Let Shamima Begum return to UK or risk more terror recruits, says expert
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Let Shamima Begum return to UK or risk more terror recruits, says expert

The home secretary’s response to teenage Islamic State bride Shamima Begum will guarantee new recruits to the ideology that underpins the terror group, a former senior counter-radicalisation expert for the government has warned. As the debate over whether to allow Begum, who left the UK to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, to return home…

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Buhari and opposition leader blame each other for Nigerian election delay
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Buhari and opposition leader blame each other for Nigerian election delay

Nigeria’s president and his main challenger have blamed each other for the last-minute postponement of the country’s election, delayed just five hours before polls were due to open. Millions of Nigerians who had planned to vote woke up to the news on Saturday that the independent electoral commission (INEC) had deemed holding the poll “no…

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Unions condemn Grayling’s ‘disastrous’ part-privatisation of probation service
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Unions condemn Grayling’s ‘disastrous’ part-privatisation of probation service

Union bosses have condemned former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s “disastrous privatisation programme” after a probation services provider went into administration. It was announced on Friday that Working Links, owned by the German-based asset management group, Aurelius, had collapsed. The same day, HM inspectorate of probation published a report saying that Working Links staff wrongly classified…

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Hammond’s trip to China scuppered by Williamson’s ‘gunboat diplomacy’
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Hammond’s trip to China scuppered by Williamson’s ‘gunboat diplomacy’

Philip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific. The UK chancellor was expected to meet the Chinese vice premier, Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip…

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Angela Merkel criticises US isolationism, urging ‘win-win solutions’
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Angela Merkel criticises US isolationism, urging ‘win-win solutions’

Angela Merkel has turned her fire on America’s “home alone” policies, saying multilateral bodies cannot simply be smashed up, and warned the US president, Donald Trump, that Europe must not be excluded from discussions on future nuclear disarmament, Syria or trade. Warning of a collapse of the international order into tiny parts, the German chancellor…

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