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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.

Album review: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail (Roc-a-Fella)

Album of the Week: Some rich pickings among the boasts and garish beats

Morsi supporters protest in Nasr City, Cairo

Divisions – and defiance – take hold in former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s back yard

A group of village children scampered behind the coffin as it was driven past some mud-brick stables. Inside was the body of Dr Sayeed Abdel Salaam. Until last week he had been a 42-year-old government vet; a father-of-three who gave away much of his money to help local orphans, according to friends. Today he became a statistic – a battered and bloodied victim of the 30 June insurrection.

Look out: Broad shoulders take Idris Elba’s DCI John Luther a long way

TV review: Luther - I can’t tell my farce from my Idris Elba

‘Luther’ is back, with over-the-top murders and its tongue in its cheek

Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail - review

In this age of the spectacle, music increasingly matters less than the event surrounding the music - this year has seen Daft Punk's album applauded as much for its marketing campaign as for any intrinsic musical value it may have, and now we have Jay-Z's new album, notable largely for the deal struck with Samsung to deliver a million free downloads to its customers, at a cost of $5 apiece to the company, three days prior to its official release.

The Old Woman, Manchester International Festival

Theatre review: The Old Woman, Manchester International Festival

It would help if you read Daniil Kharms’ short story before you go to see The Old Woman which opened this year’s biennial Manchester International Festival. It would help. But not a lot.

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, pictured in 2012, have been barred from entering Britain

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer barred from entering Britain to speak at an EDL rally

Theresa May said activists' presence in the UK would 'not be conducive to the public good'

Tamaya House, a screen painting; Japan, Edo period, late AD 1770s or early 1780s attributed to Utagawa Toyoharu as The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

British Museum to host exhibition about sex in Japanese art

The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

Cosmo Sarson's breakdancing Jesus in Bristol

Municipal art: Jesus Christ, that mural is enormous! Breakdancing Messiah takes Bristol by storm

The city of Bristol boasts a striking new landmark after the unveiling of a giant mural depicting a breakdancing Jesus Christ.

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association and the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre

The Met appeals for witnesses of EDL graffiti on burned Muswell Hill Somali community centre

The Met has appealed to anyone who saw EDL graffiti daubed on the walls of a Somali community centre before it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Tommy Robinson (centre), leader of the English Defence League, outside the Old Bailey

Bungled bomb and gun attack by Islamic extremists intended to provoke EDL into tit-for-tat spiral of violence

Six extremist Muslims planned to use weapons in Dewsbury they knew could have caused deaths

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association and the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre

Police make fresh appeal over English Defence League graffiti on destroyed Islamic centre

The letters EDL were spotted on the wall of the community centre

A photograph of the offending message ‘Ding Jinhao was here’ was posted online

Luxor graffiti indicts whole of China, says Shanghai paper

A 15-year-old Chinese boy named Ding Jinhao has been pilloried in his home country after a piece of vandalism on Egypt's Temple of Luxor, reading "Ding Jinhao visited here", was traced back to his hand.

A photograph of the offending message ‘Ding Jinhao was here’ was posted online

Chinese schoolboy, 15, exposed as Egypt’s ancient temple graffiti vandal

Internet users name and shame teenager who scratched 3,500-year-old artwork

Germany's national rail network to use anti-graffiti dones

Vandalism costs Deutsche Bahn an estimated €7 million a year

The RAF Bomber Command Memorial in London, with graffiti covered up

Vandals deface two London war memorials with 'Islam' graffiti

Vandals have attacked two war memorials in central London.

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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried