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'Accept more refugees' petition tops 300,000 signatures

A petition calling for the Government to accept more asylum seekers has now gained more than 300,000 signatures - three times the number required for the matter to be considered for a debate in Parliament.

The petition, on the government website, states: "There is a global refugee crisis. The UK is not offering proportional asylum in comparison with European counterparts.

"We can't allow refugees who have risked their lives to escape horrendous conflict and violence to be left living in dire, unsafe and inhumane conditions in Europe.

"We must help."

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Coffins of drowned Syrian children arrive in Istanbul

The coffins containing the bodies of Aylan Kurdi and his brother Galip arrive in Istanbul Credit: RTV

The coffins containing the bodies of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehan who drowned off the coast of Turkey have arrived in Istanbul.

Abduallah Kurdi, the boy's father, said he plans to return to their home in Kobani, in war-torn Syria, to bury his family.

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17-year-old boy stabbed to death in Brockley

A 17-year-old boy has died from his injuries after being stabbed in Brockley, south London, this evening.

Police were called to reports of a fight at Spalding House on Turnham Road around 6.15pm, where they found the victim and another teenage boy with stab wounds.

The pair were airlifted to hospital but one of the boys died shortly afterwards, with the other in a stable condition.

Witnesses told ITV News the attacker was male, and they saw him run from the scene, dropping his phone.

Police say no arrests have yet been made.

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