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Virtue is its own reward, we're told, but it can dole out some ingenious punishments too, tormenting the well intentioned with unforeseen consequences. The Storyville film Amnesty! When They Are All Free began as what looked like a corporate celebration of the charity's 50th anniversary, full of fond memories and approving sentiments. But by the time it had finished it had become a lot more nuanced and ambiguous.

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Activists and bloggers are pressing Egypt's military rulers to investigate accusations of serious abuses against protesters, including claims that soldiers subjected female detainees to so-called "virginity tests."

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For 50 years, Amnesty International has been shining a light on human-rights abuses around the world. To celebrate this landmark, the organisation is taking an exhibition around the world to display half a century's worth of campaign posters. Its collection of designs features work from the artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, the photojournalists Stuart Franklin and Annie Leibovitz, and the young Thai artist Kwanchai Lichaikul.

i wins award for &quot;innovation and creativity&quot;

i has won the Platinum Award at the 2011 Newspaper Awards for its “innovation and creativity” in a troubled market. This year is first time the Platinum Award has been presented.

Khodorkovsky appeals against prison sentence

A Moscow court will this morning hear an appeal from the jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, against a sentence that will keep him in prison until at least 2017. His lawyers, who claim the case against Russia's former richest man is politically motivated, say they have little hope that the judge will overturn the guilty verdict.

'Independent' writers up for Amnesty award

Two journalists on The Independent have been nominated for Amnesty International's annual Media Awards.

Cooper Brown: Shock

I was finally allowed to see what Mulligan had been building to capture the Lesbian Sticker Lady. It seemed to be a series of wires with sucker pads on the end.

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After 114 unarmed protesters die, securityforces are desperate to improve their image

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