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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.

Film review: Something in the Air - an evocative tale of rebellion and romance

Dir. Olivier Assayas (15). Starring Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, 129mins

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Let us spray: painting a portrait of graffiti's man of mystery

Danish cool: Shipping boss Soren Malling negotiates with Somali pirates in A Hijacking

Film review: A Hijacking - Borgen versus the Pirates! Aarrr, 'tis a wondrous tale, me hearties …

If it were not galling enough to have the Danes teaching us how to make brainy, nailbiting drama on television, now they're doing it in the cinema, too. A Hijacking, which borrows one writer and two actors from Borgen, is a mercilessly taut depiction of what happens when a gang of Kalashnikov-toting Somali pirates commandeers a cargo ship in the Indian ocean.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's coming elections will test Khamenei's regime

Provoking political dispute in the run up to elections has been declared treasonous

A man who was fined for racially aggravated disorderly behaviour after calling Welsh people “sheep s******s” has claimed he was using the term to describe people who live in the countryside.

Man fined for racism after calling Welsh people 'sheep s******s'

A man who was fined for racially aggravated disorderly behaviour after calling Welsh people “sheep s******s” has claimed he was using the term to describe people who live in the countryside.

The new artwork by Shepard Fairey, attacking the anti-gun control lobby in America

Barack Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey joins gun control march in Washington

Famous for 'Hope' and 'Change' posters from the 2008 presidential election, Fairey says 'I’m not anti- 2nd Amendment, I’m pro-common sense'

Postcard from Buenos Aires

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Scottish sculptor and installation artist David Mach’s Blue Picasso screen print is on sale at the London Original Print Fair. £480, londonprintfair.com

iStyle: Artists against the wall

Original works don’t  have to cost a fortune, as Trish Lorenz discovers

An anti-F1 protester flash the 'V' sign after setting tyres on fire to block a road in Sanabis village, on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital Manama

F1: Fresh concerns raised over Bahrain Grand Prix as protesters clash with security forces

Formula One race due to take place this weekend

Three men arrested on suspicion of spraying graffiti on a wall in the vicinity of Margaret Thatcher funeral service

The alleged offence is thought to be an anti-Thatcher protest

I Wish, by Bambi

Bambi: Introducing the female Banksy

In the world of street art, Bambi has it all: critical acclaim, celebrity clients ranging from Brad Pitt to Adele, and a stencil of Amy Winehouse on the street in Camden that's considered to be so culturally important, it is now preserved under a fine layer of plastic. She has achieved this by projecting a distinctly female voice into the male-dominated world of urban etchings.

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A graffiti with a sign reading

'Russian Banksy' Pasha P183 dies aged 29

A prominent Russian graffiti artist who hid his identity behind the tag Pasha P183 and has been compared to Britain's Banksy has died aged just 29.

3,000 pupils excluded from school for 'sexual misconduct'

More than 3,000 children – including hundreds aged under 11 – are being excluded from school for sexual misconduct every year, it emerged last night.

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Plebs: A funny thing happened on the way to the Colosseum

Plebs is set in Ancient Rome, but the sitcom tells timeless truths about life at the bottom of the pile, says its writer Tom Basden

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