• 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

  • 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 The episode, titled Death is the Enemy, has since been withdrawn, but not before it was copied.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

  • 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

  • Liz Carr: Silent Witness actress in 'frightening' scissor attack

    Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has said being attacked by a man with scissors was "very frightening" but that she was "relatively unscathed". Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London's Euston station. A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said. "Thanks to everyone who has sent their love and good wishes following last week's stabbing," Carr said. "Just to reassure you that whilst it was very frightening at the time, I came out of it relatively unscathed and was even back home later that night. "Looking forward to returning to filming on Silent Witness next week where thankfully all the violence

  • 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

  • After Trump's Charlottesville remarks, Fox News focuses on the left and the media

    Only Fox News can bring down President Trump, a recent New York Times op-ed argued. "If Fox turns, it's inevitable," it said. For a few moments on Tuesday, it seemed as if Fox News was turning. Several of the network's hosts and contributors either condemned or criticized Trump's remarks blaming "both sides" for the weekend violence in Charlottesville. In the 5pm hour, for instance, "Specialists" co-host Kat Timpf went as far as to say it was "honestly crazy" she had to comment in the immediate aftermath of the spectacle because she was "still in the phase" where she was "actually wondering" if what she watched "was real life." "It was one of the biggest messes I've ever seen," Timpf said. Then

  • Bowel cancer test: 'No health minister' means NI people must wait

    A new, more accurate screening test for bowel cancer is on hold in Northern Ireland because there is no Stormont health minister. Bowel cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death from the disease in both the UK and in Europe. Up to 16,000 people in the UK die from the disease every year. The new test is being rolled out in England, Scotland and Wales, but Northern Ireland is lagging behind. The Department of Health said the UK recommendation for the new test was endorsed by the Northern Ireland Screening Committee in July. Now it is up to a Northern Ireland health minister to consider it - when that minister is appointed. "In the interim, the department and Public Health