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Back from the Front: Inside the mind of a reformed UK far-right

Matthew Collins is a leading anti-fascist campaigner - but in his youth he was at the heart of the National Front and the BNP. As his account of life in the far right is published, he talks to Ros Wynne-Jones about racism, rehabilitation and the Norway massacre

King of Morocco unveils constitutional reforms

Moroccan King Mohammed VI announced a series of constitutional reforms in a speech that he said will turn the North African country into a constitutional monarchy, though pro-democracy activists remain sceptical.

Independent Voices: Hacked off with free speech

With injunctions, super-injunctions, libel, the Arab Spring, Twitter privacy and Google in China all high on the public agenda, the issue of Free Speech – and its limits – has never been more pertinent.

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One Minute With: Douglas Kennedy, novelist

I'm in my new apartment, in the 10th arrondissement in Paris. I've installed 'double vitrage' [double glazing] because it's on a main street. I can see a 19th-century building opposite, but I can hear nothing – great.

Doctor Garret FitzGerald: Admired and respected politician whose

The former Foreign Secretary Dr David Owen once said that, if heads of government and foreign ministers were asked to name the most likeable politician, their overwhelming choice would be Garret FitzGerald. The same was true within Ireland, where he is remembered as the leading elder statesman of the last half-century, a figure who broadened the country's horizons and contributed to the eventual ending of the Troubles. Critics would often preface their comments with the admission that he was quite the nicest man in Irish politics. His sincerity, charm and lack of guile were legendary: in fact they help explain why his career was such a striking mixture of outstanding success and occasional failures.

From Kabul to Congo: Unique photography project captures day-to-day

From caves housing Afghan refugees to Colombian slums, from roads lined with displaced people in Congo to Yemeni beaches where exhausted Somali refugees wash up... Espen Rasmussen has travelled to many of the world's least hospitable, most makeshift living places. Over the past seven years, the Norwegian photographer has followed the displaced victims of numerous conflicts, capturing on camera the harsh conditions they find themselves trying to scrape a living in, and discovering that – no matter how difficult the circumstances – the hope for a real home is never extinguished.