British-Iranian arrested in Iran released on bail

A British-Iranian woman who had been arrested in Iran for trying to watch a volleyball match has been released on bail, her relieved relatives have said.

Ghoncheh Ghavami was taken into custody by Iranian authorities in June, and kept behind bars despite going on hunger strike twice and an international outcry. The 25-year-old was found guilty last month of "propagating against the ruling system" and received a custodial sentence.

Iranian authorities released her on bail after she had served five months because Ghoncheh has been suffering from "intestinal problems". Her brother Iman Ghavami told ITV News she had been released to stay with her parents until the Court of Appeal decides if she has to serve the remainder of her sentence.

Hamilton thanks fans for 'greatest day of my life'

Champion Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton thanked his fans with a special tweet after he won his second Formula 1 title in Abu Dhabi.

The British racer joins an elite group of F1 drivers who have won the world title more than once.

New anti-terror measures expected

A raft of counter-terror measures will be revealed by the Home Secretary today, with a ban on insurance companies shelling out the cost of terrorist ransoms.]

According to the Home Office:

  • Theresa May said the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill would make it a clear offence for firms to reimburse relatives or employers who pay a ransom
  • Islamic State (IS) linked terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq have been using kidnappings to raise funds - with the UN estimating the tactic has brought in £28 million over the past year
  • But the Home Office says there has been an element of "uncertainty" about whether UK-based insurers were prohibited from paying claims made by companies and families who had met ransom demands
  • The Counter-Terrorism Bill will force internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individual users
  • Police chiefs are concerned young men and women have been radicalised by content published by terror groups online

Parents of Aysha King give first network TV interview

Until things are established, exactly what's going to happen to Ashya, we feel too scared to return with Ashya

– Ashya's dad Brett speaks out

The parents of Ashya King, who triggered an international police hunt when they removed their five-year-old son from Southampton hospital to seek treatment in Europe, join us today for their first ever network TV interview.

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Are you ready to go sugar free?

Fancy going sugar free with trainer Jessie Pavelka?

At the start of a new year millions of people around the country promise to live better. #SugarFreeGMB aims to encourage the country to give up sugar to get healthy, lose weight and feel great.

We are looking for three viewers to take up the sugar free GMB challenge and go to Los Angeles with Dr Hilary and Jessie Pavelka this December. The three successful applicants will go out to LA with our own Doctor Hilary to meet the world's leading experts in going sugar free. They will be set up with training programs created by The Biggest Loser trainer Jessie Pavelka and the challenge of a 30-day sugar free diet plan.

So if you're up for a challenge and want to make some BIG changes in the Californian sunshine, we want to hear from you!

'If you vote Ukip, you get Ukip'

I don't expect defections today or tomorrow, but over the next few weeks people will suck their teeth and think very hard about it

– Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage says it's completely impossible to predict the outcome of next year's General Election after Mark Reckless wins the Rochester and Strood by-election, which he triggered by defecting to Ukip from the Conservatives.

The Ukip leader wouldn't be drawn on whether or not he was in discussion with other politicians tempted to defect to his party, but revealed "I would be very surprised if more people didn't join us between now and the next election".

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House prices increase by more than 5%

It's not just London and the South East enjoying house price rises - a new survey by property analyst Hometrack shows homes in all of England's 20 largest cities have seen their values increase at least 5% over the last year.

London still leads the way with a 17.3% increase, while Glasgow and Liverpool rose 5.3%.

We're joined by property expert Louisa Fletcher, to find out whether the price rises will continue.

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