Confirmed: FBI spied on folk music icon Pete Seeger for 20 years

Bureau amassed huge file from 1943 on writer of classic songs – and even sent an agent to his school

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James Spader: The era of classic films is doomed

The Blacklist star says changes in the way we watch movies mean their legacy has gone

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Pamela Anderson unveils new animal charity at Cannes Film Festival

It was a backgammon contest like no other. It started with a bleak confession of child abuse from one of the world's most recognised sex symbols and ended with a rallying cry from Dame Vivienne Westwood, calling for a complete change in the financial basis of world economics. Strangest of all, it took place on the beach at Cannes during the film festival.

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New evidence shows the Black Death had to have been airborne -- and not caused by rat fleas

Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century.

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Leonard Bernstein's letters reveal he nearly gave up on 'West Side Story'

Leonard Bernstein's hostility towards writer of musical's book almost halted project, newly released correspondence reveals

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Real adventure that inspired 'Moby-Dick' lures film directors

Two versions of shipwreck and cannibalism story behind Melville's classic are being made

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Google defends listing extremist sites: Legal information will be indexed

Google's indexing of extremist websites helps police track their activity and will continue, the company's chief told an audience at the Hay festival.

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Recovered portrait of early English feminist to be shown at Dutch art fair

Lady Anne Clifford is still celebrated as a campaigner for women's rights

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New photos, videos and app shed fresh light on Anne Frank's family life

Archive documents, photos and video footage are released to the public for the first time in digital edition of Anne's diary

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Stormclouds gather over The Hobbit premiere amid animal care scandal

British actor Martin Freeman is close to becoming an official mascot for New Zealand, thanks to his role in the new Hobbit film and this weekend's unveiling of a giant image of his face on the side of a Boeing jet at Auckland airport. And suddenly it looks as if the Tolkien entertainment industry might be in need of such a congenial ambassador.

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Book publishers hunt online for the new E.L. James

Following the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, publishers eye authors who self-publish

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Richard Dawkins in furious spat with EO Wilson over theory of evolution

Book review sparks war of words between grand old man of biology and Oxford's most high-profile Darwinist

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