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Burnham urges Labour to listen to Blair's warning

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham,who has previously criticised Tony Blair for making "dire predictions" about the prospect of a victory for rival Jeremy Corbyn, has said the party would be mad not to listen to the former prime minister now.

Mr Blair has issued a final warning to Labour supporters to reject the "Alice in Wonderland" appeal of Jeremy Corbyn or risk driving the party into an abyss.

Andy Burnham said Labour will have 'lost the plot' if they do not listen to their former leader. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Burnham said: "Tony Blair won three general elections for Labour. If we have got to a point now where the Labour Party says it doesn't want to listen to him then I would think we have lost the plot.

"We have got to listen to people who have been there in the past and seen Labour when it had difficulties in times gone by. People like Neil Kinnock who were there in the mid-1980s when Labour did start fighting itself and left the pitch clear for Margaret Thatcher to bulldoze her way through communities."

"We don't want to go back to that and let the heirs to Thatcher, Cameron and Osborne, do the same", he said.

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Ex-leader calls for 'people power' to topple Malaysia PM

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has joined anti-government protesters for a second day and called for a "people's power" movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.

Mr Moham waves as he attends a rally organised by pro-democracy protesters. Credit: Reuters

Speaking to journalists ahead of the protests in central Kuala Lumpu, he said: "The only way for the people to get back to the old system is for them to remove this prime minister."

"And to remove him, the people must show people's power. The people as a whole do not want this kind of corrupt leader", he added.

Thousands of people have been protesting in Kuala Lumpur Credit: Reuters

UK ambassador 'summoned over Al-Jazeera verdict remarks'

Two of the journalists were led away after the verdict, while a third was sentenced in absentia. Credit: Reuters

Egypt's foreign ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made on a court's decision to hand down prison sentences for three Al-Jazeera journalists, state television reported.

John Casson has suggested that Egypt's stability should be built on freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

On Saturday, the journalists were sentenced to three years for operating without a press licence and broadcasting material said to be harmful to Egypt.

Mohamed Fahmy a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were led away from court after the verdict.

Australian Peter Greste was sentenced in absentia after he was deported from the country in February.

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Thai police search for more Bangkok bombing suspects

Police in Thailand have widened their search for more suspects in connection with the Bangkok bombing after a man was arrested yesterday.

The suspect, who was described as a 28-year-old "foreigner" by police, was detained during a raid at a flat in the north of the capital.

The suspect was arrested in Bangkok on Saturday Credit: APTN

Officers said fake passports and bomb-making materials including detonators and metal pipes were also found.

The man is being held on charges of possessing illegal explosives and has been in Thailand since January 2014.

Twenty people, who were mostly tourists, were killed when a bomb tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine on August 17, injuring more than 100 others.

A27 near Shoreham partially reopens after air crash

The A27 near Shoreham, West Sussex, where a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed last Saturday, killing 11 people, has partially reopened for the first time since the disaster.

Two lanes have been opened on the eastbound carriageway towards Brighton, along with one lane on the westbound carriageway, Sussex Police said.

The other westbound lane remains closed while investigators continue to work on the verge. A 40mph speed limit has been imposed, police added.

The partial reopening comes a day after thousands of people from communities touched by the crash gathered at memorial events.

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