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Anti-capitalists including Occupy movement target Parliament

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Imran Khan salutes supporters during the ‘peace march’ against US drone attacks

Imran first to blink as march turns back from the badlands

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Archbishop Tutu was due to attend a summit on leadership in South Africa

Desmond Tutu pulls out of summit over Blair

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has pulled out of international leadership summit because he doesn't want to share a platform with Tony Blair, it emerged yesterday.

Archbishop Tutu was due to attend a summit on leadership in South Africa

Desmond Tutu quits summit with Tony Blair over invasion of Iraq

Nobel peace winner says he won't share platform with 'morally indefensible' former PM

Mr Grossman acknowledged in the liberal daily Haaretz that a nuclear-armed Iran was a “real danger”. But he said an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities “could turn out to be the biggest mistake ever by an Israeli government.”

Leading novelist David Grossman challenges Israel over failure to oppose unilateral strike on Iran

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Jane Merrick: Faster, higher, stronger – yes, that's us

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With such monumental figures as Aung Sun Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama in town – along with Nelson Mandela, the boilerplate inspirations of a thousand insipid celebrity Q&As over the years – it'd be easy to leaf through recent British history and wonder, with regret, where our own legends are. The heroes we do have are, with the possible exception of Winston Churchill, hated by as many people as love them. Not even Margaret Thatcher's greatest admirers could call her a unifying force.

Last night's viewing - Afghanistan: The Great Game, BBC2; The Queen and I, ITV1

Television histories don't usually spend a lot of time establishing their presenter's credentials. Unless they've really gone populist and handed the job over to Richard Hammond, we're supposed to take it for granted that the person on screen actually knows what he or she is talking about.

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.

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