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File image showing chickens at a halal abattoir in France

What is halal meat and why is it controversial?

Undercover filming has exposed animal rights abuses at a halal abattoir, leading to more calls from campaigners to end religious exemptions

The Union flag is seen flapping in the wind in front of one of the faces of the Great Clock atop the landmark Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament

Fall back: When do clocks go back? Everything you need to know about the end of daylight saving time

Clocks not connected to the internet will have to be changed manually

A high proportion of businesses say that job-seekers lack basic literacy and numeracy

Fact File: Welfare Reform

Once the envy of the world, the British welfare system is no longer a unifying source of national pride. Instead it has become – depending on your point of view – the subject of much-needed reform or the victim of merciless cuts.

House of Lords Palace of Westminster Parliament

Fact File: Lords Reform

The UK’s century-long grapple with House of Lords reform might not have the drama of the Arab Spring or the glory of the American Revolution, but the slow pace of change does offer insight into a very British kind of democracy.

There had been hopes the hastily-arranged gathering of leaders in Brussels would agree a deal to secure struggling eurozone members

Fact File: The Eurozone

Officially introduced in 1999, the euro was the realisation of a dream first mooted in 1929.

Fact File: Tax Avoidance

As any first-year accountancy student will tell you, there’s a big difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance. While the former could land you in prison for seven years, the latter is the perfectly legal use of loopholes by celebrities, big business, and anyone else who can afford a financial advisor.

Coronation Street veteran Betty Driver after she received her OBE at Buckingham Palace. The actress who played barmaid Betty Turpin in the ITV soap for 42 years has died today aged 91, said a spokeswoman for the programme.

Fact File: The Honours System

The UK honours system stretches back to the Norman conquest, but it wasn’t until 1917 that it began to recognise ordinary Britons.

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The head of Britain's successful Olympic bid and now chair of the London 2012 Organising committee, Coe first shot to fame by winning back to back gold medals in the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. After retiring from athletics he was elected as a Conservative MP in 1992, but served just one term before losing his seat in the 1997 General election.

Fact File: Olympics 2012

Since London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, excitement and controversy have been building in the UK at a steady pace.

Barack Obama has gone into full re-election mode as Mitt Romney lengthens his lead in the Republican presidential race

Fact File: US Presidential Elections

Bin Laden is dead. General Motors is alive. That’s the first term summary the Democrats hope American voters will take to the polls, come November. But despite attempts from both campaigns to keep the message simple, the race for the 2012 US Presidential Election, looks to be as complex and closely fought as ever.

Of those stopped by police, 17 per cent were Asian and 10 per cent black

Fact File: Race and the Met

Thirty-two years after the first black officer Norwell Roberts applied to the Metropolitan Police “as a joke” the inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation released its report. Apparently little had changed.

Francois Hollande waves from the balcony of the Socialist Party headquarters today

Fact File: Francois Hollande

It was an accident of fate – or perhaps libido – which brought Francois Hollande to the forefront of European politics.

80 per cent of British users access the site regularly via their mobile phone

Fact File: Twitter

Launched in 2006, the micro-blogging site Twitter quickly disproved those who dismissed it as another medium for bores to update the world on what they ate for lunch.

Sir Nicolas Bratza, president of the European Court of Human Rights, has criticised David Cameron for his comments about the institution's 'interference'

Fact File: The European Court of Human Rights

Not to be confused with the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was set up in 1959 to enforce the European Convention on Human Rights and is independent of the European Union.

Afghanistan is set to dominate David Cameron's talks with US president Barack Obama during this week's trip to Washington

Fact File: David Cameron

Elected party leader in 2005, the youthful, well-presented David Cameron aimed to be a modernising force in his party.

Labour leader Ed Miliband holds a Q&A session with local people at the Coin Street Neighbourhood in London

Fact File: Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, grew up in a family of left-wing intellectuals. 

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Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
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Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

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Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

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Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

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