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Protests set against upcoming Nato summit in Wales

Protests are expected this afternoon in south Wales ahead of a Nato summit later this week.

The Stop the War Coalition's 'No to Nato' demonstration is set to go on until the end of the summit, which runs over September 4th and 5th.

The Stop the War website says the 60 leaders, including President Obama, are meeting to "plan their war on the world".

It is expected that the crisis in Ukraine and how to respond to alleged Russian aggression in the region will be high on the agenda at the summit.

Read: Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

Ukraine crisis likely to top agenda at EU summit

The crisis in Ukraine is likely to dominate an extraordinary summit of European Union leaders today in Brussels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday issued a strongly worded warning to Western nations not to "mess" with Russia, pointing out that it is a nuclear-armed power.

Nato allies are also reportedly considering a new rapid reaction force to boost the military bloc's defences in response to Russia's apparent involvement in Ukraine.

Read: Putin to foreign states: 'It's best not to mess with us'

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Pickles plan to help residents scrap yellow lines

Local residents could get the right to challenge yellow lines on their roads, under proposals to be unveiled by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The Daily Mail reports that Mr Pickles wants residents to be able to launch a formal review if more than 50 of them - or over 10% of the population - are against yellow lines.

Eric Pickles wants to help local residents get rid of unwanted yellow lines.
Eric Pickles wants to help local residents get rid of unwanted yellow lines. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

‘Too often, yellow lines are imposed on neighbourhoods or the high street, without fair consideration of the livelihood of residents, local shops or the availability of parking spaces,’ Mr Pickles said.

The policy could also apply to "unfair parking charges" and other unpopular parking policies.

Read: Council 'spy cars' could soon be banned in England

US authorities investigate possible threat to Obama

Authorities in the US state of Connecticut are investigating a possible threat against President Obama, according to local media reports.

A statement from the US Secret Service, which oversees the President's personal security, said: "Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided."

The US Secret Service said it was working to establish the 'validity' of the threat to President Obama.
The US Secret Service said it was working to establish the 'validity' of the threat to President Obama. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

A local newspaper said state police were looking for a man who had allegedly made a threat against Obama.

He was believed to have been driving a car with Connecticut licence plates.

Obama was making a number of fundraising appearances in the north-east of the country on Friday.

Ghana to serve as UN base for Ebola supplies

Ghana will serve as a base for supplies to help countries struck by the Ebola outbreak, which has already killed 1,500 people.

The disease began in south-eastern Guinea and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with the first case reported in Senegal this week.

A statement from the Ghanaian presidency said President John Dramani Mahama had agreed for his country to be used as a base during a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

"Using [Ghana's capital] Accra as the logistics and coordination centre would...open a vital corridor to get urgently needed supplies and health personnel into the affected countries and areas," the statement said.

Read: Health officials: Number of Ebola cases is rocketing

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

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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

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'

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