An artist’s impression of the planned Colosseum floor, which Italian engineering firm Milan Ingegneria has committed to complete by 2023. Photograph: Dario Franceschini

The ancient Roman Colosseum is once again going to have a floor thanks to a new, high-tech project announced by the culture ministry on Sunday. “It i(...)

Salvator Mundi: the Louvre has certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners. Photograph: Benjamin Norman/New York Times

French curators had worked for a decade to prepare a major exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. When it opened,(...)

Jason Isaacs in The Death of Stalin

Russia’s culture ministry has withdrawn permission for the release of Armando Iannucci’s black comedy The Death of Stalin, after officials and top art(...)

The head of the South Korean delegation Lee Woo-sung (right) and the head of the North Korean delegation Kwon Hyok Bong exchange documents at the North side of Panmunjom in North Korea on  Monday. Photograph: South Korea Unification Ministry via AP

North Korea will hold fresh talks with South Korea on Wednesday about taking part in next month’s Winter Olympics, shortly after threatening to withd(...)

A Beijing-based guitarist. China’s government is currently waging a moral crusade

China’s ministry of culture has released a blacklist of 120 songs that it believes “trumpeted obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality”, a(...)

Actor Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs last week announce the film Leviathan from Russia as a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.   Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty

It’s a long time since a Russian film won an Oscar but Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan could be about to change that. Yet even as this dark, hard-hitti(...)

A handout image provided by the Greek Ministry of Culture shows a statue of Caryatid inside at Kasta Tumulus in ancient Amphipolis, Serres region, northern Greece. The continued excavations at the ancient tomb of Amphipolis have uncovered two Caryatids. Archaeologists discovered the two half-bodied female statues.  Photograph: EPA

Archaeologists have unearthed two sculpted female figures, known as Caryatids, as they slowly make their way into an ancient tomb recently discovered (...)

A statement issued by the country’s culture ministry described the attack as ab “attack on the cultural heritage of the nation” and said the damage caused to the structure is “irreparable”.  Photograph: Peruvian Ministry of Culture

Authorities in Peru say a pyramid on one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Americas, parts of which date from 3,000 BC, has been destroyed by (...)