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Emotional welcome for freed Turkish hostages

Turkish intelligence agents brought 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey after more than three months in captivity.

An employee of Turkey's consulate in Mosul is welcomed by her relatives in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

The hostages, including Turkey's consul-general, diplomats' children and special forces soldiers, were brought to the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu celebrates with the daughter of Turkey's Mosul Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

Turkish authorities declined to give details on the circumstances of the hostages' release.

Freed hostages at the airport in Ankara Credit: PA

The group was seized from the Turkish consulate in Mosul on June 11 during a lightning advance by Islamic State insurgents.

Anglia weather: clear periods, cloudier near coast

Earlier flooding at Witham railway station- rain now dying out Credit: Pete Wilson

Saturday evening: Showers slowly dying out overnight with clear spells developing. Possibly one or two showers near coasts. Some mist patches will reform. Breezy near coasts, winds lighter inland. Minimum temperature 10 deg C (50F).

Sunday: Mainly dry on Sunday with some good sunny spells. One or two light showers are possible near coasts. Much fresher than of late in the northerly breeze. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Dry on Monday and Tuesday with some sunshine and light winds. Feeling fresher with chilly nights. A little more cloud on Wednesday perhaps with the odd shower.


£12m pledged to stop Calais illegal immigrants

The Government will provide £12m over the next three years to deal with illegal immigrants trying to get to the UK from Calais.

Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve reached a deal which will also see increased co-operation between British and French law enforcement agencies.

Migrants queue for food in the French port of Calais. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They also agreed to do more to tackle organised gangs involved in people trafficking and smuggling.

Security and Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said the two countries would also "continue to push for action at European and international level to address the wider problem of illegal migration, of which Calais is just one very visible sign".


Family of 'Lady al Qaida' urge IS to free hostages

An FBI photo release of Aafia Siddiqui from 2004. Credit: Reuters

The family of a jailed Pakistani scientist nicknamed Lady al Qaida, whose release has been demanded by Islamic State (IS) extremists, has urged the militant group to free two British hostages.

Dr Aafia Siddiqui's sister, neurologist Dr Fowzia Siddiqui, pleaded for IS to spare British aid worker Alan Henning and photojournalist John Cantlie along with others they are holding.

She told the Daily Telegraph: "She (Aafia) would be distraught if she knew that there are people bragging about murder and mayhem and using her name to justify it.

Risk of further heavy, thundery downpours

By Amanda Houston, ITV Weather presenter.

Further heavy thunderstorms are expected in southern areas this afternoon, with the risk of localised flooding.

Elsewhere it's a mixture of isolated showers and bright spells. The best of the sunshine will be in Scotland, Northern Ireland and north-western areas.

It will feel cooler than recent days, maximum temperature 20C.

Rain will clear the south throughout tonight with clear spells developing in many places.

It should be much cooler than last night with temperatures falling down to 5C in some rural areas.

A much quieter, fresher but brighter day follows on Sunday.

Lightning strikes hospital building sparking roof fire

Lightning strikes sparked a fire in the roof of St Michael's Hospital, Rayne Road, Braintree amid storms that swept across the south east, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

Crews were called in after lightning struck the roof of a hospital building this morning. The lightning strike caused a fire in the roof.

On arrival the incident commander reported that there was a fire in the roof and that the entire building - which measures 16 by six metres - was completely smoke logged.

Wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets firefighters had extinguished the fire by 09:12hrs.

– Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Hotel roof collapses amid storm flooding

Part of a hotel roof has collapsed after a blocked drain caused water to pool, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

Crews were called in after the roof of the hotel partly collapsed causing problems with the electrics.

On arrival the incident commander reported that a blocked drain in the roof had caused water to pool and part if the roof had collapsed.

Firefighters isolated the electrics and pumped water from the drain.

– Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
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