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The sharp rise in children snatched by a parent and taken to a foreign country is the result of relationships between two people from different countries breaking down, a charity chief told Daybreak.
Acting Reunite director Alison Shalaby explained: "When those relationships break down, one parent wants to return to their home country. So they are making that decision for themselves but also making the decision for the child as well."
- Official figures reveal that the number of deaths being linked to legal highs soared by 80% last year to 52, from 29 in 2011.
- Ten "legal highs" were identified last year for the first time in the UK by a specialist Government system that targets music festivals and tobacco shops.
- A total of 27 new psychoactive substances, also known as legal highs, have now been detected by the Home Office's Forensic Early Warning System since it was set up in January 2011.
Legal highs "are a worldwide problem" with a number of governments in "unchartered waters", a Home Office minister told Daybreak.
Lib Dem Norman Baker said the Government were "looking at a range of options" with legal highs but admitted there was no easy answer to the complex problem.
Scotland Yard said a number of bank customers in London and across the UK have been targeted by a £1 million email scam.
– Detective Chief Inspector Jason Tunn, from Scotland Yard's cyber crime unit
The victims have been hoodwinked by malware-carrying emails purporting to be from their banks, and subsequently had money taken from their accounts.
Two women aged 24 and 27 arrested in connection with the investigation have been released on bail.
GPs who are found to keep their practice in a poor condition can have "their registration taken off them", the author of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into conditions in doctor's surgeries told Daybreak.
Professor Steve Field said some of the doctors who had run surgeries with rooms so dirty maggots were found, had already "given up practicing in those practices".
"We will not tolerate poor and dangerous care," he added.
Mourners gathered on the streets of the South African capital Pretoria as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela was driven through the streets.
South African police outriders escorted the cortege to the Union Buildings from 1 Military Hospital, where the body of the former South African Presdient is held overnight, ahead of his burial on Sunday.
Detectives investigating the theft of £1 million from two banks have charged two people after bank customers were targeted with fake emails carrying viruses.
Gediminas Simkus, 31, from East Barnet, north London, and Volodymyr Kurach, 31, from Highbury, north London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today on suspicion of conspiring to commit fraud by false representation,Scotland Yard said.
The pair also face three other fraud charges.
Raids were carried out by police in north London on Tuesday, when police said they seized £80,000 and a live grenade.
The messages, which appeared to be legitimate emails from the banks, carried malware that allowed £1 million to be taken from the customers' accounts.
The man accused of 'faking' sign language at the Nelson Mandela memorial service has told a South African newspaper he suffered a "schizophrenic episode".
Speaking to IOL, Thamsanqa Jantjie, who stood alongside world leaders and 'signed' at the national service earlier this week, said he doesn’t know whether it was the magnitude of what he was doing or the happiness he felt throughout the day that might have triggered the attack while on stage.
Suddenly he lost concentration, and started hearing voices and hallucinating.
He said: "There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry, it’s the situation I found myself in.”
Jantjie said that although the episode impaired his ability to hear well and interpret what was being said, he couldn’t leave, so he stayed on and continued to sign things that didn’t make sense. He also told the newspaper he takes medication for his schizophrenia.
“Life is unfair. This illness is unfair. Anyone who doesn’t understand this illness will think that I’m just making this up,” he said.
"A very small number" of GPs surgeries were in a state of disrepair and this does not reflect every health centre in the UK, a doctor from Swindon said.
However, GP Dr Peter Swinyard told Daybreak the 0.9% of surgeries which were declared "a serious cause of concern" by inspectors were "a small problem, but a very important one" and urged doctors not to ignore bad practice.
"Where they exist we must work very hard to remedy the situation, or at worst if the doctors and the surgeries won't improve...I am afraid the surgeries must be helped to close down or reprevision their services properly."
Australia's highest court has struck down a landmark law allowing the country's first same sex marriages, shattering the dreams of more 20 couples whose marriages will now be annulled, less than a week after their weddings.
The federal government had challenged the validity of the Australian Capital Territory's law that had allowed gay marriages in the nation's capital and its surrounding area, starting last Saturday.
The federal government's lawyer argued that having different marriage laws in various Australian states and territories would create confusion.
The ACT, which passed the law in October, said it should stand because it governs couples outside the federal definition of marriage as being between members of the opposite sex.
The High Court unanimously ruled that the ACT's law could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act, which was amended in 2004 to define marriage as between a man and a woman.