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Workers have begun work on iconic statue's thumb damaged during storm

A photographer has been documenting discarded drug bags across south east London since January

Photographer charts London drug use through discarded zipper bags

Dan Giannopoulos has been taking pictures of 'baggies' he has discovered on the street and placing the different designs on a map of the capital

A close-up of Bansky's beaver, a new artwork that a group of men are stopping people from seeing unless they pay up

Banksy’s lost his anonymity, and with it, his credibility

New Yorkers are charging  tourists $20 to view a new Banksy work - but the Bristolian street artist commoditised himself long ago anyway

Banksy's 'The street is in play' appears in New York City

New Banksy art in New York painted over after one day

The graffiti is part of a month-long show the artist is staging in the city

The Banksy mural in 2012 on a wall in Wood Green, north London, left, and the same wall after it went missing, right

No Ball Games: Anger as another Banksy removed from north London wall

The company who sold the Banksy mural "Slave Labour" have prompted further outcry after a second well-loved artwork was removed from a north London wall yesterday to be put up for auction commercially.

Paperback review: The Believers, By Zoë Heller

Intimate portrait of a family and its monstrous matriarch

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

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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Postcard from... Buenos Aires

Deedee Cheriel, 'Desire'

'Street art is like a dog urinating on a wall': Rare female street artist Deedee Cheriel describes working in a man's world

Street art is a male-dominated scene. Not only is a culture of hooded men creating art at night, but it is also in the arguably masculine need to territorialise a given space.

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

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.

'Lost' Banksy is withdrawn from auction

Mystery deepens over work that disappeared from Poundland wall

BRING ME THE HEAD OF ADAM RICHES: The high-octane character comedian Adam Riches has created the must-see show of this year's Fringe. In an hour of comedy that plays out like an insane, surreal gameshow, Riches persuades reticent audience members to compete
at swingball, act like Daniel Day Lewis, kiss strangers 'in a way they would never wish to be kissed' and take part in mutant lizard skateboard races.

Adam Riches goes from Daniel Day Lewis to Andy Warhol

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform