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Brother now in Derby says he'd be dead if still in Syria

A teenager who fled conflict in Syria and came to Derby with his brother and father says he would be dead if he had stayed.

Nasr Ali recently earned top A-levels along with his brother Zaher, despite knowing no English when they arrived in 2007.

I would be dead if I had stayed in Syria. A lot of my family members have been killed in the conflict out there.

There was one village where many of them lived which was completely wiped out. In the area where we were living there has been a lot of fighting and bombs have been dropped so I have no doubt that I would have been killed.

If we had stayed in Syria our whole family would have been arrested, not just my father, we had to leave.

– Nasr Ali
The devastation after a bombing raid in Syria this year
The devastation after a bombing raid in Syria this year Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Nasr's father was a member of the Palestinian Democracy Union, which was in opposition to the Syrian Government.

He described one day when armed soldiers from the Government knocked on their door looking for his father.

My dad knew who it was, he knew by their knock, and he went out of the back door. The soldiers searched the house, they were carrying guns, and we told them we hadn't seen him for a long time so they left. We didn't know what was going on.

He was gone for weeks, then my mother's brother came and took her away so we were alone for a long time. We were very frightened.

Then my dad's brother, who lived next door to us, came and took us to where our father was, in hiding. Our father said we would be leaving Syria in two days time and we had to pack all of our stuff. It was scary but my father had been to the UK before and assured us we would have a good life there. He had applied for us all to be asylum seekers.I really wanted to come here but I also wanted to see my mum, we didn't know where she was and we haven't seen her for seven years, we still don't even know if she's safe.

– Nasr Ali

Syrian brothers in Derby have bright future after A-level success

Zaher and Nasr Ali are off to university in London
Zaher and Nasr Ali are off to university in London Credit: Allen PR

Two brothers who came to the UK after fleeing from conflict in Syria look forward to a bright future, after achieving top A-level grades.

Zaher, who is 20, and Nasr Ali, who is 18, arrived in Derby in 2007, without knowing any English, but still managed to earn a number of A grades at St Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Zaher also had to deal with being diagnosed with blood cancer last August, managing only 60% attendance at school, after being ill while undergoing chemotherapy.

He still managed two As and a B. His brother, Nasr, got three A grades. Both are now going on to study at university in London.

We were picked on a bit at primary school because we couldn't speak English but we had lessons and our language soon improved.

Our English got better and better at Saint Benedict and we felt like we were really welcomed here.

We've both worked hard for our A-levels and are really pleased with our results.

– Zaher Ali

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Northamptonshire sisters to fly back from the Philippines with seriously ill father

Peter Robinson is almost completely paralysed.
Peter Robinson is almost completely paralysed. Credit: The Robinson's.

Two sisters from Northamptonshire who flew to the Philippines to bring home their seriously ill father are flying back with him today.

Peter Robinson is almost completely paralysed after having a stroke in June.

Dianne Sutton and Dale Robertson, Peter's daughters.
Dianne Sutton and Dale Robertson, Peter's daughters. Credit: ITV News Anglia

His family have raised more than £20,000 to pay for flights and medical bills.

They say people have been incredibly generous.

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Reports: Malaysian man charged with students' murder

The British inquests into the students' deaths have been opened and adjourned
The British inquests into the students' deaths have been opened and adjourned Credit: Facebook

A Malaysian fishmonger has been charged with murdering two british medical students in Malaysia, according to AFP reports.

Neil Dalton, from Belper in Derbyshire, and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were killed after an apparent row in a bar, in Kuching, Borneo.

Five Malaysian men were arrested over the deaths. One of the suspects, 23-year-old Zulkipli Abdullah, was charged with murder, according to reports from The Star daily.

The charge carries a mandatory death penalty. No plea was recorded.

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Pork farmers are under pressure to find new markets
Pork farmers are under pressure to find new markets Credit: Ingo Wagner/DPA/Press Association Images

Midland pork farmers will face pressure to lower prices because of Russia's ban on food imports from a number of Western countries.

Experts say the ban is expected to increase the supply of pork on world markets. The ban bars imports from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia.

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Inquest into deaths of students in Borneo adjourned

Neil Dalton (left) and Aidan Brunger (right) were stabbed to death in Borneo
Neil Dalton (left) and Aidan Brunger (right) were stabbed to death in Borneo Credit: Facebook

An inquest into the deaths of two medical students stabbed in Borneo has been held today.

Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, Derbyshire, and Aidan Brunger, of Kent, were killed after a row in a bar while working at a hospital in Kuching on August 6.

Four local men have admitted to the killings, according to Malaysian Police.

The hearing into the deaths of the two 22-year-old students was opened and adjourned today at the Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court.

Inquest into deaths of students in Borneo to begin

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Neil Dalton (left) and Aidan Brunger (right) were stabbed to death in Borneo Credit: Facebook

An inquest into two medical students stabbed to death in Borneo is due to begin later.

Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, in Derbyshire, and Aidan Brunger, of Kent, were killed after a row in a bar while working at a hospital in Kuching on August 6.

Four local men have admitted the killings, according to Malaysian Police.

A fifth man, aged 55, has also been arrested in connection with the incident.

The hearing into the deaths of the two 22-year-old Newcastle University students will be held at the Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court.

Students stabbed in Malaysia made honorary doctors

Medical students Neil Dalton, left and Aidan Brunger, were fatally stabbed in Malaysia
Medical students Neil Dalton, left and Aidan Brunger, were fatally stabbed in Malaysia Credit: ITV News Central

A medical student from Derbyshire who was stabbed to death while on placement in Malaysia is to a receive his degree posthumously.

Neil Dalton from Belper, and fellow student Aidan Brunger from Kent, were killed after a fight at a bar in Borneo on August 6.

The 22-year-olds were both students at Newcastle University, and it has confirmed they will both get their MBBS degrees which will mean they have the title Dr.

Four men have admitted killing the students, and another man has been arrested.

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