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Nazi-style poster at a party office in the suburban town of Artemis

Fact File: The Far Right in Europe

Norwegian Anders Breivik may have acted alone, but his trial for the murder of 77 people shone a spotlight on far right politics across Europe.

Ms Brooks received sympathetic messages from senior figures in 10 and 11 Downing Street, the Home Office, the Foreign Office and some Labour politicians, including Tony Blair

Fact File: The Leveson Inquiry

When the Leveson Inquiry opened in November 2011, Lord Justice Leveson summed up its purpose with a single question: “Who guards the guardians?"

There are daily clashes in Bahrain between police and protesters

Fact File: Bahrain

Among the nations of the Arab Spring, Bahrain is an unusual case.

62% of the population never attend any form of religious service

Fact File: Secular Britain

In the beginning, there was Bideford. In February 2012 the High Court ruled council meeting prayers in the Devon town unlawful, and reignited a row about encroaching secularisation that’s been rumbling in the background of British public life for over a century.

A rally in Damascus yesterday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the ruling Ba'ath Party

Fact File: Syria

As one of Israel’s staunchest opponents in the Middle East, Syria has long held a difficult position internationally. Following the government’s repressive response to 2011’s pro-democracy demonstrations, the nation has become increasingly isolated.

A view of housing and the Olympic Stadium in Newham, east London

Fact File: The Housing Crisis

A Labour council’s attempts to rehouse 500 of Newham’s poorest families as far afield as Stoke-on-Trent has highlighted Britain's shortage of affordable housing, which housing associations warn will soon reach crisis-point.

Going far? George Galloway sits back as his battlebus blazes another trail in the election campaign

Fact File: George Galloway

Britain has its fair share of maverick politicians, but as a dependable source of soundbites and surprises, few can match George Galloway.

A couple in a gay pride march in New York yesterday

Fact File: Gay Marriage

When Prime Minister David Cameron, an erstwhile supporter of Section 28, backed gay marriage at the 2011 Tory party conference, it seemed the reform which began with the Civil Partnership Act 2004 would soon be complete.

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