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Bill de Blasio elected New York's first Democrat Mayor in 20 years following landslide election win

De Blasio's charismatic, biracial family offered a big boost in a campaign that focused on economic inequality

Royal Mail investors bank £356 profit as shares start trading and government faces renewed accusations of selling business too cheap - but the price may be higher by December

Those who sold today made a paper profit of £356 on their original £750 outlay - a 48 per cent rise

The way schools are being ranked is to be scrapped by ministers

Controversial GCSE ranking system to be overhauled

Schools will be ranked on pupils' best eight GCSEs in future

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Son of Tyneside union official becomes leader of Australia’s opposition

Five weeks after the Australian Labor Party suffered a humiliating defeat in the federal elections, the son of a former British waterside worker was elected its new leader last night.

The Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley said the bill was 'what was needed'

Grand alliance of unions and lobbyists want Lords to kill Government lobbying bill

A unique alliance of trade unions, professional lobbyists and constitutional reform activists has been formed to pressurise the House of Lords into wrecking the Government’s “flawed” reforms of Britain’s lobbying industry.

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Labour tells new health spokeswoman to drop her support for homeopathy

Labour has forced its new public health spokeswoman, Luciana Berger, to renounce her views on homeopathy.

Public sector workers in some parts of Britain are earning up to £3,200 a year more than their private sector neighbours

Mind the pay gap: Does new research spell the end for one nation government salaries?

While public servants in the North are better paid than their private-sector neighbours, the exact opposite is true in London

MPs have voiced fresh concern that the Government's controversial privatisation of the Royal Mail

Royal Mail flotation: MPs voice fresh concern over controversial privatisation

An Early Day Motion has been tabled in Parliament calling on the Coalition to review its decision

A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at the Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro

Rio’s class war: Brazilian teachers take pay protest on to streets

Riots broke out in Rio de Janeiro after a demonstration by Brazilian teachers turned violent. Masked protesters hurled rocks and fire bombs at police, while others looted from banks and broke into government buildings.

Scottish videogame trade body emerges following GTA 5's success

Scotland boasts around 100 games development studios with the sector seen as important to the country's economy

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Tories' top teacher Katherine Birbalsingh to open free school in Brent after long battle

Katherine Birbalsingh set for return after speech at Conservative Party Conference cost her a previous job

Royal Mail sale set for resounding success as demand soars

The £3 billion privatisation of Royal Mail looks set for success next week as the banks leading the share offer today pushed the likely price towards the top of the original range.

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Conservative Party conference: Eric Pickles claims Labour-Lib Dem coalition would mean three-day electricity blackouts, votes for prisoners and soaring taxes

A “parallel universe” with a Labour-Lib Dem coalition in power would mean three-day electricity blackouts, votes for prisoners and soaring taxes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

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