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Boris Johnson flies today to Iran to try to win the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Boris Johnson flies today to Iran to try to win the release of Nazanin Zaghari-RatcliffeBoris Johnson flies to Iran today  to try to secure the release of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe stressing his “grave concerns” about her continued incarceration. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year sentence over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government, having been arrested in 2016 during a holiday visit to show her baby daughter Gabriella to her parents. Reports suggest she could appear in court again on Sunday, following threats to increase her sentence by five years following Mr Johnson's gaffe of telling a parliamentary committee that she had been in Iran to train journalists. He later acknowledged this was not the case. Speaking ahead of the visit Mr Johnson, the Foreign secretary, said: “I will stress my grave concerns about our dual national consular cases and press for their release where there are humanitarian grounds to do so. “Iran is a significant country in a strategically important, but volatile and unstable, region which matters to the UK's security and prosperity. "My first visit is an opportunity to hold further discussions on a series of crucial issues, including how we can find a political solution to the devastating conflict in Yemen and secure greater humanitarian access to ease the immense suffering there.  “I will also underline the UK's continued support for the nuclear deal while making clear our concerns about some of Iran's activity in the region.  “While our relationship with Iran has improved significantly since 2011, it is not straightforward and on many issues we will not agree.  “But I am clear that dialogue is the key to managing our differences and, where possible, making progress on issues that really matter, even under difficult conditions. I look forward to a constructive visit.” Boris Johnson Credit:  DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP It is understood that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard will not accompany Mr Johnson after receiving advice that it may not help his chances of seeing his wife in prison. Tehran does not recognise Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's dual UK-Iranian nationality, and refuses access to her for representatives of the British authorities, making a prison visit for the Foreign Secretary unlikely during the trip. Hers is one of a small number of cases of dual nationals whose release Britain is seeking on humanitarian grounds on which Mr Johnson will push for progress. The Foreign Office has declined to name the other individuals involved – or even identify the number in jail – after their families asked for their cases to be kept out of the public eye. Mr Johnson's trip to Tehran is only the third by a UK Foreign Secretary since 2003 and comes at a time of tension in the Middle East over Donald Trump's announcement that he is recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella Credit: Family Handout/ PA In wide-ranging talks with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mr Johnson will seek to shore up bilateral relations and urge Tehran to stick by the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal. Iran is also likely to raise the issue of a £400 million debt, revealed by the Telegraph last month, dating back to an abortive order for tanks by the pre-revolutionary regime in 1979, which remains unpaid despite a court ruling against the UK. The cash has already been deposited in a court for payment, and it is understood that work is under way to find a sanctions-compliant method for handing it over. The Foreign Office has always stressed that the payment of the money is in no way linked to the cases of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the other imprisoned dual nationals.


U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed “Dreamers” brought into the country illegally as children. The justices put on hold an order by a federal judge in San Francisco for the administration to turn over the internal documents as part of several lawsuits he is overseeing, including one led by California’s Democratic attorney general, challenging the legality of Trump’s September decision. The court’s action will remain in effect until the justices decide whether to permanently block U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s order in the lawsuits regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.


FBI warned Trump aide Hope Hicks over emails from Russians: report

FBI warned Trump aide Hope Hicks over emails from Russians: reportThe FBI found it necessary to deliver a special warning about Russian contacts to President Donald Trump’s close aide Hope Hicks after Trump took office last January, the New York Times reported  on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials met with Hicks at least twice, the Times said, to warn her about multiple attempts made by Russian agents to contact her via email after the election and before the January 20 inauguration. "According to former officials, American intelligence and law enforcement agencies became alarmed by introductory emails that Ms Hicks received from Russian government addresses in the weeks after Mr Trump’s election," the Times said. It said Ms Hicks is not suspected of doing anything improper. But the agents worried that the effort was part of a Russian intelligence operation that continued even after US security officials released a scathing report on Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election. The Donald Trump campaign’s Russia connections Ms Hicks, 29, a long-time personal aide to Trump, was then director of strategic communications for the White House. Since August she has served as White House communications director. According to the report she was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday and Friday for his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interference in the election, and whether Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation. So far Ms Hicks has not been mentioned as being suspected of wrongdoing. But her proximity to Trump could make her a key witness in any cases that arise from the investigation. Mueller has already unveiled charges against four former campaign aides, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty on December 1 to lying to FBI investigators over his Russian contacts in a plea deal that made clear he is assisting in the Mueller investigation of more senior campaign and White House figures. Mr Mueller’s probe has been plodding and thorough. In court documents released Friday, Mr Mueller’s team reported having amassed more than 400,000 documents and financial records for the Manafort case, which focuses on money laundering, after exercising 15 search warrants.  


'Soul-crushing' video of starving polar bear exposes climate crisis, experts say

'Soul-crushing' video of starving polar bear exposes climate crisis, experts sayVideo footage captured in Canada’s Arctic has offered a devastating look at the impact climate change is having on polar bears in the region, showing an emaciated bear clinging to life as it scrounged for food on iceless land. The scene was recorded by the conservation group Sea Legacy during a late summer expedition in Baffin Island. “My entire Sea Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” photographer Paul Nicklen wrote on social media after publishing the footage this week.