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Nick Griffin's doubts over Dr Khan's 'suicide' in Syria

Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin told an inquest that it was possible the death of Dr Abbas Khan in a Syrian prison, had been made to look like suicide or that he was pressured into killing himself.

Former BNP leader Nick Griffin. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Dr Khan, a 32-year-old father-of-two from London, died on 16th December 2013 while in custody in Damascus.

Mr Griffin paid two visits to Syria in June 2013 and August 2013 and said during the first, he spoke about Dr Khan to the minister for information, the prime minister and a high-placed businessman who had President Assad's ear.

In further contact Mr Griffin was told that Dr Khan would be released, however he subsequently heard from Dr Khan's mother who told him: "they have killed him."

Dr Khan's family claim he was murdered, but the Syrian government always maintained that the surgeon killed himself and was found hanging in a jail cell.

Mr Griffin said he believed Dr Khan's death was brought about to prevent his release.

I concluded, purely as speculation, is that the way a group would try to stop that [Dr Khan's release] would be to so frighten him, in the light of the horrible experiences in the early days of his detention, that he would kill himself.

– Nick Griffin

Canadian 'terrorist' was one of 90 IS suspects being tracked

The scene after suspected terrorist Martin Rouleau was shot by police. Credit: Reuters

A suspected Canadian terrorist who killed a soldier in a hit-and-run attack was one of 90 people being tracked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The suspect, named as Martin Couture Rouleau, has since been shot dead.

But prior to the alleged attack Canadian police were monitoring him as a person who was intending to go abroad to join Islamic State militants or had returned from taking part in terror-related activities.

Police also confirmed they had previously seized Rouleau's passport.

It was reported the 25-year-old had tried to join IS fighting in the summer but was stopped by border officials.

Bodies of four babies found in locker in Canada

The dead bodies of four babies have been found in a storage locker in Canada, police said.

Employees at at a U-haul storage facility in Winnipeg made the grim discovery on Monday night.

Police spokesman Eric Hofly said all the bodies were newborns or someone of a "very young age".

"They were certainly not children. This is very disturbing and tragic beyond belief".

Autopsies to determine how the babies, who were in various states of decomposition, died are due to be carried out.

It was reported that a local woman who was renting the locker has ben interviewed by police.


Weather to stay unsettled with wind and rain

After the stormiest day of the year so far unsettled conditions will remain throughout the rest of the week, wet but with winds dying down.

Winds tonight will stay strong on the coast of the North Sea but getting drier across most of the rest of the UK.

ITV News Weather Presenter Alex Beresford has the full forecast:

Plane buffeted by winds as it lands at Manchester Airport

The strong winds seen across the country today have hit transport and video has revealed the difficulty planes had landing due to ex-Hurricane Gonzalo.

The plane can be seen being buffeted by strong winds as it tries to land at Manchester Airport.

The plane did land safely.

US citizen detained in North Korea over bible is released

Jeffrey Fowle was held for nearly six months. Credit: REUTERS/City of Moraine/Handout

One of three US citizens detained in North Korea has been released, the White House has confirmed.

Father-of-three Jeffrey Fowle, 56, from Ohio, was arrested after apparently leaving a copy of the bible in a nightclub.

His family said he was simply on holiday at the time he was accused of acts "contrary to the purpose of tourism."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it was a positive decision by North Korea but urged them to release the two other Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller, who remain in custody.

Greening meets British Ebola survivor in Sierra Leone

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has met British Ebola survivor William Pooley during a visit to Sierra Leone.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening with British nurse William Pooley. Credit: Department for International Development

Greening was in the country to see the UK-funded Ebola treatment and training facilities.

British nurse Pooley, who survived Ebola after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone, returned to the West African country on Sunday to continue treating others who are infected.

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