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    • Isis threatens to kill British jihadis wanting to come home
      At least 30 Britons seek to flee Islamic State as it is revealed that a fourth young Muslim from Portsmouth has died in Syria

      British jihadi fighters desperate to return home from Syria and Iraq are being issued with death threats by the leadership of Islamic State (Isis), the Observer has learned.

      A source with extensive contacts among Syrian rebel groups said senior Isis figures were threatening Britons who were attempting to travel home. He said: There are Britons who upon wanting to leave have been threatened with death, either directly or indirectly.

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    • Nearly a third of voters prepared to support Ukip
      Observer/Opinium poll shows 31% of voters would back Nigel Farages party if they believed it could win in their constituency

      The phenomenal rise in support for Ukip is underlined by a new Opinium/Observer poll which shows almost one-third of voters would be prepared to back Nigel Farages party if they believed it could win in their own constituency.

      While the survey, which puts the Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck on 33%, shows a substantial boost for the Tories (up five points on a fortnight ago), the rise of Ukip will be deeply alarming to the main parties.

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    • Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months
      Glasgow Pollok MSP, who quit as head of Scottish Labour, was told to stay mute on topic while party leader decided on policy

      Ed Milibands leadership of the Labour party is under renewed pressure as sources close to Johann Lamont, who dramatically quit as Scottish leader on Saturday, claimed he banned her for a year from condemning the bedroom tax while he made his mind up on it.

      The diktat from London over the policy, which forces council house tenants to pay extra for spare rooms, was said to be a huge frustration for Lamont who was to come under heavy personal attack for being vague over the critical issue. She accused colleagues of trying to run Scotland like a branch office of London on Saturday, when she announced her resignation.

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    • Global Ebola cases pass 10,000 as Mali becomes latest nation to record a death
      One million vaccine doses to be ready by end of 2015, says health agency, while New Yorkers argue over infected doctor

      The global number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has exceeded 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organisation released on Saturday. Three countries with shared borders Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea account for all but 10 of the fatalities, with only 27 cases occurring outside the west African epicentre.

      The UN agency said the number of cases was now 10,141 but that the true figure was much higher, as many families were keeping relatives at home rather than taking them to treatment centres and are burying their dead without official clearance. It said many of the centres were overcrowded.

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    • Ofsted launches new inquiry into superheads schools
      New evidence prompts independent inquiry into claims that regulators visits were known about days or weeks in advance

      Ofsted has dramatically announced that it is launching an independent investigation into allegations that schools overseen by a controversial superhead close to former education secretary Michael Gove had advance knowledge of inspection dates.

      Three days after the schools inspectorate had said it would not reopen an inquiry into allegations concerning Dame Rachel de Souza reported in the Observer last Sunday, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, said that fresh email evidence discovered by Ofsted had forced his hand.

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