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Taliban leader died two years ago, says spy agency

The Taliban's leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital, Afghanistan's intelligence agency has claimed.

The statement by National Directorate of Security spokesman Hasib Sediqi came after the Afghan government said it was investigating reports of Omar's death, just days ahead of an expected second round of peace talks with the Taliban.

The NDS has previously said privately that its intelligence indicated Omar was dead, but it has not provided proof.


Impressive England skittle underwhelming Australia

Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the bowlers. Credit: PA

England took control of the Third Test at Edgbaston by dismissing Australia for just 136 in less than 37 overs on day one.

Jimmy Anderson picked up six wickets, as the tourists struggled with the Lancastrian's swing.

Only Chris Rogers came out of the innings with any credit with the bat, hitting 52 before being trapped LBW by Stuart Broad.

Unison backs Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership bid

Jeremy Corbyn has gained support from Unison Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Unison has backed Jeremy Corbyn's bid to become the new Labour leader.

The trade union's leaders announced today that they had decided to nominate Corbyn as their pick for Labour party leader, with Yvette Cooper confirmed as the union's second choice.

Unison's general secretary Dave Prentis said:

Jeremy Corbyn's message has resonated with public sector workers who have suffered years of pay freezes, redundancies with too many having to work more for less.

They have been penalised for too long by a government that keeps on taking more and more from them. Their choice shows a clear need for change towards a fairer society where work is fairly rewarded, and where those living and working in poverty supported.

Today's decision is a recommendation and our members are of course free to cast their vote as to who they think should lead the Labour Party.

– Dave Prentis

Barclays boss refuses to say how many jobs will go

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Barclays boss John McFarlane has hinted there are more job cuts to come at the bank but refused to say how many would employees would be axed.

The executive chairman would not confirm reports that 30,000 jobs at the bank are to go although admitted that any losses were likely to be predominantly outside of the UK.

"It is fair to say that with the actions we will take, the company will get smaller in terms of headcount but we are not going to speculate on what that is and actually at this point in time we don't know what that is," he said.

McFarlane's comments come after Barclays recorded a 25% rise in first half year profits although return for shareholders remained low.


Operation Stack expected to last into weekend on M20

Operation Stack is expected to remain in effect on the M20 into the weekend, Kent Police has said.

Woman arrested 'trying to take three children to Syria'

A 30-year-old woman from Leicester has been arrested allegedly trying to take three children with her to Syria to commit terrorism, West Midlands Police said.

She was arrested at Birmingham Airport by officers at 9.40am this morning.

Her home address and another associated address are currently being searched.

Officers are working with partner agencies to ensure the three children travelling with her are safeguarded, a police statement said.

Police now have up to 36 hours to question the woman before charging, releasing, bailing or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention.

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