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BRADFORD, England (AP) — Naz Shah is running for Parliament, but she is hardly a typical British politician. She grew up in poverty in a Pakistani-immigrant family, fled a teenage forced marriage and campaigned to free her mother, imprisoned for murder after poisoning an abusive partner.
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - A coalition of Islamist rebels seized an army base in northwestern Syria at dawn on Monday after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda's Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives into the compound and blew it up. The capture, reported by a rebel commander and social media videos showing militants inside the base, brought the coalition closer to seizing most of Idlib province and moving toward Latakia, the ancestral home of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Controlling it should help the rebels tighten their siege on the major Mastouma army base nearby. Syrian state media said the army killed scores of Nusra fighters and dozens of Islamist suicide bombers from Russia's Chechnya region in fighting near the base, but did not say the compound had fallen to the militants.
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron sought on Monday to answer critics who say his bid to win a May 7 election has lacked passion by ditching his usual polished image and suit jacket to deliver a 'pumped-up' speech on the economy. Cameron's campaign to beat Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in Britain's closest election race since the 1970s has been tightly focused on trumpeting his party's economic credibility, but has so far failed to swing opinion polls in his favour. Cameron himself has conceded that his often style portrays a "calm smoothness". "That really pumps me up," Cameron said, jogging onto a stage without a suit jacket and gesticulating energetically to a tightly gathered standing audience.