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article 23 September 2014 World, United States
US air strikes target IS in Syria for the first time
An F/A-18C Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 prepares to launch (R)

The United States, and several Gulf Arab allies, launch air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria overnight.

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Watch live: Ed Miliband's Labour conference speech

Labour leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to the 2014 Labour party conference.

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Dave Lee Travis guilty of indecent assault

The former BBC DJ is convicted on one count of indecent assault by a jury at Southwark crown court. He is found not guilty on another count of indecent assault and on a count of sexual assault.

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Read more on Liam's blog Four stunning optical phenomena and how they form

We've all looked up at the sky at some point and seen weather-related spectacles overhead. The chances are that they were caused by the interaction of light and matter - known as optical phenomena.

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Read more from Tom Clarke on his blog What difference does a day make to climate change?

Today in New York the UN will sit down to talk about climate change. Again. But can one extra day of talking possibly make any difference to change the pace of action on global warming?

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Read more on Michael's blog Prescott compares Blair to medieval Christian crusader

Former deputy premier John Prescott attacks his former boss Tony Blair's business activities and his views on military intervention overseas.

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Yes or no? Will the real Andy Murray please stand up?

Andy Murray says his tweet backing the Scottish independence yes campaign was "out of character" - but this is not the first time that Murray has left fans confused about where his allegiances lie.

article 23 September 2014 World, Syria
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Twitter users in Syria live tweet air strikes on Raqqa

Social media users in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, are among the first to report US air strikes on the city. One told Channel 4 News that the west must consider civilian casualties.

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Syrian Kurd refugees flood into Turkey - video

More than 130,000 Syrian Kurd refugees have crossed into Turkey from the north of Syria in the last three days as they flee Islamic State militants.

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Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Commons to vote on IS attacks

Parliament could be recalled as soon as Friday for a vote on military action against Isil in their Iraqi and Syrian bases. The government is increasingly confident it has Labour on board.

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IS releases second video of British hostage John Cantlie

Islamic State militants release a video appearing to show British hostage John Cantlie, who criticises President Obama's plans to launch air strikes against the extremist group.

article 23 September 2014 UK, Scotland
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SNP UK's third biggest party after surge in members

Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party says over 22,000 people signed up since the referendum vote last Thursday, putting the party's membership size ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

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Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog US air strikes: Obama lured into Syria's civil war

The expansion of the US-led air war to Syria is a powerful display of America's bona fides to the allies it says it needs for the fight against Islamic State.

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Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog US seeks 'bandwidth' to deal with IS, Ebola and the Ukraine crisis

Achieving a unified approach in dealing with the threat from Islamic State is one of several challenges facing the US at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

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Jimi Hendrix: life before fame - video

Jimi Hendrix's tragic death at the age of 27 is the stuff of legend. What isn't well known is his life before he became famous. All Is by My Side, in cinemas on October 24, tells that story.

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Naomi Klein: 'An individual can't overpower a lobby' - video

As the world's leaders meet in New York for the UN climate summit, Naomi Klein, environmental activist and author, speaks with Jake Dyson, the entrepreneur, about what can be done.

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Read more on Michael's blog Problems for the 'red rose' party? Out and about in Heywood

Reverberations from the Scottish referendum are still playing out in the traditionally safe Labour seat of Heywood and Middleton, reports Michael Crick.

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Andre 3000: race and the imperfect beauty of Hendrix - video

Andre 3000 says the real genius of Jimi Hendrix, whom he plays in a biopic, was how beautiful he made imperfection - while racism will one day be as much a nonsense as medicinal leeches.

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Ed Balls outlines 'balanced and fair package' - video

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls says the previous Labour government did not regulate the banks "in a tough enough way" and his party has learned lessons since then.

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Phones 4u is to close 362 stores, with the loss of nearly 1,700 jobs, administrators said tonight.
A further 720 staff have been retained to assist with the closure programme, PwC said.
It comes after Phones 4u went into administration last week following network operator EE’s decision not to renew its contract.
Following talks with Phones 4u staff tonight, a PwC spokesman said: “It is a very sad day for the staff working at those locations and our thoughts are with them.”

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Mick Cash is elected general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, succeeding Bob Crow, who died earlier this year.

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"Rather than a war this is a genocide operation"

Kurdish-Turkish politician Ibrahim Binici on Islamic State advance in Syria.