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PM calls for Ashya to be reunited with his family

David Cameron has called for Ashya King to be reunited with his family and said seeing pictures of the five-year-old boy brought back memories of his son Ivan.

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire

I obviously, like everyone else in the country, want to see this poor little boy re-united with his parents.

Watching the pictures of him brought back memories of my desperately ill young boy, Ivan, and I remember him endlessly sitting on my lap and having to feed him through a tube and having to deal with all of the difficulties of having a desperately ill child, but you know, the Government must not tell the police how to act or what to do, nor can we interfere in processes in other countries.

I just hope there'll be an outbreak of common sense and a rapid outbreak of common sense so that the family can be re-united with this young boy and the best treatment can be given to him either in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, and the Health Secretary is doing his bit to make sure we examine our own procedures here in the UK.

– David Cameron talking to LBC

Read: Ashya King in a stable condition in Malaga hospital



Dog attacked and left tied up in Norwich park

Police in Norwich are investigating an attack on a dog in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Just before 6am someone found a brown and white boxer cross dog abandoned in Sloughbottom Park with his legs all tied together and his collar bound up with string and household electrical cable.

The dog was left tied up
The dog was left tied up Credit: Norfolk Police

He had then been tied to a post with cabling around his neck, leaving him unable to stand up or move.

Officers looked after the dog at the scene and together with vets managed to free him for treatment.

Police care for the dog
Police care for the dog while waiting for vets to arrive Credit: Norfolk Police

The dog is thought to be about 4 years old and while he was in pain from being tied up he is relatively healthy. He's not got an identity tag or micro chip.

"Attacking a dog in this way is completely unacceptable and I would urge anyone who has information about the incident to contact me. Officers will be working with Inspectors from the RSPCA to find the person responsible and take action.”

– PC Craig Bidwell
Spencer is now recovering with the RSPCA Credit: Norfolk Police

Staff at the RSPCA who are currently caring for him have nicknamed him ‘Spencer’

"Poor Spencer was traumatised from this horrible ordeal but luckily not hurt. He is a lovely dog, and has clearly been well looked after, so it might even be that there is a loving owner out there missing him. We urge anyone with any information to come forward.

– Laura Sayer, RSPCA Inspector


Amnesty: 'Wave of ethnic cleansing' in northern Iraq

Amnesty International has said a "wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq" after the charity uncovered evidence of mass killings in the region.

Many Yazidis who have been displaced live in terrible conditions after surviving massacres and abductions.
Many Yazidis who have been displaced live in terrible conditions after surviving massacres and abductions. Credit: Amnesty International

The massacres and abductions being carried out by the Islamic State provide harrowing new evidence that a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq.

The Islamic State is carrying out despicable crimes and has transformed rural areas of Sinjar into blood-soaked killing fields in its brutal campaign to obliterate all trace of non- Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims.

– Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser Donatella Rovera

Minister urges Europeans to eat fruit to offset sanctions

Europeans should eat more fruit and vegetables to make up for Russian restrictions on food imports from Western countries, Germany's agriculture minister said.

"Eat! You should eat, I should eat, we should eat," the minister, Christian Schmidt, told German radio.

Europeans should eat more fruit and vegetable, a German minister said. Credit: PA

In a tit for tat move, Russia imposed one-year embargo on nearly all food imports from the EU, the US, Canada, Australia, Norway and Australia.

"You cannot lament the fact that there is lots of fruit and then not eat fruit, that much is obvious," Schmidt said in the interview with Deutschlandfunk.

The EU has introduced measures to help some European farmers affected by the ban.

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