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article 29 August 2014 UK, Iraq
UK terror threat raised to 'severe'
Police officer

The UK terror threat is raised from substantial to severe - meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely - whilst David Cameron promises to make it harder for British jihadis to travel abroad.

article 29 August 2014 UK
'Time running out' for missing brain tumour boy
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Police searching for five-year-old Ashya King, who has a brain tumour and who was taken from hospital, say the battery on his feeding system runs out soon and his health will "deteriorate rapidly".

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Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei Faced with Russia's Putin, 'no drama Obama' doesn't look good

The US may have become more cynical about the impact of a president. But it still cherishes the aura of the office - which means "no drama Obama" simply won't do.

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article 29 August 2014 World, Malaysia
Malaysia Airlines is cutting its workforce by a third and reducing its route network following the disappearance of one of its flights and the shooting down of another (Reuters)
Can job cuts save disaster- struck Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines is cutting its workforce by a third and reducing its route network following the disappearance of one of its flights and the shooting down of another.

video 29 August 2014 UK

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'A deeper threat': Cameron on Islamic State - video

David Cameron says the threat posed by Islamic State terrorists is "a deeper threat than we have faced before", as the UK's terror rating is raised to its highest level in three years.

video 29 August 2014 UK

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Carswell: I owe it to people of Clacton - video

Former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell says he decided to prompt a by-election because he owes it to the people of Clacton to ask them what they think about Ukip.

article 29 August 2014 UK
NHS food being served in 2000 (Getty)
New rules for hospital food - what do you think?

Hospitals are to be forced to meet "tough new mandatory standards" under government rules to improve hospital food, the Department of Health announces.

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Read more on Liam's blog Summer 2014 weather: a great start but August falters

As August draws to a close, so does meteorological summer (June, July and August), which means that provisional statistics are now available for how summer shaped up this year.

article 29 August 2014 World, Ukraine
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Have soldiers' selfies given away Russia's role in Ukraine?

Russia continues to deny its soldiers are operating officially in Ukraine. Russian soldiers have been rushing to delete information on Instagram that may tell a different story.

article 29 August 2014 World, Iceland
Iceland's meteorological office raises its aviation alert level to maximum after a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system.
Stunning video captures erupting Icelandic volcano

Iceland's meteorological office raises its aviation alert level to maximum after an eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system.

post 29 August 2014
Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei Faced with Russia's Putin, 'no drama' Obama doesn't look good

The US may have become more cynical about the impact of a president. But it still cherishes the aura of the office - which means "no drama Obama" simply won't do.

article 29 August 2014 World, Syria
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Three million Syria refugees flee conflict - UN

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war rises above 3 million, the United Nations refugee agency says.

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Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog Obama's plan for Middle East no clearer

Obama admitted 'we don't have a strategy yet', which is why there was no need to put anything before congress, or bring the American people into the debate. He didn't want to put the cart in front of

article 28 August 2014 UK
Rotherham child abuse
Rotherham inspection ordered after widespread abuse

After the child abuse scandal in Rotherham, the education secretary orders an inspection of child protection services there. But do victims nationwide still face a culture of disbelief?

post 28 August 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: what do we know about the grooming gangs?

How many child grooming gangs are operating on the streets of Britain? Who is most at risk? FactCheck finds out.

post 28 August 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Could an independent heart outweigh a sceptical economic mind?

Of the big macro issues - banking, debt, oil and the pound - the most critical is banking. But a desire to reject free markets, privatisation and high inequality will also play its part.

article 28 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Satellite image of Russian troops in Ukraine (Digital Globe)
Nato images - 'proof' Russian soldiers inside Ukraine

Nato releases satellite imagery which it says shows well over 1,000 Russian combat soldiers operating inside Ukraine, armed with sophisticated weaponry.

post 28 August 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog Tory net migration pledge remains an elusive dream

Today's immigration figures showed an increase of 68,000 people coming to the UK, meaning it is almost impossible for the Conservatives to honour their election pledge to bring down net migration.

article 28 August 2014 UK
Oxford graduated
Who runs Britain? Probably not the likes of you, says report

Britain is "deeply elitist" and top roles in society are dominated by Oxbridge graduates, according to a report.

post 28 August 2014
Read more on Liam's blog Earth from space: August 2014

During August, there have been some particularly good images of our planet taken by Nasa satellites from space.

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"I want to remind you that Russia is one of the biggest nuclear powers in the world… and we plan to increase that potential"

Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing a pro-Kremlin youth camp.

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Supermarket giants Tesco reveals another profits warning and slashes its dividend to shareholders by 75 per cent.

The supermarket giant said its new chief executive Dave Lewis will now start work a month earlier than planned on Monday in order to commence a review of “every aspect” of the group’s operations.

Tesco said market conditions remained challenging as it cut its forecast for 2014/15 trading profits to between 2.4bn and 2.5bn, well below City forecasts and down on the 3.3bn reported the previous year.

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A “major investigation” is under way to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour after he was taken by his parents from hospital without the blessing of doctors.

Hampshire Constabulary said “there are serious concerns” for the life of Ashya King as he needs constant medical care.

Officers said his parents - Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, - boarded a cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm on Thursday with Ashya’s six siblings.