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The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower

Causing a scene at the museum

Tonight, the V&A will either approve or reject Daniel Libeskind's proposal for The Spiral, a pounds 75m extension to the museum. The argument over his daring design has already polarised architectural opinion.

Art looted by Nazis may be in Louvre

A SECRETLY compiled US government report listing more than 2,000 people who handled art looted by the Nazis will become a weapon in tracing works stolen from Holocaust victims, a Jewish leader has claimed.

A scream for our times

SO THE NORWEGIANS are claiming that Munch's The Scream is now more famous than the Mona Lisa. It is certainly true that it belongs to that very small number of works of art (including Van Gogh's Sunflowers, the Taj Mahal, Hokusai's The Wave) which have entered the general consciousness.

The final piece of the jigsaw

Fiendish traps are the hallmark of Wentworth's puzzles, begun as a family concern.

Win a weekend in cafe society

Answer a few simple questions, and you could win a holiday for two in one of the coffee capitals of Europe

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IN WHICH painting by which painter can you find this neck?

High art for the high rollers in the Louvre of Las Vegas

Sin City's Steve Wynn is suddenly the most important art buyer in the world. David Usborne reports from the Strip

Theft embarrasses slack Louvre

THE LOUVRE lost a painting on Sunday and 20,000 people lost their tempers.

Corot landscape stolen

POLICE closed the Louvre and conducted body searches of visitors after a guard discovered the theft of a landscape by Corot. The guard discovered the painting, The Sevres Road, missing yesterday afternoon. He alerted police and the museum was shut. The thief apparently had cut the painting from its frame before sneaking away.

Louvre to give 'Mona Lisa' a room of her own

LIKE ANY grown-up girl - in this case almost 500 years old - the Mona Lisa is to have a room of her own. She is, however, definitely not going to have a face-lift.

Nothing on unemployment, nothing on East Asia. What is G7 good for?

Hamish McRae on the issues where the main players can still make a difference

Europe: Thief strikes at the Louvre

Someone with deep pockets and a taste for ancient Greece walked out of the Louvre with a 32-cm (12-inch) stone fragment from around 400BC, museum officials said. The piece, originally found near Athens, is a fragment of a wish-list dedicated to Zeus, asking the god to protect the country from all kinds of illnesses. "It's not really a work of art like a sculpture ... it has more of an historic, documentary and scientific value," said a Louvre spokesman.

lyric sheets: French Pop

With acclaim coming in for acts such as Daft Punk and MC Solaar, French pop is now being taken seriously in the UK. A new French band, Air, also claim that French popsters are more culturally aware than their beer-swilling, TV-watching British counterparts

Arts: Revamped Louvre dusts off its fusty old image

Sixteen years ago President Francois Mitterrand decreed that the dusty, musty old Palais du Louvre should be opened up to the light and air. Today, President Chirac opens the last stage of a pounds 600m expansion and re-design which makes the Louvre one of the largest, and most modern, art museums in the world.

Taken to the cleaners

Abseilers, mountain climbers and robots. Just three ways to tackle that perennial building-maintenance problem - how do you keep all that glass clean?
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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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