News Andrew Mitchell eventually received a begrudging apology following the 'Plebgate' affair

'We heard of a growing disillusion with the lack of professionalism of some representatives' says report

£90m grant boosts BBC World Service

BBC World Service broadcasts will benefit from a £90 million Government grant less than a year after the body revealed cuts to jobs and services.

Coalition drops promise to help Afghan women

Not a single penny of the British government's £178m annual Afghanistan reconstruction budget is being spent trying to save the tens of thousands of women who die in childbirth there.

Leading article: Paper danger

Will visitors to 10 Downing Street never learn? Yesterday it was Andrew Mitchell's turn. When the International Development Secretary flashed his memo on Afghanistan to the assembled press corps cameras, he joined a growing list – including a Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, who resigned, and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who did not.

Another minister snapped in No 10 document trap

Papers make explicit the delight of government at the impending departure of Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Market turmoil drives record business for IG

The spread betting group IG has emerged as a winner of the recent market turmoil, with stock market volatility boosting the FTSE 250-listed company's sales.

Up to 400,000 children at risk in African famine, warns Britain

Up to 400,000 children could starve to death unless more aid reaches the victims of the east Africa famine soon, Britain's International Development Secretary warned yesterday.

Andrew Mitchell and Kevin Rudd: It is obscene that we should leave any child to starve

The crisis in the Horn of Africa is a looming catastrophe. But it's a catastrophe the international community can avoid. If we learn lessons from the past and act fast, we can save hundreds of thousands of lives.

Inquiry into why Diamond sat in Virgin plane cockpit

Bob Diamond has long been dubbed "the unacceptable face of banking". Now it seems he is the unacceptable face of flying too.

MPs support Britain's £280m aid to India

Britain should continue to channel £280m of its annual overseas aid budget to India despite the Asian country's fast-growing economy, according to an all-party group of MPs.

Market Report: Bid targets rise on hopes for new round of deals

Investors praying for deals to get their teeth into were given a reason to be cheerful yesterday, as analysts predicted an acceleration in takeover activity. Barclays Capital said merger-and-acquisition (M&A) volumes in Europe are currently two and a half times lower than in 2007, but the bank said it believed a recent rebound in corporate investment meant this was about to change.

Government 'committed to aid bill'

Downing Street insisted today the Government was committed to enshrining its overseas aid spending targets in law, despite objections by Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

Making childbirth safer for women - picture story

This Mother's Day is a chance to celebrate midwives who are making pregnancy and childbirth safer so that more babies in the world’s poorest countries are born safely and grow up with the support of their mothers.

UK sends emergency drinking water to Japan

The UK is sending emergency drinking water to one of Japan's worst tsunami-stricken regions in response to an urgent request from the Japanese authorities, the Department for International Development (Dfid) said.

So, when is it OK to take off your shoes?

John Walsh puts his foot down about a lapse in sartorial standards at No 10
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George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

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Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

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