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Majority of young British Muslims 'feel disenfranchised'

A British Muslim leader has told ITV News he cannot reach young Muslims at risk of radicalisation because the vast majority feel disenfranchised.

Ajmal Masroor, who works against extremism, said his biggest problem in tackling the issue was the failure of Government policy in the past.

ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

Muslims criticise Cameron for policy on radicalisation

The Prime Minister faces criticism over his policy towards the radicalisation of young British Muslims from Muslims themselves

Hundreds have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State and other extremist groups, apparently including the man who murdered journalist James Foley on-screen.

A top adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain has told ITV News that firmer action is required from David Cameron.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:


Divides deepen in Iraq as condemnation of IS spreads

by - Africa Correspondent

Two attacks help tell the complex picture here in Iraq.

Firtly in Jalala, a city that has taken by IS just a few days ago. Today, Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought back, regaining territory, helped no doubt by those 93 American airstrikes over the last two weeks. IS said that it lost 50 of its militants in the firefight there.

And yet, north-east of Baghdad, a quite different story: A Sunni mosque was stormed there today - 70 worshippers were killed. Sunni politicians blame Shi'ite militiamen. Some of those politicians will now back out of discussions about forming a future government for this country.

It does seem here that sectarianism remains a barrier to political unity, yet abroad there is growing unity. Tonight, Saudi Arabia said it wanted the destruction of Islamic State. The Americans today saying that that group is more deadly, more powerful than it was six months ago.

US surveillance plane in close shave with Chinese jet

The US has lodged a formal diplomatic protest after a Chinese jet flew within 20-30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

A US Navy P-8 Poseidon similar to the one that had a close shave with a Chinese jet
A US Navy P-8 Poseidon similar to the one that had a close shave with a Chinese jet Credit: REUTERS/Greg Wood/Pool

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 metres from it.

The US Navy P-8 Poseidon, an anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane, was flying around 135 miles (217 km) east of Hainan Island, site of a sensitive Chinese submarine base.

Ben Rhodes, deputy White House national security adviser, said: "We have communicated directly to the Chinese government our objection to this type of action."


Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack

Two of Iraq's most influential Sunni politicians have pulled out of talks to form a new government after Shi'ite militia forces opened fire on a Sunni mosque killing 68 people.

Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri have pulled out of talks with the main Shi'ite alliance.

I confirm we have suspended negotiations with the National Alliance because of this crime, until the results of the investigations are announced.

– Raad al-Dahlaki, lawmaker with Jibouri's bloc

'At least 40' Palestinians wounded in Israeli air strikes

At least 40 Palestinians were wounded and four killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip today, Palestinian medical and health officials said.

Israeli forces carried out more than 25 air strikes in Gaza while more than 80 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, according to reports.

A paramedic instructs bystanders at a Gaza City hospital today
A paramedic instructs bystanders at a Gaza City hospital today Credit: Reuters

There were chaotic scenes in hospitals in Gaza City as the conflict raged for a fourth day since the latest ceasefire broke down on Tuesday.

A wounded man is brought into a Gaza City hospital on a stretcher
A wounded man is brought into a Gaza City hospital on a stretcher Credit: Reuters

More than 2,070 Palestinians have since been killed in the conflict, most of them civilians, while large areas of Gaza have been destroyed. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.

UN chief 'deeply concerned' by Russian convoy reports

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply concerned at reports of a Russian aid convoy entering Ukraine without permission from the nation's government.

Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement: "While recognizing the deteriorating humanitarian situation, any unilateral action has the potential of exacerbating an already dangerous situation in eastern Ukraine."

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