France arrests six over stolen Banksy artwork

Italian Carabinieri pose near a piece of art attributed to Banksy, that was stolen at the Bataclan in Paris in 2019, and found in Italy, during a press conference in L’Aquila. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)
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Updated 27 June 2020

France arrests six over stolen Banksy artwork

  • The mural, which shows a veiled female figure staring mournfully downwards, was found at a farmhouse in central Italy earlier this month
  • The Bataclan, one of Paris’ best-known rock venues, was stormed by militants during a concert in November 2015

PARIS: Six people have been arrested in France over the theft of an artwork by the British street artist Banksy that was stolen from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, a judicial source said on Saturday.
The mural, which shows a veiled female figure staring mournfully downwards, was found at a farmhouse in central Italy earlier this month, nearly a one-and-a-half years after it was removed.
Two of those arrested are under formal investigation on suspicion of theft. The other four are suspected of concealing theft, the source said.
It is thought the thieves used portable grinders to remove the fire-exit door on which the mural was painted before carrying it off in a van, Italian media reported when the artwork was discovered.
The Bataclan, one of Paris’ best-known rock venues, was stormed by militants during a concert in November 2015, as part of coordinated attacks around the city that killed 130 people.


What We Are Playing Today: Tomb Raider

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Updated 15 August 2020

What We Are Playing Today: Tomb Raider

  • After “Tomb Raider,” Square Enix released two other games for the series on PlayStation 4: “The Rise of The Tomb Raider” and “Shadow of The Tomb Raider”

Tomb Raider games have been around for almost 20 years, making them special for most gamers and garnering a legion of devotees. However, fans of the series might have been forgiven for forgetting about them somewhat, at least until a new set were released for the PlayStation 4, the first coming in 2013.
The game has always portrayed an independent, strong woman, the all-action Lara Croft, whose hunger for exploring was never quenchable, and who would fight people, animals, and magical creatures in equal measure.
However, in the first game released for the PlayStation 4, “Tomb Raider,” we saw the origins of Croft. In her very first adventure, her ship crashes onto the shore of an island, and there she travels to uncover the haunting secrets hidden beyond.
After “Tomb Raider,” Square Enix released two other games for the series on PlayStation 4: “The Rise of The Tomb Raider” and “Shadow of The Tomb Raider.” The first two received rave reviews, portraying the conplex shifts in Croft’s character deftly alongside an ever increasing array of skills.
However, the third game in the trilogy, whilst promising much, seemed like more of the same. Nothing new was added, it seemed like more of an elongated side mission from one of the previous games than a game in itself.