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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.

Yvette Cooper: Blinded by our hostility to Europe

The political consensus against modern slavery has been shattered. Despite pre-election promises, the Coalition is turning its back on efforts to crack down on criminal gangs across Europe, and increased help for victims of this heinous crime. By refusing to sign up to the EU directive combating human trafficking, the Government has let its hostility to all things European get in the way of sensible cross-border action. Vulnerable women and children are being betrayed.

Stephen Glover: BBC independence was a mirage

Media Studies: The BBC World Service receives £272m a year from the Foreign Office, but will now be funded by the BBC

Joan Smith: Things must be bad: feminists and the 'Daily Mail' agree

What has the Government got against women? Obviously gender equality isn't high on its to-do list, but even the most sheltered minister must have a wife, mother or sister – though possibly not ones on minimum wage.

Jobs for the boys: Osborne's cuts are 'worst attack on equality for generations'

David Cameron and Nick Clegg set out yesterday to defend their £80bn programme of ‘tough but fair’ spending cuts. Yet new analysis suggests that 350,000 of the 500,000 public sector workers who will lose their jobs as a result will be women. Tough, certainly. But fair?

Shadow Chancellor lambasts the Coalition's 'deficit deceivers'

Alan Johnson condemns the cuts as an ideologically driven assault on the state and based on a series of economic myths

Leading article: An age of uncertainty

Cyber warfare is a growing threat to Britain, the latest government review of the security services suggested yesterday. After a decade in which the primary security concern has been with the so-called "war on terror" this shift of emphasis is to be welcomed. No one should doubt the gravity of the threat from individual terrorists, but greater potential danger comes from lower-grade but far more quotidian threats. There are more than 1,000 malicious cyber attacks on British state networks every month, the head of the monitoring service at GCHQ revealed recently. They use the same technology that ordinary citizens use to go about their daily business. Nations are using cyber techniques to bring diplomatic or economic pressure to bear on one another. Small scale but significant cyber attacks happen every day.

Business diary: Not a badge to wear with pride

The City PR agency Finsbury and its founder, Roland Rudd, are used to being garlanded for their power and influence, but the latest award handed to the company is likely to go down rather less well. Survival International, a human rights group, wants to give it a gong for "PR Disaster of the Year" in recognition of its work with Vedanta Resources. The London-headquartered miner has had a tough time from such campaigners, who are critical of its plans to mine bauxite in the mountains of Orissa in India.

Steve Richards: Osborne won't get his 25 per cent

Miliband had a choice of two economists with political guile who could produce their own radical plan. But in choosing Alan Johnson he went for the quiet life

UK aid worker may have been killed by US rescue team

An investigation was launched today into the death of a British aid worker in Afghanistan after it emerged that she may have been killed by a grenade thrown by US special forces trying to rescue her.

Simon Carr's verdict on the new shadow cabinet

Yvette Cooper: shadow Foreign Secretary

Opposite Number: William Hague

Yvette Cooper topped the poll. Practically everyone voted for her.

E Jane Dickson: We've become a nation of drama queens

How have we allowed this flouncy grandstanding to replace political discourse?

Leading article: A new-look Opposition that must show itself worthy of the name

There is much that is positive about the new Shadow Cabinet, and Ed Miliband deserves credit for the dispatch with which he made some hard decisions.

Ed Balls gets brief to pit combative style against Theresa May

Ed Balls might have wanted the shadow chancellor's job in Ed Miliband's frontbench team - but he will surely relish the opportunity to pit his combative style against Home Secretary Theresa May.

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