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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.

Scot Young with his girlfriend Noelle Reno (right) and the split from his wife Michelle Young in 2006

Wife of fallen tycoon to cross-examine Philip Green in £400m divorce battle

The Topshop boss will be questioned by Michelle Young about £80,000 cheques he said he paid to an estate agent

False Dawn: Arrests of neo-Nazis in Greece will achieve little if the deeper malaise is not addressed

Closing down Golden Dawn will not prove a miracle cure for Greece

Flag of convenience: Supporters of Flamengo brandish their ‘torcidas’ banners for the match against Botafogo at the Maracana last week

2014 World Cup: In Brazil, the beautiful game belongs to white middle class

As Brazil's stadiums are spruced up for next year's finals the traditional fans can no longer afford spiralling ticket prices

Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference in New Delhi

Indian politician Rahul Gandhi condemns 'nonsense' plan to protect convicted politicians

Gandhi - widely believed to be a future prime minister of India - says cabinet ordinance is 'complete nonsense and it should be torn up and thrown out'

India: Up to 90 people trapped in five-storey Mumbai building collapse

At least four residents have been confirmed dead, while rescuers say they have pulled 12 people out alive

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Snooker: Stephen Lee continues to plead innocence in face of 12 year ban for fixing matches

The former world number five was found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeals against guilty verdict

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has appealed against his guilty verdict, in a rare move that is consistent with his defiant stance but unlikely to change the outcome.

Cambodian prime minister Hun Shen pushes on with forming government despite opposition's victory claims

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen pushed ahead with forming a new government today and said he had rejected a demand from the main opposition party, which says it won July's general election, to be given senior positions in parliament.

The Bo Xilai case highlights China’s institutional corruption

The state makes some gesture towards curbing state corruption, but family relationships and tradition are at the core of the problem

68 missing in Mexico landslide 'probably dead', says president

Official warns death toll from two tropical storms could soon reach 200

The former party chief of Chongqing has been given a life sentence after being found guilty of corruption

Bo Xilai’s life sentence allows China’s leadership to put scandal to rest

The populist politician had enemies in high places, but importantly some supporters too

Book review: Narcoland, By Anabel Hernández

The stark truth of a sham 'war'

Yoga guru Swami Ramdevji 'detained at Heathrow Airport'

Spiritual leader was expected to lead 1,500-strong class in Glasgow on Monday night

Sylvia Schenk brandishes a copy of her report into corruption

The Last Word: Match-fixing must be fought as fiercely in sport as doping

In countries where players face intimidation, the problem is

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai vows to clear his name

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has compared his plight to that of his father, Bo Yibo, a revolutionary hero, and said that one day his name will be cleared.

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Innovative study in the US produces remarkable results
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Gossip girl comes of age

Blake Lively is best known for playing an affluent teenager. Her role as a woman who is trapped forever at 29 is a greater challenge
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It's loved by chefs, ethical, low in fat and delicious. So, will kid meat give lamb a run for its money?
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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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