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The Palestinian Authority's new Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah

Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah offers to quit just two weeks after his appointment

Reports talk of rows with members of administration over scope of his role

Ministers get new powers to hire and fire Civil Service advisers

Civil Service mandarins are to be put on fixed-term contracts and ministers given the power to hire teams of political advisers paid for by the taxpayer, in the biggest shake-up of how Britain is governed for decades.

Woman caught up in General David Petraeus affair to sue FBI and US Defence Department for defamation

Jill Kelley and her husband, Scott, said government officials leaked damaging false information about them

Government looks to France to get civil servants to fulfil policy

Blue notes are issued when a minister makes a decision, with a timescale for its execution

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Radical plans to make top mandarins 'chief executives'

Civil servants seen as 'untouchable and unaccountable' could also be put on four-year contracts

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Chancellor George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, outside the Treasury

The great Civil Service sell-off: Dozens of services and 75,000 staff set to be transferred to private sector

Unions denounce sale as ‘privatisation by stealth’

23 January 2012: David Cameron takes part in 'PM Direct' question and answer session with workers at the head office of supermarket giant Asda in Leeds

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Capita teams up with state for training joint venture

Capita has joined forces with the Government to create a multimillion-pound John Lewis-inspired business marketing professional qualifications.

Capita signs up for exam venture

Capita has joined forces with the Government to create a multimillion-pound John Lewis-inspired business marketing professional qualifications.

Burgh outside the British Council headquarters in London

Sir John Burgh: Senior civil servant and leader of the British Council

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Sir Jeremy Heywood, head of Britain’s civil service

MPs attack top civil servants over Thatcher tribute

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Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's former chief of staff

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Powell says officials 'lacks the skills for coping with a modern society'

Home Office staff start strike action in pay and jobs dispute

Staff at the Home Office will go on strike today in the latest phase of three months of industrial action by civil servants in a dispute over pay, jobs and terms and conditions.

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