Archive of 2009

Need to rebuild: Three quarters of the population have been forced to leave their home since wars began in 1979

Ordinary Afghans share security fears

Afghan civilians want both Taliban and coalition forces to do more to protect their safety.

  • Gordon Brown promised a referendum on electoral reform during the Labour conference

    Labour candidates call for electoral reform

    A group of Labour candidates has written a letter to Gordon Brown calling for a referendum on electoral reform to be held on the day of the general election.

  • Vince Cable believes the Labour government is to blame for the banking crisis

    Cable calls for 10% levy on bank profits

    Liberal Democrat shadow chancellor Vince Cable has criticised high-risk "casino banking" and called for a ten per cent levy on bank profits this year to tackle the national deficit.

  • Thousands of British children were shipped off to the Commonwealth - predominantly Australia and Canada.

    PM to offer Australian apology

    The prime minister is preparing to offer an apology to British children forcibly sent to Commonwealth countries for a life of abuse and unpaid labour.

  • Allegations of a deal between Murdoch's News International and the Conservatives have been denied by the opposition party

    Tories deny Murdoch deal

    The Conservatives have denied a deal with Rupert Murdoch as a "completely wrong and totally improper" allegation.

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