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George Ortiz was one of the great contemporary collectors. He came to public attention in 1994, when the Royal Academy showed his breathtaking collection of antiquities. Not all were impressed: Lord Renfrew criticised the show, talking of “the large-scale looting which is the ultimate source of so much of what he is able to exhibit.” This stung, because Ortiz’s collecting was guided by the concept of André Malraux’s Musée Imaginaire, where objects could be viewed without the preconceptions that grouped them by country and period – contrary to the traditional practice of curators and art historians.

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Sirte's cemetery is typical of the destruction wrought by rebels on the city. Fighters from Misrata, which had been punished by the dictator's forces months earlier, fired indiscriminately

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Construction growth slows despite housing boost

Britain's construction sector suffered a relapse during November, new data suggested yesterday, after posting a surprise gain in October.

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Grandmother 'tortured for PIN code'

A man tortured a pensioner with a knife for her credit card pin number and then beat her to death with her own marble rolling pin, a court heard today.

Paul Sturrock's wholehearted approach has lifted Southend to the top of League One

Sturrock's grounded style has Southend on the rise

The Shrimpers manager tells Nick Judd how sending his players to work on building sites has helped them climb to top of the table

Your table's ready: Interior design is as important as the cooking at a new generation of restaurants

You don't need to be a food critic to know that the restaurant experience is about far more than what's on your plate. And a spate of recent openings and relaunches suggest that delicious décor is a higher priority than ever for many restaurateurs.

Namur: Storm a fabulous fortress

Emily Reynolds falls for a citadel that is full of architectural rewards

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (12A)

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Edinburgh Festival 2011: The streets are paved with marble, the rest is solid gold

There's something for everyone here &ndash; pastiche, innovation, royalty, and yesterday's rubbish

Gaza's first five-star hotel has everything &ndash; except anyone who wants to stay there

Bulk of 220 rooms allowed to lie empty after developers spend 13 years and &#163;29m on luxury resort

Michelangelo's basilica may finally be completed

The mayor of Florence wants a referendum to decide if the city should embark on a major work by Michelangelo that was shelved because of the huge cost nearly 500 years ago.

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Murder most foul on the Bosphorus

Landfalls, By Tim Mackintosh-Smith

From a long-term Arabist (TMS lives in Yemen), this third volume of a trilogy pursuing the 14th century traveller Ibn Battutah is much less daunting than it sounds. TMS may have gone native but his humour is undilutedly Anglo.

Corfu: summer's hottest deal?

As Europe's biggest low-cost airline launches flights to this multi-faceted Ionian island, Simon Calder reveals the holiday highlights
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