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Syria negotiator quits over failure of UN peace talks

Mr Alloush said the UN-backed talks had failed to ease the plight of Syrians in rebel-held areas. Credit: Reuters

The chief peace negotiator of Syria's mainstream opposition has resigned over the failure of UN-backed talks in Geneva to reach a political settlement and ease the plight of Syrians in rebel-held areas.

Mohamed Alloush said in a statement that the talks had also failed to secure the release of thousands of detainees, or to push Syria towards a political transition without President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr Alloush is also the representative of the powerful Jaish al Islam rebel faction in the Saudi-based High Negotiations Committee,

The UN-backed parties have not set a date for the resumption of the peace talks after the High Negotiations Committee suspended their participation until the situation on the ground in Syria has radically changed.


German MP hit with chocolate cake over migrant stance

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A left-wing German politician has been hit in the face with a chocolate cake at a political meeting.

German MP Sahra Wagenknecht was attending a meeting of Germany's Linke party in Magdeburg.

A group calling itself Anti-Fascist Initiative 'Cake for Misanthropists' is thought to have been behind the attack after distributing flyers criticising her position on migrants.

Ms Wagenknecht has called for a limit on the number of refugees Germany should accept.


PM under fire from Conservative colleagues

Conservatives Leave campaigners have been lining up to criticise Prime Minister David Cameron this weekend over immigration and his views on Britain remaining in the EU.

Labour's Alan Johnson, campaigning for the Remain camp, called the Conservative infighting "very ugly".

ITV News political correspondent Lewis Vaughn Jones reports.

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