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Photographer of the year 2017: Zohra Bensemra

Photographer of the year 2017: Zohra Bensemra

This year the picture desk has chosen the Reuters photojournalist Zohra Bensemra as agency photographer of the year. From the drought in Somalia to the conflict in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State
Christmas countdown fuels debate over location of St Nicholas's grave

Christmas countdown fuels debate over location of St Nicholas's grave

Theologians say his remains are in Italy but Turkish officials say they are under St Nicholas church in Antalya where he lived The real hometown of Santa Claus is nothing like the North Pole. It is a
The 20 photographs of the week

The 20 photographs of the week

The Catalan election, protests in Ramallah and homelessness in London at Christmas – the week’s biggest news stories captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...
New York: giant penis mural that drew shock and scorn painted over

New York: giant penis mural that drew shock and scorn painted over

Carolina Falkholt painting appeared on Manhattan building on Christmas EveSome Lower East Side residents said painting made them uncomfortableA four-storey painting of a penis that piqued the
"Holypager", an artwork that eavedrops on unecrypted pager messages

"Holypager", an artwork that eavedrops on unecrypted pager messages

Old-school pagers are still in use today -- even though they're wildly insecure. The messages aren't encrypted, so each pager receives every message in its region, and simply discards all the ones
From parasite architects to pseudo-public space: 2017's best Cities stories

From parasite architects to pseudo-public space: 2017's best Cities stories

The numbers are in for our 15 best-read stories of the year. Now’s the time to check if you missed any – and let us know what you want us to cover in 2018The 15 most popular Guardian Cities stories
North Korean stamps commemorate Hwasong-15 missile launch

North Korean stamps commemorate Hwasong-15 missile launch

Leader Kim Jong-un features among images celebrating November’s launch of missile that regime claims can reach the USNorth Korea’s state stamp bureau has issued a collection to commemorate last
The 20 photographs of the week

The 20 photographs of the week

The evacuation in Syria, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and protests in Ramallah and Lima - the week’s biggest news stories captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...
Northern bell: Rochdale town hall put forward as Big Ben stand-in

Northern bell: Rochdale town hall put forward as Big Ben stand-in

Minister suggests chimes of Gothic masterpiece could be used on ITV and BBC while London tower is silenced for repairsIt is a building of such majesty that Hitler is said to have ordered the Luftwaffe
Dubai Frame: UAE's latest surreal landmark frames a controversy

Dubai Frame: UAE's latest surreal landmark frames a controversy

Architect’s ‘stolen building’ accusation overshadows opening of 50-storey portal almost a decade after it was first designedHome to the tallest skyscraper, the largest shopping mall and the longest
Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures

Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures

In Coastal Geometries, architect and photographer Tugo Cheng conjures minimalist compositions from the fishing nets and bamboo poles on the coast of Fujian. It is a world that’s vanishing, since this
‘I wore a shirt and tie to show we weren’t all party-hard drop-outs’: the fight against Section 28

‘I wore a shirt and tie to show we weren’t all party-hard drop-outs’: the fight against Section 28

Mark Hutchinson marches in Manchester against section 28, 20 February 1988Section 28, the notorious clause in the Local Government Act 1988 that outlawed local authorities from “promoting
Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv | Letters

Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv | Letters

More than a hundred well-known writers, actors, directors and musicians pledge their support for the singer Lorde, who has decided not to perform in IsraelWe write in support of Lorde, who made public
Arts minister places UK export bar on £26.2m Francesco Guardi painting

Arts minister places UK export bar on £26.2m Francesco Guardi painting

Huge painting of Rialto Bridge was sold at auction last summer to an overseas buyer but committee says it would be ‘regrettable loss’ for the UKA huge painting of Venice’s Grand Canal by Francesco
The 20 photographs of the week

The 20 photographs of the week

New Year’s celebrations, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and winter storms in the US - the week’s biggest news stories captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...
Behind the veil: Iranian women cast off their hijabs – in pictures

Behind the veil: Iranian women cast off their hijabs – in pictures

For her project My Stealthy Freedom, Amsterdam-based photographer Marinka Masséus travelled to Iran, where it is mandatory for women to wear the hijab. The series, in which women defiantly throw their
From Ear to Ear to Eye review – voices of battle and the bazaar

From Ear to Ear to Eye review – voices of battle and the bazaar

Nottingham Contemporary From phone films to ballistics reports, testimony is central to this powerful survey of contemporary Arab artIn the spring of 2014, in one of the most controversial crimes of
Historic Merz Barn art studio could move from Lake District to China

Historic Merz Barn art studio could move from Lake District to China

Stone building used by influential German artist Kurt Schwitters may be sold due to lack of funds to maintain it, owners sayA stone barn in the Lake District, which was the final studio of one of the
Ethics and the Empire under the spotlight | Letters

Ethics and the Empire under the spotlight | Letters

Professor Philip Murphy on Nigel Biggar’s ‘Ethics and Empire’ project; Harvey Sanders on Francesco Guardi’s Rialto Bridge painting; and DBC Reed on the slave trade pushing up 18th century property
Coming of age ceremony in Yokohama – in pictures

Coming of age ceremony in Yokohama – in pictures

Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held every January to celebrate people who have reached 20 – the country’s official age of adulthood. Yokohama, with almost 37,000 people turning 20 in the past