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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Stanislas Wawrinka, who has no connection to the betting investigation, walks out onto court at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: British man arrested in connection with alleged illegal betting syndicate suspected of 'courtsiding'

Police are seeking a 'series of individuals' after they confirm an investigation into the alleged betting scam, which involves placing bets with the advantage of beating the time delay of televised sporting events

In Thailand's latest round of political turmoil, which has lasted over two months, the PDRC have begun their campaign to occupy key locations in a city-wide shutdown of Bangkok. The PDRC and its supporters aim to derail Thailand's snap-poll scheduled for early February and demand that political reforms take place before an election

Parts of Bangkok brought to a standstill as tens of thousands of protesters attempt to force out Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters brought parts of Bangkok to a standstill as part of an attempt to shut down the city and force the resignation of Thailand’s prime minister.

On guard: Ariel Sharon as a commander in the 1948 war of independence

I shall mourn Ariel Sharon's life, not his death

Sharon deliberately deceived his Cabinet. He devastated Beirut, leaving 300 dead in a day and looked on approvingly as fascist militias entered refugee camps to rape, murder and torture thousands of Palestinians

Anti-fracking protests hit headlines during test drilling in Balcombe in August 2013

David Cameron goes 'all out for shale' with tax boost for councils willing to approve projects

Environmentalists accuse Prime Minister of trying to 'bribe' local authorities

Secret networks of Freemasons have been used by organised crime gangs to corrupt the criminal justice system, according to a bombshell Metropolitan Police report leaked to The Independent

Revealed: How gangs used the Freemasons to corrupt police

Gangsters able to recruit police officers through secret society, says investigation for Scotland Yard

More than 20 people charged in corruption investigation at Barkingside Magistrates' Court

East London court at centre of police probe into conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, bribery and perverting the course of justice

Tom Jones: Businessman

Tom Jones was chief executive of the US aerospace company Northrop for 30 years and took it to the top of its field during the Cold War while weathering a series of scandals. He took the company from a secondary aerospace subcontractor to a leading manufacturer of military aircraft, including the F-5 and F-18 fighter jets and the B-2 stealth bomber.

The News Matrix: Friday 10 January 2014

Met ‘was infiltrated by criminals’

The US authorities succeeded in a major anti-corruption prosecution centred on the City of London, just one month after the SFO failed to land a blow in the same case

SFO left shamefaced after US nails City fraudster

The man – described as 'connected to the Bahrain royal family' – was found to be a central player in a huge fraud committed by the big aluminium business, Alcoa

Bernie Ecclestone is vowing to fight the new £244m lawsuit

F1’s Bernie Ecclestone may be sued again once bribery case ends

Bernie Ecclestone is facing the prospect of another major lawsuit which could threaten his position in Formula One’s driving seat if he loses his current High Court battle, The Independent can disclose.

Unexpected Indian opposition members: IT executives square up in the war on corruption

A clash of Bangalore IT execs may be about to make compelling political theatre

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

Hundreds of Turkish police officers removed from posts in government 'purge' during corruption investigation

Senior commanders among those dismissed after accusations by US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen

The Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh says he will step aside after 10 years in office

Manmohan Singh backs Rahul Gandhi for successor as India PM - and says rival Narendra Modi would be 'disastrous'

India's prime minister used his first press conference for three years to announce something everyone suspected - that he will stand down after the next election whether his party wins or not. He also used the occasion to launch a surprisingly barbed attack on the main opposition candidate, saying he would be disastrous for the country.

Manmohan Singh has been Prime Minister of India for 10 years, he has announced that he will not be running for re-election

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces retirement, launches scathing attack on possible successor

Mr Singh threw his support behind Rahul Gandhi, claiming it would be 'disastrous' for the country if Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi became the next leader

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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