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Paxman makes a clean start to the year on Newsnight

Ian Burrell: We should listen to moderate Muslims rather than ‘Mad Mullahs’

So-called Mad Mullahs are never short of coverage in the British media but when the head of the Londonbased Islamic Sharia Councilwas recently exposed for supporting the decriminalisation of rape within marriage it wasn’t Fleet Street which broke the story.

Posters declare 'Fatwa' on May

Scotland Yard was investigating today after several posters declared a "fatwa" against Home Secretary Theresa May.

Preacher Abu Hamza wins UK passport appeal

Preacher Abu Hamza has won his appeal against the Government's attempts to strip him of his British passport, a special tribunal ruled today.

Diary: Odds-on as the nation's most toxic family unit

A frantic week on the celebrity kith and kin front prompts this reality TV proposal to Endemol. Nuclear Families (© M Norman) is the primetime contest to find Britain's most toxically radioactive clan ... and given the four contenders in Series One, the mirth should have a very long half-life indeed.

Abu Hamza 'stateless' if passport bid fails

Lawyers for hate preacher Abu Hamza today argued he should keep his British passport because he has been stripped of his Egyptian nationality.

Public Enemies: The UK's 'Most Hated' list

Mass hostility towards the woman who put a cat in a wheelie-bin is an example of a wider phenomenon. Rhodri Marsden reports

Muslims 'being turned into terrorists in jail'

Britain faces a "new wave" of home-grown terrorist attacks led by up to 800 Muslim ex-prisoners who have been radicalised by jihadists while serving their sentences, a think-tank has warned.

A tour of the jail within a jail that houses Britain's most dangerous convicts

Mark Hughes is the first newspaper journalist to be allowed inside Belmarsh's High Security Unit

European court halts 'terror' extraditions to US

The extradition of a British man held without trial for six years has been halted after European judges raised concerns about the harsh conditions of detention in America's high-security prisons. Babar Ahmad, a 36-year-old computer expert, is the longest serving prisoner held without charge or trial in the UK, refused bail since his arrest in August 2004 on a US extradition warrant.

Human rights court halts Hamza extradition

Human rights judges today ordered a halt to the extraditions of Babar Ahmad and radical preacher Abu Hamza, both wanted in the US on terror charges.

Martin Amis: You can judge a man by his enemies...

What is it about Martin Amis that makes him the object of so much vitriol? As Anna Ford joins the attack, Andy McSmith revisits his greatest feuds to find the answer

Radical cleric Abu Hamza's home seized to pay legal bills

Legal aid bosses have seized the house belonging to radical cleric Abu Hamza to pay off his legal bills, it was revealed today.

First Night: Four Lions, Sundance Film Festival

Morris explodes myths of terrorism

Prison access to mobiles 'threatens security'

Mobile phones smuggled into British prisons could be used by Islamist militants to spread their extremist ideology and threaten national security, Conservatives claimed today.

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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