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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.

Dutch royal family pelted with tomatoes in Russian opposition protest

Two activists arrested for fruit-based attack on King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima - though none of the projectiles hit their targets

Egypt court rejects Muslim Brotherhood appeal on ban

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood failed in an attempt on Wednesday to overturn a court ruling banning it, the state news agency said, another blow to the debilitated Islamist movement.

Protesters demonstrate as part of the Bonfire of Austerity protest outside the Houses of Parliament

Scuffles near Buckingham Palace as protesters join Million Mask March

Event mirrored by similar gatherings in more than 400 cities worldwide including Dublin, Washington and Melbourne

Russia: Hundreds arrested in Moscow after stabbing 'by migrant' sparks race riots

Police call in reinforcements as hundreds take to the streets following 'ethnic' killing

Mikhail Kosenko during his trial in Moscow

Psychiatric sentence for anti-Putin protester is ‘return to Soviet tactics’

A Moscow court has found a protester guilty of assaulting a police officer at an anti-President Putin rally last year, sentencing him to forced psychiatric treatment in a trial that has been widely seen as politicised.

Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa

Controversy surrounds key Fifa member Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa over Qatar World Cup finals decision

The involvement of the Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa as a leading figure in Fifa’s committee that will determine whether the 2022 World Cup finals should be moved from its traditional summer date is a controversial one given previous allegations made against him over human rights issues.

Indian Congress members and supporters celebrate after India’s Union Cabinet approved the creation of a new state

Fresh protests rock Andhra Pradesh after Indian government approves plan to split state in two

Congress-led federal government wants to create a new area called Telangana

Garry Kasparov will receive 10,000 euros as compensation from the Russian government

Russia ordered to compensate chess grandmaster (and Putin critic) Garry Kasparov over protest arrest

Police held him before 'March of Dissenters' protest in Moscow in 2007

Tear gas fired as Pro-Morsi demonstrators clash with Egyptian security forces at Tahrir Square

Muslim Brotherhood calls for escalating protests ahead of Sunday's commemorations marking 1973 war with Israel

Sudanese protesters are calling on the President to resign

Sudanese protesters call on President Omar al-Bashir to resign

About 1,000 people staged another protest in Khartoum on Sunday to demand President Omar al-Bashir resign, a witness has said.

Flag of convenience: Supporters of Flamengo brandish their ‘torcidas’ banners for the match against Botafogo at the Maracana last week

2014 World Cup: In Brazil, the beautiful game belongs to white middle class

As Brazil's stadiums are spruced up for next year's finals the traditional fans can no longer afford spiralling ticket prices

The protests in Kadro, north of Khartoum

At least 30 protesters killed after Sudan fuel price hike

One analyst said the lethal crackdown showed the unrest ‘terrified the government’

Green MP Caroline Lucas is arrested near Balcombe during the anti-fracking protests

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas charged over Balcombe anti-fracking protests

Brighton Pavilion MP was arrested last month during protests outside the Cuadrilla drilling site

Greenpeace took this photo of a camouflaged officer from the Russian Coast Guard pointing a gun at an activist

Russia accuses Greenpeace activists on seized ship of piracy

Protesters aboard ‘Arctic Sunrise’, including Britons, face charges

Cambodian prime minister Hun Shen pushes on with forming government despite opposition's victory claims

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen pushed ahead with forming a new government today and said he had rejected a demand from the main opposition party, which says it won July's general election, to be given senior positions in parliament.

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