To outsiders’ eyes, German television can be a dispiriting wasteland of witless comedy and bizarre folk-music extravaganzas. But there is one genre(...)

Iain Duncan Smith said of a visit to Easterhouse in Glasgow, one of the city’s most run-down estates: “I walked around part of the estate with a local Baptist minister. The grey, wet day matched the bleakness of nearly everything that I saw. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

In February 2002, Iain Duncan-Smith was then leader of the Conservatives when he visited Easterhouse in Glasgow, one of the city’s most run-dow(...)

Benghazi, Libya's second biggest city,  has seen frequent bouts of violence in recent months. Pictured are protesters demonstrating during a pro-federalism rally in the city earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

Pro-government militiamen are suspected of having raped three British female activists of Pakistani origin in the eastern city of Benghazi, (...)

A doorman outside the Harrods department store in London. The store is a regular visiting place for tourists looking to buy luxury goods.

Chatham Place in Hackney in East London has a collection of local authority flats along its length, which makes the sight of lines of Chinese t(...)

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An undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of CCTV footage of a Romanian gang robbing a jewellers in Turnpike Lane, London.

Romanian men, who had never “worked a day” since arriving in Britain, have been jailed for more than 80 years in all for a series(...)

A crowd waits for a branch of Cyprus Bank to open in Nicosia, Cyprus, yesterday, after almost two weeks of closure. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/The New York Times

Patience and perseverance rather than panic marked the sorrowful opening of Cypriot banks at noon yesterday after a 10-day holiday. President N(...)

 David Miliband talks to reporters at his home  in London yesterday. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Britain’s first prime minister, Horace Walpole, once wrote that no great country was ever saved by good men because good men will not go to the(...)

Reporters and witnesses file into The Guildhall for a coroner's inquest into the death of Boris Berezovsky in Windsor, England. The Russian tycoon was found dead in his home in Ascot on March 23rd. Photograph: Getty

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who died in a mansion near London in unexplained circumstances last weekend, was found lying on the floor of(...)

James Whelton, co-founder of CoderDojo, talks to  pupils at Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The world loves a geek-schoolchild-to-tech-millionaire story. Such tales bring together the perfect mix of surprise and wonderment (and usually(...)