Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.

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Iraq's PM: Fighting volunteers to be paid extra

Volunteers battling the insurgency in Iraq will be given an extra food allowance, the country's Prime Minister has said.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says volunteers fighting in "hot areas" will be given extra allowances. Credit: PA

In a statement announced on state television, Nuri al-Maliki said those fighting in "hot areas" with the country's security forces, were to be given 750,000 Dinars ($644) per month.

He added that non-fighting volunteers were to be paid 500,000 Dinars ($450) and all volunteers would be given an extra 125,000 Dinars ($107) food allowance per month.

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