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

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No one was more surprised than Alan Johnson when he was appointed shadow Chancellor just over three months ago. He even attempted to turn his inexperience into a joke. Asked what his first move would be in the job, he replied: "Pick up a primer – 'economics for beginners'."

The last post for Johnson... but will Balls deliver for Labour?

Ed Miliband's drive to revive the Labour Party's fortunes suffered a major setback last night with the surprise resignation of the Shadow Chancellor, Alan Johnson.

Foreign Office in 'how to spend £1m' storm

The head of the government department responsible for promoting British business abroad asked officials to think of ways to spend up to £1 million to avoid a budget underspend, it was reported today.

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox has cancelled a controversial visit to Sri Lanka he had been planning to make this weekend.

Adrian Hamilton: Cooper hasn't learnt from Labour's mistakes

With the euro teetering on the verge of collapse, a new report by the European Council accusing the Prime Minister of Kosovo of murdering Serbian captives and trading in their body parts, and total uncertainty overhanging Afghanistan's future, foreign policy is no longer a matter of vague principles. It is about what stand you take on the specifics.

Cooper: We should have criticised US over human rights

Labour is preparing a break with its recent past by dropping its unquestioning support of US foreign policy under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Yvette Cooper: 'If Diplomats feel they can't talk, that is very difficult'

The Shadow Foreign Secretary tells Oliver Wright where America is going wrong in the Middle East – and why she thinks the repercussions from WikiLeaks are so damaging

Steve Richards: Only Tories win from the student saga

If Miliband adopts a graduate tax there will be much internal stirring. If he drops his support, the students will feel betrayed

Leading article: A salutary wake-up call about sleepers

The detention and likely deportation of a young Russian who worked as an MP's assistant make for a tantalising story that reinforces many stereotypes. Coming so soon after the unmasking of a network of Russian sleepers in the United States, it is bound to raise the spectre, justifiably or not, of Britain being similarly targeted. Not that the British security services have been under many illusions about the potential value to the Kremlin of the large Russian presence in the UK. Indeed, it would be more surprising if security services, theirs and ours, were not seeking to exploit this for their own advantage.

MP's aide accused of spying will be deported

"Worrying developments" in the last week led to the arrest of a Westminster parliamentary aide long suspected of spying for Russia.

Osborne in court fight over 'anti-women' cuts

The government failed to consider the impact of its spending cuts on women before pushing ahead with them, the High Court will hear today.

Diary: The paper with teeth

* The News of the World seemed both inspired and confused on the octogenarian dental front. The paper collects Headline of the Week for "Gum And Get It", and Backhanded Compliment of the Decade for this contradictory reference: "Sheila, who looks a lot younger than she is and still has nearly all her own teeth ..." Genius.

John Rentoul: Ed saved Gordon to get his job

The younger Miliband could have helped unseat the former leader, but what good would that have done his own chances?

Diary: Not quite like a Rolling Stone

After it presumably became clear the man himself couldn't be bothered, who better to read the audio version of Keith Richards' memoirs than dashing shipmate Johnny Depp?

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