A British woman detained in Iran has had her ankle tag removed but faces a further court date, her local MP says. Amid reports in Iran that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “freed”, Tulip Siddiq MP said she had been in touch with the mother’s family. Ms Siddiq posted on Twitter: “Thankfully her ankle tag has
Joe Biden’s $1.9trn (£1.4trn) COVID-19 relief plan has been passed by the Senate in a party-line vote after an all-night session. The final bill includes $400bn (£289bn) in one-time payments of $1,400 (£1,000) to most Americans, $300 (£217) a week in extended jobless benefits for the 9.5 million people made unemployed, and $350bn (£253bn) in
The Pope has performed Mass in a Baghdad cathedral after earlier holding a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shia cleric. Francis was greeted by enthusiastic well-wishers at the Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph on the second day of his visit to the country. Only 100 or so people were allowed in because of COVID restrictions
Pope Francis has met Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani – Iraq’s top Shia cleric – at the Islamic scholar’s home in the Iraqi city of Najaf. The Pope arrived at the cleric’s small home in a bullet-proof vehicle. As he entered the house, white doves were released, reflecting the themes of this four-day visit to
A nun who knelt in front of armed security forces in Myanmar to stop them firing on civilians has said she was prepared to die to save protestors’ lives. In extraordinary scenes in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Sister Ann Roza Nu Tawng can be seen pleading with police and soldiers not to shoot. The intervention has
The Royal Family’s handling of bullying claims against the Duchess of Sussex show it is “bankrupt of decency”, one of Meghan’s former Suits co-stars has said. Patrick J Adams said it was “obscene” the palace was “promoting and amplifying accusations of bullying against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea (sic) the UK
Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to be the TV viewing appointment of the year – possibly the decade. Snippets released in the run-up to the highly-anticipated broadcast with the US chat show queen have shown the former royal couple have not held back in their criticism of “The Firm”. Here is
The Duchess of Sussex has said it is “really liberating” to be “able to make a choice on your own” in the latest teaser clip of her interview with Oprah Winfrey. In the new clip, Meghan recalls a previous conversation with Winfrey in which she said she would not be able to take part in
The Pope has arrived in Iraq for an historic weekend visit which carries both symbolism and risk. With a message of inter-faith tolerance, Francis will spend four days in Iraq in what is his first foreign trip in more than a year and the first-ever papal pilgrimage to the war-hit nation. The Pope will visit
The Royal Family has been accused of having “double standards” over its investigation into bullying claims against the Duchess of Sussex. In an interview with Sky News, the co-author of Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom questioned why the palace had ordered an investigation into the duchess but had not done so with Prince Andrew.
Thousands of New Zealanders have been told they can return to their homes after a powerful earthquake prompted tsunami warnings. Islanders on the east coast fled to higher ground following the series of quakes off North Island. Small tsunami waves were triggered by the earthquakes – with footage posted on social media showing surges of
Their messiah is no longer in power, but some followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe that Donald Trump will return to the throne today. Followers of the wide-ranging movement think the former president is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles and will eventually be restored to high office. But why on 4
German health officials have U-turned on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and recommended it is safe for use on over-65s. The German health ministry said on Thursday that its independent vaccine committee has now formally approved the COVID-19 jab for use in that age group. It comes after disproved claims in Europe that the jab was as
Police say they have intelligence showing a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the US Capitol on Thursday. A US Capitol Police statement did not name the organisation but called it “an identified militia group”. It follows an advisory sent to members of Congress by the acting House sergeant-at-arms earlier this week, saying
An “incel” who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto has been found guilty of their murder. Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack on 23 April 2018 that drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and
A coronavirus testing location close to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam appears to have been intentionally targeted after an explosion before the site opened, police have said. The blast in the town of Bovenkarspel, north of the capital, caused no injuries but shattered windows. The explosive “must have been placed” there, a police spokesman said.