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Foreign Office seeks UN resolution to freeze ISIL assets

The Foreign Office has tweeted that it will be pushing for a resolution to freeze the assets of the Islamist group ISIL when the UN Security Council meets tonight.

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UK as President of @un Security Council has been pushing for a resolution which will condemn #ISIL & freeze assets. #Iraq

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#UNSC resolution will be a major step forward in showing commitment of international community to stamping out #ISIL threat. #Iraq #Syria

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Foreign Office advises against all travel to Kurdistan

The Foreign Office has advised against all travel to the areas of Iraq "affected by recent fighting", including the Kurdistan Region.

"Those British nationals already present in the Kurdistan Region should take precautions to remove themselves from areas close to the conflict," the travel advice reads.

Iraqi security forces and volunteers take part in a mission to secure an area from Isil militants.
Iraqi security forces and volunteers take part in a mission to secure an area from Isil militants. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

The Foreign Office has also advised against "all but essential travel" to the rest of Iraq.

Click here to see the full travel advisory

Family of British hostage freed in Yemen ask for privacy

The family of a British man who has been released after being held hostage in Yemen have asked for privacy as they wait to be reunited.

A Foreign Office spokesman said Mike Harvey was released after the Yemeni government engaged with tribal intermediaries.

He added: "We are grateful to the government for their efforts and support."

The teacher was abducted on his way from an educational institute on February 12.

Foreign Office: Damaged records 'recently discovered'

The Foreign Office said it was only recently discovered that records of flights passing through an overseas territory used by the US for extraordinary rendition had been lost to "water damage".

A spokeswoman said:

The British Indian Ocean Territory administration is responsible for records of flights on Diego Garcia and they are investigating the full extent of the damage, how many records and what information is affected.

The damage was only recently discovered so it is unknown how exactly or when it occurred.

Read: Foreign Office accused of cover-up over 'water damaged' records

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Foreign Office accused of cover-up over 'water damage'

The Foreign Office has been accused of a cover-up after records of flights passing through an overseas territory used by the US for extraordinary rendition had been lost to "water damage".

The US has admitted using Diego Garcia for flights as part of its extraordinary rendition programme for terror suspects on two occasions in 2002.

File photograph of Diego Garcia.
File photograph of Diego Garcia. Credit: Reuters

Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds told MPs that only "limited records" for 2002 were available, due to the damage the files had suffered.

The disclosure that records had been lost came in response to a question from Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group who requested a list of flights which passed through Diego Garcia from January 2002 to January 2009.

Foreign Office wants Sudan appeals process 'sped up'

The Foreign Office have said they are putting more pressure on the Sudanese government to release Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man in the country.

Mark Simmonds, Minister for Africa, has said the UK government wants the appeals process in Khartoum "sped up".

Simmonds also said that Meriam should be released from prison on "medical grounds" after giving birth.

More: Cameron urges Sudan to lift 'barbaric' death sentence

Foreign Office investigates reports of Syria deaths

The Foreign Office is investigating reports that two Britons have died fighting in Syria.

The pair are believed to have been fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of reports and are looking into them."

Read: Father hails British teen killed in Syria as a 'martyr'

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