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Islamic State 'storms Syrian town on Turkish border'

Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border and captured a neighbourhood from Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

There had been heavy clashes around the town, which serves as a border crossing. Islamic State is back on the offensive in Syria after two weeks of reverses at the hands of Kurdish-led forces supported by U.S-led air strikes.

The Kurds have self-rule in parts of northern Syria and have fought intense battles against Islamic State.


Man arrested at Birmingham airport on suspicion of terrorism

A 21-year-old man has been arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of terrorism, police said.

Waheed Ahmed was arrested for allegedly trying to cross into Syria.

The man is believed to be Waheed Ahmed, the son of a Labour councillor, who was detained in Turkey earlier this month along with eight of his relatives as they allegedly tried to cross the border into war-torn Syria.

Greater Manchester Police said they are working to ensure the safe return of the rest of the group, which included four children aged one, three, eight and 11.

Report: Waheed Ahmed flown back from Turkey

A Labour councillor's son who was detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to enter Syria illegally is being flown back to the UK, it has been claimed. Waheed Ahmed, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and eight of his relatives were stopped by Turkish authorities as they allegedly tried to cross the border into the war-torn country on April 1.

Waheed Ahmed was arrested for allegedly trying to cross into Syria. Credit: ITV News

Simon Danczuk, who is defending the Rochdale seat for Labour in the General Election, said he been told by the Foreign Office that Ahmed was due to arrive into Birmingham Airport today.

The Foreign Office said it did not comment on individual cases. Mr Danczuk could not confirm when the remaining eight Britons would return to the UK.


Turkey recalls Vatican ambassador over Pope's Armenian 'genocide' comments

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican following controversial remarks from Pope Francis during a Mass to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenians massacre.

During the service, the Pope described the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as "the first genocide of the 20th century".

Turkey has long refused to call the event a genocide and has insisted that the toll has been inflated, and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.

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