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  1. London Mayor Lashes Out at Clooney Over Greek Treasures

    George Clooney has stirred up trouble in the U.K. this week and drawn fire from London Mayor Boris Johnson for suggesting that the Parthenon Marbles — also known as the Elgin Marbles — should be returned to Greece. The priceless carvings were taken from Athens in the 19th century and currently reside in the British Museum. Johnson hyperbolically described it as a “Hitlerian” attempt to remove London’s cultural treasures. While Clooney may have lost a fan in Johnson, he’s gained the admiration of the Greek culture minister, who wrote a two-page open letter thanking the actor for his solidarity.

    Sources: The IndependentLondon Review of Books

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