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War with Isis: US and Iraq draw up a plan for ground force attack on Islamist militants

While Syrian Kurds are politically at odds with their Iraqi brethren, they have agreed to accept an influx of peshmerga fighters as part of any offensive

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Ebola outbreak: WHO missed 'the disaster of our times,' claim aid agencies

Anger grows at the UN body's failures in the fight against the virus
Malala Yousafzai was defying odds by going to a school in the Swat district

Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize is celebrated in the West and widely criticised or ignored in Pakistan

What really matters is the reason she won it in the first place, says Omar Waraich

Actress Emma Watson is a high profile advocate of greater women’s rights throughout the world

World is ‘talking the talk but not walking the walk’ on women’s rights, according to new report

The rhetoric is not being matched by action, says children's charity

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Campaign to put ecocide on a par with genocide in attempt to curb environmental destruction

Grassroots movement wants the International Criminal Court to prosecute offenders
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Israel-Gaza conflict: Labour Party motion will be 'righting a historic wrong'

Their hope is that a majority will be achieved when the vote is held on Monday

Protesters waving the Palestinian flag during a march against the bombing of Gaza in London in July

Israel-Gaza conflict: MPs set to vote to recognise the state of Palestine

Miliband to risk wrath of pro-Israel lobby in whipped Commons vote on Monday

Smoke from air strikes against Isis fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani can be seen from across the border in the village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province of south-eastern Turkey

Isis in Kobani: John Kerry says preventing the fall of the town is 'not a strategic objective'

As the fighting continues, the lack of assistance for those living in Kobani sparked more violent demonstrations across Turkey

A UN investigator takes samples around a missile found near Damascus suspected of being a chemical rocket

Four secret Syrian chemical weapons factories are revealed

The US is worried that Isis, which has seized large parts of the country, and other terrorist groups could find any hidden stockpiles

There are currently six Tornadoes taking part in the Iraqi mission

Iraq air strikes: David Cameron announces additional Tornado jets will be deployed to provide 'enhanced resilience' against Isis

There are currently six Tornadoes taking part in the Iraqi mission

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Ebola virus: Pandemic should be treated 'the same way' as threat posed by nuclear weapons, security officials say

Special report: The Government has admitted that the virus spreading across Africa will 'get worse'

Andargachew “Andy” Tsege from London was seized at an airport in Yemen in June

Government using taxpayer's money to train Ethiopia's security forces while British man is held there on death row

Exclusive: The 59-year-old sought asylum in Britain in 1979 after being threatened by Ethiopian authorities over his political beliefs

Lord Hill arrives for the hearing on Wednesday

Lord Hill takes ‘Hugh Grant approach’ to EU hearing

Britain’s Commissioner promises to defend interests of 28 nations

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Hong Kong protests: China warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if demonstrations continue

While former governor Lord Patten tells Beijing they are reneging on two-system deal

Tens of thousands of protesters occupied the streets of Hong Kong during China’s National Day

Hong Kong protests: The politest demonstration ever – but where do they go from here?

Despite more than four days of continuous occupation by tens of thousands, you could just about eat your chow mein off the tarmac

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker