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The next female Prime Minister is closer than you think

As of this January, woman will occupy more seats than ever in the US Congress. Various theories abound as to why this is, most popularly, that controversial Republican comments on rape and abortion sparked a backlash, but Jennifer Lawless of American University has a better idea: media bias against women is on the decline.

Netanyahu criticised for ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised for ceasefire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing Likud party began selecting its candidates for January's general election today in a ballot of its 123,000 members that was widely seen as a snap referendum among his most loyal supporters on his handling of the latest confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.

Why these huge corporation tax losses could be just the tip of the iceberg

When you avoid something you go round it. When companies avoid tax they go round our law. We have seen reports of a great many companies doing this in recent weeks. Google, Starbucks and Amazon have caught the headlines, but they're not alone. Nor is this a phenomenon reserved for US companies trading here in the UK.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Something rotten in the heart of our institutions

The headlines are bad enough, but what lies behind them is worse still. We are looking at the decay of institutions, of trusted institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. The first sign can be routine in its banality. From Washington we learned, for instance, that General Petraeus must stand down as director of the Central Intelligence Agency for having shown, in his words, "extremely poor judgement by engaging in an extramarital affair".

Norton Rose merger to make it No 3

The chief executive of the London-based legal group Norton Rose has predicted the emergence of "15 or 20 truly global law firms" after announcing a merger with the US group Fulbright & Jaworski. Peter Martyr said that the combination will create the world's third biggest law firm.

Basilio, left, on his way to victory over Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957

Carmen Basilio: Boxer who beat Sugar Ray Robinson for a world title

Carmen Basilio said he made his opponents cry with "onion juice", and during a remarkable boxing career he left some of the very best in tears. Basilio was born to onion farmers, raised on an onion farm and worked in the onion fields. His fighting nickname, not surprisingly, was "The Upstate Onion Farmer". He belongs to that special time in boxing when black and white pictures and film capture all the struggles and joy that the best and the worst fighters had to somehow overcome.

Starbucks: The US coffee company has paid £8m in tax on £3bn in sales during 14 years in the UK

Starbucks faces MPs over tax avoidance

Starbucks coffee shops across the country will be the target of demonstrations by anti-tax avoidance activists, the protest group UK Uncut has announced.

Do you want to know a secret? The Beatles gave their opinion on Elvis in an interview with a DJ in 1965, a tape of which is being auctioned

Revealed in a newly discovered interview: What the Beatles thought about Elvis

'The King': We don't like his new stuff much!

Barack Obama addresses a rally in Madison, Wisconsin, yesterday (right) and Mitt Romney greets supporters in Sanford, Florida, yesterday

Three Republican excuses for an Obama victory exposed

Nervy Democrats may want to touch wood before they jump into this piece. Samuel Popkin, a political scientist at UC San Diego, has written a "pre-mortem" of the election, working on the assumption that all goes to plan and Obama wins without the need for lengthy recounts and legal battles.

Hiscox: Sandy will be third-dearest storm

Hurricane Sandy is on course to become the third most costly windstorm in history, the head of Lloyd's of London insurer Hiscox has warned.

US Election Diary: Alabama goes off with a bang; Media race for right results; Joker Jones hangs Obama effigy

Alabama Republicans plan to hold their election night party at a gun range. The idea being that participants can shoot a few rounds as returns come in. Naturally. The Republican Party is inviting supporters to the Hoover Tactical Firearms for a "victory party". Loaded guns will be allowed only on the firing range, and drinking won't be allowed while people are shooting.

HSBC sets aside a further £500m to to deal with PPI claims

The rising tide of financial penalties among Britain's banks continued to swell today as HSBC revealed additional charges for money-laundering breaches and mis-sold PPI.

Album: JLS, Evolution (Epic)

JLS's fourth studio album is slicker than Aston's waxed chest.

On track for adventure

Mark Smith and his family soak up spectacular scenery on a transcontinental train journey

Simon English: A roguish enjoyment as UBS case unfolds

Outlook The plus side of Barclays' traders is this: they are an absolute hoot to read about.

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