Static states: Federal workers protest at the shutdown, at the Capitol

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

Out of America: While all the talk is of shutdown, schemes for those without health cover open for business

Vince Cable: Complacency could ruin economic recovery

Business Secretary will also signal his fears over the risk of a fresh housing bubble as property prices rise 'out of control'

A global survey of women's health and political influence claims that Britain is a worse place to be a mother than most of its European neighbours

Why it's tougher to be a mother in Britain than most of Europe

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.

Cracked earth of the drought-stricken Portodemouros reservoir in northern Spain. Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

Green fatigue sets in: the world cools on global warming

Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

David Cameron addresses business leaders in Liverpool this week

I’ll make 'damn sure' big companies pay their tax, says David Cameron

Cameron says he will use his G8 presidency to seek collective backing to tackle corporate abuses

The final day of the Global Climate Change conference in Doha

UN Global warming talks bog down in debate on $100bn aid

United Nations global-warming talks bogged down as envoys from more than 190 nations worked into a third night in Doha to settle differences on climate aid and fossil-fuel emissions that would pave the way to a new treaty by 2015.

Derek Pain: Day the Great Storm blew down the City

No Pain, No Gain

David Cameron pledges to turn Britain into an 'aspiration nation' during Conservative Party Conference speech

In his 50-minute closing speech to the Tory conference, the Prime Minister rejected Labour’s portrayal of 'cartoon Conservatives who don’t care'.

Ex Innospec CEO admits bribery

The former boss of US chemical company Innospec admitted corruption charges at Southwark Crown Court yesterday. Paul Jennings pleaded guilty to conspiring to make corrupt payments to public officials in Indonesia and Iraq to secure contracts.

Leading article: The dangers of no deal in Durban

Amid the furore over the eurozone crisis and this week's make-or-break meeting in Brussels, another equally important summit is in danger of being forgotten.

CARBON EMISSIONS: RECESSION PROOF

India emerges as chief opponent of a new global-warming treaty

Country baulks at UN climate conference, concerned about cooling its red-hot economy

Cancer: the good news

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

Japan: Triumph of the spirit

Japan survived the horrors of Hiroshima. It rebuilt itself after the nightmare of Kobe. When commuters were attacked at rush hour, business was swiftly resumed. Robert Twigger salutes the determination of a nation
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London