Jessica Elgot
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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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Should We Allow Mentally Ill 'Lone Wolves' To Call Themselves A Terrorist?

(111) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (14:28)

It was the week where at times it felt the world was falling down in flames, beginning with a 16-hour siege at a cafe in Sydney, where 17 innocent workers and customers found themselves held hostage by a deranged, radical Islamist, and two were killed.

The next...

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European Parliament Opts For Watered-Down Palestine Motion, Court Rules Hamas Should Be Removed From Terror List

(18) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (19:26)

Palestinians scored two partial victories in Europe on Wednesday, with a European Union court removing Hamas from the EU terrorist list, and the European Parliament throwing its weight behind the global momentum to recognise, in principle, a Palestinian state.

Both these apparent successes come with caveats. The bloc can maintain...

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The Church Of England Finally Has A Woman Bishop, Libby Lane Made Bishop Of Stockport

(17) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (10:19)

Revd Libby Lane is the UK's first female bishop, Downing Street announced on Wednesday, with the Cheshire vicar described her historic appointment to Bishop of Stockport as "unexpected and very exciting".

Revd Lane, who described herself as "somewhat daunted" by her position in the history of the church,...

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Sydney Siege Hostages Flee As Police Storm Cafe (LIVE UPDATES)

(101) Comments | Posted 15 December 2014 | (15:13)

One hostage and a gunman are believed to be dead after police stormed a Sydney cafe where a hostage-taker has been holding an unknown number of people for more than 16 hours.

This is how events have unfolded:

• New South Wales say the hostage situation in Lindt Chocolat Cafe...

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Invisible Children, The Charity Behind Kony 2012 Is Shutting Down

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2014 | (12:30)

The charity behind one of the biggest viral campaigns in history is to close its headquarters and transfer most of its operations to African partners, it has been announced.

The move, which will see the staff at Invisible Children's California headquarters cut from 21 to just four people...

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Ukip Candidate Kerry Smith Resigns After Calling Gay Members 'Poofters' And Saying He's Going On 'Peasant' Hunt In Essex

(186) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (13:04)

A prominent Ukip general election candidate has resigned after making a string of offensive remarks, including calling gay members "poofters", and joking about shooting people on a "peasant" hunt in Essex.

Kerry Smith, a member of both Essex County Council and Basildon District Council, quit as Ukip's candidate in a...

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Vince Cable Slams 'Extreme' George Osborne, Says Tories 'Let Off The Leash'

(56) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (12:21)

Conservative spending plans would reduce Britain's armed forces to a "largely ceremonial role" and "destroy" public services, Business Secretary Vince Cable warned in a fresh assault on his coalition partners.

The Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister, who has told his officials not to engage with Treasury work on cuts...

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Islamic State 'Slave' Manual Permits Sex With Pre-Pubescent Girls, And Gives Details On Beating 'Slaves'

(158) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (09:26)

Islamic State fighters have apparently been provided with a manual on how to buy and sell women and girls captured by the militant group, and which gives the green light to sex with pre-pubescent girls.

Thousands of non-Muslim captives are believed to still be in the hands of...

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What Did Britain Know? UK Parliament Panel's Bid To See Redacted CIA Report

(88) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (08:24)

The parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture is seeking access to secret parts of an damning US report into CIA tactics in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, its head has confirmed.

Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) chair Sir Malcolm Rifkind said it would request...

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Alan Rusbridger To Step Down As Guardian Editor - But Who Will Replace Him?

(5) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (16:10)

Alan Rusbridger is to step down as editor-in-chief of the Guardian after 20 years in the job, he confirmed today.

The 60-year-old is to become chair of Scott Trust in 2016: "Alan has been the outstanding editor of his generation," said the Trust's current head, Liz Forgan. "Fully embracing...

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Palestinian Cabinet Member Ziad Abu Ain Dead After Israeli Soldier Altercation

(82) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (12:55)

A member of the Palestinian Cabinet has been killed during a West Bank protest, where witnesses said Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of other marchers.

Those at the scene reported Ziad Abu Ain, 55, was struck by an Israeli soldier. Footage from Sky News Arabic appeared...

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Is Still Saying He Did Nothing Wrong

(9) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (12:16)

The former director of the CIA has come out swinging after a Senate report found he had repeatedly misled politicians about the extent of the agency's history of torturing detainees.

The newly released document tears apart the CIA's past claims that only a small number of detainees were subjected to...

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China, North Korea, Iran Criticise The US After CIA Torture Report Released

(49) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (09:12)

Representatives from some of the world's most renowned proponents of torture have condemned the US for its brutality after the release of a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects, with China, North Korea and Iran queuing up...

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Oscar Pistorius Prosecutors Can Appeal Reeva Steenkamp Murder Acquittal, Judge Rules

(6) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (08:14)

A South African judge has ruled that prosecutors can appeal Oscar Pistorius' acquittal on murder charges, after he was convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

In October, Judge Thokozile Masipa convicted Pistorius of culpable homicide and sentenced him to a five-year prison term....

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Far Right Numbers Swell As 10,000 Germans March Against 'Extreme Islam'

(266) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (10:58)

German extremists converged on Monday night for one of the biggest far-right rallies the country has seen in years, with so-called "anti-Islam" marches now becoming a near-weekly occurrence.

Thousands descended on downtown Dresden in a march organised by a group calling itself "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West",...

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William And Kate Met True Royalty Last Night, Queen Beyonce And Jay Z

(16) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (09:32)

She may be a Duchess, but last night Kate met the Queen.

Queen Bey strutted across the court at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night in a way that said, 'Hey, Duke and Duchess, welcome to my kingdom.'

Kate's face said it all. "Be cool, be cool dammit,...

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#FeedingBritain 'Poor People Don't Know How To Cook' Says Tory Baroness Jenkin

(252) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (18:25)

Poor people in Britain are going hungry because they "don't know how to cook", a Tory peer has said, in the wake of a landmark report into poverty in Britain.

Baroness Anne Jenkin, a member of the inquiry team at the All Party Parliamentary Group on...

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9 Heartbreaking Stories From #FeedingBritain Food Bank Users And Staff

(43) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (11:31)

Benefit delays, food waste and hungry children sent home to a cold house with empty cupboards are just some of the heartbreaking stories to emerge from hundreds of interviews in today's report into Britain's hidden food poverty.

The Feeding Britain report, from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hunger and...

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Food Bank Britain Goes Hungry While Supermarkets Send Millions Of Tonnes To Landfill, Report Finds

(118) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (07:57)

Families are forced into food banks because of "unacceptable" delays in benefits, but action must be also taken to tackle high fuel bills, food prices and the "scandal" of millions of tonnes of wasted food, a landmark report will announce today.

The Feeding Britain report was prompted by...

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Bernd Lucke, Germany's Most Prominent Eurosceptic, Tells Britain 'Don't Leave The EU'

(144) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (14:59)

STRASBOURG -- Germany's most prominent Eurosceptic has said it would be "dangerous" for the UK to leave the European Union, calling on Britain to stay to defend the EU from further federalism.

And in an exclusive interview with the Huffington Post UK, Bernd Lucke, the leader of Germany's...

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