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Cameron to pledge above-inflation NHS funding for another five years

independent.co.uk — In his closing speech to the Conservative Party conference, the Prime Minister will go head-to-head with Labour on health, in a departure from the Tories' previous attempt to play down an issue on which Labour enjoys a big poll lead.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @FelicityMorse: I like to think that in a bizarre twist David Cameron actually took this picture as well ind.pn/1pFjEus pic.twitter.com/X5YnIrHLCV

Oct 01, 2014

RT @FelicityMorse: I like to think that in a bizarre twist David Cameron actually took this picture as well ind.pn/1pFjEus pic.twitter.com/X5YnIrHLCV

Oct 01, 2014

RT @FelicityMorse: I like to think that in a bizarre twist David Cameron actually took this picture as well ind.pn/1pFjEus pic.twitter.com/X5YnIrHLCV

Oct 01, 2014

RT @FelicityMorse: I like to think that in a bizarre twist David Cameron actually took this picture as well ind.pn/1pFjEus pic.twitter.com/X5YnIrHLCV

Oct 01, 2014

RT @FelicityMorse: I like to think that in a bizarre twist David Cameron actually took this picture as well ind.pn/1pFjEus pic.twitter.com/X5YnIrHLCV

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Hong Kong protests: Why are we obsessed with the spread of democracy abroad when ours is failing?

independent.co.uk — From the Arab Spring to the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, there is always a fascination from the British public when there is a pro-democracy movement in a distant part of the world.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @dragon_tongue: Hong Kong protests: Why are we obsessed with the spread of democracy abroad when ours is failing? independent.co.uk/voices/comment…

Oct 01, 2014

RT @IndyVoices: For such an undemocratic country, the UK sure loves shouting about spreading democracy abroad: ind.pn/1nK3yWt pic.twitter.com/N17Ovj3Tw8

Iraqi pilots deliver food and ammunition to Isis militants by mistake

independent.co.uk — A senior security official and a brigadier general told NBC News that the supplies of food, water and ammunition intended to help Iraqi soldiers in the country's western province of Saglawyah, was dropped over an area controlled by Isis (also known as Islamic State) militants in error.
Oct 01, 2014

Iraq government delivers food and ammunition to Isis militants by mistake ind.pn/1pFw8lU

David Cameron 'makes new royal gaffe' over Queen's ownership of Van Dyck painting

independent.co.uk — David Cameron was showing around 20 MPs the art at Chequers, as part of a meeting where he hoped to come up with a plan for "English Votes for English laws" following this month's Scottish referendum. During the tour of the property in Buckinghamshire, he showed MPs Anthony van Dyck's painting A Family Group.

Hong Kong: Britain weighs into dispute as tensions mount over national holiday

independent.co.uk — The Chinese ambassador to the UK has been summoned for an urgent meeting with Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, who said he wanted to express "dismay and alarm" at the denial of universal suffrage to the former British colony.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @KreaseChan: UK should suspend teargas to Hong Kong - canisters with “Made in the UK” seen on the streets independent.co.uk/news/world/asi… pic.twitter.com/mGwoWeQTdy

Oct 01, 2014

Britain weighs into Hong Kong dispute - but human rights group dismiss efforts as 'feeble'. Today's @Independent p1 independent.co.uk/news/world/asi…

Almost two million people are facing winter weather without heating

independent.co.uk — From today, energy firms can't cut off vulnerable customers until next April. That's to ensure that people are able to heat their homes through severe cold spells.
Oct 01, 2014

Almost two million people are facing winter weather without heating independent.co.uk/money/spend-sa… report in today's @theipaper Midweek Money

Millionaire Tory donor Arron Banks defects to Ukip with £100,000 donation

independent.co.uk — It is one of the largest single donations ever given to the Eurosceptic party and is expected to strengthen its upcoming by-election campaigns. Arron Banks, who has made substantial donations to the Conservatives over a number of years, is the latest supporter to jump ship in recent weeks, Sky News reported.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @IndyPolitics: Millionaire Tory donor Arron Banks defects to Ukip with £100,000 donation ind.pn/YRmJkZ

Oct 01, 2014

Now Tory donor Arron Banks has jumped ship, with a £100,000 present for Mr Farage ind.pn/1xA7oo0

Top international skiers Jean Phillipe Auclair and Carl Andreas Fransson found dead after Chile avalanche

independent.co.uk — Jean Phillipe Auclair from Canada and Carl Andreas Fransson from Sweden had been working on an adventure documentary in Patagonia along with two other tourists from Sweden when they were hit by the sudden cascade of rocks and snow.

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

independent.co.uk — The vintage cat and mouse chase series first aired in 1940 and is often accused of racist stereotyping for featuring a black maid. In response to criticism, Amazon has reportedly added a warning for Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers noting that the programme "may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society".

Society of Biology Photography Award 2014 shortlist features a sea turtle eating a jellyfish, a spider at sunset and a chick embryo

independent.co.uk — This year's theme of Home, Habitat and Shelter drew almost 800 entries from amateur photographers competing to win the top prizes of £1,000 for over-18s and £500 for younger participants. The organisers encouraged photographers to "think creatively about the unique ways animals, plants and organisms exploit their environment in order to survive".
Oct 01, 2014

RT @IndyArts: The Society of Biology's Photography Award shortlist features some incredible natural images ind.pn/1rGDY44 pic.twitter.com/fbSLmsu8ZG

My patience is wearing thin with the rogue lenders who still won’t play fair

blogs.independent.co.uk — On the day that Britain's biggest payday lender Wonga revealed that its profits had been slashed by 53 per cent after a series of scandals, new research was published yesterday that showed payday lenders are not yet playing fair with customers.
Oct 01, 2014

My patience is wearing thin with the rogue lenders who still won’t play fair; my Money Blog blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/10/01/my-… via @Independent

Heard of crowdfunding? Entrepreneurs have: Nicola Horlick guest blog

blogs.independent.co.uk — Seventy-five entrepreneurs met in Sheffield this week at an event organized by law firm Irwin Mitchell. They were asked a number of questions about crowdfunding. Their responses were fascinating. When asked what funding sources they were likely to pursue in the next 12 months, only 38 per cent said that they were looking to traditional routes such as a bank or a venture capital firm.

Kiss songwriter Stephen Coronel facing child pornography charges

independent.co.uk — The guitarist, 63, was arrested in Beaufort County, South Carolina on 26 September. After police working for the US Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated his apartment, he was charged with five counts of exploiting a minor. Sgt.

Missing Bristol girl, 15, believed to be heading to Syria 'may have been radicalised online'

independent.co.uk — The 15-year-old, from Bristol, was reported missing from her home last week, is believed to have travelled to Turkey with a 17-year-old girl from London. The pair are now thought to be attempting to cross the border into Turkey's war-torn neighbour.
Oct 01, 2014

RT @Independent: Missing Bristol girl, 15, believed to be heading to Syria 'may have been radicalised online' ind.pn/1nJYocR pic.twitter.com/YKslkkdATA

35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'

Oct 01, 2014

Walrus gather on Alaska beach as there's no sea ice left. These pics feel worrying ind.pn/1nJYhyc pic.twitter.com/xeBHXGD4E4

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