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Sister's delight at release of Brit held on terror charges

Philip Pendlebury with his sister Alex. Credit: ITV Granada

The sister of one of the British journalists held on terror charges in Turkey has expressed her joy at their release.

Philip Pendlebury's sister Alex confirmed the news, writing on Facebook: "I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am.

"This has been the most difficult week of our lives but now the nightmare is over!

"I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you, because without you this wouldn't have happened!!! From the bottom of my heart thank you so much!!"

On Wednesday, she told ITV Granada that the accusations were "ludicrous".

'Busiest day ever' for charity's rescue efforts in the Med

MSF began its search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean in May. Credit: Reuters

Aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said that Wednesday was the "busiest day ever" for its search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean since operations began in May.

A woman who went into labour shortly after she was transferred onto an MSF boat was among 1,658 people to be rescued by the aid agency.

My most touching memory from yesterday would be of Senait, a young Ethiopian woman who, at eight months pregnant went into labour just after she was rescued.

Like any father to be, excited and nervous about the birth of his first child, her husband Joseph did not leave her side.

The young couple was medically evacuated to allow Senait to deliver her baby safely in Italy.

– Lindis Hurum, MSF Emergency Coordinator


Justin Welby: 'My heart is broken' over 'wicked' crisis

The Archbishop of Canterbury branded the refugee situation a "wicked crisis". Credit: PA

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that his "heart is broken" over the current situation of thousands of refugees trying to flee violence.

The Most Rev Justin Welby made his comments after the distressing image of a three-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on a beach in Turkey was published and went viral.

This is a hugely complex and wicked crisis that underlines our human frailty and the fragility of our political systems.

My heart is broken by the images and stories of men, women and children who have risked their lives to escape conflict, violence and persecution.

We cannot turn our backs on this crisis. We must respond with compassion. But we must also not be naive in claiming to have the answers to end it.

– Justin Welby

He added that he believed the situation required a "pan-European response" with diplomatic and political debate alongside practical action to help those in need.

Hollande: Some countries not shouldering 'moral obligations'

French president Francois Hollande said that some countries are not Credit: Reuters

French president Francois Hollande delivered a thinly-veiled swipe at the UK by complaining that some countries were not "shouldering their moral obligations".

Speaking at a press conference in Paris, he refrained from naming specific countries in the European Union but said that some were not doing enough.

Earlier, France and Germany agreed to propose a permanent and mandatory system to take in refugees and asylum seekers, especially Syrians, in the European Union.

I believe that today what we have done is not enough.

There are countries - I am not going to name them here because we are here to work with everybody - and these countries are not shouldering their moral obligations.

– Francois Hollande

Prime Minister David Cameron, who is facing growing pressure for the UK to take in more of the thousands of migrants fleeing to Europe, promised today that Britain would fulfil its "moral responsibilities".


Refugees from Hungary train taken away on bus

The first of the refugees on a train from Budapest which was stopped by police have been taken onto a bus. ITV News Europe Editor James Mates, who witnessed migrants and refugees laying on the tracks in protest at being taken off the train, understands that those on the bus are being taken to a nearby refugee camp.

Journalists remain at the station but they have been moved back by police so they are unable to see what is happening to the remaining passengers on the train.

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