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Poll: UK Public 'oppose airstrikes on Islamic State'

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa.
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa, Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The majority of the British public still oppose airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to a poll.

Research by ComRes for the Independent found 35% of people thought the UK should take the action, compared to 50% who disagreed.

The idea of committing ground troops is even less popular, with just 20% in favour and 69% opposed.

The findings emerged after David Cameron again refused completely to rule out joining an international air campaign against IS.

Some 61% supported taking away the passports and citizenship of Britons suspected of joining the extremist group.

ComRes interviewed 1,001 adults by telephone between August 29 and 31. Data were weighted to represent the population and by past vote recall.

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Poll shows Scottish Independence vote narrowing

The Scottish Independence 'no vote' has collapsed to just a six point lead compared to a 22 point lead less than a month ago, a new poll has found.

Now 53% of those questioned would vote 'No' compared to 47% for the 'Yes' camp, with 'Don't know' responses stripped from the YouGov/The Sun poll.

With opinions hardening, some 85% say they are certain to vote, which is up from 82% on August 15.


Watching movies 'makes you eat more snacks'

Watching an action movie is worse for your waistline than switching on a talk show, new research has found.

A study found that viewing choice has a direct effect on the amount of snacks people consume in front of the TV.

A selection of snacks
Credit: PA

Volunteers gobbled twice as much while glued to a fast-paced action thriller than when they were entertained by celebrities being interviewed.

Lead researcher Dr Aner Tal, from Cornell University in the US, said: "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too.

"In other words, the more distracting the programme is the more you will eat."

Despite all being offered the same snacks, volunteers watching the action movie also consumed more calories - 354 compared with 215 for participants screened the chat show.

Nato set to create new 'high-readiness force'

Nato leaders meeting this week are expected to create "a very high-readiness force" to deal with Russian aggression in Ukraine.

The new force could include several thousand troops that will be mobilised for action in any potential 'hotspot' within 48 hours, according to officials.

Nato already has a rapid reaction force but US President Barack Obama and other leaders meeting for a summit in Wales this week are expected to create a new force that would be able to respond more quickly to a crisis.

We will develop what I would call a spearhead ... a very high-readiness force able to deploy at very short notice. This could include several thousand troops, ready to respond where needed with air, sea and special forces support.

– Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Tumor charity: Isolation of Ashya is 'unacceptable'

A leading charity has said that the isolation of five-year-old brain cancer patient Ashya King from his parents in Spain is "fundamentally and morally unacceptable".

...separating a desperately ill child from their family has significant emotional and psychological consequences. It has a profound impact not only on the child, but on their brothers and sisters, their parents and wider family. Forced separation will cause additional trauma for the family, who are already facing devastation from the diagnosis of the brain tumour, their young child undergoing major surgery and the possibility of gruelling treatments to come.

– Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity

Ashya is being treated in hospital in Malaga while a court in Madrid has ordered that Brett and Naghmeh must be detained for up to 72 hours while an extradition request from Britain is considered, following the removal of the boy from hospital in Southampton without doctors' consent.

Read: Ashya King's relatives attack parents' arrest in Spain


Parents: Briton with Ebola virus doing 'pretty well'

The family of the first Briton to catch the deadly Ebola virus say he seems to be "pretty well". William Pooley's parents Robbie and Jackie said the 29-year-old was showing "good signs" - including ordering a bacon sandwich for breakfast.

He's a lot better than we thought he might have been, we've only got what the medics tell us, but he's got a little step in there which the physio gave him so he can rebuild his strength, that in itself is a good enough sign I think, but he seems to be pretty well actually.

– Robin Pooley speaking to the BBC

The volunteer nurse was flown back to the UK for treatment after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone. Mr Pooley, who comes from the small village of Eyke in Suffolk, was airlifted back to Britain by a specially equipped C17 RAF jet, and is being treated in a specialist isolation ward at the hospital in Hampstead.

Parents of Ashya King behind bars in Spain

The parents of the five-year-old brain cancer patient Ashya King remain behind bars in Spain tonight, after telling a court there they don't want to return to the UK.

They have been detained for up to 72 hours, while the judge decides whether to allow their extradition to Britain.

Ashya himself is now being treated in Spain under police guard. The family claim they are not being allowed to visit him after they moved him from hospital in Southampton .

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia reports from Madrid:

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