• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani have held a telephone conversation, according to the office of the presidency's website. The Sunday report quotes Rouhani as telling the Emir of Qatar that the "siege of Qatar is not acceptable for us", adding that "Tehran will stand by Qatar's government". "Iran's air space, ground and sea will be always be open to Qatar as a ... friendly nation," said Rouhani, and that the two countries' cooperation will remain "continuous".

  • London fire: Who are the victims?

    Police believe at least 79 people died when fire engulfed Grenfell Tower, in North Kensington, London in the early hours of 14 June. Some people are believed to have lost more than one family member. Eighteen people have been formally identified by the coroner, but not all names have been released. Other people, while not yet formally identified, have been confirmed as among the dead by family or friends. 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

  • Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

    As the UK and the EU begin official talks on leaving, here is an easy-to-understand guide to Brexit - beginning with the basics, then a look at the negotiations, followed by a selection of answers to questions we've been sent. What does Brexit mean? It is a word that has become used as a shorthand way of saying the UK leaving the EU - merging the words Britain and exit to get Brexit, in a same way as a possible Greek exit from the euro was dubbed Grexit in the past. Why is Britain leaving the European Union? A referendum - a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part - was held on Thursday 23 June, 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European

  • Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated?

    Patients taking out private health insurance expect to get the best treatment, but what happens if things go wrong? While the NHS has paid out millions to the patients of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, his private patients are still seeking compensation. Why? Paterson was jailed for 15 years last month after being convicted of intentionally wounding his patients. His trial heard he exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer in order to persuade people to go under the knife. While the case centred on nine women and one man, there were in fact hundreds of other victims, many of whom were treated privately by Paterson at Spire Healthcare, in the West Midlands. One such patient is Patricia

  • Official Singles Chart rules are changing to help new bands break through

    The rules of the Official Singles Chart are changing. It's after streams on sites like Spotify meant Ed Sheeran managed to get 16 tracks from one album into the top 20 earlier this year. From now on acts will be limited to having three songs on the chart at any one time. There are also new rules about streaming. The people behind the changes argue they will make it easier for new bands to get noticed. At the moment, the chart is calculated through a combination of physical sales, digital sales and streams - with 150 streams counting as one sale. But the number of songs being streamed worldwide per week has doubled to 1.2 billion since January 2016. In March, Ed Sheeran's ÷ became the first major

  • Spotting the earliest signs of Alzheimer's

    Work is about to begin on a new study to find the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease, many years before symptoms like memory loss and confusion become obvious. Scientists believe this is the best time to be using drugs to stop Alzheimer's from developing further. Finding a treatment that can combat the disease has been one of medicine's major challenges. Results from drug trials have repeatedly been disappointing. This new study will involve up to 50 tests on 250 volunteers and will include brain scans, cognitive testing and measure the way people walk. The difficulty that doctors face is that the disease can start to affect the brain several years before the symptoms are visible. Patricia

  • Welsh singer Charlotte Church loses unborn baby

    Singer Charlotte Church has lost her unborn baby, she has announced. The 31-year-old had publicly revealed she was expecting her third child during a concert in May. A statement on her Twitter account on Monday said: "Charlotte and Jonny are very sad to announce that they lost their baby. Now is a time for grieving and being together as a family. "We kindly ask everyone to respect that peace." The Cardiff-born star and her partner, musician Jonny Powell, have been together for seven years. She is already a mother to nine-year-old Ruby and Dexter, eight, from her previous relationship with Gavin Henson.