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IS hostages 'face waterboarding'

John Cantlie has appeared in the fifth episode of IS propaganda films entitled Lend Me Your Ears

Islamic State (IS) hostage John Cantlie has told how prisoners have been waterboarded for trying to escape in the latest video released by the terror group.

Troops to quit Helmand in days

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Camp Bastion, which will soon be taken over by the Afghans

British troops are to leave Helmand province in the coming days, bringing a key chapter in the 13-year Afghanistan campaign to an end.

Commons tours 'big security risk'

More than a million members of the public enter the Westminster estate every year

An MP has warned that tours of Parliament represent a "big risk" amid reports that Islamic extremists have used them to "scope out" the building.

Merkel blow to PM's border reforms

Prime Minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel are at odds over the free movement of workers in the EU

David Cameron's hopes of clawing back control over Britain's borders from the EU have suffered a blow after Angela Merkel spelled out her opposition to fundamental change.

Salmond attacks Labour 'meltdown'

Alex Salmond said "Labour's meltdown in Scotland has been created by Labour in London"

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has accused Ed Miliband of being responsible for the "meltdown" of the Scottish Labour Party after the resignation of its leader Johann Lamont.

Merkel blow to PM's border reforms

Labour is demanding Chancellor George Osborne reveal when he was informed of the EU surcharge

David Cameron's hopes of clawing back control over Britain's borders from the EU have suffered a blow after Angela Merkel spelled out her opposition to fundamental change.

HS2: Phase two plans to be outlined

A hub station in Crewe is expected to be part of the second stage of the HS2 scheme

The city of Stoke-on-Trent is expected to miss out when the head of the £50 billion HS2 project outlines plans for phase two of the high-speed rail scheme next week.

£125m rescue package for Monarch

Monarch has secured £125 million of permanent capital and liquidity facilities from Greybull Capital

Monarch Airlines has agreed a rescue deal which will see an investment firm pumping more than £100 million into the company, but also involves pay cuts of up to 30% for staff and hundreds of redundancies.

Gascoigne 'sectioned after binge'

Medics reportedly sectioned Paul Gascoigne under the Mental Health Act

Tottenham Hotspur say they are supporting troubled former star Paul Gascoigne after it was reported he had been placed on an emergency three-day detox.

Miliband will win election - Blair

Tony Blair says Ed Miliband will win the general election

Tony Blair has insisted Ed Miliband "can and will" win the general election after reports that he had expressed doubts at a private meeting.

Fines plan over nuisance calls

Sajid Javid wants to change legal definitions to ensure that unacceptable behaviour is punished

Companies that bombard people with nuisance marketing calls will be more likely to face fines of up to £500,000, under Government proposals.

Driving licence fees to be slashed

The cost of obtaining and renewing driving licences is to fall

Young drivers facing the mounting costs of taking to the road might well breathe a little easier after the Government announced it was slashing the cost of obtaining a licence.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

Brenda Blethyn attending the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his growing trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

The BBC has defended its documentary about the country's genocide

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.