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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

Editorial: Google could do itself some good

Until we can tax profits more fairly, the company could make another contribution
The Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has asked a think tank to examine how other Westminster-style governments operate

Radical plans to make top mandarins 'chief executives'

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

Nigerian civilians targeted in military raid

Witnesses in a northeast Nigeria village where officials say at least 187 people were killed in an assault by the military and Islamic extremists said soldiers purposefully set fire to civilian homes, directly contradicting the government’s claims.

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

David Cameron defends £50,000 cost of PM Direct sessions

Labour MP says: 'This is a lot of taxpayers' money to be wasting on what are essentially publicity events for the Prime Minister'

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

‘His judgement was excellent,’ Shirley Williams said of him. ‘He rang true on everything’

Sir Jeremy Heywood, head of Britain’s civil service

MPs attack top civil servants over Thatcher tribute

Head mandarins praised Lady Thatcher as the 'best kind of boss'

Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's former chief of staff

Tony Blair's former chief of staff Jonathan Powell compares civil service culture with 'monastic order'

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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The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
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Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

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Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

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Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
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Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

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David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

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