• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    The latest developments since several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June 5. (All times local Doha time). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed Qatar's stand on a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies, saying that the ultimatum is "against international law". "We welcome [Qatar's position] because we consider the 13-point list against international law," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency on Sunday. 8:05am - Turkey's Erdogan backs Qatar position on list of demands Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he backs Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Saudi

  • Battle for Mosul: The story so far

    Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as government security forces continue their military offensive to reclaim the city from so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi army forces have retaken western Mosul and encircled IS fighters in the Old City, a narrow maze of alleyways and location of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri. The mosque was destroyed on 21 June, blown up by IS according to Iraqi forces, to slow the advance of pro-government troops. IS claimed the mosque was destroyed in a US air raid. The ancient mosque was where in July 2014 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demanded allegiance, in his first and only public appearance, following the declaration days

  • London fire: Six questions for the investigation

    A total of 79 people are feared dead after a huge fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell tower block in west London, destroying 151 homes. Several questions emerged for the investigation into the disaster, some of which have been answered. 1. How did the fire start? Firefighters were called to Grenfell Tower at 00:54 BST on 14 June and the fire was brought under control at 01:14 BST the next day. The fire started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer and the government ordered immediate testing of the appliance. Police said the fire had not been started deliberately and the speed with which the fire spread was "unexpected". Fridge freezers and other electrical appliances are a relatively common cause of

  • London fire: Who are the victims?

    Inquests into the deaths of eight people confirmed to have died after the fire at Grefnell Tower have been announced. On Monday police said at least 79 people are believed to have died after the huge fire that engulfed the west London tower block. Some people are believed to have lost more than one family member. A further nine people are still in hospital, three of whom are in critical care. Those confirmed dead named so far Anthony Disson Anthony Disson was confirmed to have died by police on Monday. The 65-year-old retired lorry driver lived on the 22nd floor of Grenfell Tower. Mr Disson, who had lived in the property for eight years, phoned his son at 03:30 and said he was being told to stay

  • London fire: What we know so far about Grenfell Tower

    At least 79 people are missing and presumed dead after a huge fire engulfed a west London tower block in the early hours of Wednesday. What happened? The fire was reported at the 24-storey block, Grenfell Tower, in North Kensington, 00:54 BST on Wednesday. Forty fire engines and more than 200 firefighters went to tackle the blaze. The fire affected all floors of the building, from the second floor up. Firefighters worked with the gas authority to isolate a ruptured gas main in the block. Once it was completed, they were able to extinguish the fire with the help of a 40-metre aerial appliance. The blaze was under control by 01:14 BST on Thursday. How many victims are there? A total of 79 people

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