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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

The lie of the land: Mapping the borders of South Sudan has been

Six months before South Sudan officially declared its independence, becoming the world's newest nation on 9 July, eight people met in an unremarkable boardroom in Glasgow over tea and biscuits to plot one of this fledgling country's most defining features – its borders.

Labour delivers blow to Clegg's Lords plans

Nick Clegg's plans to create an elected House of Lords suffered a big setback last night when Labour vowed to oppose the shake-up and peers from all parties lined up to attack it.

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.

Transit, By Espen Rasmussen

The Norwegian photographer Espen Rasmussen has spent the past seven years documenting refugees and displaced people in different parts of the globe, from Congo to Colombia.

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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.