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Shamima Begum: IS teenager’s family challenge citizenship move

Image caption Shamima Begum pictured during her interview with the BBC on Monday The family of Shamima Begum – who left the UK to join the Islamic State group in Syria – have written to the home secretary challenging his decision to revoke her UK citizenship. In the letter to Sajid Javid, seen by the BBC, they say they “cannot simply abandon her” and that her status is “a matter for our British courts”. But they added they are “sickened by the comments she has made” recently. They also asked…

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Shamima Begum: IS teenager’s family consider legal action

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShamima Begum: ‘The poster girl thing was not my choice’ The family of Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, say they plan to challenge the move to strip her of UK citizenship. Her family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said they were considering “all legal avenues” to contest the decision. Government sources said it was possible to strip the 19-year-old of British nationality as she was eligible for citizenship of another country. Ms Begum, who left east London…

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Unconditional uni offers don’t make us lazy, say teenagers

Image copyright Social Communications Image caption Harrison (right) is determined to keep working at the same level Harrison has his dream university place in the bag. The Leeds City College student is off to study sports journalism at the University of Huddersfield in September, with an unconditional offer. No matter what the outcome of his BTec extended diploma, the place is assured, and 17-year-old Harrison says he’s thrilled. “I’d say that it makes me more relaxed,” he says. “I don’t have to worry about it as much – but I’m…

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Helping teenagers beat the blues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Teenagers on the Blues programme are encouraged to get out more Go for a walk, speak to your friends face-to-face, go and visit your grandma. It might sound like common sense, but this is some of the advice being offered to UK teenagers who are showing early signs of anxiety, low mood or poor self-esteem. “When we were young, we used to play in the street, in the woods, we were falling out of trees, playing in the stream, catching fish with our bare…

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Escape room fire kills five teenagers in Poland

Image copyright EPA Image caption Participants are locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles against the clock in order to escape Five teenage girls have died after a fire broke out while they were playing an escape game in northern Poland. A 25-year-old man was seriously injured in the blaze which started at around 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT) in the city of Koszalin on Friday. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials are carrying out safety checks on every escape room…

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Vietnamese illegal immigrants: Eight teenagers still missing

Image copyright Northamptonshire Police Image caption The eight teenagers left Northamptonshire County Council care in June, July and September 2017 Eight out of the 13 Vietnamese teenagers who disappeared from a county council’s care more than a year ago are still at large, police have confirmed. The group absconded after they were discovered in the back of a lorry in Corby, Northamptonshire, in June 2017, having entered the UK illegally. A year after police issued an appeal, only five of the young people, aged between 15 and 18, have been…

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Catholic priest at teenager’s funeral condemns suicide

Image copyright Google Maps Image caption Father Don LaCuesta used the funeral at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Temperance, Michigan to condemn suicide Parents of a teenage boy who took his own life have complained after their Catholic priest criticised him at the funeral for killing himself. Father Don LaCuesta in the service questioned whether Maison Hullibarger, 18, would enter heaven, horrifying his parents and family. The Archdiocese of Detroit have relieved Father LaCuesta from funeral duties, but the family want him fired. Catholicism has traditionally taught that…

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Two teenagers charged with terror offences

Two teenagers have been charged with terror offences after being arrested on Thursday. An 18-year-old man from Portsmouth has been charged with eight offences and a 17-year-old boy from London has been charged with five offences. The pair have been bailed to appear before Westminster Magistrates on Wednesday. A 21-year-old man from Bath, who was also arrested, has been released on bail pending further inquiries. The three people were taken into custody after an operation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East. The 18-year-old faces five charges of encouraging terrorism and…

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Teenagers attack police in Durham town centre disorder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStanley town centre mob of youths attacks officers Up to 100 teenagers surrounded police in a town centre before a mob attacked officers during an “appalling” disturbance. Fireworks and bricks were launched and a community officer was punched in face in Stanley, County Durham. Police have since launched a text alerts service to inform parents of local disorder, urging them to “take responsibility” for their children. It is hoped they will be encouraged to collect teenagers from disturbances. Officers were called out…

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Irish outcry over teenager’s underwear used in rape trial

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIrish MP Ruth Coppinger protested by holding up lacy underwear in parliament A series of protests over sexual consent are planned in Ireland, a week after a man was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old. In the trial, the defence lawyer told the jury: “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” The 27-year-old man was found not guilty of rape shortly afterwards. The controversy led one Irish MP to hold up…

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