I, Impostor, British Pavilion, Venice

Mike Nelson has done rooms within rooms before – but here the result is scary, apocalyptic, and one of the triumphs of this year's Venice Biennale

Travel Challenge: Draconids meteor shower

Every week we invite three competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a holiday in Turkey to coincide with the Draconids meteor shower in early October, which this year is expected to be a particularly radiant display of "shooting stars". Prices are for two people and include flights to Istanbul.

Boyd Tonkin: Overdue: a shot of the public spirit

The week in books

Laura McLean-Ferris: Prepare to be disorientated and utterly transported

Getting lost in Venice is a cinch: all those labyrinthine, watery alleys. It's something else entirely to lose yourself in Venice and find that you have arrived in a dusty corner of Istanbul. This, however, is exactly the experience Mike Nelson, the first installation artist to officially represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, has created in the British Pavilion.

Workers unite for May Day

Originally a day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, in which a number of civilians demonstrating for an eight-hour working day were killed by police, May Day now witnesses rallies around the world in celebration of the international labour movement. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets around the world yesterday, including in Manila, Havana, Baghdad, Vladivostok (4), Istanbul (5), and Tunis (7).

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: This year's shortlist spans a world of great writing

It took some hard pounding and tough talking, but we got there in the end. The six novels featured on this page make up the shortlist for the 2011 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. They will compete for the £10,000 award, divided equally (and uniquely) between author and translator. The winner will be announced on 26 May. Between now and then, readers should treat themselves to a richly rewarding diet of the best of the best in global fiction.

On The Road: Getting steamy in Istanbul's spa of the sultans

Stepping into one of Istanbul's hammams is like parting steamy curtains on to ancient Asia Minor. Visitors bake on marble slabs, sweating out life's impurities; attendants massage, pummel and buff; bathers emerge baby soft and squeaky clean.

Travel Agenda: Istanbul Edition; St John Hotel; The Residence in Zanzibar; Cotswold Outdoor; Snow Centre

Today: A trio of new hotels opens: the Istanbul Edition courtesy of Ian Schrager and Marriott ( editionhotels.com); the much-delayed St John Hotel and restaurant in the West End of London ( stjohnhotellondon.com); and The Residence in Zanzibar ( theresidence.com).

Man arrested over fake bomb on plane

A man has been arrested by police investigating how a fake bomb was transported on a cargo plane from London to Istanbul.

Fake bomb went undetected on cargo flight to UK

An investigation was under way last night after it emerged that a fake bomb had been transported on a cargo plane from the UK without being detected.

Popular Kurdish singer shot in head

The popular folk singer Ibrahim Tatlises was shot in the head outside a TV studio, leaving him in a critical condition.

Men on the Bridge (15)

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Iran says nuclear talks will resume at unknown date

Talks between six world powers and Iran, aimed at persuading Tehran to rein in its nuclear programme, will resume but no date or venue has been set, a senior Iranian official said today.

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