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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.

Effigies of the North Korean leader are burnt in Seoul by conservative South Korean groups, an action that prompted the faxed threat by the North

North Korea faxes South Korea threat to attack ‘without notice’

Addressed to the South’s presidential office, the threat was made after effigies of Kim Jong-un were burnt in Seoul

Opponents claim the bill would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV

Uganda bans miniskirts as MPs pass anti-pornography bill

Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV

Alec Luhn's Sketch: The press pack with tsars in their eyes

Vladimir Putin played the role of the good tsar at his annual press conference, fielding questions, repeated declarations of grateful praise and requests to deal with unscrupulous businessmen and lazy bureaucrats. One excited journalist even credited him with an improvement in her love life, noting that she had “finally gotten married” shortly after meeting him in March.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman will visit North Korea to help coach the national basketball team on a five-day trip

Dennis Rodman set to coach North Korea basketball team on a five-day trip

Rodman hopes to organise a match a side made up of ex-NBA stars in January but the US State Department have confirmed Rodman's visit is not a representation of the US government

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman attended a basketball game with Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, earlier this year

Defector asks Dennis Rodman: Make Kim Jong-un 'hear the cries of his people'

A former North Korean prisoner addressed the basketball player in an open letter published in an American newspaper

Kim Jong-un's nephew 'under police protection' at his exclusive university in France

North Korean dictator's half-brother's son, Kim Han-sol, has had extra police protection at Sciences-Po in Le Havre

Postcard from... Dietramszell

Set in the wooded foothills the Bavarian Alps, the idyllic country town of Dietramszell is usually best known as a tourist attraction.

President Hollande - a frustratingly minimalist domestic reformer but a bold, global statesman

'Tightrope walker' and 'trapeze artist': François Hollande is a wimp at home and a warrior in Africa

The French President has been criticised for his interventions in Mali and CAR but insists it is not old-fashioned paternalism but a mission to save lives

North Korea commemorates anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death – just days after execution of his former brother-in-law

Kim Jong Un leads ceremonies in display of ‘single-minded unity’ following purge of his uncle

Hague’s Azerbaijan gas pipeline deal attacked

BP-led offshore expansion plan worth $45bn angers human rights activists

Kim Jong-un visited a fisheries station and a ski resort in recent days

Execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek raises fears in South

Five of the seven officials who walked alongside Kim Jong-il’s hearse in December 2011 have been killed, purged or sent to labour camps

Kim Kyong-hui, the wife of North Korea’s de facto second-in-command, Jang Song-thaek, appears to be safe, deepening the mystery over her apparent role in his execution and adding to speculation that she condoned it

Kim Jong-un's aunt: Mystery deepens over role of Kim Kyong-hui in her husband Jang Song-thaek's death

As she returns to official engagements, speculation mounts that she condoned the execution

KIm Jong-il (left), unlike his son Kim Jong-un, did not stage show trials

John Everard: I doubt that Kim Jong-un’s uncle Jang Song-thaek will be the last person to die in North Korea purge

Officers in the military will be particularly nervous

North Korean businessmen are summoned back from China after Jang Song Thaek execution

Sources claim 'large numbers' of officials are being called back to North Korea

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