The London mayor said a team of business representatives were “working on a model that will ensure we can carry on recruiting and attracting talent”.

When pressed on the issue of a separate work visa for migrants coming to work in the capital, Mr Khan said: “In principle I want to make sure that my job as the mayor means supporting businesses to grow and expand, encouraging business to come into London.

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Top officials from 21 countries kicked off talks in London on Thursday on pushing back Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and tackling the growing threat of homegrown jihadists in Europe.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond co-hosted talks involving 21 of some 60 countries that are working together to tackle the militant IS group based in Syria and Iraq.

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Bahrain’s main opposition leader has been charged with attempting to overthrow the government of the western-backed Gulf state – a significant escalation in a crackdown on dissent.

Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the al-Wefaq movement, is to stand trial at the end of the month on charges of “promoting the overthrow and change of the political regime by force”, it was announced in Manama on Monday.

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Britain will provide medical treatment to a group of Ukrainian servicemen who have been seriously wounded fighting pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine, in the latest example of its support for the struggling government in Kiev.

Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said up to five Ukrainian servicemen would be given reconstructive surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and that the first soldier was already being treated there.

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