Arts and Entertainment Channel 4's series claims to shed light on life on benefits for residents of the street, including Smoggy pictured here

No one's done much to help the residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, now forever rechristened Benefits Street, thanks to Channel 4's controversial new documentary series. Despite – or maybe because of – the Twitter death threats, accusations of betrayal and media uproar, which followed its first broadcast, Channel 4 has defied calls for the series to be pulled. Did it hope this second episode would change some minds?

Algerians win deportation appeals

Seven Algerians fighting deportation from the UK on grounds of national security won Supreme Court appeals today.

Suicide attack on Algerian barracks kills 10

A suicide attack at a military academy west of the Algerian capital has killed at least 10 people, security officials said last night.

Album: Tinariwent, Tassili (V2)

Due to the uncertain political situation in their Malian home base of Tessalit, Tinariwen did what comes naturally to nomads, upping sticks and relocating to a tent in the Algerian desert to record Tassili.

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Stop me when you've guessed what I'm describing. "The hooked nose, the thick lips, the swarthy complexion, the curly black hair, and piercing dark eyes..." Got it yet? I'll go on. "Every traditional feature of the Jewish face was there in most marked and pronounced character."

Algeria bombing kills at least two

Two people were killed in Algeria today when a suicide bomber targeted a police headquarters in a town 45 miles east of the capital, a local security source told Reuters.

Summer's over for Clement the cuckoo as he is tracked in Africa

You might think summer has hardly begun, but for Clement the British cuckoo, it's so over that he's already in Africa, the continent where he winters.

What the Day Owes the Night, By Yasmina Khadra

Once a counter-terrorism officer in Algeria, now a French-based writer of sophisticated political thrillers under a pseudonym, "Yasmina Khadra" here returns home, and digs further into the roots of violence.

Madjid Bougherra keen on Premier League return

Madjid Bougherra admits he wants to quit Rangers and return to the Barclays Premier League.

Small Talk: Petroceltic still on the track of North African oil

Stock markets are easily rattled. The slightest whiff of uncertainty can trigger sharp share price fluctuations. Take the onset of the so-called Arab Spring of protests earlier this year. The first signs of turmoil kicked off concern around a number of companies that operate in the Middle East and North Africa. Sector was no bar. The Jordanian pharma group Hikma Pharmaceuticals and the gold producer Centamin Egypt, to name just two, saw their share prices wobble in late January and over much of February as protests spread from Tunisia to the wider region.

Attack the Block, Joe Cornish, 88 mins (15)

The only people who can stop the extra-terrestrial advance are a gang of south London hoodies in this back-to-basics home-grown sci-fi spoof

Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties, By Robert Irwin

This book is stuffed with a lifetime of reading, selective drug-taking, chanting, eastern travel and dancing, all undertaken in the search for God. Or at least the God within us, for Robert Irwin, novelist and scholar of the Arab world, is both sincere in his quest and, like all true searchers, terrified of the final encounter. In this memoir he reflects that "believing one is in love with the Invisible... was perhaps, like falling in love with a girl whom one has never seen". Yet two sentences later he speculates that "the mystic union between man and God was horrific and obscene, like copulation between a man and a shark."

Album: Beihdja Rahal, In the Mood for the Nouba (Institut Du Monde Arabe)

Rahal studied the Arab-Andalusian musical tradition in her Algerian conservatoire.

Memoirs of a Dervish, By Robert Irwin

The decade that went by in a whirl

Album: Watcha Clan, Radio Babel (Piranha)

The diverse make-up of Marseille-based Watcha Clan's French-Arabic crossover groove music is neatly reflected in the racial background of singer Sista K, daughter of an Ashkenazi Jewish Polish mother and a Sephardic Jewish Berber father from Algeria.

Paddy Power wins with profits surge

The Irish bookmaker Paddy Power grew profits by more than half last year, boosted by a strong UK performance and winning on England's draws in the football World Cup. The high-street chain posted pre-tax profits up by 55 per cent to €104.2m and more than doubled its net cash to €159m for the year to 31 December.

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