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Biggest ever collection of Chinese artefacts set to arrive in Britain

The largest collection of ancient Chinese royal treasures  ever permitted to leave China will go on display in Britain next week.

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Remains of dark ages princess found in field in Cambridge

The remains of a mysterious Anglo-Saxon princess, who died  thirteen and a half centuries ago, have been found in a field three miles south of Cambridge.

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The music critic and sometime Music Editor of The Independent, Robert Maycock, who has died in a car accident, was among the most principled and independent-minded writers on classical and contemporary music of his generation. As a regular contributor to this newspaper since its inception, he wrote perceptively on music of many kinds. He also worked tirelessly to promote an unusually wide range of music and a reconsideration of the path that he considered new music should take.

Drug addiction may be hereditary, study suggests

The human brain may be “wired up” for addictive behaviour according to a study that shows how some people are more likely than others to become addicted to crack cocaine.

Eddie Redmayne stars in the BBC's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' 'Birdsong'

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Despite extraordinary stage, TV and film success, British acting's hottest newcomer tells Clemency Burton-Hill he still hasn't got it right

Letters: Museum must drop West Bank link

It is extraordinary, but true, that one of our great national museums is co-ordinating an activity that breaks international law. That museum is the Natural History Museum, which is collaborating in research with an Israeli commercial firm located in an illegal settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.

Schools abandon GCSEs in favour of new exam

Growing numbers of state schools are abandoning the GCSE exam in favour of its rival designed along the lines of the traditional O-level.

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