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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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Labour Party conference: Yvette Cooper accuses Tories of using National Front language with 'go home' immigration ads

Shadow Home Secretary also criticises spot checks at stations which were 'based on racial profiling'

Farmer arrested for putting hat on donkey and naming it after a general

Egyptian police have cracked down on any perceived criticism of its powerful military in the wake of the coup against former President Mohamed Morsi

Southbank Centre reveals three possible designs for replacement skatepark

A bitter row over the existing skatepark has forced the centre to delay its £120m overhaul

Graffiti to promote Arcade Fire's new single

Arcade Fire's new single 'Reflektor' leaks online fuelling speculation it features David Bowie

The hotly anticipated new single from Arcade Fire - an apparent collaboration with David Bowie - was leaked online ahead of its unveiling today.

Nearly 100,000 Nazi storm troopers are gathered at Luitpold arena to listen to a speech by Adolf Hitler on 'Brown Shirt Day'

Nuremberg rallies to repair crumbling Nazi heritage site

Officials in the German city of Nuremberg have announced controversial plans to spend up to €70m (£60m) on renovating the city’s vast yet dilapidated Nazi Party rally grounds, used by the documentary filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl as a haunting backdrop for her Hitler propaganda film Triumph of the Will.

Pensioner questioned over deaths of three girlfriends in decade

Leslie Ross, from Dromore, Co Down quizzed over fatal incidents between 2002 and last year

Banksy: The Room in the Elephant

Edinburgh 2013: Banksy: The Room in the Elephant - A self-referential take on a troublesome truth

Tachowa Covington lived in a water tank in the Hollywood hills for seven years; then British graffiti artist Banksy sprayed “this looks a bit like an elephant” on it, and he was thrown out: it’s valuable art now. This is the basic, if troublesome, truth - first reported in The Independent in 2011 - that Tom Wainwright’s play takes as its starting point.

Kelly Jones of Stereophonics

Stereophonics' Kelly Jones reveals film plans

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has revealed more plans for a film he has written.

Foxfire offers a hard-edged alternative to high-school nostalgia

Film review: Foxfire - It's the Fifties, but the chrome can't compete with the gleam of girls getting even

Here's a Riot Grrl story if ever there was one: a bunch of rebellious young women form a gang, smite their male oppressors and generally paint small-town America red. It could be the premise for something pulpy and brash, and according to reviews, that's what the 1996 adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates's novel Foxfire was, with its showcase lead for an up-and-coming Angelina Jolie. I haven't seen that film, and I suspect you haven't either, so let's agree that the new screen version of the book starts with a clean slate.

No Ball Games: Removing Banksy’s work from the street defeats the point

The nature of murals and wall sculptures ordinarily meant that the work of art was forever tied to its original location

Lady madonna: Natalya Romaniw stars in I gioielli della Madonna

Classical review: I gioielli della Madonna - Incest and insanity... what an Italian job!

The first British staging since 1926 of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's mafiosi opera takes the crown for lurid incident and spectacle

The Banksy mural in 2012 on a wall in Wood Green, north London, left, and the same wall after it went missing, right

No Ball Games: Anger as another Banksy removed from north London wall

The company who sold the Banksy mural "Slave Labour" have prompted further outcry after a second well-loved artwork was removed from a north London wall yesterday to be put up for auction commercially.

Opera Holland Park - I gioielli della Madonna dir Martin Lloyd-Evans

Classical review: I gioielli della Madonna, Opera Holland Park, London

The action is grittier, the stakes (and skirts) raised higher, and the orchestral noises louder than anything else of its time: if Puccini’s realist operas are verismo then Wolf-Ferrari’s 1911 I gioielli della Madonna is verissimo.

Alan Partridge: Norwich's most famous son returns for Alpha Papa premiere

Norwich dusts off the red carpet for the return of the prodigal Alan Partridge

Motown misery

It won’t be easy, but Detroit will rise again

Out of America: For 20 years this newly bankrupt city, in the words of a Tamla tunesmith, has really got a hold on me. The recovery is already beginning

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Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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