Andrew GriceLabour is moving towards a pledge to bring in universal state-funded childcare for preschool-age children if it regains power at the 2015 general election, The Independent can disclose.
Laura DonnellyThe worst GP surgeries have been named after the first spot checks of family doctors in England found that one in three practices was failing to meet basic standards.
ReutersTwo months to the day that Royal Mail made its debut on the stock market it was confirmed on Wednesday that it will join the blue chip FTSE 100 index. The share price of the postal firm has nearly doubled since its high profile partial-privatisation which has forced the government to defend itself against criticism it sold the company too cheaply.
Matt PearceAlthough the jobless rate is at its lowest level in five years and the stock market has surpassed its pre-recession high, the economic gains have not reached many poor urban residents, and 2014 could be even worse, a new survey said Wednesday.
Lori MontgomeryHouse Republicans appeared Wednesday to be rallying around an $85 billion deal to avert another government shutdown, brushing off complaints from their right wing that the effort would trade immediate spending cuts for less-certain long-term savings.
Dasha Afanasieva and Humeyra PamukISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in the wrong hands.