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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.

Uganda recalls commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia over accusations of food sale scam

Uganda has recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market.

Judge orders new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of bridge shooting after Hurricane Katrina

A judge has ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations related to deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan came second

'Come in Baku. Have you been cheating at Eurovision song contest?'

Allegations against Azerbaijan, made by a delegate to 2013’s song contest, are being investigated

David Kelly assisted 71 drivers in removing details of convictions, disqualifications and penalty points

Corrupt court official who helped motorists to falsify their driving records jailed

Debt-ridden David Kelly operated the scam from his workplace in the administration department at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court

The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

Theatre review: The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, Royal Court, London

For her first full scale production as artistic director of the Royal Court, Vicky Featherstone has chosen to direct The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas – a twisted, darkly witty morality fable about the evils of rampant, greed-is-good capitalism.

Pat McQuaid (left) has accused Brian Cookson’s camp of smearing him

'Gangster politics' row in UCI race between Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson

The International Cycling Union president, Pat McQuaid, has accused his rival in this month's election, Britain's Brian Cookson, of indulging in "gangster politics" following the latest string of allegations of corruption at the UCI.

Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi was convicted last month for tax fraud

Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party threatens to topple Italy’s government

One senior Pdl senator, Renato Schifani, said that the tycoon’s opponents on a cross-party committee had 'prepared a gas chamber for him'

Corruption scandal turns sights on Chinese oil companies

Investigation appears to be part of efforts by new leadership to tighten control over state-owned energy firms

Disappointment greeted the IOC’s decision in Madrid

Madrid broken-hearted at third games snub in a row

There was a sudden moment of absolute silence – then long faces, tears, shrugs and bitter disappointment in Madrid’s Puerta de Alcala square on Saturday evening when news broke that the Spanish capital, for a third successive time, had failed to secure the Olympics.

Italy’s disgraced former premier Silvio Berlusconi is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in the hope of beating his recent tax fraud conviction

Berlusconi will fight tax fraud conviction at European Court of Human Rights

Italy’s disgraced former premier Silvio Berlusconi is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in the hope of beating his recent tax fraud conviction, it has emerged.

Antonio Campos's blacker-than-black comedy Afterschool details the corruption and cruelty in an Ivy League prep school

Nicholas Barber's the watch list: Back to school films

They do school films so much better in France, it seems. If the new term has you in the mood for some scholastic entertainment, you could watch Truffaut's The 400 Blows (1959) or last year's François Ozon comedy, In The House. But start with Etre et avoir (2002, below), a quietly enchanting documentary that revolves around Georges Lopez, the sole teacher in a rural village primary. Lopez's patience and modesty (and pedagogical beard) are so moving the the film could have been called "Au Revoir, M. Pomme Frites". Try not to think about Lopez suing the producers, unsuccessfully, for a chunk of the profits.

Protesters and police struggle over a fence near parliament

Thousands of Bulgarians tell ‘mafia’ government to leave office

The protests began in response to the appointment of media magnate, Delyan Peevski, as head of state security

GlaxoSmithKline faces new China bribes anger

GlaxoSmithKline’s problems in China deepened today as state media reported police claims that the Chinese arm of Britain’s biggest drugmaker co-ordinated an alleged £321 million bribery scandal.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Review: Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The New Theatre, Dublin

There are two kinds of classic: those whose themes are so universal they speak to every age, and those which are a canvas on which any age can write its own story. Accidental Death of an Anarchist is the latter.

Assets regulator Jiang Jiemin is under investigation for suspected discipline violations

China continues crackdown on corruption

China is investigating the head of its state assets regulator, a former top energy executive, for “serious discipline violations”, the government said today in what appears to be a deepening crackdown on corruption and push for reform.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore