Ed Miliband: Labour would expect migrants to learn English

Miliband calls for improved integration of immigrants to reduce pressures of a multi-ethnic society

Ed Miliband admits last Government made serious mistakes over immigration

Feathers in the Snow, Southwark Playhouse, London

Philip Ridley's epic fairy-tale is the last production to be presented in Southwark Playhouse's current venue under the arches of London Bridge Station before it moves to temporary premises at the Elephant and Castle. As a swansong, it is therefore doubly apt.

Refugees 'are forced into destitution' in Britain because they cannot be sent back

Thousands of people who have fled some of the world's most dangerous countries are being forced into destitution, begging and prostitution on British streets because they cannot be sent back, the Home Office is warned today.

Terry Waite launches defence of Hezbollah, the militant group that kidnapped and torture him 25 years ago

Terry Waite, who was kidnapped and tortured 25 years ago by associates of the militant group Hezbollah, has returned to Lebanon to meet representatives of the organisation responsible for his capture.

Congolese soldiers, pictured, are engaged in fierce fighting with the M23 militia, supported by Rwanda, according to the UN

Unhappy 18th birthday: The teenage refugees who fear they'll be sent 'home'

Audio library highlights plight of youngsters who fled war zones when they reach adulthood in UK

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Leveson did nothing for many targets of the press

Fanatical libertarians are feverishly awaiting Lord Leveson's report on Thursday. Some inquiry team members have been branded dangerous lefties and the nation is warned about ominous state censorship. I believe this whipped-up paranoia is bunkum and that some kind of statutory underpinning is essential for any future press regulatory body.

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan

Search for Syrian brides unsettles refugees in Jordan

Between bitter fall weather and unceasing war at home, Syrian refugees at this northern desert tent camp have enough problems. But fathers like Abu Yousef say they must also contend with something else: older Arab men in search of Syrian brides.

Congo refuses to negotiate with 'Rwanda stooge' rebels

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday dismissed a demand from rebels in the country's east for truce talks, saying that the insurgent force pushing towards the city of Goma was a tool of neighbouring Rwanda.

From Pauncefoot to Patel and Piotrowski: Traditional surnames are becoming extinct because of immigration, research shows

Patel and Piotrowski are now more common surnames in the UK than Pauncefoot, new research shows.

Britain hopes to decide within days whether to recognise new Syrian opposition, says William Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague today hailed a potential turning point for Syria as he met the leaders of a coalition opposed to president Bashar Assad.

Postcard from... Berlin

Berlin's famous Brandenburg Gate has now been in the capital's daily news for over a month. The reason is one of the longest protest demonstrations ever to be held in front of the landmark monument and it is still going on.

Twin blasts strike Syrian city of Daraa

Two large explosions shook Syria's southern city of Daraa today, causing multiple casualties and heavy material damage, the country's state-run news agency and activists said.

Refugees flee Syria into Turkey

As thousands flee Syria, Assad denies civil war claims

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied there was a civil war in his country as the number of refugees fleeing the conflict surged, and some so desperate to leave they were climbing over razor wire fences.

President Assad made the comments in an interview with the English-language Russia Today TV

I'll live and die in Syria, says Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed defiantly to “live and die” in Syria.

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