Ian Buruma, ex-editor of The New York Review of Books: writers say his departure represents ‘an abandonment of the central mission of the review, which is the free exploration of ideas’. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

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Mel Gibson in Dublin where he is scouting locations for his upcoming movie with Sean Penn in which the Irish capital will double for Oxford. Photograph: Cathal Burke/Vipireland.com

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Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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