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Cameron 'deeply saddened' by news of King Abdullah's death

David Cameron has said he is "deeply saddened" to hear of the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The Prime Minister, who visited Saudi Arabia in 2012, said:

He will be remembered for his long years of service to the Kingdom, for his commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Saudi Royal Family and the people of the Kingdom at this sad time.

I sincerely hope that the long and deep ties between our two Kingdoms will continue and that we can continue to work together to strengthen peace and prosperity in the world.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

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PM refuses to answer Bite The Ballot debate question

David Cameron has refused to answer a question over why he has not signed up to the Bite The Ballot leadership debates.

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward challenged Mr Cameron to commit to the Leaders Live debates during Prime Minister's Questions today.

But the Prime Minister dodged the question.

Ward tweeted that it was "very disappointing" that Mr Cameron "completely failed" to commit when asked.

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PM pledges to work towards 'full' employment

The Prime Minister's pledge to work towards "full" employment in a speech in Ipswich today echoes the Chancellor's upbeat message on the economy.

But the question remains what sort of jobs his government has, and would create.

The fact the deficit hasn't fallen faster, some economists argue, is partly due to low paid jobs not bringing in sufficient tax revenues.

David Cameron will brush such criticism aside, saying that he wants to ensure "anyone who wants a job is able to get a job." He claims that 1.75 million new jobs have been created since 2010, and most of those have been full-time jobs offering a good wage.

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  1. Robert Moore

US and UK agencies to cooperate to fight terror threat

Improved coordination and cooperation between the NSA and GCHQ, between MI5 and the FBI, are clearly important in terms of trying to combat potential jihadist plots, but ultimately it is going to come down to outstanding policing work at street level, not pronouncements at the White House.

I think there is a realisation by both leaders that there is no guarantee of 100% success in counter terrorism operations as events in Sydney, Ottawa and Paris have shown, that is why there is tonight a continuing sense of vulnerability, despite the success of the Belgian police last night.

Obama: We need to balance privacy with counter-terrorism

President Obama said it was important for US and UK authorities to find a balance between protecting their populations but not "abusing" their position to spy on ordinary citizens.

Responding to a question by ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore, he said it was not a case that the "pendulum should swing" from privacy towards counter-terrorism, rather authorities need to give their populations reassurance that they were being protected, whilst having their privacy rights respected.

ISIS 'death narrative' seducing 'integrated' communities

Announcing a new UK-US task force to tackle Islamist extremism, US President Obama said it was important for EU countries to do more to assimilate Muslim populations into mainstream society.

Cameron said it was vital to defeat the "radical death cult" being promoted by ISIL, as it had infiltrated integrated communities, whilst acknowledging the importance of assimilation.

You can have, tragically, people who have had all the advantages of integration, who have had all the economic opportunities our countries can offer, who still get seduced by this poisonous, radical death cult of a narrative

– David Cameron
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