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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.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 28 August 2013

BMA slams plan to charge foreigners

The spoof advert features a Mercedes C-class car driving through an Austrian village in 1890 and hitting a boy, seemingly a young Hitler

A world without Adolf Hitler – but not everyone’s happy

Mercedes fails to see the funny side of spoof advert that’s been a big hit online

The body of Brazil’s former president João Goulart to be exhumed over claims of assassination

'Jango' died in 1976 while in exile in Argentina

Turkmenistan's president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov

On your bikes! Turkmenistan president orders entire nation to saddle up for national cycling day

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has reportedly ordered all citizens to buy bikes

Rethink of lobbying reform still a possibility

Bill is scheduled to have its second reading in the Commons next month

Syria's shadow now looms over Egypt – and the West is allowing it to lengthen

As rivers of blood flowed in Egypt this week, the frightening crisis in a wounded nation turned even more critical. With each bullet the prospects for peaceful and political resolution to increasingly deep divisions over faith and freedom receded that bit further.

Postcard from... Berlin

Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli

Film-maker Franco Zeffirelli backs Silvio Berlusconi's claims of conspiracy by left-wing magistrates

The mercurial director was twice made a senator under Italy's ex-premier

Postcard from... Ringkobing

Hassan Rouhani said 'Iran aims to strengthen its relations with Syria and will stand by it in facing all challenges'

Iran's new president? I see only an old and vicious regime

Hopes that Iran will get sweeter with Rouhani in power are naive, to say the least

English writer Nancy Mitford

If you’re having a life crisis, just ask yourself ‘what would the Mitfords do?’

The six daughters of Lord and Lady Redesdale – Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah – were the most talked-about British family of the inter-war years.

Tsvangirai in Harare yesterday. He wants Zimbabwe’s courts to investigate the election results

Zimbabwe election: Robert Mugabe 'stole' vote, says Morgan Tsvangirai

Country plunged into limbo as opposition leader alleges fraud and William Hague voices 'grave concerns' over election

Review: The Breath of Night, By Michael Arditti

Murder, mystery and Marcos all feature as Michael Arditti's gumshoe confronts dilemmas of faith, corruption, oh, and Imelda's footwear

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (left) casts his ballot during the presidential elections while his wife Grace (centre) and daughter Bona (right) look on at Mhofu Primary school in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe election: Landslide victory for Robert Mugabe as president gets two-thirds majority

Opposition party says it does not rule out 'demonstrations and mass action' after process which it calls 'null and void'

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