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PM refuses to confirm 'Jihadi John's' identity

David Cameron has refused to confirm the identity of a Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John", reported to be a London-based graduate called Mohammed Emwazi.

The masked Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John'.

Mr Cameron said he would not discuss specific individuals or cases, but said the Government and security services would "do anything we can" to "find these people and put them out of action".

Speaking in Wales, the Prime Minister also defended the security services against accusations they allowed "Jihadi John" to "slip through the net".

He said the "incredibly impressive" security services had disrupted a number of terror plots in recent months, adding: "I'm satisfied we have in place the right ways of scrutinising the work these extraordinary men and women do on our behalf.

"All I can say is, even in the last few months, their dedication and work has saved us from plots on the streets of the United Kingdom that could have done immense damage."


Price of first and second class stamps to increase by 1p

The price of first and second class stamps is to increase by 1p each to 63p and 54p from March 30, the Royal Mail announced today.

A general view of first and second-class stamps. Credit: PA Wire

Sending a large letter will increase by 2p to 95p for first class and by 1p to 74p for second class.

Second-class medium parcels weighing up to 2kg will be priced at £4.89, which Royal Mail said represents a saving of up to £3.11.

The postal group said it had thought "carefully" about the impact on its customers before deciding to raise letter prices, adding that it recognised how the recent tough economic conditions had made it difficult for consumers and businesses.

Stamp prices in the UK were among the best value in Europe, it added.

German parliament approves Greece bailout extension

The German parliament has approved a deal to extend Greece's financial bailout by four months.

A total of 542 MPs within the 631-seat chamber voted in favour of approving the extension.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has overwhelmingly backed the extension of Greece's bailout despite dissension from within their ranks and in the German press. Credit: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

The approval came after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble - a sceptic of Athens - promised Greece would not be allowed to "blackmail" its European partners.

The vote in the Bundestag was the only major hurdle for the four-month exension for the most heavily indebted country in the euro zone.


Syria girls: Turkish Airlines assisting investigation

Turkish Airlines says it is assisting an investigation into three British schoolgirls who are feared to have crossed into Syria to join Islamic State.

From left to right: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum at Gatwick Airport. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Amira Abase and Shamima Begum, both 15, and 16-year-old Kadiza Sultana boarded a Turkish Airlines flight from Gatwick to Istanbul on February 17 and police believe the London trio have now crossed the Turkish border into Syria.

A statement from the airline said: "Turkish Airlines is assisting the relevant government bodies in their inquiries but is unable to respond to or comment specifically in relation to the subject matter of ongoing investigations."

Earlier this week, Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said Turkish Airlines had "serious questions" to answer over why it allowed the girls unaccompanied on to a flight.

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