoors on an uncovered concrete slab under the broiling tropical sun. The communications office is a folding table beneath a tree, and the President greets dignitaries inside a drab, one-storey building.

Is Monet about to become the Panthéon's first famous artist?

Impressionist's remains may be moved from his beloved Giverny for a rare honour

Rohmer, master of French cinema, dies at 89

Director who paid tribute to Hitchcock was himself an inspiration to Hollywood

Paris licks its candy columns back into shape

After years of neglect, controversial sculpture is given a £3.6m facelift

French tech upstart challenges Google

France's efforts to digitise its culture, from Marcel Proust's manuscripts to the first films of the legendary Lumiere brothers, long have been bogged down by the country's reluctance to rely on help from American internet giant Google.

BNP leader to stand against minister

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, is to challenge Margaret Hodge, the Culture minister, for the Barking constituency at the next General Election.

China bureaucratic war over online Warcraft heats up

China's Culture Ministry has accused the publishing watchdog of abusing its authority by threatening access to the popular online game, World of Warcraft, stoking bureaucratic rivalry over control of the Internet.

Seize The Day, Tricycle Theatre, London

Smooth operators tick all the boxes

Amazon tie-up considered in library service revamp

DVD-style home deliveries and tie-ups with internet firms such as Amazon could be the answer to ensure the future of libraries for the iPod generation, Culture Minister Margaret Hodge said today.

Mitterrand fights for his job after rent boy admission

French minister's boasts of sex with young boys come back to haunt him
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