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President Barack Obama saluted troops returning from Iraq today, declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict is ending honourably, "not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home."

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Theresa May yesterday announced draft emergency measures to relocate terror suspects, months after pledging to scrap similar government powers to order a suspect to move to a new home.

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