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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.

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Ukraine protests: Man found dead hanging in Kiev's Independence Square

The metal 'tree' has become a symbol of resistance during Ukraine's recent unrest

Carolina Falkholt's smiling vagina mural, 'Övermålning', is at risk of removal after politicians deemed its school setting 'inappropriate'

Smiling vagina mural faces removal for 'inappropriate' setting in Swedish school

Heated debates are raging after authorities call for the artwork to be covered

Repair workers examine the top of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Repairs start on Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue after lightning strike

Workers have begun work on iconic statue's thumb damaged during storm

This artwork by Banksy was found covered in brown paint earlier this week

Banksy paintings vandalised in Sundance Film Festival town

Two artworks by the graffiti artist were tampered with in Utah

Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus) in 'Coriolanus' at the Donmar

Coriolanus, theatre review: 'Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power'

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The Kardashian Khristmas Kard is better than anything you'll send this festive season

Better this honest trash than 100 faux-modest round robins

A close-up of Bansky's beaver, a new artwork that a group of men are stopping people from seeing unless they pay up

Banksy’s lost his anonymity, and with it, his credibility

New Yorkers are charging  tourists $20 to view a new Banksy work - but the Bristolian street artist commoditised himself long ago anyway

A close-up of Bansky's beaver, a new artwork that a group of men are stopping people from seeing unless they pay up

New Yorkers charging tourists $20 to view new Banksy graffiti work

Banksy's beaver graffiti is adorable, but is it worth $20 and a mouthful of abuse from a group of men who have covered it up with cardboard?

A Palestinian woman walks near the vandalised wall of a mosque in the West Bank village of Burka

Vengeful settler attacks draw sharp criticism of Israeli Army

An Israeli human rights group has charged that the army is failing to protect Palestinians from violence by settlers after masked Israelis attacked an elementary school, vandalised cars and torched hundreds of olive trees in the occupied West Bank.

A piece of street art depicting a heart-shaped balloon covered in bandages, allegedly stencilled by the street artist Banksy, is seen in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The piece was defaced with red spray paint shortly after being completed

Banksy defaced: Graffiti artist's New York project ruined by spiteful rivals

New Yorkers are renowned as lovers of art, but that hasn't stopped them defacing the British artist's work

Banksy in a scene from his documentary 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'

Success feels like failure, says Banksy during rare interview

Banksy, the graffiti artist who rose from street scene to become an auctioneers’ darling, may abandon galleries for a return to his roots.

Banksy's latest artwork conflates the Syrian crisis and Dumbo

Dumbo gunned down in Banksy's new Rebel Rocket Attack video

The artist's tour of New York continues with an attack by Syrian rebels on the defenceless Disney elephant

Banksy's All City delivery truck

Banksy unveils new Grapes of Wrath-inspired delivery truck in New York

The mobile oasis is part of the artist's month-long 'residency' of New York

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An attempt to chart social media from its earliest incidences to now

Banksy's 'The street is in play' appears in New York City

New Banksy art in New York painted over after one day

The graffiti is part of a month-long show the artist is staging in the city

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