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

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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

Medical staff members with the corpse of a victim of Ebola in Monrovia

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

Lord Patten in June 1997, waving to the crowd as then Outgoing Governor of Hong Kong

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

President Obama rode in an elevator with an armed security contractor with convictions for assault and battery, it has emerged

Armed security contractor with assault conviction shared a lift with Barack Obama in another security lapse

The incident took place just days before a knife-carrying Army veteran climbed over the White House fence and ran into the executive mansion

HeForShe campaign: Iceland to follow up Emma Watson speech with UN women's rights conference – for men only

It will bring together male leaders to discuss women’s issues

The Prime Minister of Israel spoke during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday

Hamas is no different from Isis, Israel's Netanyahu tells UN General Assembly

'When it comes to its ultimate goals, Hamas is Isis, and Isis is Hamas,' the Israeli Prime Minister said, while comparing  Islamist extremism to Nazism

Give international aid to refugees as cash, says David Miliband

The former Foreign Secretary David Miliband says that giving money to refugees can be a more effective way of helping them than providing food, blankets and other forms of aid. Co-authoring an article for The Independent today, Mr Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), pointed to a number of studies that found “giving people cash works”.

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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