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Obama: US will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists

President Barack Obama said the US "will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists" following targeted air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

"Once again it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people," Obama said.

Miliband pledges extra NHS funding through mansion tax

Ed Miliband has pledged that a Labour government would raise £2.5 billion for the NHS in a 'Time to Care' fund by introducing a mansion tax on homes above £2 million.

He said: "We'll clamp down on tax avoidance including tax loopholes...which will raise £1 billion.

"We will use proceeds of mansion tax on homes above £2 million and we will raise extra resources from tobacco companies."


Labour pledge 'equal rights for the self-employed'

Labour would introduce to help self-employed people who struggle with issues such as pensions and getting mortgages.

Ed Miliband said part of Labour's goal was to end the "21st century discrimination" against the UK's 5 million self-employed people.

Mr Miliband said: "We need to talk about them more. 5 million people, often the most entrepreneurial. ... they don't want special privileges, they just want a fair shot."

Miliband sets goal to halve number of low-paid workers

Labour will aim to half the number of people in low-paid work as part of Ed Miliband's "ten-year plan" for the UK.

It is one of six goals Mr Miliband is setting out in his keynote speech to party activists.

Speaking at the Labour conference, Mr MIliband said: "Our first national goal is that we halve the number of people in low pay by 2025, transforming the lives of 2 million people in our country."


Liverpool granted permission to increase Anfield capacity

Anfield's capacity will increase to around 54,000. Credit: Liverpool FC

Liverpool have won planning permission to add an additional 8,500 seats to the Main Stand at Anfield - increasing the capacity to around 54,000.

It emerged last week that the club's proposals to expand their stadium had been recommended for approval by Liverpool council planners.

A vote was taken on the scheme on Tuesday after elected members of the planning committee visited Anfield, with the Reds being given the green light to proceed with phase one of the project - the extension of the Main Stand.

Construction work on the Main Stand is expected to begin early next year and be complete in time for the 2016/17 season - during which time Liverpool would continue playing at Anfield.

Ed Miliband: Government 'one of the worst ever'

This Government's record is "one of the worst ever", Ed Miliband has told Labour activists at his keynote speech to their annual conference.

"The record of this government, friends, isn't just mediocre - it is one of the worst ever," the Labour leader said.

"The longest fall in living standards since 1870, wages rising slower than prices for 51 months. For your family five years of this government, five years of sacrifice, zero years of success."

Britain could join air strikes against IS 'within days'

Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

David Cameron may announce as early as Wednesday that Britain is ready to join air strikes against Islamic State.

Government sources claim the Prime Minister plans to seek parliament's approval for such action but it would only be in Iraq, not Syria.

The PM is due to set out his position in a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday night at which he will call on the world to unite to destroy IS militants, who he has warned are planning to attack Britain.

A Downing Street said statement said: "The prime minister will be holding talks at the United Nations in New York over the next two days on what more the UK and others can do to contribute to international efforts to tackle the threat we all face from IS.

"The UK is already offering significant military support, including supplying arms to the Kurds as well as surveillance operations by a squadron of Tornadoes and other RAF aircraft."

Britain was quick to join U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq a decade ago. But a war-weary public and parliament's rejection last year of air strikes on Syria have made Cameron wary.

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