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Obamacare begins – and the right is terrified that it will work

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Vince Cable: Complacency could ruin economic recovery

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Britain is a worse place to be a mother than most of its European neighbours, including Germany, France and Ireland, claims a global survey of women's health and political influence.

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It's the most feared disease, but great leaps forward in detection and treatment mean more of us are surviving it.

Australia to set tax on carbon gas

A planned tax on carbon gas emitting industries in Australia would be far below a recommended price that might have forced polluters to switch to greener technology, the government said today.

John Sentamu: Is the Big Society big enough to offer shelter to refugees?

In 1973 I was forced to flee Idi Amin's brutal regime. I found compassion and care in Britain. Today, I want to live in a society that holds out the same hope for fugitives

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