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200,000 sign petition for Ashya King parents' release

Ashya King is currently in a hospital in Spain.
Ashya King is currently in a hospital in Spain.

An online petition urging authorities to reunite five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King with his parents has passed 200,000 signatures.

Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg responded in support of the petition, saying: "Like any parent, I think it's awful Ashya is in a hospital on his own."

African leaders to set a special anti-terrorism fund

African countries could set up a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups, the continent leaders proposed on African Union Peace and Security summit in Nairobi.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said African countries should stand together against the threat of Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab militants killed 67 people in a raid on a shopping mall in Kenya last September.

"No single state can tackle this threat alone," Mr Kenyatta said. "It is particularly worrying in Africa today that terrorist organizations have grown both in terms of number and capability."


We emphasised the need to address all the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism


The idea of a common African fund to combat terrorism was mooted by Mr Kenyatta and would be discussed at the next African Union summit.


Bieber charged with assault and dangerous driving

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber attends Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Credit: Reuters

Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has been charged with assault and dangerous driving after he was arrested last week near his hometown in Canada.

Ontario Provincal Police were called to the scene of a crash between between a minivan and an All-Terrain Vehicle near Stratford, Ontario.

"[An] Investigation revealed that after colliding, the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation," the police said in a statement.

There were no injuries as a result of the collision, but officers could not say whether there were any injuries from the altercation afterwards.

Bieber was released on a 'Promise to Appear' and is due to attend at the Ontario Court of Justice in September to answer the charges, the statement also said.

More: Justin Bieber pays £30,000 in 'street race' plea deal

Ashya hospital: No objection to proton beam therapy

The NHS Trust that treated Ashya King has today said it has no objection to the five-year-old receiving expensive proton beam therapy abroad.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital by his parents last week.
Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital by his parents last week. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Vikram Sachdeva, representing Southampton University Hospitals Trust, said: "As long as the transfer was arranged and it was safe, in principle we have no objection."

"We were willing to support the family's transfer to Prague for proton beam radiotherapy, although we did not recommend it," he added - noting that as the child was a ward of court the final decision would have to be made by a judge.

Ashya's father has claimed that the family were "prevented" from seeking the treatment while in the UK.

BBC: Reporter 'gave no clue' about Sir Cliff source

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The BBC has said that its reporter Dan Johnson did not mention officers from Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police or giving "any clue" as to the source of the original tip off, and had kept notes of his meeting with South Yorkshire Police before the raid.

The broadcaster's head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro was speaking to the Home Affairs Select Committee about their coverage of the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home earlier this summer.

Mr Munro said: "Dan Johnson totally denies mentioning Yewtree by name or the Metropolitan Police force or indeed any other clue as to the identity of the source for the original story.

More: Police 'sent photo of Sir Cliff Richard's house to BBC'


Hammond: Nato must show 'will to fight back'

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Nato needs to show a political will to fight back if Russia was to attack any of the alliance's members.

Mr Hammond said Nato leaders needed to make clear there was a "red line" around the 28 member states which could not be crossed.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: PA Wire

His comments come ahead of a Nato summit in Wales this week.

Meanwhile, several former Eastern bloc member states - such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - warned they could be the next target of Russian aggression following Moscow's incursions into eastern Ukraine.

Estonian President said there should be a permanent Nato base in his country's territory.

Under the Nato treaty, the whole alliance would be obliged to defend any member state if they came under an attack.

Hunt offers to fly expert out to advise Ashya parents

Jeremy Hunt indicated proton beam treatment may be a possibility for Ashya.
Jeremy Hunt indicated proton beam treatment may be a possibility for Ashya. Credit: ITV News

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV News the Government is offering to fly one of the NHS' top medical experts to Spain to give advice on the next course of action for five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King.

Speaking to Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen, Mr Hunt said proton beam treatment - the preferred choice of the child's parents but previously unavailable at the NHS Trust where Ashya was treated - could be applied on the service if deemed appropriate.

The NHS does fund proton beam therapy for children who need it - we funded 99 children in the last year - [but] it is not always appropriate, it is not always safe.

We are arranging for an independent expert - one of our top oncologists - to fly out, if the family would like, to Spain to give them advice as to exactly what the right course of action for Ashya is going forward.

– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary

Asked about the way the NHS Trust treating Ashya handled things, Mr Hunt said: "It has been a very unfortunate sequence of events and there have clearly been misunderstandings along the way."

Police 'sent photo of Sir Cliff Richard's house to BBC'

South Yorkshire Police sent a reporter covering the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home in Berkshire an photograph of the building so they knew which one it was, BBC head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro has told the Home Affairs Select Committee.


BBC say S Yorks Police sent the reporter a photo of Sir Cliff's House so they knew which one it was, ahead of the search.

More: Police chief 'apologises to Sir Cliff Richard'

More police may be deployed amid abuse allegations

South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton has told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee that he may deploy "more resources" to investigate child sexual abuse in Rotherham after 12 new alleged victims came forward.

South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton.
South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton. Credit: ITV News

We have got a very comprehensive plan going forward, and even though we have extensive extra resources, we may be putting more resources into it given that we have got more allegations coming forward.

– South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton.

He said: "This is a huge wake up call. It does stem back a long way.

"We have 12 new cases brought forward... in Rotherham.

"We will go wherever the evidence takes us."

Read: 12 more come forward with claims of sex abuse in Rotherham

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