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'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.

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