‘No one cared because we were black girls’: is time finally up for R Kelly?

Women have accused the singer of sexual abuse for decades. So why are they only being listened to now? Blame misogyny and racism – but also the potency of his music

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Rembrandt and Saskia: a love story for the ages

In 2019, exhibitions across the Netherlands will mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. And at their heart lie the portraits of his wife, charting their short, doomed marriage

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The Da Vinci mystery: why is his $450m masterpiece really being kept under wraps?

When the unveiling of the long-lost Salvator Mundi was cancelled last month, there were cries of fake. But is there more to the controversy surrounding the world’s most expensive painting?

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Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds

Research data from 160,000 adults in 31 countries concludes that a sizeable home library gave teen school leavers skills equivalent to university graduates who didn’t read

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Adventure Time: goodbye to the most inventive cartoon since The Simpsons

Far more than ‘a cartoon for adults’, Pendleton Ward’s series somehow made a simple story about a child and a dog relentlessly compelling

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Wild sea kayaking adventure in Sweden

On the third leg of his Scandi trip, Kevin Rushby and son kayak the fjords of a huge archipelago, camp on magical islands – and meet not a single other person
• Scandi tour: part 2, part 1

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Cliff Richard and freedom of the press

Readers respond after Cliff Richard wins £210,000 in damages over BBC privacy case

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The best recent crime novels – review roundup

Give Me Your hand by Megan Abbott, A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay, Take Me In by Sabine Durrant, City of Sinners by AA Dhand and Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

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