Emma Murphy

Senior Correspondent

Emma Murphy is Senior Correspondent for ITV News. She is based in the UK, but covers major stories across the world.

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Abbas Khan 'didn't tell mother he was going to Syria'

By Emma Murphy: ITV News Correspondent

The mother of a British doctor found dead in Syria has told an inquest jury her son didn't tell her he was going to Syria as he knew she would "go crazy and scream."

Fatima Mahmood described the moment her son told her he was going abroad.

Fatima Khan, mother of Dr Abbas Khan Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

She told the court, "He said, Mummy I'm going to Turkey, he said goodbye stood in the doorway."

In November 2012 she discovered the doctor had crossed into Syria and gone missing. Describing her reaction when her daughter told her that he had vanished she said, "My hands were shaking, my mind was blank. I did not start crying straight away. I told my husband I cannot go to my son's funeral at this age."

Mrs Khan went on to tell the court how she travelled to Syria alone "to try and rescue my son."

She added, "I did not feel the Foreign Office was not making enough effort to save my son's life."

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British doctor always had 'a humanitarian streak'

By Emma Murphy: ITV News Correspondent

A British doctor who died in Syrian custody had travelled to the country to do all he could to help those caught in the civil war, an inquest jury has been told.

Dr Abbas Khan died in Syrian custody Credit: ITV News/Family handout

Judge Peter Thornton told the seven men and four women that Dr Abbas Khan was an NHS "medical man" who was detained in Aleppo in November as he took a walk.

"There is no evidence or information that Dr Abbas went to fight. On the contrary he wanted to humanitarian and medical aid," Judge Thornton added.

The judge spoke of the super human efforts made by Dr Abbas' family to seek his freedom. He told the jury they would hear the remarkable and moving story which was an anguished but determined mother's story.

Dr Abbas' brother told the court his brother had always had a humanitarian streak and contacted many organisations to offer his help before linking up with Humanitarian Aid UK.

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Portuguese air force helicopter used in Madeleine probe

In the latest stage of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, police today commissioned a Portuguese air force helicopter to fly low over Praia da Luz taking photographs of areas of interest to the inquiry.

An Alouette helicopter was seen flying above the beach and other areas close to where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007.

It comes as work is planned to search the area around the holiday apartment the family were staying in.

Ground-penetrating radar is expected to be used to assess certain areas, including a road that had been dug up at the time 3-year-old Madeleine vanished.

British detectives are currently in the Algarve and this morning met with counterparts from the Policia Judiciaria.

Neither country's officers would offer a view on how the almost four-hour meeting went.

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Police arrive in Portugal over McCann investigation

British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann tonight arrived in Portugal as part of the ongoing investigation to establish what happened to her.

British detectives have arrived in the Algarve. Credit: ITV News

Det Chief Supt Andy Redwood, who is leading the inquiry, traveled to the Algarve with a team of officers a day after the Metropolitan Police confirmed their investigation is moving towards the next phase.

It may include a fresh search of land around the apartment the three year old went missing from in May 2007. A Met spokesman declined to comment.

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Heavy Ukrainian military presence at eastern roadblock

I am currently 131km from Kharkiv - between Kjarkiv and Slovyansk - at a Ukrainian police roadblock where all cars are being monitored going in and out.

Above me is a Ukrainian helicopter and on the ground I can see 18 armoured personnel carriers, dozens of Ukrainian troops and seven coaches used to transport them.

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