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John Lennon drawings go on show in New York

Beatles fans can see another artistic side of John Lennon in New York this week.

Ministers set to propose the development of smaller school buildings

Ministers are set to unveil new templates for new school buildings, which could be up to 15% smaller than those built under the last government, it was reported today.

Tehran threatens Israel with 'full force' if nuclear facilities are attacked

Tehran said it will respond with “full force” to any attack on its nuclear facilities after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged global action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Dieter Roth Diaries, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

To display the archival material collected by 20th century German artist Dieter Roth throughout his life, the Fruitmarket has transformed its upper floor into what appears to be the obsessively ordered library of an anally retentive architect.

Secret life of the Empire State killer

The fatal shooting of two men is just one more episode in America's summer of gun sprees

Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse put up for Kickstarter crowd-funding

Fans can start their adventure now by supporting development of the latest in the Broken Sword series.

Franz West: sculptor hailed for his public artworks

Franz West, who died on 25 July 2012 at the age of 65 after a long illness, was an Austrian artist noted for his commitment to public art. His tactile creations invited interventions from viewers: he once remarked, "It doesn't matter what the art looks like as long as it used."

Brazil's pivot Fabiana Diniz celebrates during their handball match against Croatia

The delicate art and grand tradition of handball

The Copper Box arena was heaving, the press conference descended into something of a scrum after Brazil and Croatia had contested a 24-23 humdinger and by last night there was even a bit of a controversy brewing over the Brazilian women’s tight, flowery shorts. “Pyjamas,” one journalist scoffed.

James Eagan Holmes is suspected of the cinema shootings in Aurora

Denver shooting suspect James Holmes may have shown plan to psychiatrist

Police believed to have found Holmes' notebook detailing cinema massacre

JK Rowling's garden plan appears to be inspired by her own work

JK Rowling and the £250,000 magical land – in her garden

She has fired the imagination of millions of young readers across the world with her tales of the boy wizard Harry Potter and his fantastical battles against the evil Lord Voldemort.

Bears, bunnies, and an Abominable Snowman in suburbia

Nicholas Tucker gets lost in the best new books for the under-twelves

Philadelphia's Rodin Museum reopens after $9bn redevelopment

The Rodin Museum, in Philadelphia, a little jewel box of a building surrounded by formal gardens and showcasing the French artist's monumental sculptures, had by most accounts lost a certain je ne sais quoi in the 83 years since it was built.

The innovative hang at the RA's Summer Exhibition is a step forward

Leaving an impression

The Royal Academy's new show owes it all to collector Sterling Clark. By Michael Glover

Missing Out: In Praise Of The Unlived Life, By Adam Phillips

Are you getting enough? Probably not: you're human. Frustration and disappointment track our path through life.

Why the iPad is a waste of time

Tonight in San Francisco Apple announces its latest software for iPad, iPhone and Mac computers. The Independent will be there, but today David Phelan reports on the latest apps and has an early look at some that haven’t been released yet…

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