Teachers stage one-day strike in defiance of Education Secretary

Thousands of schools close as staff members protest Michael Gove’s refusal to open dialogue on pay, pensions and workload

Industrial action - the latest in a wave of regional strikes - has been organised by two of England's biggest teaching unions

Thousands of schoolchildren affected as teachers strike over pay

Industrial action - the latest in a wave of regional strikes - has been organised by two of England's biggest teaching unions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expels top US diplomat

US Embassy denies accusations that its staff 'conspired' with South American country's 'extreme right'

General Medical Council to investigate ‘culture of fear’ after doctor suicides

Health watchdog will ask if practitioners need better support during fitness-to-work reviews

Postal staff to go on strike

Workers in hundreds of Crown post offices will walk out on strike today in a long-running row over jobs, pay and closures.

Risk report so thick it could destroy your coffee table

You know a flotation is not necessarily the safest investment when the investment prospectus could wedge a door open.

Stampede for shares as Royal Mail sale gets under way

City advisers behind Railtrack float to pocket millions, shares oversubscribed

Dixons vows to ‘stick to what we know’ after Pixmania sale

Sebastian James, the boss of Currys and PC World owner, Dixons, has decided to stick to the High Street in the future after the sale of its loss-making online-only business Pixmania came a step closer.

12 September 2013: A Royal Mail van, outside of London's latest sorting office Mount Pleasant. The coalition government has confirmed plans to privatise the country's 500-year-old Royal Mail this autumn

Royal Mail to be privatised before planned strike

Officials say postal service will be valued at up to £3.3bn

Black doctors were the least likely to secure consultant, specialist or trust doctor roles in 2012

Ethnic doctors far less likely to reach senior posts in NHS

White doctors are three times more likely to be picked for senior hospital jobs than doctors from ethnic minorities, an investigation has found.

Muslim Brotherhood banned as Egyptian court seizes party's funds

Cairo court orders overthrown Islamist group to be shut down

Labour has asked the Government’s independent tax and spending watchdog to audit its 2015 election manifesto in an attempt to head off Conservative attacks that the party would spend recklessly

Labour conference: Ed Balls to call in spending watchdog to audit 2015 election manifesto

Poll reveals Labour’s plans for greater infrastructure spending could propel party to election victory

Paul Kenny, the leader of the GMB union who chairs the Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation, won huge applause at the Brighton conference when he attacked Mr Miliband’s plan for union members to 'opt in' to supporting the party financially

Trade union leaders threaten to block Ed Miliband's reform plans

GMB union leader attacks plan for union members to “opt in” to supporting the party financially

Exclusive poll: Labour just as much to blame for current crisis as Coalition, say voters

Blow for Ed Miliband as he prepares to put the cost of living at the heart of his appeal to the country

A US primary: such elections here could help avoid rigging claims

Poll shows majority of British voters would welcome US-style primaries

Six people out of 10 would take part in an American-style primary election to choose a parliamentary candidate in their constituency, according to a new survey.

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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