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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.

Security officials said Mohamed Badie was captured in a flat in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City

Egypt crisis: Police arrest Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohamed Badie in Cairo

Mr Badie and his deputy Khairat el-Shater, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters in June

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

Green MP Caroline Lucas arrested as anti-fracking protests reach fever pitch

First day of ‘mass civil disobedience’ sees shows of dissent at Balcombe and related sites

'This is not our country any more': Gun battles rage in Egypt as death toll continues to rise

Army helicopters hover over Cairo as forces continue bloody crackdown

Housing staff ‘may be target of bedroom tax protests’

Staff at a housing association have been warned against wearing their uniforms outside working hours for fear of being attacked by anti-bedroom tax protesters.

Riot police detain an anti-government protester during clashes in the village of Shakhoora

Tear gas and birdshot fired at demonstrators as violence erupts at protest rallies in Bahrain

Bahraini police fired tear gas and birdshot at demonstrators today, witnesses said, as protests called by activists to press demands for democratic change in the US-allied Gulf kingdom turned violent.

'Guantanamo is causing more problems than it solves' has said Harry Ferguson

Former MI6 officer on hunger strike over Guantanamo inmate

A former MI6 officer went on hunger strike today in support of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Shaker Aamer, motivated by shame at his former employer.

Cambodia: Turmoil as opposition rejects election results

A fresh political crisis is looming after the main opposition party said it would not accept the results of last month’s election until there was an independent investigation into alleged irregularities.

Supporters of the deposed Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, continue their sit-in protest near the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in central Cairo

'We are prepared to die' – life in Cairo’s Islamist tent city

Muslim Brotherhood supporters refuse to leave protest camps despite threats

A man cycles past a burning car after Loyalist protesters attacked the police with bricks and bottles

Police chief condemns 'mindless anarchy' after 56 officers are injured in Belfast protests

Police came under sustained attack by crowds 'intent on creating disorder'

David Cameron entertains Bahrain’s dictator King Hamad al-Khalif

On his first full day back from holiday, David Cameron held talks in Downing Street with King Hamad al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

Votes counted in Harare last week appear to show a Mugabe victory

South African President Jacob Zuma congratulates Robert Mugabe on his landslide victory in Zimbabwe elections

But win provokes criticism from the UK and US, as Australia's Foreign Minister calls for election re-run

High street cosmetics chain Lush emerges as the main financial backer of Frack Off after donating £20,000 to anti-fracking campaign

“It's a threat to our water. It's a threat to our air. The oil and gas industry wants to frack the UK and only we can stop them,” begins Lush, the handmade cosmetic company, in its online campaign against the controversial method of fracking.

Cover depicting Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, doubles Rolling Stone magazine’s monthly sales

The controversial August issue of Rolling Stone, with a cover shot of one of the alleged Boston bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has sold more than double the magazine’s monthly average.

Egyptian supporters of Morsi protest in Cairo

Egypt unrest: Leaders plan strike against Muslim Brotherhood as Cairo protest branded threat to national security

Almost 300 people have been killed in weeks of violence since the army deposed the former president

Protesters mourn the death of Mohamed Brahmi

Tunisia erupts in renewed protests after opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi is killed

Killing could derail fragile democracy in birthplace of the Arab Spring

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