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Shamima Begum: IS teenager’s family consider legal action
Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, has been told she is to lose her UK citizenship. It is possible to strip the 19-year-old of her British nationality as she is eligible for citizenship in another country – Bangladesh – according to Whitehall sources.
But Ms Begum’s family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, has promised to use “all legal avenues” to challenge the decision. He said: “Our position is that to all practical purposes she has been made stateless.”
Ms Begum, from east London, was found in a Syrian refugee camp last week and gave birth to a son at the weekend. She told the BBC she wanted to come back to the UK to raise her child and did not want to be an IS “poster girl”.
She is believed to be of Bangladeshi heritage but, when asked by the BBC, she said did not have a Bangladesh passport and had never been to the country. BBC Reality Check looks at how countries deal with people returning from IS.
Another Labour MP quits party
Then there were eight. Labour MP Joan Ryan has joined seven of her colleagues in quitting the party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. She said she was “horrified, appalled and angered” by Labour’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism and said Mr Corbyn was surrounded by a “Stalinist clique”.
Labour has suggested that MPs who join the Independent Group should call by-elections. Meanwhile, there’s mounting speculation that some Conservative MPs, disillusioned with the government’s policy on Brexit, could join forces with the group. Ms Ryan, who represents Enfield North, was a minister under Tony Blair.
Brexit: Theresa May in further talks
The prime minister is off to Brussels once more, as she takes part in Brexit talks aimed at ending the impasse over the Irish border question. Theresa May wants to renegotiate the backstop – the insurance policy to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border in the event of a no-deal Brexit. She is expected to request legally binding assurances that the backstop will not extend indefinitely.
But the EU says a renegotiation isn’t possible, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker adding that he doesn’t predict a “breakthrough” at these talks. Brush up on your Brexit knowledge using our very simple guide.
The Pope’s biggest challenge
By Martin Bashir, religion editor
In an effort to deal with the sex scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope has convened an extraordinary summit of bishops in Rome. This follows his recent, unprompted, admission that priests had exploited nuns as “sex slaves” at a convent in France.
Pope Francis is under serious pressure to provide leadership and generate workable solutions to what is the most pressing crisis facing the modern Church.
What the papers say
Shamima Begum features on several front pages, following the news that the 19-year-old who joined the IS group in Syria aged 15 is to lose her UK citizenship. The Daily Express says the decision was reached after Ms Begum showed no remorse, and the Daily Mail describes the move as a “dramatic gamble” by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. Meanwhile, the i says Conservatives are on “high alert”, with several MPs on the brink of joining the Independent Group formed by Labour MPs who quit their party this week. And the Guardian uses the headline “Exit the Kaiser” as it reports on the death of the German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.
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