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Swedish Academy defends Peter Handke's controversial Nobel win.

Members behind decision to award Austrian writer the prize in literature say he will be seen as an ‘obvious choice’ in 50 yearsThe Swedish Academy has defended its controversial choice of Peter Handke as this year’s Nobel literature laureate, sayi...

Abominable: anger grows over controversial map in Chinese children's film.

Three countries object to animated movie scene showing Chinese territorial claims in South China SeaMalaysia’s film censors have ordered a scene to be removed from the animated movie Abominable which shows China’s nine-dash line in the South China...

Leonardo's Vitruvian Man can go to the Louvre, court rules.

Challenge by Italian heritage group threatened to disrupt deal with Paris museumLeonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man will join several works at a blockbuster exhibition on the Renaissance artist’s life at the Louvre after an Italian court rejected an...

Oxford professor accused of selling ancient Bible fragments.

Dirk Obbink allegedly sold artefacts to US chain Hobby Lobby without permissionAn Oxford University professor has been accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to a controversial US company that has been involved in several high-profile scandals...

Jennifer Aniston’s Instagram debut sends platform crashing.

Former social media recluse’s Friends selfie attracts 116,000 followers in an hourJennifer Aniston’s new Instagram page is “on a break” after crashing hours after the star signed up for the platform.The former Friends actor, one of social media’s ...

Backlash after Booker awards prize to two authors

Decision to make first black female winner, Bernardine Evaristo, share £50,000 prize with Margaret Atwood causes controversyThe Booker prize judges’ decision to break the rules and jointly award the prize to Margaret Atwood and Bernadine Evaristo ...

Ronan Farrow reveals extreme measures Weinstein took to bury alleged crimes.

Farrow’s book Catch and Kill describes Harvey Weinstein’s efforts to silence alleged victims and put Farrow himself off the storyThe combination of rage, threats, professional promises and vulnerability that Harvey Weinstein used to secure the sil...

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share Booker prize 2019.

Judging panel break rules in choosing The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other as joint winnersThe judges of this year’s Booker prize have “explicitly flouted” the rules of the august literary award to choose the first joint winners in almost 30 year...

Sulli, K-pop star and former f(x) member, found dead aged 25.

The singer and actor, who was the victim of online bullying, had severe depression, according to policeThe K-pop star and actor Sulli has been found dead at the age of 25. Police said that the celebrity, born Choi Jin-ri, was discovered unconsciou...

'Glacial change': film industry is slow to reform despite #MeToo.

Progress towards equality in the entertainment industry has been patchy, say campaigners#MeToo two years on: Weinstein allegations ‘tip of iceberg’, say accusersTwo years ago, the entertainment industry became the primary focus of discussions over...

#MeToo two years on: Weinstein allegations 'tip of iceberg', say accusers.

Exclusive: Zelda Perkins and Rosanna Arquette predict more revelations about high-profile men to comeTwo women whose accounts of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein kick-started the #MeToo movement have warned that the allegations against the fi...

Deafening cinema sound is ruining films, claims Hugh Grant.

Star’s complaint to Vue has provoked an outpouring of disgruntled filmgoersJoker, the sinister hit starring Joaquin Phoenix, is dividing film critics. Hailed as a masterpiece by some, it has left others balking at its violence. For the actor Hugh ...

Images offer glimpse into life of endangered Florida panther.

Carlton Ward’s photographs chart survival struggle of one of America’s last remaining big catsThe discovery of a female Florida panther lying with a broken leg on a verge outside the town of Naples, south of Tampa, triggered a widespread rescue da...

Antisocial review: Andrew Marantz wades into the alt-right morass.

The New Yorker writer’s depiction of online extremists and techno-utopians is compelling, alarming … and flawedAs Andrew Marantz discovers in his new book, chutzpah – sheer, outrageous shamelessness – may be the most powerful and most dangerous fo...

Jackie Brown star Robert Forster dies aged 78

Forster was a versatile character actor whose career was unexpectedly rescued by his Oscar-nominated role in Quentin Tarantino’s cult thrillerRobert Forster, the handsome and omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomina...

Robert De Niro on Donald Trump: 'I can't wait to see him in jail'.

The Irishman actor tells the Guardian that Trump and the Republicans ‘have to know they can’t get away with bullying us’Robert De Niro has renewed his criticism of Donald Trump, calling the US head of state a “gangster president” and saying he “ca...

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win Nobel prizes in literature.

The Swedish Academy announced laureates for 2018 and 2019, after scandal forced last year’s award to be postponedPolish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian author Peter Handke have both won the Nobel prize in literature.To a packed room at the Sw...

Nobel prize in literature: two laureates to be named – live.

After the prize was postponed last year due to a sexual harassment scandal, two Nobel medals will be awarded today – follow the announcements 11.32am BST The average age of a Nobel literature laureate is 67. As the 87-year-old Doris Lessing famous...

Nobel prize for literature to be awarded twice after sexual assault scandal.

Atwood and Murakami among favourites for prize as academy tries to rebuild its reputationThe Nobel prize for literature will be awarded on Thursday – twice, after the Swedish body that selects the laureates was engulfed in a sexual assault scandal...

Mindy Kaling claims Emmy organisers tried to cut her from The Office nomination.

Kaling says TV Academy forced her to justify inclusion on team’s production team in nomination for prize Actor, writer and showrunner Mindy Kaling has hit out at the organisation in charge of the Emmy Awards for “humiliating” her, claiming that sh...

Lil Peep: rapper's mother sues management over his death.

Liza Womack claims son’s overdose occurred after negligence from company that ‘fostered, promoted and encouraged’ illegal drug useThe mother of rapper Lil Peep has filed a lawsuit against his management company over negligence related to his death...

Palaces of the people: Soviet metro stations - in pictures.

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Christopher Herwig spent many early mornings capturing the pre-rush-hour emptiness of Soviet metro stations with their exhilarating mix of propaganda, exquisite mosaics and cosmic lighting fixtures Continue reading...

'Toxic' Telegraph made me feel' 'nauseous', says Graham Norton.

BBC chat show presenter explains why he stopped writing advice column Graham Norton has said he stopped writing for the Daily Telegraph because the newspaper’s recent “toxic” political stances increasingly made him feel “nauseous”.The BBC One chat...

Ginger Baker, wild and brilliant Cream drummer, dies aged 80.

Drummer who straddled jazz, blues and rock ‘passed away peacefully’Ginger Baker: a master and monster who split rock music apartA life in pictures: Ginger BakerGinger Baker, one of the most brilliant, versatile and turbulent drummers in the histor...

Helena Bonham Carter sought Princess Margaret's blessing through psychic.

The actor says she discussed her part in The Crown with the deceased royal herselfSome actors avoid excessive research, but for Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret in The Crown meant reading all the biographies, talking to friends, ladi...