MI5 Director warns of terror attacks and other stories

Andrew Parker says Islamic State group aspires to commit ‘more complex’ attacks in the future. IMAGE: MI5

Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, has been meeting with European security chiefs in Berlin today.

He accused Russia of breaching international rules following the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Mr Parker also warned the Islamic State goups aspires to commit ‘devastating’ and ‘more complex’ attacks in Europe.

The MI5 Director general’s speech comes after a knifeman in Paris killed one and injured four people on Saturday, an attack claimed by IS.


Prime Minister increases investments for Brain Cancer research.

Prime Minister Teresa May has confirmed that the government is to double investment for research into Brain Cancer treatment.

The news comes days after Dame Tessa Jowell died from the disease at the age of 70.

Mrs May says she hopes the funding increase will create a lasting legacy to honour the politician who served in the Labour cabinet under the Brown and Blair leadership.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says ‘we need to do more’ and told the BBC:

We haven’t had many good quality research projects on brain cancer, and this is what we’re trying to put right with this new fund that we’re announcing today.


School referrals for mental health treatment rise sharply

NSPCC figures show mental health referrals among school children are increasing. IMAGE: Megan Skelly (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Mental health referrals among primary school aged children have risen by more than a third in the last three years, according to figures released by the NSPCC.

The charity found that more than half of the schools seeking help for students from NHS Child and adolescent mental health services came from primary schools.

NSPCC’s Childline service has reported a 26% increase in counselling sessions about mental health issues over the past four years, according to the Guardian. Alana Ryan, NSPCC policy officer, told the newspaper:

When children come through to us, they speak about things like exam pressures, social media and not being able to get into specialist services, asking that we intervene on their behalf.

At least 41 Palestinians killed in Gaza

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and 1,800 wounded by Israeli troops in clashes on the Gaza border, Palestinian officials say.

The violence came as the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial move that has infuriated Palestinians.

As the bloodshed continues, it’s been branded the ‘bloodiest’ day since the end of the 2014 war.

Donald Trump has praised the embassy move:

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