Keys to the kingdom: a protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the  Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Hearing the word “Snowden” a year ago, you would most likely have thought of the highest mountain in Wales or even the British royal photographer Lord(...)

Recovered: US soldiers in 1945 with Wintergarden, a Manet stolen by the Nazi regime and hidden in a salt mine. Photograph: US National Archives/Reuters

Germany swooned when George Clooney arrived this year to direct and star in The Monuments Men, the true story of a US-army platoon of art experts sent(...)