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Wife 'receives audio' of Alan Henning 'pleading for his life'

The wife of Alan Henning has said in a statement that she has received audio of him pleading for his life.

Alan Henning pictured delivering aid to Syria, in a picture released by his family. Credit: Family handout

She said:

I am Barbara Henning the wife of Alan Henning. I have a further message for Islamic State.

An audio file of Alan pleading for his life has just been received by me. I and people representing me continue to reach out to those holding Alan. Islamic State continue to ignore our pleas to open dialogue.I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate.

The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear. He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid.

We are at a loss why those leading Islamic State cannot open their hearts and minds to the facts surrounding Alan’s imprisonment and why they continue to threaten his life.

I have been told that he has been to a Sharia Court and found innocent of being a spy and declared to be no threat. I implore Islamic State to abide by the decisions of their own justice system. Please release Alan.

– Barbara Henning


PM stresses importance of Egypt's role in tackling extremism

David Cameron has urged Egyptian president El Sisi to "ensure human rights are respected" in the country and stressed the importance of their role in tackling Islamist extremism.

The Prime Minister met President El Sisi today in New York.

The Prime Minister stressed Egypt's pivotal role in the region, both economically and in the fight against Islamist extremism. He stressed the UK's wish to see a stable, prosperous and democratic Egypt as Egypt's biggest foreign investor.

– Number 10 spokesperson

"He urged Egypt to ensure human rights are respected in Egypt in the fight against extremism, including addressing the large numbers of people in custody and the widespread use of death sentences," the spokesperson added.

Police search for escaped murderer

Police are hunting a convicted murderer who has absconded from prison - with the public warned not to approach him.

Police are searching for convicted murderer Albert Edward Stanley. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire

Albert Edward Stanley, 63, failed to return to HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire yesterday following a period of home leave in Guildford, Surrey.

Avon and Somerset Police said Stanley was given a life sentence in 1980 for a murder in East Sussex. He was transferred to Leyhill, which is an open prison, in 2013.

17-year-old 'new Gerrard' Jordan Rossiter scores on Liverpool debut

Liverpool's 17-year-old prodigy Jordan Rossiter scored on his debut for the first team in a League Cup match against Middlesbrough.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler once compared the young midfielder, who was born in 1997, to club captain Steven Gerrard.

Fowler tweeted tonight:


Idris Elba to release Mandela inspired album

Idris Elba played Nelson Mandela in 'Long Walk To Freedom'. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Idris Elba is releasing an album inspired by Nelson Mandela after he played the South African statesman in the biopic Long Walk To Freedom.

The British actor, who has teamed up with South African musicians to make 'Mi Mandela', said the idea came out of his research for the role when he started listening to traditional South African music

South Africa has numerous different tribes and each one has a musical expression, and each one has a very unique, different sound style. At the time I had my studio at the apartment I was staying in while I was making Mandela - a little keyboard, a laptop - and as an experiment to myself, I vowed to keep making music."

– Actor Idris Elba

Cameron: We must destroy 'evil organisation' IS

The Prime Minister has said it was not possible to "opt out" of a fight with the so-called Islamic State. Speaking exclusively to NBC News, David Cameron said:

This is a fight you cannot opt-out of.

These people want to kill us, they have us in their sights, and so we have to put together this coalition, working with, right across the board, those countries I mentioned, to make sure that we ultimately destroy this evil organisation.

– David Cameron

Foreign fighter in Syria: Airstrikes 'killed alot of brothers'

An English speaking jihadi fighter based in Syria, believed to be fighting for al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra, said the US-led airstrikes "killed a lot of Mujahideen brothers". The fighter, believed to be Dutch, posted this video on social media shortly after the attacks took place. He said:

"These Americans are relentless and are hard and heartless in their fight....They came and attacked us in the night, and many brothers died and many brothers were wounded."

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