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?

Algerian minister: Protests just a minority stunt

Algeria's foreign minister has dismissed the protest marches in his country as actions by a small minority — and not the start of popular uprisings like those in Tunisia or in Egypt that overthrew long-standing Arab rulers.

Algeria police stifle Egypt-inspired protest

About 50 people shouted anti-government slogans in a square in Algeria's capital today but were encircled by hundreds of police determined to stamp out any attempt to stage an Egypt-style revolt.

Head juror calls for change to terror laws

The foreman of the jury that cleared four men of plotting to release ricin on Britain's streets called last night for a complete overhaul of counter-terror legislation.

Robert Fisk: Tombs that bear witness to Algeria's Jewish tragedy

"Do you want to see the Israelite graves?" the security guard asked me.

An Unfinished Business, By Boualem Sansal

Boualem Sansal's eye-opening novel runs headlong into one of the Arab's world's deepest taboos: denial of or excuses for the Holocaust, and their persistence today.

Robert Fisk: The forgotten martyrdom of Algeria's reporters

How quickly we forget the murder of colleagues.

Riots spread over food prices in Algeria

Rioting broke out across Algeria again yesterday, with police deployed around mosques in the capital after days of violent protests against high food prices and unemployment.

'Le Batman Francais' finds a formidable foe in right-wing America

Holy baguettes, Batman. Your brand-new French lieutenant – aka "le Batman Francais" – is already in trouble. This must be a job for the caped crusader, or maybe the crusader with a képé.

Of Gods and Men (15)

Starring: Lambert Wilson

Album: Souad Massi, Ô Houria (Liberty), (AZ/Universal)

Eleven years as an expatriate Algerian have left their mark on Massi's music, in which the strains of Arabic and western influences are more tightly intertwined than for any comparable crossover artist.

Sarkozy's outspoken bête noire dies, aged 72

For a man who managed to insult the current President, a former pope and the entire French football team, the death of one of the country's most controversial politicians passed with a remarkable lack of bile.

Album: Tricky, Mixed Race, Domino

Tricky's ninth album is his best in ages, maybe since Maxinquaye.

Monk massacre film reopens old wounds

Hollywood may have abandoned the Western as a movie genre but the spirit of John Ford rides again this week – on an improbable subject in an unlikely place.

Fulham complete deal for Halliche

Fulham have confirmed the signing Algeria defender Rafik Halliche on a three-year deal from Portuguese side Benfica.

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