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The international puzzle that requires knowledge of steganography, Aleister Crowley and the darknet is back again, and the internet is just as confused

Special Olympics: Huge medal haul for GB team

The Great Britain Special Olympics team has returned home triumphant after winning a total of 88 medals at the European Summer Games in Warsaw, Poland.

Chopin fest is Poles apart

Tomorrow, the south London borough of Southwark twins with Warsaw to celebrate the bicentenary of Chopin's birth. Audio-visual installations will run concurrently in both cities to show his works in a new light.

Chechen exile held in Poland flies home

A Chechen separatist who was briefly detained in Poland on a Russian warrant accusing him of murder, kidnapping and terrorism, has left Warsaw to return to his home in London, a Polish aide said yesterday.

Chechen exile detained in Warsaw accuses Poland of betrayal

They have turned their backs on us, says leader wanted by Russia

Shaun Walker: Arrest brings old enemies closer together

In the past, Poland has been a safe haven for thousands of Chechen refugees. Now, the country is acting to detain a Chechen leader whose past may be murky, but who has been granted political asylum by another EU state.

Charles Crawford: Are some disabilities just too expensive to be supported?

When I heard that the FCO was sending a profoundly deaf first secretary to work in the embassy I did not believe it could work. Diplomacy turns on nuance – deaf officers surely would miss too much.

Diplomat 'denied foreign post due to her deafness'

A foreign office high-flier appointed as Britain's deputy ambassador to Kazakhstan has had her posting revoked after officials ruled that her deafness makes it too expensive to send her abroad. Jane Cordell, who was lauded for her work championing disability rights during a previous diplomatic role in Poland, is suing the Foreign Office for discrimination after being told that the additional cost of providing her with trained "lip speakers" to enable her to work can no longer be justified from the public purse.

Book Of A lifetime: Main Currents Of Marxism, By Leszek Kolakowski

I was standing on a beach in Siberia when this book was recommended to me. The wavelets of a small artificial ocean made by damming the river Ob were splashing on the sand, and I was wondering out loud about the roots of the Soviet passion for making grand modifications to nature. "You need to read Kolakowski," said the person I was with. "He's got a great chapter about what he calls 'the Promethean motif' in Marxism – the idea that it's the destiny of humanity to steal fire from the gods and make the world whatever we want it to be."

Firefighter at Forest who won't change the record

Non-stop – but honest – grumbles at club's transfer policy from manager who admits he is a pain, as spectre of O'Neill looms large

Memorial cross exposes Poland's religious divide

A cross honouring the victims of the plane crash that killed the late Polish president Lech Kaczynski has provoked thousands of protesters to take to the streets to demand its removal.

David Cameron: A celebration – and a challenge for us all

The Prime Minister salutes our Pink List, and says that, 10 years since its inception, it still has a vital role to play

Arsenal hit by Bendtner injury blow

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed striker Nicklas Bendtner will miss the start of the Barclays Premier League season due to a persistent groin injury.

Gays defy Polish traditionalists for EuroPride march

15,000 turn out in Warsaw for the first staging of the premier event east of former Iron Curtain

Polish presidential election goes to a run-off

A sombre election season in Poland was prolonged by two weeks when a first round of voting produced no immediate successor to Lech Kaczynski, the president killed more than two months ago in a plane crash.

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Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

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A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

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Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

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The acceptable face of the Emirates

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