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Ireland’s shameless cardinal
By Sholto Byrnes - 25 August 11:57

Claudy bombings cover-up shows sorry is the hardest word for the Catholic hierarchy — yet again.

New evidence that Osborne’s Budget hits the poorest hardest
By George Eaton - 25 August 10:02

IFS study proves conclusively that June emergency Budget was regressive, not progressive.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 25 August 8:54

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

In pictures: the Chilean mining incident
By Nick Petrie - 24 August 17:14

33 Chilean miners will be trapped underground for over 120 days while an escape hole is drilled thro

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 24 August 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why AV would hurt the BNP and a very angry Lib Dem sp

Samantha Cameron gives birth to a baby girl
By Nick Petrie - 24 August 15:28

The Camerons announce the birth of their fourth child.

Will posters like this win the day for first-past-the-post?
By George Eaton - 24 August 14:20

The great strength of FPTP may prove to be its simplicity.

Woman throws cat into wheelie bin
By Nick Petrie - 24 August 14:17

A woman is caught on CCTV throwing a cat into a wheelie bin and then walking away.

Bride and Prejudice: the stolen wives of Muslim central Asia
By Tom Phillips - 24 August 12:05

Across this ex-Soviet belt, women are being kidnapped and forced into marriage. How has such a custo

Double-dip recession warnings grow
By George Eaton - 24 August 11:04

Will the coalition now stop dismissing its economic critics as “Labour scaremongers”?

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 24 August 9:00

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Religious freedom at stake in Egypt
By Osama Diab - 23 August 18:45

If you don’t fast during Ramadan in Egypt, lie about it and hide it. If not, you might land in jail.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 23 August 17:02

The five must-read blogs from today, including the double dip and the future of the Lib Dems.

David Miliband wins leadership “primaries”
By Caroline Crampton - 23 August 16:44

Two constituency votes favour David, but Brother Ed isn’t far behind.

How Labour should respond to the Tories’ funding attack
By George Eaton - 23 August 16:23

The party must remind voters that union donations are made up of thousands of voluntary contribution

Where now for the coalition?
By Ron Glatter - 23 August 14:39

Tory manifesto continues to trump coalition agreement, despite all the talk of unity and partnership

Pakistan: by numbers
By Jon Bernstein - 23 August 13:39

History, ethnic mix and religious breakdown — all in one elegant infographic.

What Australia’s elections tell us about the Alternative Vote
By Samira Shackle - 23 August 13:00

The “decisive” voting system led to a hung parliament — does this tell us anything we didn’t already

Australian election: the Cartoon
By George Eaton - 23 August 12:54

Watch as the Australian election gets animated.

Why George Osborne’s cuts will widen inequality
By George Eaton - 23 August 10:35

The countries with the biggest cuts also suffered the largest increases in inequality.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 23 August 8:55

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

The scandal of the lost generation
By Jason Cowley - 22 August 17:31

Why are so many young people unable to get a job or a place at university?

The next chapter in Blair’s pursuit of wealth
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 August 13:05

New reports reveal that he has registered a “Mayfair bank” with the FSA.

Here comes another coalition
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 August 12:20

Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard, fails to win an outright majority.

Death of a conspiracy theory?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 August 11:28

The pathologist who performed David Kelly’s post-mortem speaks out.

Ten reasons why Charles Kennedy should not join Labour
By Sholto Byrnes - 22 August 10:31

From Iraq to class warfare: why Kennedy must stay loyal to the Liberal Democrats.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 22 August 9:04

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

WikiLeaks founder accused of rape
By Daniel Trilling - 21 August 14:06

Swedish police issue then retract arrest warrant, as Julian Assange warns of “dirty tricks” campaign

David Miliband’s party tips
By Daniel Trilling - 21 August 13:12

The key to success? “Get the nibbles in.”

Wyclef Jean told he cannot run in Haiti presidential election
By Staff blogger - 21 August 12:53

Pop star’s bid to run the Caribbean state rejected.

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