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Officers quickly quashed the unrest, unleashing a barrage of tear gas canisters

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Experts warn that all parties will make deeper cuts after election as the only way to tackle the deficit

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff breaks silence over unrest, promising reforms

In a televised address, she also referenced her own struggles against the country's former military junta

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£28m bill for ‘gagging’ ex-public officials

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The visitor to this sensational new exhibition is greeted with the words: “My fellow Londoners, can’t you see how we are diminished?” 

Let's capitalise on the social enterprise boom

Businesses and organisations that use profit to help to find better social solutions are really important

The Chancellor says ministers may be forced to justify their budgets

Short-term cuts won’t produce lasting savings, watchdog warns

Only radical reform will make public services sustainable in the long term, Treasury is told

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