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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.

Heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine during a training session

Bunce on Boxing: World Series may shift power and glory back to amateurs

It has been 16 years and 61 fights since Wladimir Klitschko joined the only available route to glory and placed his size 15s in the worn steps of boxing's legends by turning professional after winning the super-heavyweight gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics.

Welsh musician John Cale was a founding member of The Velvet Underground

My Life In Travel: John Cale

'Siouxie Sioux and I raced each other all the way to Albuquerque, New Mexico'

Today's wacky web stories: Elevator anxiety, the Sarah Palin diet and John Lennon's letters

The Sarah Palin diet, the kidnap that wasn't, a motor-tricycle hearse, the John Lennon letters and why do we behave so oddly in lifts?

Mickael Tavares

Fulham sign free agent Mickael Tavares

Fulham have completed the signing of free agent Mickael Tavares on a short-term deal.

Shelf life: A computer-generated shot of the new Strand East development

Rise of the Ikea city

The Swedish store has opened the first part of its huge east London mini-city. But don't expect too many Billy bookcases, says Chris Beanland

The England manager Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson gaffe reveals Rio Ferdinand exclusion on Tube

Roy Hodgson was facing embarrassment last night when it emerged that he told fellow Tube passengers en route to the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal's Champions League game that he would not select Rio Ferdinand again for the national team.

Joao Moutinho

Tottenham signing Joao Moutinho is 'impossible' says Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas claims it will be "impossible" for Tottenham to sign Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho before the transfer window shuts tonight.

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart

Hamburg must improve offer for Rafael van der Vaart say Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas has accused Hamburg of disrespecting Tottenham in their bid to sign Rafael van der Vaart.

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele

Mousa Dembele excited to join up with Jan Vertonghen at Tottenham

Mousa Dembele cannot wait to get started at Tottenham after joining the north London club from Fulham in a move which cast further doubt on the future of Rafael van der Vaart.

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart

Hamburg will do 'everything they can' to sign Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart

Hamburg today vowed to do everything possible to re-sign Rafael van der Vaart from Tottenham before the transfer window closed.

Steve Connor: This isn't just natural variation – it's caused by global warming

What people forget is that sea ice is not fixed to the ground, it is easily blown about

Fulham fined Dempsey after he refused to play for the club in Saturday's game against Norwich

Martin Jol wants transfer window to close before the start of the season

Martin Jol thinks the transfer window should close before the start of the season to stop the kind of “nonsense” he has had to endure over Clint Dempsey's future.

Michelangelo to embellish glorious vista

For those who sighed over Danny Boyle's version of long-lost, bucolic Britain, perhaps a visit to Goodwood is the answer. This isle's most glorious setting for a race meeting is now into its third century as a venue. And just as in 1802, when Pantagruel galloped six miles in three heats to win the first race on the third Duke of Richmond's estate atop the Sussex Downs and when peasants still wore smocks, the English Channel still shimmers silver to the south and rolling ripe cornfields glitter gold to the north.

Ashley Judd

Screen Talk: Judd's at home in the White House

Ashley Judd and Robert Forster join Gerard Butler in the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen.

Angela Merkel has been criticised for her uncompromising attitude

Fact File: Angela Merkel

The “world’s most powerful woman” first staked her claim to greatness in 1999, with the publication of an open letter in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It called for the Christian Democrats to reject Helmut Kohl, the retired chancellor and her former mentor, and in doing so paved the way for Angela Merkel’s eventual election as party leader.

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
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Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea