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".
Hannah Barham-Brown was studying at medical school when she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome two years ago. The inherited condition leaves her joints weak and susceptible to dislocation. It means she has to rely on a wheelchair a lot of the time. But when she was given the diagnosis she quickly realised the NHS was not going to be there for her. She was offered a standard NHS-issue wheelchair - but at 20kg (3st 2lb) it would have been too heavy for her and potentially dangerous, given her condition. She began to think her dreams of becoming a medic were over. "I didn't even think I would get through medical school," she says. A friend suggested she try to raise the money herself. The
Former pharmaceutical chief executive Martin Shkreli has gone on trial in New York charged with fraud. He is accused of fraud relating to a drug company he previously headed, Retrophin, and a hedge fund, where he was a manager. He denies the charges but faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Mr Shkreli, 34, made headlines in 2015 when his firm raised the price of Daraprim, used by many Aids patients, from $13.50 per pill to $750. That controversy is unrelated to the fraud trial. Prosecutors accuse Mr Shkreli of running a fraudulent scheme where Retrophin assets were used to pay off debts after hedge fund MSMB Capital Management lost millions of dollars. They allege that he cheated investors
A character in a new Philip Pullman book is to be named after a teenager feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire, following an auction bid of £32,400. Pullman offered the right to name a character in his new book as a lot in the Authors For Grenfell Tower auction, which raised money for victims. Teacher James Clements had originally bid £1,500 to name the character after his ex-pupil Nur Huda El-Wahab, 15. Organisers say 448 people eventually added bids to his to secure the lot. Mr Clements said he used to teach Nur Huda, who lived on the 21st floor of the west London tower block, where 79 people are feared to have died in the fire on 14 June. Reacting to the news, Mr Clements said he had made
At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by a 'colossal' blunder that meant thousands of patient records were left to pile up in a warehouse. The number at risk is likely to rise as only two thirds of the 700,000 notes found had been checked, officials said. Cancer test results and child protection notes were among the documents that were missing in England. The National Audit Office also said there were questions to answer about the handling of the incident. Its review of the issue looked at the role of the government and the company responsible for the mix-up, which is part-owned by the Department of Health. The company, NHS Shared Business Services (SBS), was employed in the East Midlands,
It has been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published. But how much do you know about the books that bought us the boy wizard? Here are some magic numbers. Video producer: Sofia Bettiza
Pop singer Halsey gave more established names like Katy Perry and Lorde a run for their money at Glastonbury this weekend. The US singer first gained attention as a social media queen, posting videos on YouTube under her real name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. But it's as Halsey (an anagram of her first name) that she's found fame, with a knack for writing gutsy pop songs that explore her flaws and failings. Her first album, Badlands, went platinum in the US, thanks to its so-called "millennial anthem" New Americana ("We are the new Americana / High on legal marijuana / Raised on Biggie and Nirvana / We know very well / who we are"). Last year, her career received an unexpected shot in the arm