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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.

Moving photographs show Pope Francis embracing man disfigured by disease

Following his general audience in St Peter's Square Pope Francis kissed and blessed the man, whose face was covered in tumours

The last word: the library room at JK Place Roma

Room Service: Letters to write home about

JK Place Roma, Italy

Security forces prepare to evacuate caravans belonging to the Roma community during the dismantling of a camp in Roubaix

François Hollande under intense pressure to resolve split within French government over mass expulsion of Roma immigrants

Left and Right accuse president of ignoring divisive issue

The lengths athletes will go to.... Italian long-distance runner Devis Licciardi accused of using fake penis to beat doping test

A fake penis might be novel but the use of substitute urine isn’t

Postcard from...Rome

The Progress Party appears on course to enter government, despite its past links to Anders Breivik

Norway election results: Anti-immigrant party with links to mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik set to enter government under Conservative leader Erna Solberg

Utoya mass murderer Breivik was a member of the populist right-wing Progress party, which is set to join three centre-right parties in a coalition

Pablo Osvaldo has spoken of his happiness at securing a move to Southampton from former club Roma

Transfer news: Southampton striker Pablo Osvaldo says he made the right decision to head to the Premier League after being forced out at Roma

Italian reveals he had received threats and insults from Roma fans which left him no option than to leave the club

On this day 1504: Michaelangelo's David unveiled in Florence

Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence 509 years ago today.

The Pope has made his most significant appointment to date, appointing Pietro Parolin the Holy See’s Secretary of State

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his 'deputy'

The 58-year-old Italian will become the Holy See's Secretary of State

Pope Francis takes Twitter by storm in the first Papal selfie

Pope Francis has taken the Twittersphere by storm yet again with the world's first papal 'selfie'.

Book review: Let the Games Begin, By Niccolò Ammaniti, trans. Kylee Doust

Fame, and the fury it attracts, drive a devilish Italian tale
Erik Lamela

Transfer news: Tottenham agree £25.8m deal for Erik Lamela confirm Roma

Argentina international set for switch to White Hart Lane

Erik Lamela

Transfer analysis: Fury at Roma as Erik Lamela - 'the heir to Francesco Totti' - nears move to Tottenham

Argentina international expected to complete £30m move to White Hart Lane and - unlike Willian - comes with the guarantee of goals

Pope Francis has taken to making personal calls to individuals

Francis’s calls to the masses (was it on the Pope mobile?)

You’d be forgiven for hanging up if someone called your landline and announced, “It’s the Pope”.

Florin Cioaba: Activist and 'King of the Roma'

Florin Cioaba was the son of the Romanian Roma leader Ion Cioaba. His ancestors had been a powerful Roma family for several generations but they were no strangers to misfortune. Ion was deported, with thousands of other Romani people to Transdniestria in 1942 by the pro-Nazi Romanian dictator Ion Antonescu. With most of their property confiscated they were only allowed to carry hand luggage, with which they were supposed to survive the winter.

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

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