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The 20th century still looms large in Poland, and particularly in Nowa Huta. The eastern suburb of Krakow was built almost from scratch at Stalin’s behest by Poland’s communist government shortly after the Second world War, and is still home to more than 100,000 residents. The area – whose name means “New Steelworks” in Polish – was built as a sort of communised utopia for the city’s workers.

Conservator Krista Blessley conducts a condition report on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II before it is positioned inside the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey on May 17. The painting was vandalised on 13 June.

Second art attack at Westminster Abbey: 'Suffragette-style' protester arrested for criminal damage after statue is spray-painted

A woman has been held in London for a 'protest against the family courts system' just weeks after a portrait of the Queen was vandalised

Confederations Cup final marred by violent clashes between protesters and riot police after Brazil beat Spain 3-0 in Rio

Officers quickly quashed the unrest, unleashing a barrage of tear gas canisters

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff meets youth protesters as rumours mount of general strike

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff pledged on Friday to open new channels of dialogue with the nation's youth, who have dominated the nationwide protests that have rocked the country over the past two weeks.

Neymar; protesters

'There is no plan B': Fifa rule out taking 2014 World Cup away from Brazil

The ongoing Confederations Cup has been marred by protests

Ian Brady makes himself toast for breakfast and regularly cooks soup from packets, a tribunal has heard

'Hunger striking' Moors murderer Ian Brady's diet: toast for breakfast and packet soup during the day

The Moors murderer Ian Brady, who claims to have been on a 14-year hunger strike, makes himself toast for breakfast and regularly cooks soup from packets, a tribunal heard on Monday.

Trenton Oldfield after he was pulled from the River Thames when he temporarily halted the Boat Race last year

Trenton Oldfield: The joke's on us with this lunatic deportation

Is six months in prison not enough to teach boat race protester his lesson?

Anti-government protesters in Fortaleza, North-east Brazil on Friday

Violence on the streets as 250,000 more protesters in Brazil disrupt Confederation Cup matches

Demonstrations continues in a dozen cities despite government attempts to appease protesters

Gas attack: Riot police go into heavy-handed action against one of the 300,000 demonstrators on the streets of Rio

The Last Word: Mr Blatter, the party's over

Brazilians riot against football and Pele is ridiculed – the end is nigh for costly World Cups and Olympics

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff breaks silence over unrest, promising reforms

In a televised address, she also referenced her own struggles against the country's former military junta

Riot police take position in Sao Paulo

Brazilians mock Pele after the World Cup winner calls for an end to protests

The Confederations Cup has been overshadowed by demonstrations

Brazil riots latest: Protests continue at Confederations Cup matches despite Rio and Sao Paulo leaders agreeing to reverse public transport fare hikes

Riot police use gas bombs and pepper spray to quell protesters in the northern city of Fortaleza

The coffin of Ethem Sarisuluk is carried at his funeral on Sunday

Turkey unrest: Police investigated over demonstrator's death

Ethem Sarisuluk was declared brain dead after being shot in the head with a live bullet during a violent police crackdown in Ankara

Brazil World Cup protests: National security force deployed to ensure Confederations Cup is not disrupted

Security increased at cities hosting major football tournament as violent protests spread

Turkey unrest: 'Standing Man' inspires hundreds with silent vigil in Taksim Square

Government denies that it would restrict the use of Twitter or other social media

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