News Repair workers examine the top of the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

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

Words to the wise: The graffiti artist cheering up Dublin

After a decade-long credit bender, Ireland needs all the help it can get with its financial hangover. But can a graffiti artist and a songwriter put a smile back on Dublin's face?

Buenos Aires: Drawing a new crowd

The unusually creative street art that adorns the walls of the Argentinian capital is a big attraction for tourists. Matt Fox-Tucker puts us in the picture

'Birth and death of a Banksy' – mysterious artwork covered up

A work attributed to the British graffiti artist Banksy has caused a dispute in the elegant seaside city of San Sebastian – but not, as is often the case with his work, because the authorities were irked by the defaced wall. The problem this time was that other graffiti artists were so jealous of Banksy's artwork that they tried to destroy it.

Steve Lazarides: Tunnel visions

The man who made Banksy a household name has created a nether world in the subterranean maze beneath Waterloo station. Alice Jones takes a first look

Simpsons' new beginning has Banksy's name written all over it

When the clouds above Springfield parted as always on Sunday night, American fans sitting down to another episode of The Simpsons got their first inkling that all was not as it should be: a black crow, carrying what appeared to be a dead rat, flapping across the screen with a mad glint in its eyes.

Urban myths: Has street art sold out?

As a new show dedicated to graffiti, stencils and spray paint opens, Matilda Battersby asks if such anarchic work really belongs in a gallery

Album: Graffiti, 6 Colours, N W Free Music

Graffiti 6 is the vocalist Jamie Scott and producer Tommy D, a new soul duo from London whose assured debut album sparkles with invention and throbs with emotion.

DVD: Exit Through the Gift Shop, For retail & rental (Revolver)

Ostensibly a making-of documentary about clothing store owner Thierry Guetta's film about the rise of street art, culminating in his friendship with the graffiti artist Banksy, this has more levels than a multi-storey car park.

Graffiti man has jail term raised in Singapore

A Swiss man asked a Singapore judge yesterday to reduce his five-month jail term for graffiti, but instead got two months added to his sentence.

Sarah Sands: Why street art knocks spots off a bust of Churchill

One of David Cameron's natural advantages is a wife who understands non-essential shopping. Samantha Cameron's mother, Annabel Astor, packages taste to insecure Londoners through her home furnishing company OKA. Samantha designs for Smythson, which brilliantly worked out that what Sloanes love best in stationery is bright colours and jokes.

Subway firm sorry for graffiti lapse in Singapore

Singapore's subway operator has apologised after two Europeans allegedly broke into a depot and spray-painted graffiti on a train, a stunt that staff mistook as an advertisement for two days.

Banksy makes his mark across America

His inimitable stencil graffiti has been spotted on urban landmarks, street corners, housing estates and municipal buildings across the world, from the Palestinian territories to Los Angeles, Australia and his home town of Bristol.

Thieves use street sign to break into art gallery and seize prints by Banksy

Police are searching for a man and woman who smashed their way into an art gallery in London and stole prints by the street artist Banksy worth more than £16,000.

Catch them if you can: A rare glimpse of London's graffiti elite

Try not to make us sound like criminals, OK?" says a graffiti writer, who doesn't want to be named, speaking to me about London Burners, a new book about train graffiti, published today. Put together by Jete Swami, also a former graffiti writer, what makes this book stand out from all the others is that it has quotes and stories from 15 or so graffiti artists who regularly risk prison to break into train yards at night for their art.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003