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Edward Snowden, the US intelligence leaker, may soon be filling a ceremonial role in Britain’s academic life. Students at Glasgow University have embarked on a campaign to have him elected as their rector.

George Osborne says he wants the national minimum wage to increase to £7 an hour

Chancellor surprises Vince Cable with call for above-inflation increase to minimum wage

George Osborne pre-empts Ed Miliband speech on economy, but  Lib Dems say Treasury ignored repeated calls for increase

George Osborne has cautioned against 'self-defeating' minimum wage increases

George Osborne cautious over 50p minimum wage increase

Chancellor says he wants to see low-paid workers' earnings rising, but not at the cost of jobs

Chancellor George Osborne. According to opinion polls, only 16 per cent of low paid voters think that the Conservative Party is on their side

Lib Dems accuse Tories of 'stealing' their policy as George Osborne prepares to approve above-inflation rise in minimum wage

The Conservatives opposed Labour's decision to bring in the minimum wage in 1999, predicting wrongly that it could cost two million jobs

Ministers have been urged to rethink their plans to help families with the soaring cost of childcare because they will benefit couples with a joint annual income of up to £300,000 while reducing support for poorer people

Childcare reforms ‘will help richest families’, warn Government advisers

Campaigners say Coalition must tackle ‘in-work poverty’

Lawrence H. Summers said that governments and donors could create 'a grand convergence' and prevent 10 million avoidable deaths per year by 2035

Investment could end the 'health gap' between rich and poor in 20 years

The health gap between rich and poor countries could be wiped out in just 20 years’ time, leading economists and health experts have said, and can be achieved simply through greater investment in existing drugs, vaccines and treatments.

Tim Berners-Lee, Facebook and the government back global initiative to 'help billions come online'

New coalition will advocate for policy reform and regulation to lower broadband cost to 5 per cent of monthly income in developing countries

Harriet Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pictured at her office in Portcullis House in Westminster, London, February 17th, 2012

Harriet Harman: 'Grandmothers shouldn’t have to choose between helping with child care and their jobs'

Labour has revolutionary plans to allow mothers and fathers to transfer their parental leave to grandparents, Labour’s deputy leader tells Andrew Grice

Write about sex, and you make a lot of men nervous. Brooke Magnanti knows this - and so do I

A former boyfriend of the Belle de Jour blogger claims she fabricated exploits

UK charities hit back at salary criticism after revelation that 30 bosses paid more than £100,000 a year

Charities commission claims disproportionate wages risk bringing 'the wider charitable world into disrepute'

English MPs 'could get veto on laws' under government plans

Radical proposals on voting in Parliament represent a kind of English devolution, but Labour is not happy

What The Sunday Papers Said

Independent on Sunday: The UK needs national talent bank

Visitors view Gerhard Richter's 'Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan)'

Gerhard Richter painting sells for $37m setting new record for a work by a living artist

A 1968 oil painting by German artist Gerhard Richter sold for $37 million (£24 million) at Sotheby's contemporary art auction - a new record for a work by a living artist.

Kenyan demonstrators released piglets at the gates of parliament and poured blood on the pavement to protest against wage demands by newly elected members of parliament

Graffitied pigs and buckets of blood on the streets of Nairobi as protests over MPs' pay continue

Anger as lawmakers demand monthly rate of pay that is 131 times Kenya's minimum wage

Alan Milburn, head of the Child Poverty Commission, and Baroness Shephard, his deputy

Alan Milburn and Gillian Shephard: 'The Government must be judged by its actions, not words. Our job is to judge the actions'

Alan Milburn and Gillian Shephard make an  unlikely team – but, they tell Andrew Grice, they both want ministers to do more on child poverty

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has warned there are “lots of abuses” of the minimum wage

Scandal of firms that dodge paying the minimum wage

Although it is supposed to be illegal to pay staff below those levels, employers are using a variety of ruses to sidestep the rates

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable