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Conservative image detoxified at last?

blogs.independent.co.uk — Labour's lead over the Conservatives remains squeezed, at two points, little changed from last month's three-point margin, in the ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.

West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State

independent.co.uk — Islamist forces are fighting their way into western Syria from bases further east, bringing forward the prospect of US military intervention to stop their advance. If Isis, which styles itself Islamic State, threatens to take all or part of Aleppo, establishing complete dominance over the anti-government rebels, the US may be compelled to act publicly or secretly in concert with President Bashar al-Assad, whom it has been trying to displace.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @YanniKouts: US already covertly assisting Assad government, source tells Patrick Cockburn of @Independent: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid… /via @amolrajan #Syria

Aug 23, 2014

RT @amolrajan: Exclusive: US already covertly assisting Assad government, source tells Patrick Cockburn of @Independent: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Aug 23, 2014

RT @amolrajan: Exclusive: US already covertly assisting Assad government, source tells Patrick Cockburn of @Independent: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Aug 23, 2014

RT @amolrajan: Exclusive: US already covertly assisting Assad government, source tells Patrick Cockburn of @Independent: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Aug 23, 2014

RT @amolrajan: Exclusive: US already covertly assisting Assad government, source tells Patrick Cockburn of @Independent: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

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'Ask Islamic State' hashtag starts trending on Twitter as people poke fun at terrorist group

independent.co.uk — It appears to have been started by comedian Lee Hurst who put out the first tweet using the hashtag at 6.28pm on Friday, August 22, to his 25,100 followers. He tweeted: "#AskIslamicState When do you expect the Caliphate to be opened up for tourism?"

Her Outdoors: Finland edition

blogs.independent.co.uk — While the British allotment-holder struts and frets from March to October, in Finland it is, as you can imagine, entirely different. Snow covers the ground from late autumn to mid-spring, and nothing can be sown into the soil, still frozen in April, until well into May.

The Last Word: This is football's tipping point

independent.co.uk — They had prepared an analytical package with video clips and a range of performance data. It remained unseen because the manager announced, with devastating finality: "I'm not having a queer in my dressing room." His assistant sniggered, but others in his office remained silent out of self-preservation.

Man told girlfriend he had been kidnapped to stay out at house party, sparking police hunt

independent.co.uk — The 32-year-old, who has not been named, has been fined for wasting police time after the "foolish and irresponsible" claim on 22 August. When his girlfriend called as he partied at a friend's house at 6.30pm, she was told by a person answering the phone that he would not be allowed to leave until he paid a £50 debt, Greater Manchester Police said.
Aug 23, 2014

'Hi love, no I can't come home from the party right now. Why?Because...I've been, erm, kidnapped." ind.pn/1sfRjxG #worstexcuseever

Woman ordered to repay $8m after starting 50,000-acre wildfire to keep 'bored' firefighter friends busy

independent.co.uk — Sadie Renee Johnson, 23, of Warm Springs in Oregon, started the blaze by lighting a small object using the cigarette lighter in a car she was travelling in before chucking the lit item out of the window.

West poised to join forces with Assad in face of Islamic State

independent.co.uk — Islamist forces are fighting their way into western Syria from bases further east, bringing forward the prospect of US military intervention to stop their advance. If Isis, which styles itself Islamic State, threatens to take all or part of Aleppo, establishing complete dominance over the anti-government rebels, the US may be compelled to act publicly or secretly in concert with President Bashar al-Assad, whom it has been trying to displace.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @amolrajan: Exclusive: US already covertly assisting Assad government, source tells Patrick Cockburn of @Independent: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

Aug 23, 2014

RT @frasereC4: US covertly assist Assad govt source tells Patrick Cockburn @Independent independent.co.uk/news/world/mid… Foley raid shows border doesn't matter

Aug 23, 2014

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Aug 23, 2014

RT @amolrajan: Exclusive: US already covertly assisting Assad government, source tells Patrick Cockburn of @Independent: independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…

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What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

independent.co.uk — We look at them. They look at us. Nobody waves. On the deck of the Tichy, a 150m cargo ship just pulling into port, stand dozens of migrants. Some of them lean on the railings and peer over the side.
Aug 23, 2014

RT @IndyMagazine: 'Boating season': What happens to the immigrants who arrive on Italy's coastline every August? @memphisbarker reports independent.co.uk/news/world/afr…

Aug 23, 2014

RT @memphisbarker: You survive the sea to land in Italy. Then what? My @IndyMagazine cover stry on migrants + law ind.pn/1vvaead pic.twitter.com/5W7jy3Pzc5

Aug 23, 2014

You survive the sea to land in Italy. Then what? My @IndyMagazine cover stry on migrants + law ind.pn/1vvaead pic.twitter.com/5W7jy3Pzc5