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Newspaper headlines: IS teen’s family make ‘plea for mercy’

Newspaper headlines: IS teen’s family make ‘plea for mercy’ By BBC News Staff Image caption The Times follows up on its interview with former London schoolgirl Shamima Begum, who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria. Her relatives have said she should be allowed to return to Britain, pointing to the fact that she was only 15 when she was persuaded to join IS. However, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has told the paper he “will not hesitate” to prevent the return of those who have supported terrorist…

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Facebook plea for Southampton ‘no family’ RAF airman

Image copyright Other Image caption Funeral directors who appealed for people to attend the funeral to give “this brave hero a fitting send-off” An RAF veteran with no surviving family is to get a “fitting send-off” after a photo album revealed his amazing life. Two friends of George Osborne were the only guests expecting to attend his funeral on Thursday. They handed an album found in the 96-year-old’s home to an undertaker, who realised Mr Osborne had led a colourful life which also included a spell as head waiter on…

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Moors Murders: ‘Unlock Ian Brady’s briefcases’ plea

Image copyright PA Image caption Serial killer Ian Brady died in 2017 The brother of Ian Brady’s fourth victim has issued a plea for the contents of two briefcases left behind after the Moors Murderer’s death to be revealed. Alan Bennett, whose brother Keith was never found, said Brady’s solicitor has the combination-locked cases containing personal papers. Mr Bennett alleges Robin Makin has refused his “personal plea” and police requests to reveal the documents. Mr Makin has declined to comment. Keith Bennett was 12 when he was abducted on his…

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David Ibbotson: Emiliano Sala pilot’s family in underwater search plea

Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson The family of missing pilot David Ibbotson have said they don’t want him left “out there on his own”. Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, was flying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala from Nantes to the UK when their plane crashed near Guernsey on 21 January. The footballer’s body was recovered from the wreck on the seabed, but Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found. An inquest into the death of…

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Brexit: May to make plea to MPs for time to change deal

Image copyright PA The prime minister is to urge MPs to give her more time to secure changes to her Brexit deal. Theresa May is expected to pledge in the Commons this week that MPs will get another say on Brexit if she cannot recommend a revised plan this month. Meanwhile, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the Sunday Times that Labour plans to force another vote on her deal anyway. He said the move was necessary to stop Mrs May “running down the clock”. With 47 days until…

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Ellie Yarrow-Sanders: Judge’s Twitter plea to missing mum

Image copyright Patrick Sheridan/PA Image caption Ellie Yarrow-Sanders disappeared with her son Olly Sheridan in July A High Court judge has used Twitter to urge a mother who vanished with her three-year-old son to return home. Ellie Yarrow-Sanders, 26, disappeared with Olly Sheridan in July after becoming involved in family court litigation with her ex-partner Patrick Sheridan. Mr Justice Williams, who sent the tweet, is overseeing the case in the Family Division of the High Court. It is thought to be the first time a judge has used Twitter in…

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Queen makes plea for Britons to find ‘common ground’

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen visits the Sandringham branch of the WI each year during her winter stay at the nearby Royal estate The Queen has urged people to find “common ground” and to respect “different points of view”. Commentators have interpreted the remarks as a comment on the Brexit debate, with Parliament due to vote on the way forward next week and UK due to leave the EU on 29 March. She was at an event to mark the 100 years of Sandringham Women’s Institute. BBC royal…

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Singer Bessie Turner’s crying selfie prompts talk plea

Image caption Bessie Turner said the pressure to “keep up with the pace of life” was overwhelming for people A musician praised for posting a selfie of her crying says it is important people feel comfortable speaking about their mental health. Bessie Turner, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Ipswich, posted the photo on Instagram along with a message urging people to seek help if needed. One comment said she was providing “comfort to all who struggle”. Turner said she was not seeking sympathy but wanted to let people know they were…

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Anglesey school plea not to buy staff Christmas gifts

Image copyright Ysgol Gymuned Rhosybol Image caption Pupils at Ysgol Gymuned Rhosybol on Anglesey will not be buying staff Christmas gifts A school has asked parents not to buy Christmas presents for teachers in a bid to relieve pressure on families and support those in need. Ysgol Gymuned Rhosybol on Anglesey asked parents who wanted to give gifts to donate to charity instead. One parent said teachers she knew would be “mortified” if parents felt pressured to buy presents they could not afford. And another described the move as “quite…

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Birmingham man’s plea after wife’s ‘Brazilian bum lift’ operation death

Image copyright Phil Barnett/PA Wire Image caption Lawyer Isabel Bathurst spoke to the media outside Birmingham Coroner’s Court following the inquest The husband of a woman who died after a “Brazilian bum lift” procedure in Hungary has urged others not to travel abroad for similar surgery. Tryce Harry, 49, from Birmingham, had procedures including liposuction to transfer fat into her buttocks, an inquest was told. But she went into cardiac arrest and died after suffering a “fat embolism”, Birmingham Coroner’s Court heard. Coroner Emma Brown ruled neglect did not play…

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