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Jessica Elgot is Assistant News Editor at The Huffington Post UK, with a special interest in immigration, religion and extremism. She won the Wyn Harness Prize for Journalism in 2011. Previously, Jessica was a Senior Reporter for the Jewish Chronicle, the UK's oldest Jewish news paper and also reported for the Independent and i Paper. She continues to make regular appearances on BBC 5Live. She is an English Literature graduate of University of Nottingham and completed a Postgraduate degree at the University of Cardiff. Jessica can be reached at jessica.elgot@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter @jessicaelgot.

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Church Of England Investigates Vicar Stephen Sizer For 9/11 Mossad Post On Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2015 | (10:34)

A Church of England vicar is under investigation after purportedly posting an article on his Facebook suggesting Israel had committed the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.

Reverend Stephen Sizer of Christ Church in Virginia Water, Surrey, is reported to have posted an article...

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General Election Migrant Voters Could Be Way More Important To Politicians Than They Think

(153) Comments | Posted 30 January 2015 | (07:53)

Politicians ignore migrant voters at their peril, with foreign-born residents having a "decisive" impact in a range of key marginal seats in the forthcoming general election, a new study has found.

The report warned that parties which concentrate on voter concerns about immigration could be alienating...

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Boris Johnson Says Jihadists Fighting For Islamic State Are 'Porn-Obsessed W******'

(172) Comments | Posted 30 January 2015 | (07:25)

Porn-obsessed wankers are the main recruits from Britain for radical jihadists in Islamic State, Boris Johnson has said.

The mayor of London took stiff aim at Muslim fundamentalists in an interview with The Sun, dismissing them as "losers".

Citing an MI5 report...

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First Woman Bishop Ordained By Church Of England As Libby Lane Made Bishop Of Stockport

(18) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (21:33)

The Rev Libby Lane has made history after being ordained as the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service at York Minster, the Church of England's first female bishop.

But the two-hour service was briefly disrupted by a lone protester against the move to end centuries of all...

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Conservatives Take Polls Lead Over Labour, But Only Just

(79) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (21:00)

The Tories have gained a shaky lead over Labour, with the latest polls putting them a point ahead of the opposition.

A ComRes survey for the Independent puts the Tories on 31%, up two points since last month; Labour on 30%, down two points; UKIP up one point on 17%;...

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Greece's New Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Sworn In With A Smile, But Minus A Tie

(25) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (20:10)

In an open-necked blue shirt and with a broad smile, the charismatic left-wing radical Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greece's new prime minister on Monday afternoon, after his Syriza party did a controversial coalition deal with the Greek Independents.

Tsipras, who has joked he won't wear a...

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The UK Man Who Tracks Britain's Living War Criminals, Just Don't Call Him A Nazi Hunter

(13) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (19:04)

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces looking at how we remember the Holocaust: The victims and perpetrators and the untold stories, on what's likely to be one of the...

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10 Dead As Greek F-16 Jet Crashes Into Spanish Base During Nato Maneuvers

(4) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (17:58)

A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain's Defence Ministry said.

Eight French and two Greeks were killed in the crash, according to Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le...

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The Islamic State Has Lost Kobane, According To Kurdish Forces

(53) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (16:33)

In a highly significant victory, Kurdish fighters backed by intense US-led airstrikes have pushed the Islamic State group out of the Syrian town of Kobane, a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege.

Fighters raised a Kurdish flag on a hill in...

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Graphic Pictures Show Egypt Protester Killed In Cold Blood On Tahrir Uprising Anniversary

(63) Comments | Posted 25 January 2015 | (19:27)

Horrifying pictures have emerged of a female protester shot dead by police at a march in downtown Cairo, a tragedy that threatens to rekindle widespread violence as Egypt marks the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

The leftist Popular Alliance party said that police shot its member Shaimaa el-Sabagh with...

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Greece Election Won By Radical Left Syriza As Conservative Prime Minister Concedes Defeat

(188) Comments | Posted 25 January 2015 | (17:04)

A jubilant Alexis Tsipras has told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in the snap general election will mean an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.

"Today the Greek people have made...

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Don't Punish People For Joining Islamic State, Says Green Leader Natalie Bennett

(197) Comments | Posted 25 January 2015 | (15:56)

It would not be illegal for people in the United Kingdom to join terrorist organisations such as al Qaida or Islamic State (IS) under the Green Party.

Natalie Bennett, the Greens' leader, said people should not be punished for what they think, but those inciting or committing acts...

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Holocaust Memorial Day Highlights Uneasy Comparisons With Anti-Semitism And Islamophobia

(124) Comments | Posted 23 January 2015 | (16:22)

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces looking at how we remember the Holocaust: The victims and perpetrators and the untold stories, on what's likely to be one of the last major commemorations with living survivors.

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Saudi King Abdullah Half-Mast Flag Call Is Making A Lot Of People Really Angry

(180) Comments | Posted 23 January 2015 | (13:02)

In a gesture which could not be more emblematic of the economic importance of Saudi Arabia, the British government has declared all UK flags should be flown at half-mast to mourn the death of King Abdullah, sparking fury at Westminster.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) told Huffington...

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King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia Receives Touching Tributes - And How We Should Also Remember Him

(74) Comments | Posted 23 January 2015 | (10:38)

World leaders have rushed to pay gushing tributes to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia following the death of the world's oldest monarch.

The king, thought to be aged about 90, died yesterday after two decades in power in the world's biggest oil exporter. Western governments - including Britain - have...

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Islamic State Deadline Passes For Japanese Hostages As Tearful Mother Pleads For Release

(3) Comments | Posted 23 January 2015 | (09:15)

The mother of one of the Japanese hostages held by Islamic State (IS) has tearfully pleaded for his safe return after militants posted an online warning that the "countdown has begun" for the group to kill the pair.

The posting which appeared Friday shows a clock counting down...

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Survivors Confront Trauma And Necessity Of Telling Their Stories, 70 Years On

(70) Comments | Posted 22 January 2015 | (16:48)

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces looking at how we remember the Holocaust: The victims and perpetrators and the untold stories, on what's likely to be one of the...

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Guantanamo Inmate Claims He Was Forced To Have 'Great American Sex' With Interrogators

(17) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (09:16)

A Guantanamo Bay inmate's diary has made deeply disturbing allegations of his alleged 'torture', including inmates being forced to have sex with female interrogators.

Alleged al Qaeda associate Mohamedou Ould Slahi's 466-page memoir was published this week, after a six-year legal battle, because he is still...

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Will Eric Pickles Call To 'Mosque Leaders' Have Any Effect On Radicalisation?

(34) Comments | Posted 19 January 2015 | (08:12)

Eric Pickles has written to mosques in England urging them to do more to root out extremists and prevent young people being radicalised - despite evidence that many would-be jihadists are predominantly being radicalised online.

In the letter sent to more than 1,000 Islamic leaders, the Communities Secretary insisted Whitehall...

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Great British Employment Divide As South See 12 Times More Jobs Than North

(39) Comments | Posted 19 January 2015 | (07:26)

The stark gap between Britain's best and worst-performing cities has "dramatically widened" over the past decade, a new study has shown.

And nearly four out of 10 households with children, or 8.1 million people, are too poor to participate fully in society, according to a separate study.

For every...

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