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article 24 May 2015 Politics
Harriet Harman (Reuters)
Labour drops opposition to EU referendum

Acting leader Harriet Harman says Labour will support David Cameron's plans for an in/out referendum by the end of 2017.

article 24 May 2015 UK
News
Internet 'troll' convictions soar: is social media to blame?

Convictions for internet "trolls" who target people with abusive or offensive material online increase eight-fold in a decade, official figures reveal.

article 23 May 2015 World, Iraq
Iraqi tank near Fallujah on 19 May (Reuters)
Shia militia and Iraqi army launch counter-attack against IS

The Iraqi government begins a counter-offensive against the Islamic State group after its fighters capture the city of Ramadi.

article 23 May 2015 World, Mexico
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Mexican gang shoot-out kills 42 people

Two police officers and dozens of gang members are killed in a violent shoot-out in Mexico after security forces were ambushed by suspected drug cartel members.

article 23 May 2015 Politics
Bank of England (Reuters)
Email blunder reveals secret Bank Brexit study

Labour criticises "secrecy and concealment" as an accidental email reveals the Bank of England has launched a confidential project to assess the economic risks of leaving the EU.

article 23 May 2015 World, Ireland
Voters celebrate Irish gay marriage referendum result (Reuters)
Ireland votes overwhelmingly for gay marriage

The country becomes the first in the world to introduce same-sex marriage after a national referendum, with 62 per cent voting yes.

article 23 May 2015 World, United States
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Giant sinkhole opens up in Missouri golf course

A huge sinkhole opens up in a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Missouri. The giant cavity, stretching 80 ft wide, is thought to have formed when two separate sinkholes developed together.

article 22 May 2015 World, Thailand
Bangkok protests (Reuters)
Bangkok: students protest against military rule

Students stage protests against the Thai authorities, a year after the army seized power from an elected government.

article 22 May 2015 UK
News
Alistair Carmichael 'behind leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo'

Former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael accepts responsibility for leaking a memo claiming Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain as PM - a leak he had previously denied knowledge of.

post 22 May 2015
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog With Syria and Iraq, there is no Plan B - and the omens are not good

It has been a bad week for the American-led "strategy" against militants from so-called Islamic State - a strategy with the US president himself views with great qualms and some reluctance.

post 22 May 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Why David Cameron needs some German stamping and Gallic scowling

President Hollande said this wasn't the place or the time to discuss David Cameron's concerns. But that, on the fringes of this summit, is what David Cameron did.

article 22 May 2015 World, Syria
Palmyra
Islamic State captures last Syria-Iraq border post

Islamic State fighters are reported to have seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq, in the latest advance by the jihadist group against Bashar al-Assad's struggling military.

post 22 May 2015
Read more from Siobhan Kennedy Beds in sheds: is illegal immigration getting out of hand?

David Cameron chose the west London borough of Ealing to launch the government's latest crackdown on illegal immigrants.

article 22 May 2015 UK
News
Wembley homes evacuated after WWII bomb found

A controlled explosion on a second world war bomb is carried out, after it was found near Wembley Stadium in north-west London.

article 22 May 2015 UK
Frances Cappuccini (Kingsley Napley)
Caesarean mother's NHS death referred to high court judge

A landmark legal case in which an NHS hospital trust is accused of a criminal offence of corporate manslaughter is to be heard by a high court judge.

post 22 May 2015
Read more on Liam's blog Bank holiday weather: rain or shine?

The second bank holiday weekend of the month is imminent and many of us will no doubt be wondering what the weather has to offer.

article 22 May 2015 UK
Teresa May TV censorship plan attacked by Sajid Javid
Theresa May TV censorship plan attacked by Sajid Javid

Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of attempting to introduce government censorship of British television programming by one of her Cabinet colleagues, a leaked letter has shown.

article 22 May 2015 UK
News
Quintinshill train disaster remembered 100 years on

Nicola Sturgeon and Princess Anne join relatives and survivors to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain's worst ever rail disaster.

post 22 May 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog EU renegotiation: Cameron warns of knock-backs and rows

David Cameron plans to remind EU leaders that nearly 4 million British voters backed Ukip. He thinks some EU countries under-estimate the British desire to move from the status quo in Europe.

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"We must have a precise and wise plan… to resolve the military and security issues and begin to purge Iraqi lands of all terrorists."

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani calls for action to remove Islamic State militants from Iraq.

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"There will be ups and downs. You’ll hear one day this is possible, the next day something else is impossible"

Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at a summit in Riga on the prospects for European Union reform.

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