Weekend readers' pictures: Voyeurism
Photograph: Emma Jane Richards Emma Jane Richards: “I was walking past the pub, and through the smoked glass saw this guy finishing his pint. I couldn’t resist raising my camera – as you can see, he spotted me, too.” Your best pictures on this week’s theme, from a lone drinker to an urban fox
William and Kate seal it with a kiss
Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images How the day unfolded and the wedding in pictures
Steve Bell's royal wedding: Meeting the...
Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell joins well-wishers in Darwen, Lancashire, braving the rain to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton on their last public visit before the royal wedding
Gabrielle Giffords and Obama to attend launch of...
Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting in January, is in Florida to witness the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, commanded by her husband Mark Kelly
Bahraini trainee pilots suspended from UK flying...
Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images A leading British flying school has suspended seven trainee airline pilots from Bahrain after they attended a peaceful demonstration in London against their government’s violent crackdown on dissent
Royal Wedding: A dress rehearsal before the big...
Pre-dawn dress rehearsal for the royal wedding Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Up to one thousand members of the military carried out a pre-dawn royal wedding dress rehearsal two days before the big day
Is there too much UK theatre in New York?
Photograph: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images NYC is seeing an invasion of British theatre, but is Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem too English for American audiences?
Chinese couple marry in ceremony inspired by...
Photograph: AP Royal wedding inspires couple to marry with ‘royal carriage’ theme and surrounded by guards in furry hats and scarlet coats
Rio favela homes make way for World Cup
By Tom Phillips and Douglas Engle Dozens of slums in Rio de Janeiro are being bulldozed to make way for sports venues and new roads for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Favela do Metrô resident Eomar Freitas reveals the destruction around his home
Chernobyl nuclear disaster – in pictures
Photograph: Igor Kostin/Corbis In the immediate aftermath of the explosion on 26 April, 1986, few were prepared to endure the massive radiation levels and document the disaster, but Russian photographer Igor Kostin did
Steve Bell's royal wedding: 'Royalty and mugs...
In the first of three videos on royal wedding week, Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell visits a Stoke-on-Trent ceramics factory to see his contribution to the ‘royal junk’ industry being made to commemorate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding
'Taxidermy, my dad and me'
Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian “I’ve always been surrounded by animals – sort of. But it took me years to realise having a polar bear in your parlour isn’t normal,” writes Tom Cox
Klaus Flugge: a publisher's postbag
Photograph: Susan Varley During his 30-year career as a children’s book publisher, Klaus Flugge received almost 100 beautifully illustrated envelopes by artists including Posy Simmonds, Tony Ross and Axel Scheffler. In our gallery he introduces some of his favourites
The sounds of an Antarctic cruise
You’d expect the frozen world to be silent. Far from it. Pascal Wyse records the extraordinary sounds of the wild on a voyage to the Antarctic peninsula
How to cook perfect hot cross buns
Photograph: Felicity Cloake for the Guardian Felicity Cloake gives us her perfect recipe and asks which modern additions to hot cross buns do you approve of and what do you eat them with?
Travel hotspots in the Easter getaway: an...
This Easter break is expected to be one of the busiest on the UK’s roads and railways for several years, as millions take full advantage of the four-day holiday. Take a look at our interactive guide to help plan your journey
Tim Hetherington: one of the finest...
Photograph: Jens Ressing/EPA Oscar-nominated British documentary-maker Tim Hetherington, 40, co-creator of the Sundance-winning documentary Restrepo, was killed covering in Libya. Xan Brooks pays tribute to ‘a bold film-maker’ and ‘a truly generous spirit’
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II - children's art...
Photograph: Lookandlearnart On the Queen’s 85th birthday, the Look and Learn picture library publishes the winners of an international competition for people aged up to 18 to paint her portrait.
Royal wedding: Knit your own corgi
Photograph: Andrew Perris The Queen has loved corgis since receiving one for her 18th birthday. They’ll surely be putting in an appearance at the wedding of the year – but can you emulate this famously hardworking breed and produce a knitted version to match?
iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go
Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner’s movements
Kate Middleton family gets coat of arms
Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Middleton coat of arms gives the bride-to-be heraldic parity with Prince William in time for the royal wedding
Ukraine raises $785m to seal Chernobyl under new...
World governments have pledged millions for the construction of a 20,000-tonne steel arch to prevent further radiation leaks. This animation shows Novarka (new arch), which will be the biggest construction of its kind in the world
'What would happen if the Messiah did show up?'
Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian James Frey, the controversial novelist, talks about truth, fiction and his new book The Final Testament of the Holy Bible
Royal wedding: Bompas and Parr's giant marshmallow...
Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer Food artists Bompas and Parr think royal weddings and marshmallows are both guilty pleasures – and with their recipe you can indulge yourself too
Hacked off as phone-tap wires are crossed and...
Last week it was reported that Scotland Yard bugged the phone of former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks (pictured with Rupert Murdoch). Photograph: Indigo/Getty Images Freedom of the press is being compromised by the never ending fall-out from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/apr/17/phone-tapping-news-of-the-world
Is there any place for religious faith in science?
Robert Winston and Sam Harris debate the compatibility of science and religion. Photograph: David Levene Last week, the astrophysicist Martin Rees was awarded the Templeton prize, which aims to promote religion. Emine Saner brings together atheist writer and neuroscientist Sam Harris and Professor Robert Winston to discuss the conflict between science and faith.
Independent record stores increase for the first...
Robin Bennett, director and founder of new independent record store Truck. Photograph: Sam Frost Small retailers buck an industry trend that has seen the closure of mainstream chains such as Zavvi and Borders
An alternative tribute to the Royal Wedding
By Ben Kape, Andy Gallagher and Laurence Topham To mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Observer has commissioned exclusive new work from eight exciting artists commemorating the special day. Kicking off the series, Emma-Lee Moss performs her new song, Mistress England, and explains how it’s a lament for all the mothers who dreamed their daughters would marry...
Kettling of G20 protesters by police was illegal,...
Photograph: Carl Court/PA Police kettled the Climate Camp in Bishopsgate, London, during the G20 ptotests in 2009
Quakebook: the online story helping deliver aid in...
From ourmaninabiko on YouTube What began as a simple post on Twitter from a British resident of Japan who wanted to help in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami has now reached fruition in the form of an online publishing project that will see much-needed aid finding its way to tens of thousands of survivors
Electrifying image – a rare lightning phenomenon...
Ribbon lightning strikes a tree in Poland. Photograph: Przemyslaw Wielicki/National Polish photographer jubilant at capturing ‘a unique moment brought by nature’
Hosni Mubarak detained over corruption allegations
Former Egyptian president’s arrest follows detention of his two sons on Tuesday night
I've run through every London borough – now I just...
Dave Hill prepared for the London marathon by running through every borough in the capital. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian The experience of Running London – and, in parts, walking it with an open A-Z and a slight limp – has been partly what the Victorians might have called an improving experience, partly a lot of fun and never less than a journey of enlightenment.
I escaped from Auschwitz
Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian Kazimierz Piechowski is one of just 144 prisoners to have broken out of the notorious Nazi camp and survive. Today aged 91, he tells his extraordinary story
Royal wedding street party for republicans is...
Photograph: Wpa Pool/Getty Images A street party for republicans wishing not to celebrate the royal wedding has been banned by a north London council.
Sidney Lumet: a career in clips
From his breakthrough jury room morality movie 12 Angry Men to his Pacino-propelled 1970s thrillers, Sidney Lumet, who died at the weekend, was one of the great Hollywood craftsmen - see his career in clips
High-wire act: Circolombia at the Roundhouse
By Andrew Dickson and Alex Healey An awe-inspiring combination of beat-boxing and balancing acts, circus skills and social activism, Circolombia’s show Urban has just opened at London’s Roundhouse. Behind the scenes at final rehearsals, founder Felicity Simpson and choreographer Jose Henry Caycedo Casierra explain the group’s work with disadvantaged young people in...
Five ways to pick the Grand National winner
Photograph: Tom Jenkins Lack the knowledge to make an informed punt? Don’t let that stop you from having a flutter - use our guide for the Grand National novice
A penguin's eye view of life in Antarctica
A camera attached to a penguin’s back by Japanese scientists reveals the birds’ feeding and migratory habits
Sesame Street comes to Pakistan
Photograph: Kathy Willens/AP US government aid agency sponsors $20m Pakistani remake of the American kids’ TV show.
Bright young things: 1,000 new bands of the day
We celebrate the 1,000th band in our New Band of the Day series with two free mix tapes, while our NBOTD writer Paul Lester tells us how the feature has nearly ruined his life
Malcolm X: the man behind the myth
Photograph: Robert Parent/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image Fledgling pimp, militant radical, Islamic convert … black activist Malcolm X was no stranger to controversy. Now a new biography explodes the myths that obscure the man.
Ivory Coast's rival leaders battle for Abidjan -...
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Pro-Ouattara fighters of the FRCI (Republican Force of Ivory Coast), one of them wearing a gas mask, prepare for the so-called ‘final’ assault in front of the Golf Hotel in Abidjan.
From mines to fine wines: French growers plant...
Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP Grape expectations: the people of Haillicourt hope these young chardonnay vines will cure their economic ills.
World's biggest statue of Christ symbolises...
Photograph: Lech Muszynski/EPA The giant statue of a crowned Jesus Christ being erected in Swiebodzin, Poland.
He said he'd be back: Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Photograph: Lionel Cironneau/AP Star says cartoon, loosely based on his recent political career, will move from TV to film eventually
Poland: a country getting to grips with being...
Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian It still feels apart from ‘the west’ and is struggling with poverty, but Poland offers an optimistic example for Egypt and others, writes Timothy Garton Ash from Warsaw
Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher: the worst buddy...
Photograph: Abaca/Empics Entertainment/BDG/Rex Features Stuart Heritage takes a look at What Would Kenny Do?
Kenyan flower industry's taxing question
Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images Export prices are half that of Europe import prices, leading some to suspect Kenya may be losing £300m-plus in tax revenue
Film Weekly live podcast: Jim Loach's Oranges and...
Presented by Simon Hattenstone and produced by Jason Phipps This week we come live from the Barbican in London, where director Jim Loach discusses his debut, Oranges and Sunshine