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Semi-naked photos of Vladimir Putin and a blast of Tchaikovsky played on an iPad formed parts of comedy protest against homophobia in Russia, staged outside the Russian Consulate General in Edinburgh today.

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Coming Soon: The campaigning comic returns

Possibly the only comedian to have received both a Sony Award and a Kurdish National Congress Medal of Honour, Mark Thomas (www.markthomasinfo.com) is as renowned for his political activism as he is for his hearty yet acerbic stand-up.

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Thousands of protesters from across the UK and around the world gathered in the rain in London today for a huge march for "jobs, justice and climate" in the first of a week of demonstrations ahead of the G20 summit.

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Coca-Cola adverts are to be found in the farthest corners of the globe promoting a happy, wholesome image, but now they are the subject of a new exhibition which links the soft drinks giant with Nazi Germany.

Comedian cleared of criminal damage derides 'preposterous' case against him

Mark Thomas, Channel 4's activist comedian, attacked the decision to bring a court case against him as "preposterous" yesterday, after he was cleared of damaging a mini-van during an anti-arms protest.

Comedian on trial for &Acirc;&pound;80 damage to bus

The campaigning television comedian Mark Thomas appeared in court yesterday for the beginning of a two-day trial accused of causing £80 worth of damage to a minivan during an arms protest.

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Meera Syal, actress and novelist, is funny, fashionable and widely feted. But the star of `Goodness Gracious Me' still feels limited in her role as a principally Asian role model. Gareth Rubin meets her

Me And My Partner: Jez Nelson and Sonita Alleyne

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