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British Jihadist would be 'honoured' to kill a Westerner

A British militant, fighting with Islamic State in Iraq, has claimed he would be 'honoured' to murder a western captive.

He also says he is prepared to return to the UK to spread terror here.

ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports:

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Brown: Yes vote 'won't benefit ordinary Scottish people'

The shareholders of Scotland's most profitable private companies will benefit from independence rather than the ordinary people of Scotland, Gordon Brown has said.

Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown during a Better Together Scottish referendum event in Dundee.
Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown during a Better Together Scottish referendum event in Dundee. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The former prime minister launched an attack on the SNP's tax policies under independence as he joined Better Together leader Alistair Darling at a rally aimed at postal voters.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown claimed the SNP has 'o plans to raise funds that would come from a fairer taxation system'. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Brown told the audience that while the nationalists "dine out" on ideas of equality, they have "no plans to raise funds that would come from a fairer taxation system".

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IMF chief Lagarde: Formal investigation 'is without basis'

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has said the decision to formally investigate her over negligence claims was "without basis".

In a statement after a fourth round of questioning before magistrates, Lagarde said she was returning to work in Washington later in the day.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said the decision was 'without basis'. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

"After three years of proceedings, dozens of hours of questioning, the court found from the evidence that I committed no offence, and the only allegation is that I was not sufficiently vigilant," Lagarde said.

Brown: Fat cats not ordinary Scots 'will benefit most'

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has addressed a Better Together campaign rally in Dundee:

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Darling: Nationalist threat to default on debt 'reckless'

Better Together leader Alistair Darling has opened a campaign event with former prime minister Gordon Brown:

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.@togetherdarling opens up in Dundee by saying this is the biggest decision we will ever take in Scotland #indyref http://t.co/cZP6li3Wl1

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Business leaders in Scotland back no vote in open letter

A group of 130 business leaders have insisted that the case for Scottish independence "has not been made," arguing that "by continuing to all work together we can keep Scotland flourishing".

The company chiefs, including Weir Group chief executive Keith Cochrane and Aggreko interim chief executive Angus Cockburn, have signed an open letter highlighting the "uncertainties" that surround leaving the union.

Yes and No campaign signs with Bank of Scotland and Bank of England bank notes
A group of 130 business leaders signed an open letter stating, 'By continuing to all work together we can keep Scotland flourishing'. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The letter states, "Uncertainty surrounds a number of vital issues including currency, regulation, tax, pensions, EU membership and support for our exports around the world; and uncertainty is bad for business."

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IMF chief 'under investigation' over negligence claims

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation for negligence relating to a long-running political fraud case, an unnamed source has told Reuters.

Lagarde will appeal the French magistrates' decision to place her under formal investigation, saying the allegation of negligence was unfounded, the source stated.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde has said the allegation of negligence was unfounded. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

The inquiry into French businessman Bernard Tapie has embroiled several of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet members, including Lagarde, who was finance minister.

Tapie was awarded €403 million (£321 million) in a 2008 arbitration payment under Sarkozy's presidency to settle a dispute with the now-defunct state-owned bank Credit Lyonnais over a share sale in 1993.

Farage says he is not complacent after hustings win

Nigel Farage told Good Morning Britain there is "not one ounce of complacency from me" after he was selected to stand in the South Thanet seat for Ukip at next year's general election.

"I'm not pretending for one moment that it's going to be easy, but Ukip is offering something different and distinctive," Farage said.

Asked if he would stand down as leader if the party fails to win a single seat at the election, Farage reiterated his comments from last night.

"If we'd failed in the European elections I would have stood down, if we fail next year the party will pick someone better than me, but do you know what? That ain't going to happen," he said.

Brown and Darling reunite for No campaign rally

Alistair Darling will be reunited with former prime minister Gordon Brown today as the two men join forces to campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are said to have clashed towards the end of Labour's time in power.
Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are said to have clashed towards the end of Labour's time in power. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Mr Darling, leader of the pro-UK Better Together campaign, served as chancellor when Mr Brown was in charge at 10 Downing Street.

With ballots already being sent out to the hundreds of thousands of Scots who have asked to vote by post in the September 18 referendum, the two will speak out at a special rally aimed at this section of the electorate.

Speaking ahead of the event, Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall said: "For the hundreds of thousands of Scots who will make up their minds and vote over the next few days the big questions are the economic ones. Gordon and Alistair two of the biggest economic figures in the UK.

Nigel Farage selected to stand for Parliament

UKIP leader Nigel Farage also moved a step closer to Parliament tonight, when he was formally chosen as the party's candidate for South Thanet at the general election.

Staking his position in the party on the line, he told supporters, UKIP would win seats next year or he will have failed as leader, and would quit.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen Reports:

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