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Obama to 'prioritise' case of Londoner held in Guantanamo

Prime Minister David Cameron pressed US President Obama to release Shaker Aamer, the South Londoner held in Guantanamo Bay.

Shaker Aamer. Credit: Reprieve

National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said Obama said he would "prioritise" the case of the last British person held in the notorious prison.

Prime Minister Cameron raised this case with the president, and the president told him that he understands why this case is of great interest to the Prime Minister and the British people. "The president committed to the Prime Minister that we will prioritise this case, while making sure any action taken is consistent with our national security.

– US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan

A British government source welcomed the commitment as a "step forward".

We see this as a step forward. We now need to keep working with the Americans and continue our discussions to resolve this case once and for all.

– Government source

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Senior doctors call for Guantanamo release

A group of senior doctors has called for a London man held in Guantanamo Bay to be released, warning of his "fragile medical condition".

Medics said that Shaker Aamer was suffering from conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder and asthma and his continued detention was having an "appalling effect" on his health and that of his family.

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to again raise Mr Aamer's case with President Barack Obama during his visit to Washington this week.

Mr Aamer, who is originally from Saudi Arabia but moved to Battersea, London, and has a wife and four children there, has been incarcerated at the controversial US detention centre since 2002.

Shaker Aamer with two of his children, son Michael and daughter Johninh. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In a letter to a national newspaper, the health experts, including consultants and professors, said Mr Aamer had "pressing medical concerns".

The signatories include three members of the Foreign Office pro bono medical panel, which can assist with advice for Britons held overseas but which the doctors said had so far not been allowed to help Mr Aamer.

The letter was organised by David Nicholl, a consultant neurologist, human rights activist and member of the council of the Royal College of Physicians, and is signed by physicians, including professors of neurology and public health, consultants and GPs.

Shaker Aamer has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 Credit: Reprieve

London landmarks light up in tribute to Paris victims

Landmarks across London have lit up in the colours of the French flag in a tribute to the victims of last week's terror attacks.

The colours of the French flag light up Tower Bridge Credit: Pool
The colours of the French flag light up Tower Bridge Credit: Pool
The colours of the French flag light up Tower Bridge Credit: Pool
The Tricolore lights up Trafalgar Square Credit: PA

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Trafalgar Square crowds pay tribute to Paris terror victims

Hundreds of people are at a rally in Trafalgar Square in honour of the victims of last week's terror attacks in Paris.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has joined the crowds and London Mayor Boris Johnson is expected to attend soon.

A member of the crowd at Trafalgar Square holds a pen aloft Credit: ITV News/Rob Winder
The square will be lit in the colours of the French national flag later Credit: ITV News/Rob Winder
A member of the crowd wears pencils in his hat in tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo magazine shootings in Paris last week Credit: ITV News/Rob Winder

Crowds gather at Trafalgar Square for Paris terror victims

Crowds of people, many holding banners reading 'Je Suis Charlie,' gathered in Trafalgar Square this afternoon Credit: ITV News London

Crowds of people, many holding banners reading 'Je Suis Charlie,' gathered in Trafalgar Square this afternoon in support of the victims of last week's terror attacks in Paris.

London landmarks, including Trafalgar Square, will be lit up in the colours of the French flag later today, in a show of unity with the citizens of Paris.

Mayor: Landmark tributes show solidarity with Paris

As it was announced that London landmarks would be lit up today in tribute to the Paris terror attack victims, Boris Johnson said it was important that Londoners demonstrate "solidarity" with the French capital.

Londoners have been appalled by the distressing scenes in France this week and it is important that we pay tribute to the victims of these attacks, as well as demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Paris.

We should not forget the hundreds of thousands of French citizens who call London their home. Our thoughts will be with them this weekend as they do their best to deal with the agonising scenes we have witnessed.

Joining together in opposition to the ideology of hatred sends the clearest possible message - one of freedom of expression and one of resolve. Nous sommes Charlie.

– London mayor Boris Johnson

London landmarks to pay tribute to Paris terror victims

Tower Bridge is one of the London landmarks that will will display the French colours this evening Credit: PA

London's landmarks will display the French colours this evening in a special tribute to pay respect to the victims of the Paris massacre.

Vigils have already been held in London and all over the world following the death of 17 people after the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the subsequent manhunt of Said and Cherif Kouachi, as well as conspirator Amedy Coulibaly.

Tower Bridge will display the flag's colours from 4pm until 5.30pm, after which the bridge will go dark, while the emblem will also be projected on to the National Gallery.

The Trafalgar Square fountains will rotate the colours of the French national flag, while the London Eye will go dark with the red, white and blue projected on to County Hall behind it.

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