Baroness Warsi says Cameron's participation in Sri Lanka summit is 'right' for Commonwealth
British investigators are struggling to pierce the secrecy surrounding Kenya's Westgate mall attack.
A British mother and her son trapped inside the Nairobi shopping mall when the siege began told ITV News their ordeal was "terrifying".
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised Britons to "avoid all protests, political gatherings and demonstrations", following violent protests in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok.
Several people have reportedly been killed during street clashes as 30,000 protesters launched a "people's coup" on the Thai government.
The Foreign Office has summoned Spain's ambassador to the UK over concerns regarding an "ongoing incuresion" by a Spanish vessel into Gibraltar waters.
The Minister for Europe, David Lidington, said:
Despite repeated diplomatic protests to Spain in relation to incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters in recent months, a Spanish State research vessel, the RV Ramon Margalef, undertook significant surveying activity in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters on 18 and 19 November for over 20 hours. When challenged by radio, the vessel responded that it was conducting survey work with the permission of the Spanish authorities and in the interests of the European Community ...
– David Lidington, Minister for Europe
I strongly condemn this provocative incursion and urge the Spanish government to ensure that it is not repeated. We stand ready to do whatever is required to protect Gibraltar’s sovereignty, economy and security.
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A Foreign Office spokesman dismissed the concerns over Sri Lanka and insisted that it had "constantly pursued progress" on the country's rights record.
We share the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's (FAC) wish to see substantial and sustainable improvements in human rights in Sri Lanka.
However, we do not agree with the FAC's assessment of the FCO as 'timid and inconsistent' on this issue.
The FCO has consistently pursued progress in Sri Lanka on human rights through high-level bilateral lobbying, support for local and international non-governmental organisations on the ground and internationally through the EU and Human Rights Council.
The MPs' report said in 2009 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) objected to a proposal for Sri Lanka to host 2011's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) but did not attempt to block this year's event or insist it should be conditional on improvements in human rights.
That approach now appears timid. The UK could and should have taken a more principled stand in 2009, and should have taken a more robust stand after the 2011 CHOGM in the light of the continuing serious human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.
The committee has previously suggested Mr Cameron should "publicly state his unwillingness to attend" unless he receives evidence of improving political and human rights.
We note that the Prime Minister remains committed to attending the CHOGM.
However, we recommend that the Prime Minister should obtain assurances from the Sri Lankan government that people who approach him to talk about human rights while he is in Sri Lanka to attend the CHOGM do not face reprisals or harassment by security forces.
The Government was too "timid" in its approach to allowing a prestigious Commonwealth summit to take place in Sri Lanka next month despite concerns over human rights in the country, MPs have said.
The cross-party group said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) should have taken a "more robust stance" over the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which takes place in Colombo and will be attended by the Prime Minister.
The Foreign Affairs Select Committee said David Cameron should seek assurances from the authorities in Sri Lanka that anyone who raises human rights concerns with him at the meeting in Colombo will not face reprisals from the security forces.
A British man arrested in Kenya in the wake of the Westgate Mall terror attack has been released without charge.
The man, understood to be a 35-year-old of Somali origin, was detained at Jomo Kenyatta Airport last week as he tried to leave the country.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that a British national has been released from custody in Nairobi."
Meanwhile, the Kenyan authorities said another person had been arrested in connection with the atrocity, which left 67 people dead.
Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said the arrest was made yesterday, but refused to give any further details.Kenyan officials have arrested 12 people in connection with the attack, but three have been freed.
Residents of Nairobi held a candlelit vigil this evening for victims of last weekend's attack on the city's Westgate Mall.
About 200 Kenyans, many of them of Indian descent, turned out just before sunset to honour those who died.
They laid wreaths and lit candles to honour those who died in the attack.