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Qatar is given a further 48 hours to meet Gulf demands

Qatar is given a further 48 hours to meet Gulf demands

World
Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states have extended the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands, or face further sanctions, by 48 hours.The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group's 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al Jazeera news network, expired on Sunday.The Gulf state, which denies funding extremism, is expected to submit a formal response later. It has called the demands an "affront to international law".Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani arrived in Kuwait on Monday to deliver a formal response in a letter, according to Al Jazeera. The letter is from the emir of Qatar to the emir of Kuwait, who is the main mediator in the Gulf crisis. In a statement released shortly beforehand, lawyers for Qatar denounced the demands and ...
Charlie Gard parents given more time to say goodbye to terminally ill son

Charlie Gard parents given more time to say goodbye to terminally ill son

Health
Charlie Gard's parents have been told they will be able to spend more time with their terminally ill baby.Chris Gard and Connie Yates had been expecting their 10-month-old's life support to be turned off on Friday.Great Ormond Street Hospital has since disclosed it is putting plans in place for Charlie's care to allow his family to spend more time with him.On Tuesday, Charlie's parents lost their final legal appeal to take him to the US for experimental treatment.Judges at the European Court of Human Rights concluded that further treatment would "continue to cause Charlie significant harm", in line with advice from specialists at Great Ormond Street.He has a rare genetic disease as well as brain damage and is believed to be one of 16 children in the world to have the condition; mitochondri...
'Facebook blasphemer' given death penalty

'Facebook blasphemer' given death penalty

Technology
A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan.Taimoor Raza was convicted after allegedly posting remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions within the site's comments.The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media.Human rights campaigners have expressed concern.Facebook itself has yet to comment on the case.The US firm previously announced in March that it was deploying a team to Pakistan to address the government's concerns about blasphemous content on its service, but added that it still wished to protect "the privacy and rights" of its members.Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has described blasphemy as being an ...