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The country and its people have a long way to go in the democratic process

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Anti-immigrant party gains power after Norway drifts to the right

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James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave fail to sparkle

The Progress Party appears on course to enter government, despite its past links to Anders Breivik

Norway election results: Anti-immigrant party with links to mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik set to enter government under Conservative leader Erna Solberg

Utoya mass murderer Breivik was a member of the populist right-wing Progress party, which is set to join three centre-right parties in a coalition

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Attacks on disabled people still rife - one year on from Paralympics triumph

Success of GB athletes fails to alter attitudes, as poll shows widespread verbal and physical abuse

Ben Chu: Bank of England boss, Mark Carney, may have to wield the big stick of QE if he is to win City support

"Don't fight the Fed" is one of a traditional axiom of bond traders. It means that if the US central bank wants interest rates to move in a certain direction, they ultimately will, so you'd better not get in the way. But "don't fight the Bank of England" does not have the same folk-wisdom status on trading floors. And that's the nub of the problem facing Mark Carney and his policy of forward guidance.

Mugabe, centre left, with his wife Grace; he made the comments at the Heroes' Day rally in Harare

Robert Mugabe tells opponents who dispute Zimbabwe election results to 'go hang... commit suicide'

President dismisses Movement for Democratic Change as Western stooges

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Over 100 historians claim Education Secretary’s plan ‘lacks balance and promotes political views’

Ben Chu: Why isn't a global tax on multinational profits on the agenda for G8?

Outlook Big Brother watched you. And Google? Google just loves you. The internet search leviathan's boss Eric Schmidt told us so this week. "Google will continue to invest in the UK no matter what you guys do," he told the audience at the company's annual Big Tent shindig this week. "We love you guys too much".

Prize-winning author Alice Walker gives support to David Icke on Desert Island Discs

When asked which book she would take were she to be an isolated castaway, the author of The Color Purple chose Icke’s Human Race Get Off Your Knees

The Sketch: Will Nicholas Soames be remembered as the new Horatius?

Rising to his feet, Nicholas Soames, the larger than life – in every sense – Tory MP for Mid-Sussex spread a frisson of anticipation among MPs assembled for day three of the Queen’s Speech debate.

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