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Day: October 25, 2019

British ISIS bride Shamima Begum: I am afraid I could die here
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British ISIS bride Shamima Begum: I am afraid I could die here

    British ISIS bride Shamima Begum has told how she is terrified she is going to die while she remains in a refugee camp on the war-torn border between Turkey and Syria. The now 20-year-old is living in the al-Roj camp nine miles from the border in Turkey's 'safe zone' which they began attacking with artillery earlier this month. Begum, who is from Bethnal Green in east London, said she had a bag packed at all times and was ready to move fast if things change "like the earlier days in time of Isis". The teen is reported to no longer be wearing the black hijab she was pictured in when news of her still being alive emerged in the press but now wears an open-faced maroon cloak, nose stud and trainers. “I am scared, really scared,” she told The Times. "I am afraid I cou...
EU delays Brexit extension decision
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EU delays Brexit extension decision

    EU leaders have postponed deciding on the length of a possible Brexit delay as Boris Johnson struggled to gain opposition support for a pre-Christmas election. The decision came after the 27 EU ambassadors met on Friday to discuss granting the UK an extension past the current October 31 deadline. They have agreed that a Brexit extension is needed, with a diplomat saying they will decide on its length next week, which will follow Monday's vote in the Commons on holding a snap election on December 12. It comes as Boris Johnson admitted on Thursday that he would not meet his do or die Halloween deadline and demanded a pre-Christmas poll to end the nightmare Brexit crisis. But Labour - crucially holding the votes needed if he is to get the two-thirds majority in the C...
Analysis: Johnson knows the truth about his push for an election
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Analysis: Johnson knows the truth about his push for an election

    Boris Johnson on Thursday called for another general election, but in truth he knows he won't get one yet. Still it was a clever device to distract from the admission he'd rather bury. That he will break his "do or die" promise to leave the EU on 31 October. Writing to Jeremy Corbyn asking him to agree to a poll on 12 December, the prime minister finally wrote down what he perhaps cannot bear to say out loud: "My view has never changed that we should leave on 31 October." However, it is clear from public and private comments of Donald Tusk that it is likely that the EU will offer a delay until 31 January, though it is possible that a shorter delay will be offered. Mr Johnson said only last month he'd rather "die in a ditch" than ask for this delay. And yet he has ...