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Daughter welcomes PM appeal against Saudi flogging

Kirsten Piroth (left) with her parents Verity and Karl Andree. Credit: Family handout

The daughter of 74-year-old Karl Andree who faces 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia after he was caught with illegal alcohol has lauded David Cameron's decision to appeal to officials to halt the flogging.

Kirsten Piroth, said she was not even sure her father knew about the Prime Minister's intervention yet but said it was "great news".

She said that the family had been left feeling "pretty helpless" when they had contacted the Foreign Office about Mr Andree's case.

Ms Piroth said: "We got lots of nice emails and we started to feel like it was going nowhere. Our dad was in prison, he's been pretty ill. I'm really surprised that he's lasted so long.

"We just wanted something to happen and if it takes the Prime Minister to write a letter then that's great."

A government spokesperson said the UK will drop a bid on a £5.9 million Saudi prisons contract but said the two issues were not linked.

MPs summon Tom Watson over Lord Brittan abuse claims

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is to face a grilling from MPs over his pursuit of sex abuse allegations against the late Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Brittan.

The Commons Home Affairs Committee said that it had "invited" Mr Watson to appear before them on 21 October. The Metropolitan Police will also give evidence on the the same day.

The committee firmly believes that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which the Home Secretary has established under the chairmanship of Judge Lowell Goddard, is the most appropriate channel for these very important matters to be examined.

Our evidence session is therefore intended as a continuation of the regular series of very helpful regular updates which the committee received from the Metropolitan Police in the last Parliament and to hear evidence on a particular case.

The committee fully appreciates that ongoing operational activities are a matter for the police and these areas will not be discussed during the session.

– Keith Vaz, chair of Commons Home Affairs Committee


Funeral held for baby who died during crossing to Lesbos

A funeral service is held for the baby in Lesbos Credit: ITV News

An 11-month-old boy who drowned when a dinghy carrying more than 60 refugees was swamped by waves during a night-time crossing to the Greek island of Lesbos has been buried.

The baby was among 60 other refugees travelling in a dinghy to the Greek island of Lesbos Credit: ITV News

Omaar, from Idlib, Syria, drowned when waves swamped the dinghy last Thursday.

Coastguards worked to save the baby but were unsuccessful.

A funeral service was held for the baby in Lesbos today.

Prayers are said for the baby at the funeral Credit: ITV News

Burnham: 'Landlords are not immigration experts'

The Shadow Home Secretary has criticised legislation cracking down on landlords who let properties to migrants without a valid immigration status.

During the second reading of the Immigration Bill, Andy Burnham said that threatening landlords with five years imprisonment if they let properties to illegal immigrants will have a "major impact on the housing market".

"On what basis are we planning to outsource immigration control to them?" he asked the House of Commons.

Landlords are not border or immigration experts, they are not trained in reading official paperwork from around the world. They are not experts in spotting forged documents. So on what basis are we planning to outsource immigration control to them?

– Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham

Addressing MPs' concerns that landlords would be reluctant to take on tenants with foreign-sounding names, Home Secretary Theresa May said: "I'll be clear about this, it's not about asking landlords to become immigration experts, those who undertake simple steps will have nothing to fear and will not face prosecution or penalties."


Russia: MH17 investigators are 'biased'

Russian ministers have accused Dutch investigators examining the downing of flight MH17 as being "biased", according to local news agencies.

Agencies in the country quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying there had been an "obvious" attempt to draw a biased conclusion.

It comes after a Dutch investigation team found that the Malaysian Airlines plane was struck down by a Russian-made Buk missile.

It's a source of regret that, despite all Russia's repeated and lengthy attempts to organise the investigation in such a way that it is comprehensive and unbiased, and for it to consider all the information we have ... there is an obvious attempt to draw a biased conclusion, and carry out political orders.

– Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister

MH17: Video graphic simulates missile hitting plane

A graphic released by the Dutch Safety Board shows how a Russian-made surface-to-air missile is believed to have come into contact with flight MH17.

Various simulations were carried out as investigators sought to compare scenarios against the damage caused to the aircraft.

The tests led them to believe that the Russian-made missile struck above and to the left of the cockpit.

Cameron: 'Justice must be done' on MH17 disaster

David Cameron has said "justice must be done" after a Dutch report found a Russian-made ground-to-air missile was responsible for the MH17 air disaster.

A post on the Prime Minister's official Twitter account said the report "brings us one step closer to establishing the truth".

MH17: 'Persons of interest' identified by prosecutors

"Persons of interest" have been identified in an international criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

After a report by the Dutch Safety Board found that a Russian-made Buk missile filed from rebel-held eastern Ukraine was likely to have caused the disaster, prosecutors said findings from their separate criminal probe "point in that same direction".

The Dutch-led team of investigators did not name any of the suspects said to have been identified.

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