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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.

Tony Harrison's infamous poem can still shock and divide people

Radio 4 plans to air 'obscene' 1980s poem V by Tony Harrison

Mary Whitehouse must be spinning in her grave. A quarter of a century after she led the uproar over Channel 4 broadcasting the notorious poem V, the work is to be reprised by BBC Radio 4.

Great Works: Flaming, 2008 by Zevs

Dirty City Wall, Copenhagen

Why you shouldn't advertise your party on Facebook

A girl advertised her house party in Essex on Facebook - and as a result over 200 people turned up and caused £30,000 worth of damage.

Beyoncé is crazy in love with her own movie

Warbling, it appears, just isn't enough for some singers. Beyoncé is the latest musician who has turned director with a documentary about (what else?) herself, for the US network HBO.

Riots flare in Northern Ireland for second night over Union flag decision

More attacks have been carried out on the non-sectarian Alliance Party during a night of violence in Northern Ireland.

Book of a lifetime: True History of the Conquest of New Spain, By Bernal Díaz

I read Bernal Díaz's 'True History of the Conquest of New Spain' about 30 years ago in JM Cohen's 1963 translation for Penguin Classics. It is an eyewitness account of Hernan Cortes's expedition to Mexico in 1519 by one of his principal captains, a soldier from Medina del Campo.

The best Christmas gifts for the tyke

Main image: Spiderman toy, £19.69, and magnetic frame set, £12, both John Lewis

Vhils: The art of urban decay

The 25-year-old Portugese street artist who uses peeling billboards and abandoned doors as canvases

Police are investigating after a painting by the great 20th century abstract artist Mark Rothko was defaced at the Tate Modern in London today.

Rothko painting victim of 'Yellowism' protest could take 18 months to restore

The American painter’s 1958 abstract masterpiece is valued at tens of millions of pounds was scribbled on in a 'guerrilla' art attack

Lord McAlpine may sue the BBC

Jimmy Savile 'would run his lips up arms of young female assistants' while visiting St James's Palace

Jimmy Savile would greet young female staff members at St James’s Palace by running his lips up their forearms, giving rise to “concern and suspicion” according to one former senior aide to the alleged paedophile’s friend the Prince of Wales.

'You've brought shame on us all:' Angry family members target Jimmy Savile's great-niece on Facebook after she speaks out about the star molesting her

Revelations came the same day as Jimmy Savile’s Scottish holiday home is attacked by vandals

Wlodzimierz Umaniec AKA Vladimir Umanets admits defacing Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern

A man has admitted defacing a Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern gallery after it was graffitied with black paint.

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In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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