A German schoolgirl who fled to join Daesh could face the death penalty, Iraq’s prime minister has hinted.
Haider al-Abadi confirmed that the country was still considering what charges to bring against Linda Wenzel and that the death penalty was still on the cards.
Al-Abadi said: ‘You know teenagers under certain laws, they are accountable for their actions especially if the act is a criminal activity when it amounts to killing innocent people.’
The Iraqi PM said that Linda Wenzel is currently still jailed in a Baghdad prison and that it would be ‘a case for the courts’ to decide if prosecutors will demand the death penalty.
Her father Reiner Wenzel said: ‘I want so much that my Linda comes home again healthy. I will always be there for her.’
According to local media, the latest words of the Iraqi PM have him even more worried than before.
Wenzel said: ‘I fear for her. The authorities absolutely have to bring her to Germany so that she can get a fair trial.’
The Duke and Duchess of Kensington are expecting their THIRD baby. Kensington Palace had just made the announcement.
The statement added that as with Kate’s previous pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from severe morning sickness – hyperemesis gravidarum – and will no longer carry out her planned visit to Hornsey Road Children’s Centre, but is being cared for at Kensington Palace.
Kensington Palace also said that the Queen and members of both families are “delighted”. More follows…
A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder four children in a car crash in South Yorkshire. The youngsters were all seriously hurt when the grey Dacia Logan crashed into a pub wall on Copster Lane in Barnsley in the early hours of Wednesday 23 August.
The two girls, aged seven and eight, and two boys, aged nine months and 21 months, had been reported missing from Hythe in Hampshire the day before the crash. The driver, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion on dangerous driving, was also hurt. He was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A spokeswoman for Hampshire Police said: “We can confirm that a report was made to police on the afternoon of Tuesday 22 August that a man in his 20s and four young children were missing from Hythe. The man and the children were located after being involved in a single vehicle collision in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in the early hours of Wednesday 23 August.” All four children remain in a serious condition in hospital.
A family has paid tribute to a schoolgirl who died just hours after picking up her GCSE results. They described Jasmine Bush, whose body was found at Haselmere Station, Surrey, as leaving a hole in their lives adding that she is “an everlasting start that will shine brightly in the sky”.
Paying tribute to the 16-year-old, they said that she had suffered from mental health problems since she was 13. They released the tribute hoping that other young people in her position can learn from it and get help for depression and anxiety. The family said: “On Thursday afternoon, our world was turned upside down when we lost our most beautiful daughter in these tragic circumstances.
“Jasmine sadly lost the battle with depression and anxiety after two and a half years fighting, she was also diagnosed with autism and PDA disorder on the way unfortunately the help out there was limited. We honestly would never [have] thought she would do something like this it just doesn’t seem real. The house is silent, no doors are being slammed or music playing at a ridiculous noise and we think that will be the hardest thing to get over the quietness and the hole she has left.”
Riots are believed to have broken out at HMP Birmingham with officials reportedly losing control of an entire prison wing. Tornado squads – designed to bring riots under control – are believed to have been drafted in to help at the Victorian category B prison.
Trouble reportedly started at around 3.30pm when a number of inmates refused to go back into their cells. It is unclear whether anyone has been injured and unconfirmed reports have suggested that one wing has been “lost”.
A HM prison Service spokesperson told Sky News it is dealing with an “ongoing incident involving a small number of prisoners”. A G4S spokesman added: “We are working with colleagues from HM Prison and Probation Service to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.”
A Strictly Come Dancing star has announced they have a baby on the way. JLS star Aston Merrygold, who will appear on the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing, announced his happy news this afternoon.
Aston took to Instagram for the big reveal. He posted two naps of himself and girlfriend Sarah Louis Richards holding hands over a chair that said ‘reserved’ alongside a snap of the baby scan. Both blue and pink balloons were seen in the background as the snaps read: “Could it be pink… Could it be blue.”
Aston captioned the post: “On May 29th 2017 we found out that our lives were going to change forever! This secret has been so hard to keep, but I’m so excited to finally be able to share the news with everybody that me and my beautiful lady @sarahlourichards are going to be parents! I’m never speechless but words can’t describe how I feel. All I know is there’s no feeling like it … I love you, hurry up bump we can’t wait to meet you.”
A SUV reversed across a road at speed and ploughed into three people, before mounting a pavement and nearly driving over them again. Shocking footage was captured on CCTV in Waltham, Massachusetts, and shows two people starting to walk behind a silver vehicle as they crossed the road.
As they reached the pavement, the SUV inexplicably speedily reversed into them, sending one flying face first onto the floor, trapping the other underneath and then hitting the front of a shop. An unsuspecting bystander was hurled into a shop window before the car moved forward, stopping only inches before running over an injured man.
A female and a pedestrian were seen to groggily stand up, before collapsing again as the passenger of the SUV got out of the car. One of the pedestrians had to free himself from underneath, according to Boston TV station WCVB . Two men and one woman were taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital with unknown injuries.
Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker has died. Although no official cause of death has been given, according to reports in the US he had been “very ill and underwent surgery last month”.
Becker, along with co-member Donald Fagen, wrote some huge hits in the 70’s, including “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number,” “Deacon Blues,” “Kid Charlemagne,” “Hey Nineteen,” and ‘My Old School.” The jazz-rock group broke up in 1981 but reunited in the 90’s and produced several albums, including Two Against Nature, which bagged four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
His partner Donald Fagan released a statement which read: “Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967 … He was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter … I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”
Pregnant Coleen Rooney is believed to be hiding out at her mother’s house as she considers divorcing disgraced husband Wayne. This morning the mum-of-three’s white Range Rover was seen parked outside her parent’s Huyton pad – which is around 40 minutes away from her Cheshire family home, where Wayne is holed up.
Yesterday, Coleen’s dad was seen playing with the couple’s three children after the WAG was thought to have screamed at her husband after he partied with a single mum and ended up arrested in her car. Coleen’s fury is said to be “off the scale” after Rooney’s wild night with a party girl that led to his arrest for drink driving – and The Sun reports she is considering severing their nine-year marriage after party girl Laura Simpson claimed they a kiss and a hug” and that Wayne kept admiring her boobs.
Heartbroken Coleen, expecting her fourth child with the Everton striker, flew home from Majorca on Friday night to angrily confront Wayne – whose career is now also on the line. And yesterday, with her mother Colette by her side, she screamed at the shamed star: “How could you do this to me while I’m pregnant? How could you be so stupid?” Coleen then broke down in tears during the summit inside the pair’s £6million Cheshire home. She looked devastated as she left the property in Prestbury in a white Range Rover.
A three month Indian summer is heading our way this autumn with temperatures hitting a sweltering 32C. It’s good news for those with holiday blues with forecasters suggesting we’ll be able to catch a tan well into November. Britain’s seasons will flip after a cool August, with the Met Office forecasting a hotter-than-normal three months ahead.
Government weathermen favour a hot September and autumn, forecasting an “increased chance of warmer-than-average temperatures” through their three-month September to November forecast period. The upbeat forecast brings the prospect of September – the first month of autumn – being hotter than August, the last month of summer.
September’s UK average temperature is projected to be hotter than August’s, The Weather Outlook said. The “freak” weather phenomenon has only happened once in the past 60 years, Met Office records dating back to 1957 show. Forecasters said summer weather has been “shifted” from August to September this year, with decent dry periods and hot bursts due from next week – after soggy low pressure spoiled August.