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US authorises departure of family members from Mali

The US State Department says it has authorised the voluntary departure of eligible family members and non-emergency personnel from its embassy in Bamako, Mali.

Bamako, Mali. Credit: Google Maps

The move comes following an attack on a hotel in the capital last month. It said in a statement that the US Embassy in Mali will provide only emergency consular services to American citizens for the foreseeable future.

The State Department said security in Mali remains fluid and the potential for attacks throughout the country remains.

Arguments rage at Westminster ahead of Syria vote

David Cameron has urged Conservative MPs to take a stand against terror as parliament prepares for a vote on launching airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

But the Prime Minister still faces some opposition, not least from Labour's Jeremy Corbyn and the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

Less than half British public back Syria strikes

The British public is turning against airstrikes with less than half now backing David Cameron's plans to join military action in Syria, a new poll suggests.

The proportion of people in favour of strikes has slumped from 59 per cent to 48 per cent, according to a YouGov survey for The Times newspaper.

Meanwhile, those who said they were against the action rose to 31 per cent from an earlier figure of 20 per cent.

The number of those undecided remained steady at 21 per cent.

Although the figures show that a growing number of people agree with Jeremy Corbyn, who has argued strongly against airstrikes, it is not translating into a boost in support for the Labour leader.

Just 24 per cent judged him to be performing well, down from 30 per cent a week earlier, the poll found.


Syria airstrikes: Cameron accuses Jeremy Corbyn of being 'terrorist sympathiser'

It's thought No.10 is concerned support from Labour's backbenchers may be waning. Credit: PA

David Cameron has appealed to Conservative MPs to help him gain an overall majority in parliament in favour of military action in Syria by warning them against voting alongside "Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers".

The Guardian reports that the Prime Minister told a meeting of the 1922 Committee that he needed to win a vote on the basis of Tory support to secure a clear consensus.

Mr Cameron reportedly told the committee:

You should not be walking through the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers.

– David Cameron

Iraq PM: 'We don't need foreign ground troops'

The Iraqi Prime Minister said his country does not need foreign ground troops after the United States announced it was sending a special forces unit to help combat Islamic State.

"The Iraqi government stresses that any military operation or the deployment of any foreign forces - special or not - in any place in Iraq cannot happen without its approval and coordination and full respect of Iraqi sovereignty," Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.

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