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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

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Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy