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Thomas Cook travel chaos: firm's collapse leaves 150,000 stranded abroad – live updates

A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled

One Thomas Cook holiday maker has described emotional scenes on his flight home to Gatwick airport during the early hours of Monday morning.

Charity worker Joe Jeness, 34, and his partner Gaynor were on one of the last scheduled flights from Lanzarote to London when the Captain announced over the tannoy system that the travel company had gone into receivership.

“I asked one of the air hostesses if she was ok and she replied “Such is life.”

“It was a very bumpy flight and one woman was really upset and she was attended to by one of the cabin crew. It was amazing how caring she was considering the circumstances.”

“After we touched down though the crew were visibly upset. One of the air hostesses had tears in her eyes when we got off the plane and we saw others hugging each other.

“The Captain came and stood at the exit with the crew and every passenger who got off the plane wished them well. It was heartbreaking.”

A long queue of British passengers on Thomas Cook holidays has formed at Antalya airport, in Turkey:

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:34:13 GMT
Iran says it considered exchanging Zaghari-Ratcliffe for £400m owed by UK

Mohammad Javad Zarif says he would have argued for release if UK repaid tank deal money

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said the UK offered to release long-frozen Iranian funds in return for him intervening to help free the British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, detained in Iran for more than three years.

Zarif said the suggestion had first come from Philip Hammond, some time before he left the Foreign Office to become chancellor in July 2016. The funds involved were £400m owed by the UK for a decades-old tank sale. In return, the Iranian foreign minister said he was prepared to argue for Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release at an Iranian court.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:26:56 GMT
Brexit: Labour delegates debate rival motions for and against Corbyn's strategy – live news

Rolling coverage of the Labour conference in Brighton, including the debate to decide if the party will commit to campaigning for remain now

Sophie Wilson, a councillor from Sheffield Hallam CLP, says what her constituents need is a socialist government led by Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn’s policy could not be more simple, she says. She says the party cannot ignore the votes of those who voted leave. She says it makes sense to leave the decision to a special conference after the election. She urges delegates to support composite 14.

Duncan Enright says he is the first Labour mayor of Witney (David Cameron’s constituency when he was an MP) for a generation. He urges the conference to back composite 13. Labour’s position should be “remain, revoke, reform”, he says.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:51:36 GMT
Impeachment talk intensifies over Trump's call with Ukraine president

Impeachment talk has intensified in Washington, after Donald Trump suggested he discussed Joe Biden and Biden’s son in a phone call with the new president of Ukraine.

Related: Trump goes on offensive over Biden and Ukraine as Schiff ponders impeachment

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:13:38 GMT
Cannabis-based drug for childhood epilepsy approved for use in UK

Plant-derived Epidyolex is first medicine of its kind to be given the green light by regulators

The first cannabis-based medicine for childhood epilepsy is expected to be soon available in the UK and the rest of Europe after its UK manufacturer, GW Pharmaceuticals, received the green light from European authorities.

Cambridge-based GW said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European commission had approved Epidyolex for seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome for patients aged two years and older.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:28:06 GMT
Iran says UK-flagged tanker seized in July is free to leave

Stena Impero was dramatically seized on 19 July, sparking crisis in shipping in Gulf

The British-flagged tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards more than two months ago has been released, according to Iranian officials.

“The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move,” Ali Rabiei, Iran’s government spokesman, said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:41:51 GMT
CCTV company staff jailed over leaked Emiliano Sala mortuary photos

Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, receive 14 months and five months in prison respectively

A man and a woman who worked for a CCTV company have been jailed for illegally accessing and watching footage of the footballer Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem.

Company director Sherry Bray, 49, and employee Christopher Ashford, 62, were jailed for 14 months and five months respectively.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:14:53 GMT
Brazilian indigenous leaders denounce Bolsonaro before UN speech
  • Open letter decries ‘colonialist and ethnocidal policies’
  • President expected to attack left and foreign critics in New York

Indigenous leaders in Brazil have denounced Jair Bolsonaro’s “colonialist and ethnocidal” policies as the far-right populist headed to New York to defend his treatment of the Amazon and its inhabitants.

Bolsonaro is set to make the opening speech at the UN general assembly on Tuesday morning after a wretched few weeks for Brazil’s international reputation in which reports of soaring deforestation and his response to the Amazon fires have cemented his reputation as South America’s “Captain Chainsaw”.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:38:47 GMT
Ed Miliband calls for 'wartime' mobilisation to tackle climate crisis

Former Labour leader also warned against splits over fixed decarbonisation targets

Ed Miliband has said Labour needs a “wartime” mobilisation on the climate emergency in the next decade as he warned the party not to splinter over fixed decarbonisation targets.

The former secretary of state for energy and climate change praised Labour activists for their Green New Deal campaign which demands Labour commit to a net zero carbon date of 2030. The Tories have pledged to do so by 2050, and Liberal Democrats by 2045.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:11:35 GMT
Spanish police arrest Catalan separatists on suspicion of terrorism

Nine people linked to network calling for civil disobedience arrested in Barcelona area

Nine Catalan independence activists have been arrested in Barcelona and face charges of “rebellion, terrorism and possession of explosives”, authorities have said.

Police said they confiscated material they alleged could be used in bomb making during raids early on Monday morning. The raids were aimed at aborting actions that “could have caused irreparable damages”, prosecutors said.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:40:28 GMT




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