• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    Several international human rights groups sent a letter to the UNHCR on Monday, asking them to reject a move by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt to have the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar removed from the 'A' rating of the International Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions list. "As human rights organisations, we call upon your esteemed office to reject this complaint, we also hope that you will call on the four countries, through their permanent representatives at the UN headquarters in Geneva, to stop harassment  on human rights defenders, and work to upgrade their national bodies, so as to work efficiently to defend the human and his rights, in accordance with international

  • Manchester Arena: Noel Gallagher to headline reopening concert

    Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is to headline a special benefit concert to reopen Manchester Arena next month. The venue has been closed since the bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May, which left 22 people dead. It will reopen on 9 September with a fundraising show featuring a number of north-west acts. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be joined by indie bands The Courteeners and Blossoms, 1980s pop star Rick Astley, and poet Tony Walsh. Walsh captured the spirit of the city when he performed his poem This Is The Place at a vigil the day after the attack. Gallagher's appearance will also have particular significance - his song Don't Look Back In Anger became an anthem of

  • From cloakroom to centre stage

    Milly Forrest moved from working a shift as an usher to leading lady after a soprano fell ill. The trainee singer is working backstage at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, while she continues her studies.

  • Maternity 'must improve' at baby-deaths hospital trust

    Maternity services at a health trust at the centre of a baby deaths inquiry must improve, inspectors have said. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in April. A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report said overall care had got better but safety in maternity services "needed further improvement". The trust said challenges needed to be resolved and it wanted to work more closely with GPs. Inspectors visited the trust's Princess Royal Hospital, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and its five midwife led maternity units, in December and January to check whether improvements had been made following its previous inspection in October 2014. They

  • Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak

    Game of Thrones's next episode has been pirated and shared online in the latest leak to hit the fantasy TV series. However, this time, the source of the leak was not hackers or thieves, but rather the show being mistakenly released on to its broadcaster's streaming platform too early. The episode, titled Death is the Enemy, has since been withdrawn, but not before it was copied. Twin Peaks suffered a similar error recently. A spokesman for HBO Europe blamed an unnamed contractor for the most recent blunder. "We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms," Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen told the BBC. "The

  • Meningitis jab uptake 'worryingly low'

    School-leavers are putting themselves at risk of deadly meningitis if they do not take up the offer to be vaccinated against the disease, nurses are warning. People living in England who are aged 17 and 18 are eligible for the free jab. The Royal College of Nursing says only a third took up the offer last year. Charlotte Hannibal, now 21, lost both her legs and all of the fingers on her left hand due to the disease. She had just started university when she fell ill. It started with a "headache, a bit of a sore throat", says Charlotte, who is now an ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation. Twenty-four hours later she was admitted to hospital. Doctors treated the infection, but had to

  • Hospital garden in Cambridge to honour Syd Barrett

    A childhood friend of Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett is developing a hospital garden in his honour. Syd's Garden will be "laced with little clues" about the singer, according to Stephen Pyle. Designed as a restful area for patients and staff, it will open in the grounds of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in 2018. Barrett, a founder member of Pink Floyd, died in 2006 after living locally as a semi-recluse. The garden has been designed by sculptor Mr Pyle and Paul Herrington, a garden designer. Their charity, Art Garden Health, creates and maintains green spaces for NHS hospitals at no public cost. Addenbrooke's offered them a plot a year ago - and fundraising got under way. Mr Pyle knew Barrett