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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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Conservative Conference 2014: Tory Eurosceptic John Redwood MP Threatens To 'Punish' Pro-EU Businesses

(98) Comments | Posted 29 September 2014 | (20:53)

One of the Tories' most outspoken Eurosceptic MPs has said pro-EU businesses should be "punished" if they are seen to be "meddling in politics".

In the astonishing tirade at a fringe event at the party's Birmingham conference, John Redwood said that companies would have to pay "a very dear economic...

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Hostage Wearing 'Explosive Vest' Paraded On Balcony Of Brasilia Hotel

(34) Comments | Posted 29 September 2014 | (17:14)

Dramatic scenes have unfolded at a Brasilia hotel as an assailant took an employee hostage, apparently strapping explosives to his body.

Firefighters and police cordoned off the area, with around 300 guests and other employees fleeing the Saint Peter Hotel in the Brazilian capital, with some telling local reporters they...

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Brooks Newmark, Tory Minister, Quits After Social Media 'Sex' Scandal Set For Sunday Newspaper

(67) Comments | Posted 27 September 2014 | (18:31)

The Conservatives were plunged into a second crisis in less than 12 hours, this time a "sexting scandal" involving Minister for Civil Society Brooks Newmark.

Newmark, who is set to be exposed by a Sunday newspaper for sending explicit pictures on social media, has resigned from the front bench. Newmark...

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'They Are Like Insurgents' Tory Fury At Mark Reckless Ukip Defection

(56) Comments | Posted 27 September 2014 | (16:31)

Conservative MPs have voiced their bitterness and frustration at the defection of a second Tory colleague to Ukip in a month.

With Number 10 calling Mark Reckless' decision to defect to the Eurosceptic party "illogical", other MPs were more forthright in their anger, with many saying Reckless had...

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Watch Tory Andrew Brigden Draw Gasps In Iraq War Debate As He Compares Iraq War To Deficit

(35) Comments | Posted 26 September 2014 | (13:18)

A Tory MP drew outraged jeers from the House of Commons for using the debate over Iraq airstrikes to make a party political jibe about the deficit.

Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire, interjected during Ed Miliband's speech at the debate on Friday morning to suggest...

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Donald Trump Actually Thinks 'Scotland Voted 'No' Because Of Wind Farms

(76) Comments | Posted 26 September 2014 | (08:58)

American business mogul Donald Trump has claimed the people of Scotland "absolutely" voted against independence because of wind farms.

"A minor revolution is going on in Scotland because of these wind farms. If you have one near your house your house loses at least 50% of its value," he told...

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Fox News Actually Just Made Sexist Jokes About The Arab Female Pilot Who Bombed IS

(38) Comments | Posted 26 September 2014 | (08:40)

When you're a pioneering Arab female pilot undertaking one of the most dangerous and high-profile missions in decades, you might expect a decent amount of respect. But not from Fox News.

Presenters on the US channel's show The Five on Fox News joked that United Arab Emirates' Major Mariam Al...

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Raqqa, The 'Boring' Syrian City Turned Caliphate Capital, Now The Target Of US Bombs

(19) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (18:39)

Raqqa is a town said to have been founded by Alexander the Great, although in reality it was probably his less glamorous deputy.

But now, the city, which had a population of around 220,000 before the civil war began, is the capital of a new Caliphate, which its rulers...

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Ukip Are Really, Really Angry Islamic State Could Distract From Their Conference

(303) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (09:29)

Ukip politicians have reacted with fury to the hint of a potential recall of parliament on Friday, with several even suggesting that David Cameron will use Britain's involvement in airstrikes against Islamic State as a way to distract from their Doncaster conference.

The UK now looks more likely...

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'War By The Weekend' Parliament Expected To Be Recalled Over Islamic State Airstrikes

(95) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (07:28)

Britain could be at war by the weekend, with Parliament expected to be recalled on Friday to approve UK air strikes against the Islamic State.

The UK now looks more likely than ever to join the US strikes, though it is likely that UK help will be focussed on Iraq...

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China's Implements Of Torture Are Being Traded At British Arms Fairs

(2) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (13:06)

Cruel instruments of torture manufactured in China, including electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs have been advertised and sold at UK arms fairs and then sold to the world's most brutal regimes, a damning report has revealed.

In fact, the UK routinely hosts arms fairs where torture equipment is advertised,...

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David Cameron To Meet Iran's Hassan Rouhani To Secure Iran Backing For IS Action

(10) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (09:04)

David Cameron and Iran's president will meet for the fist time in decades in New York later, as Britain bids to gain support from the hostile nation to join an international effort to tackle the Islamic State terror group, and to persuade him to drop support for the Assad regime.

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TfL 'Bars' Adverts From Zionist Group Comparing Hamas To ISIS

(54) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (15:06)

Transport for London has reportedly refused to run adverts from a British Zionist group which compared the Gaza Strip's Hamas to the Islamic State because they are "too political".

The Zionist Federation (ZF) planned a £12,000 campaign for London billboards and transport in the aftermath of the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

But...

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Labour Conference 2014 - Poverty Campaigners Call For 'Re-Think' After Balls Speech On Keeping Child Benefit Cap

(47) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (14:31)

Do you trust the man who could hold the Treasury's red briefcase aloft after next year's general election?

Trust was at the core of shadow chancellor's Ed Balls Labour conference speech, aimed at tackling the distinct lack of voter confidence in Labour's economic credentials.

But it was a...

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Labour Conference 2014: Dave Was An 'Idiot Abroad' And It Cost Us In Brussels, Says EU Labour Party Leader

(37) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (14:12)

David Cameron made the UK a laughing stock by acting like a typical English 'idiot abroad' in Brussels, attempting to block the appointment of the EU President, Labour's leader at the EU has told the party's conference.

Labour's leader in the European Parliament, Glenis Willmott MEP said the PM's "tantrums"...

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This Tel Aviv Gay Club Night Poster Actually Mocked Up An IS Beheading With Male Models

(10) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (11:22)

A popular gay club night has sparked both anger and confusion after mocking up images of Islamic State beheadings of western captives using buff male models, for an advertising campaign.

Drek, one of the biggest gay clubbing promoters in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, has refused to apologise for...

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Archbishop Of Canterbury Joins Jewish And Muslim Faith Leaders To Declare #WeAreAllHuman

(62) Comments | Posted 3 September 2014 | (14:23)

The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined senior Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders from across the country for an inter-faith vigil to "stand together" in support of all minorities suffering in Iraq.

Justin Welby, along with senior faith leaders including Imam Ibrahim Mogra, Ayatollah Dr Sayed Fazel Milani and Rabbi...

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'This Diet And Fitness Wedding Plan Made Me The Slimmest I've Been Since I Was 18'

(10) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (21:56)

I am what someone would probably kindly describe as a fad dieter. At school, I actually did the Special K diet, a diet that works purely on the basis that if you have to eat tasteless cereal twice a day, you probably would rather eat nothing at all....

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The Islamic State Are Committing Ethnic Cleansing On A 'Historic Scale', Says Amnesty

(101) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (12:14)

Survivors have told how Islamic State militants are committing ethnic cleansing on a "historic scale" and threatened to wipe Iraq's ancient minorities off the map forever, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

The tales of bloodshed, torture and intimidation from survivors are limitless. Some described to the charity...

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The Lives Of The British Jihadi Women Who Have Left To Fight With Islamic State

(157) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (10:45)

Women are the new target for recruitment for the Islamic State (IS), with researchers seeing "unprecedented" calls for fighters to marry British and European women.

The women, some just teenagers, are bombarding IS fighters with marriage proposals during social media 'Q&As' and researchers estimate as many as 50, most of...

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