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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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
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

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas