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The EU is supporting a brutal military occupation in Western Sahara

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"The Pleasure’s All Mine" is an odd title for an academic study of perversity: it sounds as though perverse sex is greedy, self-indulgent and possibly non-consensual. I picture Boy George in his flat in Shoreditch in April 2007, with a male escort chained to the wall. But there is a bigger question raised by the title – by whose definitions are these practices perversions?

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

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Education Secretary Michael Gove has urged university leaders to withdraw guidance endorsing the segregation of men and women in debates and lectures featuring Islamic speakers.

Two men hanged by government in Japan in latest ‘secret executions’

Human rights groups slam practice in which inmates are told they will die just hours beforehand

Nigel Farage smokes a cigarette and drinks a pint of beer as he takes a break in a pub during the by-election campaign for Eastleigh, Hampshire

Twitter trends 2013: Ukip tops the political lot

'Remember that trends don't give any indication of sentiment' Twitter warns

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Russia’s Supreme Court has said the ruling that jailed the feminist punk group Pussy Riot was illegal and their case should be heard again.

Qatada refused to recognise the authority of the court

Abu Qatada pleads not guilty to plotting two al-Qa’ida-style terror attacks

The radical cleric accused the UK and Jordan of breaching his human rights

The raids were carried out at three travellers’ sites near Bristol, including Tall Trees in Almondsbury

Police rescue three male ‘slaves’ from traveller sites

Three men have been rescued after apparently being forced to live in squalid conditions and work for little or no pay in a new case of alleged slavery on travellers’ sites.

Theatre of hate: David Duke, former leader of Louisiana's KKK

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NSA records 5 billion global mobile phone locations daily

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