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The time for warm words is long past – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Iraq will be on the verge of disaster if we do not see urgent action to reverse its fast-moving and bloody crises, which have been needlessly …

Raising life expectancy in Glasgow should be a mission for us all – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Last week’s Analysis programme on BBC World Service about the problem in Glasgow of poor health outcomes and lower life expectancy made for …

Italy's Beppe Grillo joins Nigel Farage's 'people's army'

Beppe Grillo's 17 MEPs are to march in Nigel Farage's "people's army" to bring down the EU<p>Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian who is head of Italy's anti-euro Five Star Movement is to team up with Nigel Farage to "bring down Brussels" from within the European Parliament.<p>Following an online poll on …

Sadiq Khan Interview: 'The Public Just Don't Believe What We Say'

It is difficult to believe Sadiq Khan was once, in his own words, "an angry young man". The MP for Tooting and shadow justice secretary joined the …

Obama ponders as Iran sends troops to Iraq

As the most brutal jihadist group in the world storms Iraq's Sunni north threatening to crucify rule breakers Obama takes stock of the situation as Iran reportedly mobilises its forces into the country<p>Barack Obama was under mounting pressure to send military help to Iraq as Iranian forces were …

Iraqi Kurdish forces take Kirkuk as Isis sets its sights on Baghdad

Major oil city is controlled by peshmerga fighters after central government's army abandons posts in a rapid collapse<p>The crisis in Iraq escalated rapidly on Thursday as Iraqi Kurdish forces took control of key military installations in the major oil city of Kirkuk and the Sunni jihadi group Isis …