Belfast peace skills aid talks between Farc and Columbian government

Northern Ireland MPs and legislators become first international delegation to meet Farc leaders since peace talks beganA taste of Belfast came to Havana today when a cross-party group of Northern Ireland MPs and legislators became the first international delegation to meet leaders of the Farc, Colombia’s main guerrilla organisation, since peace talks with the Colombian […]
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David Cameron launches anti-terror task force to tackle extremism

Prime minister forms group focusing on radical preachers who target recruits in jails, schools, colleges and mosquesDavid Cameron is launching a new terror task force to crack down on extremism in the wake of the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Downing Street has confirmed.The Cabinet-level group, which will also bring in intelligence and police […]
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News story: G8: PM writes to crown dependency leaders

As part of the Government’s efforts to agree concrete action to tackle tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance during the G8, the Prime Minister has today written to the leaders of crown dependencies and overseas territories about their role in getting the UK house in order. The letter has been sent to the leaders of: […]
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Eight ways in which social sector organisations can improve

Dame Mary Marsh outlines the findings of a government review into skills and leadership among charities and social enterprisesSocial sector organisations are aware of the need for continued development and taking on new ways of doing things to ensure we continue to deliver the high standards our beneficiaries deserve.Over the past six months I’ve been […]
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I analyse leaders for a living, and none are as great as Alex Ferguson

Nick Robinson on why he told Today programme listeners that retiring Manchester United manager is ‘greatest living Briton’Judgment, perspective, balance. That’s what the BBC expects from you when they give you the title “editor”. So, you may wonder, what on earth was I thinking of when I was so easily wrong-footed by John Humphrys asking […]
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Arts chiefs tap nation’s enthusiasm to champion Britain’s cultural life

What Next? campaign aims to promote public investment in the arts by making culture a ‘manifesto issue’While the culture secretary, Maria Miller, advocates arguing the case for the arts based on their economic impact on UK plc, the leaders of Britain’s arts organisations have a much more ambitious plan: to harness the enthusiasm of the […]
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Elizabeth Truss’s comments on nursery education are authoritarian claptrap | Anouchka Grose

It’s sad to think that childhood, where we might exercise some freedom from crushing social constraints, might be formalisedThe childcare minister, Elizabeth Truss, is worried that the nation’s toddlers spend too much time in nurseries “running about with no sense of purpose”. She doesn’t say exactly what kind of purpose she’d expect a two-year-old to […]
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Thatcher funeral: serving foreign leaders thin on the ground at St Paul’s

Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel and Donald Tusk of Poland attend service but Obama adminstration opts for low-key presenceThe Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Donald Tusk of Poland led a comparatively short list of serving international leaders attending Lady Thatcher’s funeral.Other high-profile figures at St Paul’s included the former South African president FW de Klerk […]
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Marjorie Scardino: business leaders will back EU in the end

Former Pearson CEO draws parallels between Europe and US and says current government is ‘pandering to Ukip’Dame Marjorie Scardino, the first woman chief executive of a FTSE 100 company, has said she believes the UK business community will ultimately back the European Union in any referendum on Britain’s membership.Scardino, who was chief executive of Financial […]
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Thatcher’s funeral: VIPs, celebrities and world leaders set to pack St Paul’s

Three ex-PMs and four former US presidents on guest list, but Gorbachev and Nancy Reagan too ill to attendMore than 2,000 politicians, dignitaries and celebrities – from Tony Blair to Terry Wogan, Jeremy Clarkson to FW de Klerk, and Jeffrey Archer to Shirley Bassey – will attend the funeral of Lady Thatcher at St Paul’s […]
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