News Syrian refugees look out from an evacuated house in Istanbul. Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under new government plans

Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under plans to be announced by the Government on Wednesday.

Ed Miliband was set to speak to health professionals and union activists at a planned protest against NHS reforms in Hull

Labour would govern for the whole country says Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband said Labour would govern for the whole country "not just for the wealthy few" as he launched Labour's English local elections campaign.

Respect Party aims for local council seats after Galloway win

The Respect Party will field candidates in every ward at Bradford's forthcoming local-council elections following George Galloway's shock by-election victory in the city.

Labour attacks 'shocking' police cuts

Labour has accused the coalition of overseeing a “shocking” 5,000 cut in police dealing with 999 emergencies.

Yvette Cooper: Reform is 'deeply unfair'

Tax change to cost working families £3,800 a year

Nearly 900,000 of the nation's poorest people face losing thousands of pounds in income from next month because of cuts to tax credits, official figures reveal.

David Miliband would beat Cameron - unlike Ed

Ed Miliband's leadership suffers another blow today with an exclusive Independent on Sunday poll showing only his brother can secure Labour a lead over the Conservatives.

Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper have agreed to 'protect their children'

John Rentoul: No one to replace Ed Miliband? Try Yvette Cooper

Cooper's politics are not mine but she would be populist on law and order, and she would be noticed

Mr Balls indicated he and wife Yvette Cooper - the shadow home secretary - would not involve their son and two daughters in publicity photographs

Ed Balls attacks politicians over use of family photos

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has expressed distaste at politicians doing photoshoots with their children - the day after Ed Miliband was pictured at home with his family.

Matthew Norman on Monday: Blackmail... isn't that what they did to Maria Church?

The question comes framed with the tentativeness of one who long ago failed the solicitors' final exam by what remains the widest margin in Law Society history ... but is there not good reason to try News of the World employees, and perhaps vicariously the company itself, for blackmail?

Health ministers to vote against abortion plan

Health ministers will vote against calls to change the advice given to women considering an abortion in an attempt to defeat a move aimed at reducing terminations.

Government move to relocate terror suspects

The Government is planning emergency powers to forcibly relocate terror suspects, months after pledging to scrap the existing measure.

Cameron opposes abortion amendment

David Cameron will not support backbench efforts to strip abortion providers of their role in counselling women considering a termination, it has emerged.

PM accused over police riot costs

Police have been abandoned by the Government as forces struggle with unprecedented costs from the summer riots, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said today.

The Darling version: King and Balls savaged by ex-chancellor

Alistair Darling confirms that Gordon Brown tried to prise him out of the Treasury in 2009 to put Ed Balls in his place

Recriminations fly as ministers head home early from their holidays

Senior politicians from all political parties were scrabbling to cancel their holiday plans and find return flights to London yesterday in time for a symbolic emergency debate in the House of Commons on the London riots.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there