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British IS fighters 'should not be allowed back into the UK'

No British citizen who has fought for so-called Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, the defence secretary has said. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Gavin Williamson said: “Quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.” He said everything should be done “to destroy and eliminate that threat.” At least 800 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for IS and 130 of those have been killed in conflict. Mr Williamson, who took over as defence secretary last…

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EU nurses 'turning their backs on UK'

The decline in EU nurses and midwives wanting to work in the UK since the referendum is continuing, figures show. The trend was first noticed earlier this year, and now a new batch of figures released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council have reinforced the idea that Brexit is having an impact. In September the register showed just over 36,200 EU nurses and midwives – over 2,700 less than a year before. But ministers said a rise in training places would compensate for the drop. That will take some time…

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'Eye worm infection could spread to UK'

An eye infection caused by a parasitic worm increasingly common in mainland Europe could spread to the UK, pet owners are being warned. The disease, Thelazia callipaeda or oriental eye worm, is transmitted by a type of fruit-fly that lands on the eyes and deposits infective larvae. Cats, dogs and people catch it from the flies, which feed on eye secretions. There have been three recent canine cases reported in the UK, but the animals had been imported from abroad. One had been brought to the UK from Romania. The…

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