A former Isis fighter has revealed the elaborate training he received in Iraq and Syria and the way in which taking part in executions is an initiation rite

Give all Isis sympathisers a free flight to Syria and you’ve solved the problem, says Ukip candidate

Keith Fraser tells The Independent we should 'charter some jets and take them over there' to make Britain safer

David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace on Monday after informing the Queen that Parliament was ready to dissolve

General Election 2015: They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace...maybe

Old rituals to the fore as Cameron and Clegg get Queen’s official say-so to dissolve Parliament

The Labour advertisement quoted senior figures in six large companies arguing that a British exit would harm the economy, cost jobs and deter foreign investment

General Election 2015: We don’t endorse Miliband, say firms quoted in advert

Some of the firms expressed dismay over their bosses’ words being used to score party political points

David Cameron spoke about his record in government and said the fight was between him and Ed Miliband in his first campaign speech at The Corsham School in Chippenham on Monday

General Election 2015: David Cameron: ‘I don’t claim that I am the perfect Prime Minister’

The PM struck a modest note as he launched his campaign in a marginal Wiltshire seat

The University of Buckingham is accused of spending too much time hunting for reasons not to worry about climate change

Britain's leading private university ‘becoming a mouthpiece for fossil-fuel industry’

Exclusive: The University of Buckingham has appointed an anti-windfarm campaigner to set up a new energy institute

The Right Rev Libby Lane trained in dance for 15 years before studying theology

Church of England's first female bishop: I'm a Strictly Come Dancing fan and use dance steps to explain my relationship with God

The Right Rev Lane, who was ordained as the Bishop of Stockport in January, said that dancing helps inform her understanding of incarnation

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats, Ed Miliband, Labour, and David Cameron, Conservatives

General Election 2015: The unanswered questions on tax and spending

The answers you need to know in the run up to the election

Nick Mann, right, died trying to save his younger brother, Robert Mann

Nick Mann: Man died trying to save brother Robert Mann from oncoming London Underground train at Old Street station

Nick Mann's friends have said he will be "sorely missed"

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon on the General Election campaign trail in Glasgow Fort Shopping Park in the Glasgow East parliamentary seat

General Election 2015: Scottish campaign season kicks off

The people of Scotland may prove crucial in deciding the outcome of the Westminster election on 7 May

Nigel Farage unveils Ukip's five-point pledge card (PA)

General Election 2015: Nigel Farage is already planning for life as an MP as he reveals he meets Tory MPs 'all the time' over post-election deal

Ukip leader has had 'informal' discussions about forming a post-election alliance with Tory MPs

A family of four found dead on Gibraltar

Gibraltar stabbing: British man found dead alongside Spanish partner and two children

Police are attempting to locate their close relatives

Lord Gus O’Donnell, who presided over the negotiations which resulted in 2010’s power-sharing deal between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, also warned that such a coalition would raise questions about the legitimacy of the Westminster government.

General Election 2015: Labour-SNP partnership would revive Scottish independence, says former head of civil service

Lord Gus O’Donnell warned that such a coalition would raise questions about the legitimacy of the Westminster government

Martin Freeman unveiled as Labour's first big election endorser: 'My values are about community, compassion, decency'

The Hobbit and Sherlock star appears in an emotive political broadcast

The BBC updated its election guidelines to staff as campaigning began. “You shouldn't state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality

Election 2015: BBC staff told to follow a 'balanced' range of politicians on Twitter

'You shouldn't state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality', the guidelines state

A woman shelters under a umbrella as the rain falls on the seafront on May 14, 2013 in Weston-Super-Mare, England.

Easter 2015 weather: Gale force winds and snow to make way for cloudy Bank Holiday weekend

Some parts of Scotland will be hit with snow showers tonight

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