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Miliband urges 'mandatory deradicalisation programme'

Part of the strategy to tackle Islamic State (IS) should be a mandatory deradicalisation programme for anyone "drawn into the fringes of extremism" in Iraq and Syria, Ed Miliband has said.

In a piece for the Independent, the Labour leader says the Home Office must overhaul its Prevent strategy to "equip communities with the tools to stop young people being sucked into extremist ideology".

Mr Miliband also argues that measures should be toughened up for the most serious cases.

He says this should include "revisiting the case for control orders", which were introduced under the last Labour government but scrapped by the Coalition.

Read: Miliband calls for 'multilateral' strategy to defeat IS

Miliband calls for 'multilateral' strategy to defeat IS

Ed Miliband has called for a new strategy involving nations in the Middle East to help tackle the causes behind the rise of Islamic State (IS).

Writing in the Independent, the Labour leader says the military power of the US has "a big role to play" but argued that taking on the terrorist group needs a wide-ranging plan.

Ed Miliband says only a multilateral approach can defeat Islamic State.
Ed Miliband says only a multilateral approach can defeat Islamic State. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"We can only comprehensively defeat Isis with a multilateral alliance, embracing the region, for political, diplomatic and humanitarian action," Mr Miliband says.

He also backed a plan from France's president, Francois Hollande, for an international conference

Read: British would-be jihadist: 'I regard Britain as an enemy

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Lib Dems pledge extra four weeks of paternity leave

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to extend paternity leave from two to six weeks, under manifesto plans unveiled today.

It means parental leave would be extended to 58 weeks in total.

The new policy goes further than the Government's introduction of shared parental leave, which means mothers and fathers can split an entitlement of 52 weeks between them.

A parent taking up to 26 weeks off is then entitled to return to the job they were working in before their child's birth.

Read: How will the reforms affect my parental leave?

Paternity leave plan 'will establish dads' role early on'

Giving fathers a 'use it or lose it' six weeks of paternity leave will encourage them to play a key role in the early life of their children, according to a Lib Dem minister.

The party is pledging to give fathers and mothers each six weeks of time off work, with another 46 weeks of leave to be shared between the parents as they see fit.

Fathers would be able to spend more time with their new born baby under the Lib Dem plans.
Fathers would be able to spend more time with their new born baby under the Lib Dem plans. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Business and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said: "It is a nonsense to think it is only the mother's job to look after children. Parenting is a shared responsibility."

"The 'use it or lose' it six weeks will establish the important role of dads early on, and encourage couples to use the full flexibility on offer," she added.

Bank overdraft fees 'too high or unfair', customers say

About 2.5m people used an unauthorised overdraft in the last year, with over two thirds saying charges on them are too high or unfair.

The poll for consumer magazine Which? found over a third of people (36%) were surprised at how high their charges were, with 68% saying they were too high.

Many bank customers say fees for unauthorised overdrafts are too high.
Many bank customers say fees for unauthorised overdrafts are too high. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Which? said 25,000 people had now signed up to a campaign called 'Stop Sneaky Fees and Charges' aimed at misleading or overly high fees.

Read: Time to probe the £8bn made from 'overdrawn Britain'

A pleasant weekend ahead with good sunny spells

With high pressure building and low pressure moving away, it's set to be a very pleasant weekend with warmer temperatures and some good spells of sunshine.

This means some good sunny spells across the board, coupled with some showers as well tomorrow. Expect highs of 21C.

Sunday will start along the same lines, but will get more damp and breezy as the day goes on.

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Neighbourhood to reopen after Ebola quarantine

Liberia will end its quarantine of Ebola-hit neighbourhoods in capital city Monrovia tomorrow morning, the government has announced.

The coastal West Point neighbourhood will be opened up again at 7am (6am GMT) after residents cooperated with health checks and education seminars about the disease.

The neighbourhood was sealed off last week, sparking angry scenes from residents. Soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on the crowds, who threw rocks as they tried to escape.

Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

Seven Nato allies are to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, according to the Financial Times.

David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force ahead of the Nato summit next week.
David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force ahead of the Nato summit next week. Credit: Reuters

The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.

Other countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.

Footage released of US airstrike on Islamic State truck

Military footage has been released showing what the US Defense Department claims is an American airstrike on an armed truck being driven by Islamic State militants.

The video, shot on Tuesday, is taken from an aircraft which circles the truck from above before a missile hits it from the side.

The US has launched airstrikes to protect American facilities and personnel, and in support of Iraqi and Kurdish security forces trying to combat the Islamic State.

George Galloway 'badly bruised' in street attack

Controversial Respect MP George Galloway was badly bruised after he was attacked in the street tonight, his spokesman said.

Respect MP George Galloway is in "pretty bad shape" after the attack.
Respect MP George Galloway is in "pretty bad shape" after the attack. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in Notting Hill, west London, when the incident happened.

The spokesman said: "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.

"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust.

"George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in a pretty bad shape."

Metropolitan Police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of ABH and taken to the south London police station where he remains.

The motivation for the attack is unclear but Mr Galloway caused recent offence when he announced Bradford was an "Israeli-free area".

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