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British Muslims call for release of IS-held Brit hostage

British Muslim scholars have called for the release of a British aid worker being held by Islamic State, describing the threats against him as "totally prohibited" under Islamic law.

Alan Henning, 47 , the former taxi driver from Manchester, was threatened by IS militants at the end of a video showing the murder of David Haines.

Alan Henning has been threatened by Islamic State militants.

In a YouTube video, Shaykh Haitham Al Haddad appeals for the immediate and "unconditional" release of Henning, telling militants: "executing this man is totally harem (prohibited) according to Sharia."

"Whatever your grievances with American or British foreign policy, executing this man is not the answer," Al Haddad added.

Imam Shakeel Begg, of Lewisham Islamic Centre, says there is "no justification in our religion that allows you to continue to hold him let alone harm him".

The video comes after more than 100 Muslim leaders from across the UK signed an open letter calling for Mr Henning's release.

Gordon Brown to unveil post-No vote vision

Gordon Brown will unveil his vision for the future of Scotland today after Scots rejected the chance to leave the United Kingdom.

Gordon Brown has been credited for his role in the No campaign. Credit: PA Wire

The former Prime Minister - who has been widely praised for his role in securing a No vote in Thursday's referendum - will address voters in Fife about what next steps he wants to see in Scotland.

Brown made a passionate plea for Scots to remain part of the union before the vote.

His planned speech comes as Ed Miliband prepares for the Labour party conference, where he is expected to face questions over the timetable for constitutional reform.


Intruder managed to run through White House doors

An intruder managed to make it through doors into the White House before he was caught, officials say.

An armed agent is seen following the evacuation. Credit: Reuters

Omar J Gonzalez, 42, jumped over a fence and ran towards the residence before entering the North Portico doors, sparking a partial evacuation of staff and reporters.

The incident occurred just minutes after President Obama and his daughters had left in a helicopter.

After Gonzalez was detained and a search of the area complete, workers were allowed to re-enter the White House.

A Secret Service spokesperson told NBC News it "will review the response to ensure that proper protocol is followed."

Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agree peace plan

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels have agreed a deal to strengthen a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

More than 3,000 people have died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

The deal includes creating a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants, withdrawing heavy weapons and foreign fighters and bans flights by military aircraft over eastern Ukraine.

Agreement was reached following talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk between representatives of Ukraine, Russia, separatists and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

It is hoped the agreement will add substance to the ceasefire deal that was signed on September 5.

More than 3,000 people have been killed since fighting began in the region five months ago.

Six arrests after clashes in Glasgow's George Square

Police have arrested six people after trouble between independence and pro-unionist campaigners in Glasgow's George Square.

Officers, some on horses, separated the groups as hundreds flocked to the square following Scotland's No result in the referendum.

Police on horses had to separate rival supporters on Friday night. Credit: Reuters

No campaigners, draped in union flags, let off a flare before singing Rule Britannia.

Reports on social media of a stabbing and that a fire next to the Glasgow Herald offices had been started by protesters proved inaccurate.

Police said the numbers gathered quickly fell by around 1am.


Two Brits missing after hurricane in Mexico

A search is under way for two Britons who have been reported missing at sea after a hurricane in Mexico.

The British nationals were reported missing yesterday aboard a yacht in the Sea of Cortez.

Two Britons are missing off the Mexican coast. Credit: Google Maps

Marines and sailors are said to be involved in a search operation for the Britons.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told ITV News: "We are in touch with the local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the families at this difficult time."

Hurricane Odile has left Mexico's Baja California Peninsula devastated since last weekend, affecting water and power supplies, and sparking widespread looting.

Labour activists gather for party's annual conference

Labour activists will gather today ahead of the start of the party's annual conference following Scotland's decision to reject independence.

Ed Miliband has arrived in Manchester ahead of his party's annual conference. Credit: PA Wire

Ed Miliband arrived in Manchester as Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to ensure English MPs were the only politicians allowed to vote on issues that affect England.

But Mr Miliband said he wants a national debate on the issue of constitutional reform.

Any moves to restrict Scottish MPs' votes on English matters could undermine any future Labour Government.

The Labour event is due to begin with a women's conference as Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero all address activists.

Duke of Cambridge to visit Malta in place of Duchess

The Duke of Cambridge is set to visit Malta today as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of their independence.

The Duke of Cambridge will visit Malta in place of his pregnant wife today. Credit: PA Wire

William is taking the place of his pregnant wife Kate who was forced to cancel her first official solo overseas tour due to a severe form of morning sickness.

The couple announced they were expecting their second child earlier this month, and William admitted they had experienced a "tricky few days" as Kate continued to suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum.

The Duke will meet with Malta's president and prime minister, before visiting the national library and watching a historical re-enactment.

He is then expected to give a speech and attend a fireworks display.

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