Reform's Andrew Haldenby says other countries are "baffled" by the UK attitude on a private sector role in the NHS.
More £100,000 has been returned to victims of postal scams thanks to a special initiative between National Trading Standards and the Royal Mail.
Ed Sheeran on his long journey from homelessness and sleeping on the tube to fame
Ticket prices for some English football games have risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living, according to BBC Sport's Price of Football study.
Police in Freetown, Sierra Leone, fire tear gas as people take to the streets to complain about the authorities' handling of the Ebola virus.
More than 14,000 homes are left without power in Sydney and across New South Wales as a powerful storm batters the eastern Australian coast.
Three people are taken to hospital after a serious car crash involving a pedestrian on the Malone Road in Belfast.
Wednesday's headlines include plans to extend the smoking ban to public parks and a new Conservative pledge on cutting inheritance tax.
Police in Hong Kong clash with pro-democracy protesters and arrest dozens as they clear an underpass near the government headquarters.
A global drive is needed to tackle the roots of extremism by making education systems in all countries teach respect for other religions, Tony Blair says.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union are staging a 24-hour walkout on Wednesday.
The death toll from Ebola has risen to 4,447, mainly in West Africa, the World Health Organization estimates, as it predicts thousands of new cases.
Elections are being held in Mozambique, with the ruling Frelimo party facing a tough challenge from longstanding opponents in the Renamo party.
Inflation in China eased to a near five-year low in September, adding to evidence of a slowdown in the world's second largest economy.
Voting begins in state elections in India in what is seen as PM Narendra Modi's first major test after his party's landslide general election win.
Senior military officials from the two Koreas are holding talks for the first time in seven years, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports.
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Crowds of pro-democracy protesters have clashed with riot police in Hong Kong as tensions escalate following more than two weeks of demonstrations.
Serbia's Euro 2016 qualifier match with Albania was abandoned after a drone carrying a political message sparked clashes involving players and fans on the football pitch.
The US increases air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syrian, the Pentagon says, as President Obama predicts "a long-term" fight.