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Man held for allegedly helping British schoolgirls cross into Syria

A man has been detained for allegedly helping three British schoolgirls cross into Syria, Turkey's foreign minister has said.

The man worked for the intelligence services of a country in the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS), Mevlut Cavusoglu is quoted by Turkish media saying.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, all students at Bethnal Green academy in east London, fled the UK last month to reportedly join IS.

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Airlines and internet firms 'need to do more on extremism'

The Prime Minister has called on airlines and internet companies to do more to prevent British teenagers travelling to the Middle East to join Islamic State.

David Cameron speaking in the Commons today.

Mr Cameron told MPs it was "concerning" that three British schoolgirls believed to be heading to Syria had been allowed to board a flight to Turkey without being questioned.

He said Home Secretary Theresa May and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be talking with airlines on new "proportionate" arrangements to ensure that children who are at risk are properly identified and questioned.

Mr Cameron also said he was "horrified" by the way British teenagers appear to have been "radicalised and duped" while "at home on the internet in their bedrooms".

Citing reports that one of the girls had been following 70 known extremists online, the Prime Minister said internet companies had a "social responsibility" to cooperate with authorities in taking down extremist material and notifying authorities of contact between extremists and young people.

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