PMQs: Inequality is at its lowest since 1986 - and David Cameron takes the session with that

Labour conspired to hand Cameron the win this afternoon

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

Bill Shorten and his wife, Chloe, after the election

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.

Luciana Berger (far right) was appointed Labour’s health spokeswoman last week

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

Katherine Birbalsingh with the Education Secretary Michael Gove at the 2010 Conservative conference

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.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

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The brief look at the events Fifa will discuss in today's meeting in Zurich

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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Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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