Breaking news Moazzam Begg: 'Little has changed since beginning of war on terror'

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3:16pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

UPDATE: Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg accused the Government of "demonising the Muslim community" as he walked free from jail after terror charges linked to the civil war in Syria were dramatically dropped.

Breaking news After seven months in custody charges against Moazzam Begg dropped

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11:07am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg will walk free from prison after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him linked to the civil war in Syria.

Breaking news Family of Yusra Hussien plea for her to come home

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2:48pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

The parents of missing 15-year-old schoolgirl Yusra Hussien, who is believed to be heading to Syria after becoming radicalised, have urged her to come home.

Accused says she 'did not poison mum'

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9:33am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A woman who allegedly poisoned her mother in a Breaking Bad inspired murder plot admitted she imagined herself as a character in the TV series or a "Mexican drug warlord".

New 'banning orders' will outlaw extremist groups

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2:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

British values will prevail in the fight against extremism, Home Secretary Theresa May said as she set out a raft of new measures to tackle radical and terrorist elements in Britain.

Galloway: 'This will not be solved by bombing. We've been bombing Iraqis for 100 years'

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3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Millions of people controlled by the "imaginary army" of Islamic State (IS) are inactive in challenging the extremists because of Western polices and invasion, George Galloway has said.

Daughter bought poison to kill mum on web

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2:22pm Friday 26th September 2014

A volunteer for the London Olympics arranged to buy a deadly dose of poison to murder her mother over Christmas in a Breaking Bad-inspired murder plot, a court has heard.

Coroner to urge for safety overhaul after death of Santosh Muthiah

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1:32pm Friday 26th September 2014

A coroner will urge the Government to overhaul consumer safety standards after a father who was able to save his two children died from a fire caused by a faulty fridge-freezer.

PM: 'We need Muslims to reclaim their religion from these extremists'

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12:16pm Friday 26th September 2014

David Cameron set out the case for air strikes against Islamic State militants after recalling Parliament for an emergency debate about taking on the extremists' "network of death". The Prime Minister said there was "no more serious an issue" than deciding whether to commit British forces to the international effort to tackle IS and acknowledged the military effort would last "not just months, but years". MPs will vote on whether to back the Royal Air Force joining the US-led bombing campaign, but British air strikes will be limited to Iraq rather than IS strongholds in Syria. Opening the debate in the Commons Mr Cameron said: "The question before the House today is how we keep the British people safe from the threat posed by Isil and, in particular, what role our armed forces should play in the international coalition to dismantle and ultimately destroy what President Obama has rightly called this network of death. "There is no more serious an issue than asking our armed forces to put themselves in harm's way to protect our country." "This is not a threat on the far side of the world," Mr Cameron told MPs. "Left unchecked, we will face a terrorist caliphate on the shores of the Mediterranean, bordering a Nato member, with a declared and proven determination to attack our country and our people. "This is not the stuff of fantasy - it is happening in front of us and we need to face up to it." The Prime Minister said he would set out why there was a direct threat to the UK, that there was a "comprehensive plan for dealing with the threat", that military action was necessary, including UK involvement, that it was legal, had the support of local partners and "added up to a moral justification for putting the lives of British service men and women on the line". Outlining the domestic threat, he pointed out that the jihadist group had "already murdered one British hostage and is threatening the lives of two more", plotted attacks which would have affected British tourists and were "a terrorist organisation unlike those we have dealt with before". Mr Cameron said there was "a strong case for us to do more in Syria" but recognised that it would require more work to secure Parliamentary approval of extending British involvement to that country. Mr Cameron said the military action would come as part of a "clear comprehensive plan" which included "tough, uncompromising" measures at home to prevent attacks. These included previously-announced new powers to seize passports, strip British nationality from dual nationals and ensure airlines comply with no-fly orders. "In all of this, we are being clear about the cause of the terrorist threat we face," said the PM. "That means defeating the poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism by tackling all forms of extremism, not just the violent extremists." This involved banning preachers of hate and organisations which incite terrorism. "Of course, some will say that any action you take will further radicalise young people," Mr Cameron went on. "I have to say this is a counsel of despair. The threat of radicalisation is already here. Young people have left our country to go and fight with these extremists. "We must take action at home, but we must also have a comprehensive strategy to defeat these extremists abroad." Labour veteran Dennis Skinner intervened to ask the Prime Minister: "How long will this war last and when will mission creep start?" Mr Cameron replied: "This is going to be a mission that will take not just months but years, but I believe we have to be prepared for that commitment." Continuing his answer to Mr Skinner's question, Mr Cameron said: "The reason for that is, I think, quite rightly America, Britain and others are not contemplating putting combat troops on the ground. "There will be troops on the ground but they will be Iraqi troops, they will be Kurdish troops, and we should be supporting them in all the ways that I will describe." The Prime Minister said he was clear that the the rise of IS terrorists was down to the "poisonous narrative" of Islamist extremism that takes hold in broken states around the world. He called on Muslims to "reclaim their religion" from extremists, something he said is happening in Britain. He said: "We should be very clear that the cause of this problem is the poisonous narrative of Islamist extremism. "Wherever there are broken states, conflicts, civil wars, we see this problem arise. "Whether it is Boko Haram in Nigeria, whether it is al Qaida in the Yemen, or whether it is Isil in Iraq or Syria. "We need Muslims to reclaim their religion from these extremists. "That is happening in our country and happening around the world." Mr Cameron said the UK had a "duty" to take part and could not "subcontract" protecting British streets from terrorism to others. "Britain has unique assets that no other coalition ally can contribute," he said. "The Brimstone precision missile which minimises the risk of civilian casualties and which even the United States doesn't have. We have our unique surveillance and intelligence capabilities. We have highly professional forces which are well used to working with their US counterparts. "These are some of the reasons why President Obama made clear to me that America wants Britain to join the air action in Iraq. "But I believe it is also our duty to take part. "This international operation is about protecting our people too and protecting the streets of Britain should not be a task that we are prepared to entirely subcontract to other air forces of other countries." The Prime Minister admitted that air strikes alone would not solve the problem but insisted they were an indispensable part of a wider strategy. He said he agreed with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's assertion that missiles can kill terrorists but it takes good governance to stamp out terrorism. Mr Cameron also accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of acting as a "recruiting sergeant" for extremists by "butchering his own people". Responding to an intervention from senior Tory Sir Edward Leigh, he rejected the allegation that the previous Iraq war led directly to the rise of IS. The PM said: "I am not claiming that by air strikes alone we can roll back this problem. "What this problem requires is a comprehensive strategy, including a well-formed Iraqi government and well-formed Iraqi armed forces because they in the end will be the ones who have to defeat this on the ground. "But where I disagree with you is the cause of how this came about. I would say that the two most principal causes of this problem as I have said - there is the background of Islamist extremism. "But the two principal causes are the fact that in Syria Assad has been butchering his own people and acting as a recruiting sergeant to the extremists, and secondly that in Iraq we had a Maliki government that did not represent all the people of Iraq. "I thought in one of the most powerful interventions I have heard him make, Ban Ki Moon got it spot on when he said that, look, missiles can kill terrorists, but it is good governance that will kill terrorism. "We should have that thought front and back of mind as we debate this afternoon." Mr Cameron outlined his strategy to use humanitarian and diplomatic efforts to combat the extremists, as well as disrupting their finances and the flow of foreign fighters through the UN. He went on: "Vitally, this strategy also involves political efforts to support the creation of a new and genuinely inclusive government in Iraq and to bring about a transition of power in Syria that can lead to a new representative and accountable government in Damascus that it too can take the fight to Isil. "But, yes, as one part of this comprehensive strategy I do believe that our military have an indispensable role to play." Mr Cameron said it was made clear to the Iraqi government that outside help was "conditional on you defending and protecting all of your people, and that must include the Sunnis in Iraq as well". He said he remained hopeful of support from "particular countries that may be able to encourage the Sunni tribes" to be involved in the fight. Mr Cameron said Iran had a "role to play" in addressing the crises in both Syria and Iraq. "The jury is still out on whether they will play that role but we should certainly be encouraging them to do that," he said. Mr Cameron met Iran's president Hassan Rouhani for historic talks at the United Nations earlier this week. The Prime Minister was challenged by former Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt about the UK's reluctance to supply arms to the Free Syrian Army. Mr Cameron told him there were no plans to provide weapons to the opposition forces in Syria. He backed the US-led air strikes against IS targets in Syria, but no British action can be taken there without a further debate and vote at Westminster. "I do believe there is a strong case for us to do more in Syria but I did not want to bring a motion to the House today which there wasn't consensus for," he said "It's better if our country can proceed on the basis of consensus." He added that he did not believe there was a "legal barrier" to action in Syria but he acknowledged the situation there was "more complicated" than in Iraq because of the civil war and the position of President Assad. Mr Cameron said the air action that has already taken place in Iraq has made a difference, saving the lives of minorities who "otherwise would be butchered" by IS. Setting out why he believed military action was necessary, he said "without it I don't believe there is a realistic prospect of degrading and defeating Isil". He added: "There already is a military conflict taking place. Isil have taken territory, they are butchering people in Iraq. "Iraqi, including Kurdish, security forces are already fighting Isil. We have to decide if we are going to support them, and I believe that we should. "In Iraq, the real work of destroying Isil will be for the Iraqi security forces. But they need our military help." Mr Cameron said that even if IS are defeated, Britain will be dealing with the problem of Islamist extremism for many more years. He said: "Even after Isil has been dealt with, we should be in no doubt that future British prime ministers and future British governments, I suspect, will be standing at this Despatch Box, dealing with this issue of Islamist extremism in different forms and in different parts of the world for many years to come. "Isil has sprung up quickly but around the world we see the mayhem caused by other groups, whether that is Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabaab in Somalia, al Qaida in Yemen. "We are dealing here with a generational struggle caused by the perversion of one of the world's great religions, Islam. "But I have no doubt that this struggle is one which this House and this country is more than equal to." The PM reiterated that his ability to take specific military action without the approval of MPs if responding to an imminent humanitarian catastrophe or if a crucial British interest was under threat. He said: "I think the convention that has grown up in recent years that the House of Commons is properly consulted and has a proper vote is a good convention and I think is particularly apt when there is, as there is today, a proposal for, as it were, premeditated military action. "But I think it's important to reserve the right that if there was a critical British national interest at stake or if there was the need to act to prevent humanitarian catastrophe then you could act immediately and explain to the House of Commons afterwards. "I'm being very frank about this because I don't want to mislead anybody." Mr Cameron said more had to be done to persuade former backers and funders of Isil - including key Western allies such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar - that they had made a "terrible mistake" that contributed to creating the present crisis. "There is more that needs to be done to persuade those that in the past might have backed organisations like Isil because they were seen as a Sunni Arab organisation that they made a terrible mistake and they should not do it again," he said. "That was very much what was being discussed around the table at the UN Security Council and an issue I support. "We need to have this very direct conversation with everyone in the Middle East which is the dangers of this sectarianism, supporting groups because they are Sunni or because they are Shia. "That is part of the background that has led us to this problem." The PM said the shadow of the 2003 decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq "hangs heavy" over today's vote but told MPs: "We must not use past mistakes as an excuse for indifference or inaction. "We will play our part in destroying these evil extremists, we will support our Muslim friends around the world as the reclaim their religion and, once again, our inspirational armed forces will put themselves in harm's way to keep our people and our country safe. "I pay tribute to their extraordinary bravery and service." He insisted that he was "not contemplating the use of British combat forces" as that was not the "most appropriate role for us". And he played down the criticism of Tory MP James Gray that the Government found itself "hamstrung" in being able to take appropriate action because of the need to have Labour's support for any commitment. "Is there not a place here for leadership and statesmanship rather than popular support of the country. He needs the support of the country but do we really need a vote?" Mr Gray said. Mr Cameron said it was right in a "robust democracy" that Parliament should have the chance to vote on military action in such pre-meditated circumstances. mfl Page 11: 12:05 Labour leader Ed Miliband acknowledged that there was "unease" about intervention following the 2003 Iraq War but said "we cannot simply stand by" against the threat of IS. He said: "As we debate this issue today, I understand the qualms and, for some, deep unease that there will be about this undertaking both in this House and in the country. "Those who advocate military action today have to persuade members of this House not just that Isil is an evil organisation but that it is we, Britain, who should take military action in Iraq." Mr Miliband said IS was targeting "anyone who does not subscribe to its deeply perverted ideology". "Let's be clear about what this is: Isil is murdering Muslims," he said. "So, to those who say that military action against Isil is somehow an attack on Islam, let me just say this: I understand the anxiety, including communities in Britain. "But the truth is entirely different." The ideology of IS had "nothing to do with the peaceful religion practised by billions of people across the world and by millions of our fellow citizens, who are appalled by their actions", he said. "Isil is not simply a murderous organisation; it has ambitions for a state of its own - a caliphate across the Middle East, run according to their horrific norms and values. "That's why I believe ... we cannot simply stand by against the threat of Isil." He said action against IS met his six criteria for intervention: there was a just cause, it was a last resort, there was a clear legal base, military action had a reasonable prospect of success, it had regional support, and was proportionate. The Labour leader said the legacy of the Iraq War meant there was a "heightened responsibility" on the UK to support the country's government. Quoting Robin Cook's resignation speech on the eve of the Iraq War, Mr Miliband said the former foreign secretary and leader of the Commons had told MPs "our interests are best protected not by unilateral action but by multilateral agreement and a world order governed by rules". Mr Miliband said: "This is multilateral action prompted by a legitimate, democratic state. "And a world order governed by rules, if it is about anything, must be about protecting a democratic state." Mr Miliband's refusal to back military action against the Assad regime in Syria last year led to a humiliating Commons defeat for the Prime Minister. The Labour leader said he had reservations about any future move to target IS in Syria. "We will consider any further proposition, if the Prime Minister so chooses to come back with it," he said. But there was a question of legitimacy, he said, and although there was a "strong argument" that action in Syria may be legal, "it would be better to seek a UN Security Council resolution". In Iraq, a ground campaign was being fought by Iraqi and Kurdish forces but in Syria "there is an outstanding question about who will perform that function". There was also a "big outstanding question" about the "overall outcome" being sought for Syria. But Tory John Baron, who warned the Prime Minister that military action could be "counter-productive", said there was "no clear exit strategy" from intervention in Iraq.

Pilgrims urged to check for latest Hajj advice

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9:55am Friday 26th September 2014

Everyone travelling for Hajj and Umrah is being urged to familiarise themselves with the all the latest health and travel advice and information.

Family of man shot in prison plea for safety

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9:13am Friday 26th September 2014

The family of a British man shot in a Pakistan prison where he is being held on blasphemy charges is appealing for his safety.

Student designer showcases designs inspired by burials

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5:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The rituals of burial have inspired an up-and-coming designer to create a sophisticated range of womenswear with a twist that hit the runway at the end of London Fashion Week.

Poison accused: 'As long as she is in the picture with her old fashioned ways I'll never be happy'

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1:43pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A woman who allegedly poisoned her mother in a Breaking Bad-inspired plot in order to be with her fiance admitted she was unlucky in love and had never received a Valentine's Day card.

Anjem Choudary arrested as part of police raids

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9:39am Thursday 25th September 2014

Anjem Choudary is understood to be one of nine men arrested following house searches in London and Stoke-on-Trent as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism.

Man shot in Pakistani prison

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11:43am Thursday 25th September 2014

A British man jailed under Pakistan's blasphemy laws has been shot and injured in prison.

'Men with many wives' or 'The men with high libidos?'

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9:12am Thursday 25th September 2014

Anti-Islamic headlines are wearyingly familiar. But ‘The Men With Many Wives’ is ludicrously genius.

Stunning new picture exhibition celebrates Sikh culture

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7:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

A new exhibition showcases the beauty and diversity of the two most ubiquitous symbols of Sikhism: the beard and the turban.

Tina Daheley to host India Unplugged

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5:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Broadcaster Tina Daheley is to front a new television series celebrating young film-makers in India.

Another 'Fake Sheikh' trial is dropped

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12:48pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

The trial of a fixer to the stars accused of being a drug dealer by 'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood has collapsed after the reporter allegedly lied in the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos.

Three arrests over murder of taxi-driver

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9:17am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A taxi driver shot dead in what police called an "execution-style" murder nearly 20 years ago have arrested two men over the killing.

Daughter accused of trying to poison mum

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4:49pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A lovestruck graphic designer tried to kill her magistrate mother by lacing her Diet Coke with lethal poison in a murder plot inspired by TV series Breaking Bad, a court has heard.

Jameel and Sam are first to get hold of new iPhone 6

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10:38am Friday 19th September 2014

One of the first people to get his hands on the new iPhone this morning felt "on top of the world" and said he wanted to celebrate by taking a selfie.

Police hunting two men after £3,000 worth of Asian jewellery stolen in St Albans burglary

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8:30am Friday 19th September 2014

The victim returned to his Watford Road home shortly after 8pm on Monday, September 15, and heard footsteps from the staircase.

'You have the ability to spare the life of this innocent man'

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5:12pm Thursday 18th September 2014

British Muslims have urged Briton Alan Henning's kidnappers to "show him some mercy" as he remains under threat of beheading.

Warning over threat of far-right extremists

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9:18am Thursday 18th September 2014

Ministers should not ignore the threat of violence from far-right extremists who are growing in number in the wake of Islamic State terrorism and crimes involving Muslims in Britain, a senior Home Office adviser has said.

Simon Nayyar selected to fight Feltham and Heston seat

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5:07pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Feltham and Heston Conservative Association have announced that Simon Nayyar will be their candidate for next year's General Election.

Singer Navin Kundra backing Sewa Day

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9:04am Thursday 18th September 2014

Singer Navin Kundra is backing Sewa Day 2014, which takes place on 5 October.

#notinmyname campaign launched by young British Muslims

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11:52am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Young Muslims, have launched a social media campaign against ISIS using #notinmyname, to register their rejection of the group’s actions.

£10 to watch London New Year's Eve fireworks display

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11:18am Wednesday 17th September 2014

People wanting to see this year's London New Year's Eve fireworks display will have to pay.

Dilpreet Bhatia wins The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

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3:39pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Indian Singer-Songwriter Dilpreet Bhatia is announced as the Grand Prize winner in the World Music category of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original song “Tere Bin Dil” .

£1700 raised at charity event to support victims of sexual violence

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9:55am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Wishful Smiles and Milaap raised £1700 to support victims of sexual violence. The charity event was held at the Atria Gallery Bhavan Centre, London.

Man asks women for public sex after 'having a bad day'

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11:19am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A man was asking women to have sex with him in a public place because he was 'having a bad day', Sutton Police have said.

Crime commissioner steps down after Rotherham sexual abuse scandal

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11:05am Tuesday 16th September 2014

South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has stepped down from the role after weeks of pressure over the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal.

Teenager sentenced over murder of market trader Rashid Naeem

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2:38pm Monday 15th September 2014

A 15-year-old boy who stabbed a market trader to death in a "primeval split-second of anger" was ordered today to spend at least 15 years behind bars.

Female law student denies murder charge

5:30pm Monday 15th September 2014

A female law student has denied murdering a minicab dispatcher who died after being stabbed in the neck earlier this year.

IS are 'not Muslims but monsters'

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1:33pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Britain stands ready to take "whatever steps are necessary" to help an international push to destroy the "evil" extremist group who murdered British aid worker David Haines, David Cameron said.

Coronation Street's Qasim Akhtar in new Vegas style shoot

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2:39pm Friday 12th September 2014

Forget Las Vegas - the Rat Pack have arrived in Weatherfield.

'Changes in cultural attitudes will leave elderly Asians without care'

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9:48am Friday 12th September 2014

Older people from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities fear changes in cultural attitudes will leave them without the family care, a new study has found.

Britain urged to play role in Kashmir

4:14pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Britain entering the Kashmir dispute without being asked would "smack of neo-imperialism" and appear arrogant, MPs have been told.

1,000 support extra safety measures at deadly Woolwich road

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4:13pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Woolwich neighbours calling for improved safety on their road after a shopkeeper was killed by a car say accidents are still happening.

'The issue with the dowry is what ultimately led to my divorce'

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11:11am Thursday 11th September 2014

Outrage has ensued after a 25-year-old woman in India was locked in a toilet for three years by her husband and in-laws as they tried to force her family to pay more dowry.

Company fined £35,000 for passing off non-halal meat as halal

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3:55pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A business has been fined £35,000 after pleading guilty to one offence relating the sale of non-Halal meat to a Trading Standards officer.

Why was terror threat raised?

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1:43pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

The potential return of radicalised jihadis from the Middle East to Britain's shores was "directly responsible" for the decision to raise the terror threat level, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Police plea over missing teenager

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7:40am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Alisha Parvez, 16, was last seen last week at her home on Thursday.

British jihadists 'should be charged with treason'

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1:10pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

British jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq should be charged with treason for giving "aid and comfort to the Queen's enemies", MPs have heard.

Abuse directed at Moeen Ali 'disgraceful'

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12:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Moeen Ali's father has hit out at the abuse directed towards the England all-rounder and labelled it "disgraceful".

Temple members donates to foodbank

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4:00pm Saturday 6th September 2014

The congregation of a Hindu temple collected more than £1,800 worth of food for the borough’s foodbank.

Wholesaler must pay £20k for issuing fake halal labels

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12:26pm Saturday 6th September 2014

A meat wholesaler and its director have been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 after admitting applying counterfeit halal certification labels to products.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Tribute Concert

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1:41pm Friday 5th September 2014

The timeless works and musical legacy of Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan will be celebrated at a tribute concert later this month.

Asian women urged to be careful after street gold thefts

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12:44pm Friday 5th September 2014

Police are advising Asian women not to wear valuable and attractive gold jewellery in public.


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