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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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Green Party Surges Past Lib Dems In Latest Poll

(62) Comments | Posted 20 October 2014 | (20:51)

The Greens have overtaken the Liberal Democrats for the first time in a decade, in the latest poll which is certain to fuel calls for the party to be included in TV debates.

Research for Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft put the party on a new high of 8%...

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#WaterstonesTexan David Willis Planned To Read London Guide Book If He Was Trapped All Night

(5) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (15:20)

The question on everyone's lips since the #WaterstonesTexan, tourist David Willis, got stuck late at night in a central London bookstore is - what was he reading?

Speaking to the Huffington Post, as he recovered from both being imprisoned and becoming a Twitter celebrity, Willis revealed he actually did have...

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Islamic State May Have Fighter Jets Now After Seizing Russian-Made MiGs

(47) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (14:26)

The Islamic State group may in possession of up to three warplanes, with former military pilots training its fighters to use the jets in battle, it has been claimed.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the militant group has Russian-made MiG 21 and...

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Christian Mother Asia Bibi Sentenced To Hang In Pakistan For 'Insulting Prophet'

(249) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (13:31)

A Christian mother-of-five has been sentenced to hang for blasphemy in Pakistan after a squabble with her work colleagues over a drink of water.

The Lahore High Court today rejected the appeal against the death sentence imposed on Asia Bibi, who was alleged to have made derogatory remarks about the...

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#WaterstonesTexan David Willis Could Have Read These While He Was Locked In Book Store

(3) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (11:53)

Mystery still surrounds the two hours that Texan tourist David Willis spent locked in Waterstones in Trafalgar Square.

Though we know that the tweeter was "pleased to be free", we don't know the most important thing - what did he read? Or did he just build a...

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British Hostage John Cantlie Appears In New Propaganda Film, Talks Of 'Gulf War III'

(7) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (08:14)

The Islamic State have released yet another propaganda film featuring the kidnapped journalist John Cantlie.

Cantlie appeared in the film wearing the same Guantanamo Bay-style orange jumpsuit as in the previous footage.

In the latest video, which appeared on YouTube but was later deleted, Cantlie, speaking under apparent duress, warns...

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#WaterstonesTexan Gets Stuck inside Trafalgar Square Bookstore, Creates Twitter Storm

(19) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (07:09)

Meet David Willis, from Dallas Texas. Last night, he basically got to live the dream, by getting locked in Waterstones, Trafalgar Square.

Did he settle himself down with Richard Flanagan's Booker prize winner? Or use the time to find out what all the fuss was about with Gone Girl?...

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Islamic State Actually Has More Support In Britain Than In Arab Nations

(102) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (12:29)

The Islamic State group has substantially less support in Arab nations than it does in European countries, including Britain, according to a new report into attitudes towards the brutal jihadist group.

The Syria and Iraq-based group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, enjoys practically no popularity in Egypt, Lebanon, or...

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David Cameron To Demand EU Immigration Red Lines In Face Of Ukip Threat

(337) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (10:51)

David Cameron is set to demand tough curbs on European immigration as a "red line" ultimatum for Britain staying the European Union, sparking accusations from his deputy that the Tories were in a "blind panic" about Ukip.

Cameron is said to have promised backbenchers a "big bang announcement", with the...

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Ebola Is Spreading Because We Don't Care About Poor People, Says Bob Geldof

(17) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (09:41)

Sir Bob Geldof has hit out at the drastic gulf in resources, wealth and medical capabilities when it comes to tackling Ebola in west Africa and in the West, declaring that almost 9,000 people have "died because they are poor."

Speaking at the One Young World summit in Dublin, Geldof...

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Edward Snowden's Romantic Ballet Date Proves Life Isn't All Bad For Whistleblowers

(17) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (16:14)

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, is currently serving 35 years in prison. Mordechai Vanunu, who leaked details of Israel's nuclear weapons, served 18 years and still has his movement restricted. Julian Assange may never leave the Ecuadorian embassy. And, though not comparable in...

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Islamic State's Frightening New Enemies - Dutch Biker Gangs

(31) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (12:29)

Fighters of Islamic State - you best be afraid. Because reinforcements are heading to the frontline in Syria, and they look like Vin Diesel's social conscience.

Meet Ron, he's just one of a number of Dutch bikers from the 'No Surrender' gang who saddled up his motor, swapped his leathers...

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Ched Evans Furore Widens As Daily Mail's Sarah Vine Claims 'Some Rapes Are Worse Than Others'

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (08:56)

The controversy over the footballing return of convicted rapist Ched Evans to Sheffield United has engulfed social media and the British tabloids today, with one Daily Mail columnist asserting "some rapes are worse than others".

The comments come as it emerged that the woman raped by Evans, who...

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Nobel Prize Winner Jean Tirole's Wikipedia Page Needs Some Tidying Up

(1) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (17:31)

For any journalist furiously googling Nobel Prize winner economist Jean Tirole this morning, they would have been greeted on his Wikipedia page with a demand for someone to "edit this stuff, it loooks like Krap".

Tirole won the award for his research on market power and regulation, with the Royal...

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Islamic State Have A Magazine Out, And It Justifies Sex Slavery

(78) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (15:42)

Islamic State fighters captured, enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children, and claim the act is justified in Islam to prevent men from feeling "tempted" by other, non-enslaved women, according to a piece in the group's full-colour magazine.

The magazine, which is published in English and evidently aimed at a...

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Palestine Statehood Vote: Parliament To Argue For Recognition From UK

(66) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (14:02)

MPs are already engaged in war of words as they head to Parliament to vote whether or not to officially recognise Palestine as a state.

David Cameron is believed to be abstaining from the vote. Joining him will be George Galloway - one of the most virulent supporters...

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Ukip's Nigel Farage Invited To Take Part In Election 2015 Leaders Debates By Broadcasters

(182) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (10:08)

Ukip's Nigel Farage should take part in the leaders' debates ahead of the 2015 general election, according to the coalition of broadcasters who have submitted proposals.

On Monday, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky announced joint plans to broadcast three leaders debates, with the one on ITV...

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Oscar Pistorius Sentencing - Here's 4 Things That Could Happen To The Athlete

(12) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (09:27)

Oscar Pistorius Sentencing Live Stream: Judge's Decision On Reeva Steenkamp Manslaughter

Oscar Pistorius could face up to a decade in prison, or walk out of the courtroom with only a fine to pay for the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

South...

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Brooks Newmark Quits As MP: 'Sexting' Scandal Places 'Intolerable Burden' On Family

(80) Comments | Posted 11 October 2014 | (18:15)

A Conservative MP caught up in a Twitter sex scandal honeytrap has announced he will not defend his seat at the next election because of the "intolerable burden" on his family.

Brooks Newmark quit as the minister for civil society after he apparently sent a picture of his genitals, taken...

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This Is What An Ebola Outbreak In Britain Would Look Like

(19) Comments | Posted 11 October 2014 | (17:33)

This is what Britain would look like if an Ebola outbreak occurred, with emergency services practicing how to cope if the deadly virus reached UK shores.

Medics took part in an eight-hour mock-up saw actors simulate Ebola symptoms while Government ministers joined dozens of medical professionals from hospitals, the ambulance...

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