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EU urges Russia to help 'end kidnappings and killings'

The European Union has urged Russia to use its "leverage" with pro-Russian separatists to stop the violence being seen in eastern Ukraine.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton said:

"We call on all parties to the joint Geneva statement on Ukraine to ensure its terms are fully implemented, and in particular on Russia to use its leverage to ensure an immediate end to kidnappings and killings in eastern Ukraine."

EU migrants will have to wait 3 months for child benefit

The Government has announced that European Union migrants will have to wait at least three months before they can claim child welfare payments.

EU migrants will have to wait three months before they can claim child benefit. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

From July 1, migrants will need to prove they have been in Britain for three months in order to claim child benefit and child tax credit.

Ministers claim the move is to stop the welfare system being open to abuse.

There is already in place a three month wait for migrants before they can claim jobseeker's allowance.


ITV News political team's take on Europe debate

ITV News' Political Editor Tom Bradby, Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship and Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen have given tweeted their thoughts on the second debate on Europe between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage:


I am struggling to think of something sensible to say about that. Nigel did better, but his support of Putin is weird. Nick shouted more.


I thought Nick edged it last week (against popular opinion among colleagues) This week was Farage's night (more clearly so too)


The polls give Nigel Farage a bigger win than last week - but will the LDs get more votes out of these debates than they would otherwise?

Snap polls say Farage wins second debate

YouGov poll: 68% thought Farage won EU debate

A YouGov poll for the Sun newspaper found that 68% people thought Nigel Farage won tonight's debate.

Poll for Guardian: 69% think Farage won EU debate

An ICM poll for the Guardian newspaper found that 69% people thought Nigel Farage won tonight's debate.

Guardian news editor Dan Sabbagh tweeted:

The exact question posed was:

Putting aside your own party preference and only basing your answer on what you saw or heard during the debate, as far as you are concerned which one of the two leaders do you think won the debate?


Nigel Farage on Putin: I don't like the man

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have clashed over British foreign policy regarding Ukraine, Russia and Syria.


Farage turns Putin problem into UK not getting involved in foreign adventures. #europedebate

Mr Farage also attempted to clarify comments he made about Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying he admired him "as an operator" but not as a man.

Nigel Farage admires 'Putin as a leader'

Farage: Syria rebels 'more than likely' behind gas attacks

In an interview with BBC News, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said it was "more than likely" that it was Syrian rebels, not pro-Assad forces, responsible for chemical attacks in the country.

Asked about comments he made recently in support of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Mr Farage said:

We were about to go to war in Syria because poison gas - sarin gas - had been used, and everybody in London and Washington and Brussels assumed it had been used by Assad.

And Putin said, 'Hang on a second, don't be so sure.'

It turns out it's more than likely it was the rebels that used the gas.

If Putin hadn't intervened, we would now be at war in Syria.

United Nations human rights investigators said that evidence suggested that those responsible for March 2013 attacks in Damascus "likely had access to the chemicals weapons stockpile of the Syrian military."

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