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Fallon: Government seeks support for Syria air strike vote

Fallon and Carter speaking at the press conference Credit: ITV News

The Government remains committed to building parliamentary support for RAF air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria despite Russia's intervention in the conflict, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

Following talks in London with US defence secretary Ash Carter, Mr Fallon said Russian strikes in support of President Bashar Assad risked making "a grave situation even worse".

However he made clear that ministers would not be deterred from seeking support for a new Commons vote for British warplanes to join the US and other coalition aircraft in attacking IS - also referred to as Isil - in Syria as well as Iraq.

We will continue to build the case for military action in north east Syria where Isil is headquartered, where its command and control is. Russian intervention doesn't change that. We will continue to build the case for intervention in the new parliament.

– Michael Fallon

Carter: Russia's actions in Syria carry risks

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said Russia's actions in Syria are "risky" and "will only inflame the civil war".

He added that Nato "stood strong" against Russia in Ukraine and this "strengthened posture".

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers is at the news conference in London.

Fallon: Russia's military action in Syria 'threatens allies'

Ash Carter meets Michael Fallon Credit: ITV News

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said Russian behaviour "threatens our allies".

He also announced £70m is to be invested in the next five years to drive innovation in new technology for the military.

He is speaking at a press conference in London along with US Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

Mr Fallon said: "Aggressive Russian behaviour continues threatening our allies in Europe."

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers is at the news conference.


Austria launch language app for Syrian refugee children

The Austrian government has announced it is helping to launch a new language app designed to help refugee children learn the local language.

The Hallo App Deutsch will launch at the end of October Credit: Federal Chancellery of Austria / Federal Press Service / Andy Wenzel

'Hallo App Deutsch' will contain 1,000 everyday words accompanied by pictures and sound to help children who can't yet read roman script to develop a basic German vocabulary.

Austria's Education Minister Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek said the app will help youngsters integrate themselves and make it easier for them to communicate with people in the countries where they are arriving.

She said "Learning the language is a vital key for integration. This new app represents a major step in promoting language-learning."

Coroner rules no inquest for Anni Dewani

Anni Dewani, left and her husband Shrien Dewani Credit: Facebook/Reuters

There is "no sufficient cause to resume an inquest" into the death of murdered honeymooner Anni Dewani, a coroner has ruled.

Mrs Dewani, 28, was shot on the second night of her honeymoon as the couple drove through Gugulethu, Cape Town, in November 2010.

Millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani was cleared last year of orchestrating the honeymoon killing of his wife.

Mrs Dewani's family argued that there were still many unanswered questions about how she was killed and asked for a full inquest to resume.

But at North London Coroner's Court, Senior Coroner Andrew Walker said: "I don't have sufficient cause to resume an inquest.

"In these proceedings, the matter will now rest."

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