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Saudi Arabia Britain's closest ally in Middle East

Saudi Arabia remains Britain's closest ally in the Middle East.

The country has close strategic and commercial ties with Britain but its oppressive human rights record makes for an uncomfortable relationship.

Father, husband and grandfather, Karl Andree, faces the prospect of a public flogging in Saudi Arabia . The 74-year-old remains in a Jeddah jail, 14 months after being sentenced to 12 months in prison following his arrest by religious police for possessing bootleg alcohol.

ITV News at Ten presenter Tom Bradby looks at the reasons behind the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Britain:


Labour must stop fighting each other, says Burnham

Andy Burnham has said that Labour should "stop facing inwards" and pull together to fight the Conservative government.

Speaking the day after the Parliamentary Labour Party meeting where members responded with anger over John McDonnell's u-turn on fiscal policy, Burnham said that the party should not make the mistakes of the past.

"The time has come for Labour to stop facing inwards and to take on this government," he said.

I want the Labour party to pull together and not make the mistakes of the past where we became more interested in fighting each other and arguing internally rather than standing up to the then Thatcher government and we allowed that government to bulldoze its way through Labour communities. We must not let that happen again.

– Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham

Marlon James wins Man Booker Prize 2015

Marlon James talks to the Duchess of Cornwall at the Man Booker Prize ceremony Credit: Reuters

Jamaican author Marlon James has won The Man Booker Prize 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, an epic re-telling of the attempted assassination of reggae legend Bob Marley.

The 44-year-old is the first Jamaican to win the coveted literary prize in its 47-year history.


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