News Syrian rebels gather outside a building which they blew up to target a regime sniper taking shelter inside but who managed to escape in the Salaheddine district of the northern city of Aleppo

Cost of the non-lethal assistance would be met from the Government's conflict pool fund.

Hain admits failing to declare a further £100,000 in gifts

Peter Hain is to admit that he failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds given to his campaign for Labour's deputy leadership.

The Sketch: Miliband turned on the charm, but all eyes were on Cameron's bald spot

As the one who first noticed David Cameron's bald spot, I feel proprietorial about it. Kevin Maguire noticed it yesterday from the gallery and was trying to appropriate it for the Daily Mirror. No! It's mine! I discovered it a year ago, planted a flag in it, claimed it for The Independent. It's an expanding dominion, I might say. It's getting bigger. Soon we'll be able to plant it with tobacco and transport convicts to it. But you can see how the First World War started.

Hain urges employees to 'take responsibility' for pensions

Individuals are responsible for preventing a national pension crisis in the future, the Government warned yesterday.

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A fisherman and a novice diver may have made a remarkable discovery in British waters close to the Sussex coast - the wreck of the famous 17th-century warship, HMS Resolution.

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But what is the Labour policy for the third term?

Peter Hain, the refreshingly candid Leader of the Commons, let the cat out of the bag. The Queen's Speech, he admitted, was designed to seize the Conservative Party's natural territory of law and order. "We are crowding out any space for them on the security agenda," he told Westminster journalists.

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