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Lord Thurlow: High Commissioner to Nigeria and to New Zealand

Lord Thurlow was a lifelong civil servant who rose through the ranks, serving in many of the Empire's former colonial capitals, to become the High Commissioner in New Zealand and Nigeria. Upon retirement he sat in the House of Lords, where he specialised in foreign affairs and was a strong exponent of the need for a thorough education system in developing countries.

A man on a chopper-style bicycle rides past the entrance to a construction site for luxury apartments at a 0.8 mile section of the former Berlin Wall, also known as the East Side Gallery, in Berlin March 27, 2013. Four segments of the wall were removed on Wednesday morning, almost a month after builders had stopped tearing down the wall due to protests. Developers plan to build luxury apartments close to the East Side Gallery, which is adorned with the work of artists such as Keith Haring and Gerald Scarfe.

Famous art-covered section of the Berlin Wall removed to make way for building project

Work crews backed by about 250 police removed parts of the Berlin Wall known as the East Side Gallery before dawn today to make way for an upscale building project, despite demands by protesters that the site be preserved.

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Xi Jinping: China’s new President told legislators to fight against hedonism and extravagance

The China Dream: new leadership pledges reform

President Xi Jinping promises renaissance while cutting corruption and tackling pollution

Newly elected President Xi Jinping is applauded by delegates

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In only the second peaceful transition since the Communist Party took power, the 59-year-old becomes China's Premier for the next 10 years

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered his 10th and final address to China’s National Congress yesterday

Yesterday's man, Wen Jiabao, gives the world a glimpse of China's tomorrow under incoming President Xi Jinping

Defence, the environment and economic growth: outgoing premier reveals incoming president's priorities

New Chinese leadership backs defence spending

The final stage in China's once-in-a-decade leadership change is set to begin today with the opening of the National People's Congress, the biggest annual show of power by the ruling Communist Party.

Lech Walesa, Poland’s veteran pro-democracy activist and former president, gestures as he speaks during interview with Reuters

Lech Walesa: activist, electrician, president, Nobel Peace Prize winner... homophobe?

He is an icon of the democratic Left, who successfully challenged a repressive communist regime to become Poland’s first elected president.

Max Bennett (Piotr) in A Time To Reap

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One of Poland's hottest political topics - abortion and the Catholic Church - is the animating force in this extraordinary three-hander by 22 year old Anna Wakulik. Already seen in her native country, the piece came into being under the auspices of the Royal Court's excellent international department.

Editorial: An orderly changing of the guard in Cuba

If all goes according to plan, the era of the Castros in Cuba will come to an orderly end in five years' time. Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel in 2008, says he will step down from the presidency in 2018, and has nominated the young (ish) Miguel Diaz-Canel as his most likely successor.

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