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Neil Kinnock, chair of the British Council, tells Richard Brooks why China isn't ready for Tracey's
Indian art nets record prices even as its makers suffer threats to their freedom of expression.
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A British court again upholds the right of the Chagossian people to live in their homeland four deca
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An pro-open source protester is arrested during a Bill Gates speech in China
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