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DR Congo: Kidnapped Brits ‘very grateful’ after release

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Image caption The pair were abducted north of the city of Goma, North Kivu province

Two Britons kidnapped in a national park in DR Congo have said they are “very grateful” after their release.

Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty were among three people held when their vehicle was ambushed in Virunga National Park on Friday.

They paid tribute to the “excellent support” they had received and said they would not comment any further.

Park ranger Rachel Masika Baraka was killed by the kidnappers; a driver was injured and released.

The 25-year-old ranger is the eighth to be murdered at the park this year.

Park director Emmanuel de Merode said: “Ranger Baraka’s life was tragically cut short in service to Virunga National Park.

“She was one of the park’s 26 female rangers and was highly committed, showing true bravery in her work.

“We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to her family, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident.”

The park declined to say how the two Britons came to be released and if the kidnappers had been detained.

Ms Davies and Mr Jesty said in a statement released by the Foreign Office: “We are very relieved that there has been a positive outcome to the kidnapping and are very grateful for the excellent support we have received. We do not plan to comment further.”

Virunga National Park covers some 3,000 sq miles (7,800 sq km) and runs along the border with Uganda and Rwanda.

The park, which is a Unesco world heritage site, is home to critically-endangered mountain gorillas, lions, elephants and hippos.

The Foreign Office currently – and before the kidnapping – advises against travelling to the area.

“The opportunities for gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu are limited, and armed groups are sometimes active within the park,” the advice says.

“Tourists in eastern DRC have been known to be left very vulnerable as a result of trying to travel independently without escorted transport, and the risk of kidnap or injury as a result of armed or criminal activity remains high.”

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Liverpool 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Mohamed Salah has scored 44 goals in 51 games for Liverpool in all competitions this season

Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League scoring record as Liverpool sealed a place in next season’s Champions League with an emphatic victory over Brighton, and manager Jurgen Klopp believes the forward can “still improve so much”.

It was an impressive Liverpool performance on a perfect sunny afternoon at Anfield and Klopp’s side lingered long after the final whistle, soaking up the celebratory atmosphere with the Champions League final against Real Madrid to come on 26 May.

“Two weeks’ break is perfect for us,” said Klopp. “We will be ready for the final. This group of players really deserve it. They keep moving to the next level.”

Salah was the centre of attention as he was feted on his side’s home pitch after the match. There was the Golden Boot for Premier League’s top scorer to be presented, the club’s player of the year trophy too. The forward was clearly moved, and he shared the moment with his wife and young daughter.

It was his record goal that set the Reds on course to blowing Brighton away. The opener, a low finish from Dominic Solanke’s pass, was his 32nd goal of the campaign – the most by a player in a 38-game Premier League season.

Dejan Lovren doubled the lead by powerfully heading in Andrew Robertson’s cross and after the break it was more of the same – Liverpool continued to dominate.

Solanke smashed in his first goal for the club off the underside of the bar, having met Salah’s lay-off at the end of a strong run, while full-back Andrew Robertson also got his first Liverpool goal, sweeping in from close range with five minutes to play.

Liverpool would have slipped out of the top four had they lost and Chelsea beaten Newcastle, but they made sure the Blues’ result – a 3-0 defeat at St James’ Park – was irrelevant.

Victory meant the Reds matched their fourth-place finish of last season – they would have moved up to third had Tottenham not edged a thrilling 5-4 win at home to Leicester – while Brighton ended their first top-flight campaign since 1983 in the safety of 15th.

Salah the record breaker

What a remarkable season it has been for Egypt forward Salah, who signed from Roma for £34m last summer.

Some doubted his ability to perform in England following his disappointing spell at Chelsea, but the goal that broke the Premier League record was his 44th in 51 games for Liverpool in all competitions this season.

Alan Shearer scored 31 Premier League goals for Blackburn in 1995-96, Cristiano Ronaldo did the same for Manchester United in 2007-08, and Luis Suarez netted 31 for Liverpool in 2013-14.

Shearer, for Blackburn in 1994-95, and Andy Cole, for Newcastle United in 1993-94, jointly hold the Premier League scoring record for a 42-match season – with 34 goals.

Perhaps that total is what Salah was thinking of when he was taken off just before Liverpool’s fourth, visibly disappointed. He left with Brighton at their most vulnerable, weary and exhausted from an afternoon living on their nerves against Liverpool’s attack.

Earlier on Sunday, Salah added the Premier League’s Player of the Season award to the two other major individual prizes he was won this year – the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards.

But with the Champions League final against Real – winners of the past two tournaments – to come, the biggest piece of silverware is still to be settled.

Brighton beaten – but they will be back

Chris Hughton’s Brighton team can feel proud of what they have achieved this season. Many will have tipped them for relegation, but they have proved themselves more than capable of competing at English football’s elite level.

There was the impressive 3-0 victory at West Ham in October, March’s 2-1 home win over Arsenal at the end of a five-match unbeaten run, and a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, where they lost to Manchester United.

Revenge over United came in the shape of a 1-0 win that confirmed their Premier League status on 4 May, and survival was always the only aim for Brighton this season – Hughton said it “meant everything”.

But perhaps there will be a slight regret over their end-of-season form. The 4 March victory over Arsenal put the Seagulls 10th in the table, after which they fell sharply over a run of seven matches without a win.

A 10th-place finish would have earned them £21.4m in prize money – the take for finishing 15th will instead be £11.6m. Regardless, the most important thing has been achieved – they will be back next season.

Man of the match – Mohamed Salah

How can you overlook the man of the moment?

‘I had no clue about the record!’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told BBC Sport: “The boys had pressure on them – massive pressure for the last few weeks. It is fantastic to qualify for the Champions League. It’s a massive achievement.

Champions League qualification massive success – Jurgen Klopp

“We did it in an impressive manner. We tried to win the game from the first second. A point was enough but I have no real idea how to go for a point.

“We could have scored many more but I’m glad we didn’t. Brighton did not deserve that after a really good season.

“James Milner (who was left out of the squad) will be fine, just today was a bit early for him.

“I had no clue about (Salah’s) record. I took him off and then I heard that Tottenham had scored five – Harry Kane could have got them all! He has been brilliant and he can improve so much. He will score in the future, 100%.”

Liverpool were relentless – Hughton

Brighton boss Chris Hughton told BBC Sport: “It was a very hard afternoon for us. We knew when we came here we would have to play at a very high level and stay in the game but they caused us so many problems.

“The only disappointment was that we didn’t keep possession well enough today. The season as a whole, we have been in nearly every game and we have had good performances against the big clubs.

“We find it hard playing the top six away from home but our season shows more good than bad.”

‘Unmarkable, unplayable Salah’

BBC Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright

Salah was back to his best against Brighton. I’ve only seen him have two poor games all season: against Chelsea and Roma.

But he got his record-breaking goal and I think he should have had a penalty too.

He was unmarkable, unplayable. I was very surprised to see him play in some games recently because I would have been saving him.

But he’s scored against 17 teams and now he’s got the Golden Boot.

Another unbeaten season at home – the stats

  • Liverpool have gone unbeaten at home in a top-flight season for the seventh time, more than any other side
  • They have finished in the top four in consecutive Premier League seasons for the first time since a run of four campaigns between 2005-06 and 2008-09
  • Salah has scored against 17 different opponents in the league this season; a Premier League record
  • He has scored in 34 different club games in all competitions this season, at least four more than any other player in Europe’s big five leagues (Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, 30)

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Bafta TV Awards: Britain’s Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II win

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Image caption Amanda Holden, Declan Donnelly and Alesha Dixon were there to accept BGT’s prize

Britain’s Got Talent, Love Island and Blue Planet II were among the winners at this year’s Bafta Television Awards.

Declan Donnelly was at the ceremony to accept the entertainment programme prize for Britain’s Got Talent – but co-host Ant McPartlin wasn’t there.

Love Island won its first ever Bafta, for best reality show, while Casualty scooped its first Bafta for 11 years, for best soap or continuing drama.

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Image caption Love Island host Caroline Flack with the show’s Bafta

Sir David Attenborough picked up Blue Planet II’s Must See Moment prize.

That was the only award voted for by viewers, and it was for the scene showing a mother pilot whale refusing to let go of her dead calf.

Sir David told viewers: “We set out to try and show the seas, the oceans, for what they are – their beauty, their wonder, their splendour, their intricacy.

“But also the truth about what what we’re doing to them. The fact that that one particular moment rang a bell in the minds and consciences of people throughout this country is something that pleases all of us more than I can say.”

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Image caption Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II has had a far-reaching impact

Two Ant and Dec shows were nominated in the entertainment programme category – Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent.

In the end, BGT won. Dec went on stage with the show’s team to accept the award, but he didn’t speak from the podium. Ant missed the event because he’s taking “time off” following his drink-driving conviction.


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Elsewhere, Three Girls, based on the Rochdale abuse scandal, won two prizes – best mini-series and best actress for Molly Windsor.

She told the ceremony: “Three Girls was born out of the courage of the real three girls, and the real Holly, Amber and Ruby who told their story over and over and over and told it again to us.

“I just want to say thank you for recognising how selfless that is and how brave that is.”

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Image caption Rio Ferdinand’s documentary about life after the death of his wife won best single documentary

Three Girls was one of a string of dramas inspired by real-life crimes to be honoured. Murdered For Being Different, about the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007, was named best single drama.

And Brian F O’Byrne, who played the father of murdered Rhys Jones in ITV’s docudrama Little Boy Blue, was named best supporting actor.

He dedicated the award to Rhys, who was 11 when he was shot dead in Liverpool in 2007.

“It’s kind of difficult to get an award to play somebody who is living and who is at home tonight, like the last 10 years, suffering grief for the loss of their child,” he said.

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Image caption Daisy May Cooper wore a Swindon Town dress to the ceremony

Gangster epic Peaky Blinders beat shows like Line of Duty and The Crown to the coveted prize for best drama series.

Peaky Blinders, which has gone from strength to strength over four series, had never won a Bafta TV Award before and had just one nomination this year.

Creator Steven Knight said the win “means a lot to all of the team” – but did express his disappointment at the fact its stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson weren’t nominated.

“Soon maybe they will be here as well because I think they deserve to be,” he said.

Line of Duty, which had led the nominations with four, ended up empty-handed.

BBC Three mockumentary This Country won two awards – best scripted comedy and best female performance in a comedy programme for Daisy May Cooper.

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Image caption Vanessa Kirby won best supporting actress for playing Princess Margaret in The Crown

Other winners included:

  • Leading actor: Sean Bean – Broken
  • Supporting actress: Vanessa Kirby – The Crown
  • Entertainment performance: Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
  • Male performance in a comedy programme: Toby Jones – Detectorists
  • Feature: Cruising with Jane McDonald
  • Single documentary: Rio Ferdinand – Being Mum and Dad
  • All the nominees and winners in full

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The ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall was hosted by Sue Perkins, who delivered an opening monologue that put a focus on politics, gender equality and revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.

Mentioning Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who, she joked: “I think Jodie is the perfect choice… if anyone has experience fighting off grotesque monsters, it’s an actress.”

Many of the guests wore badges on the red carpet in support of the Time’s Up movement.


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Surabaya church attacks: Indonesian family of bombers ‘had been to Syria’

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Media captionSurabaya is in shock over the deadly bombings

A family of six who carried out three church bombings in Indonesia had returned from Syria, police say.

The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, which killed at least 13 people on Sunday.

A mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while the father and two sons targeted two others in Indonesia’s second city, Surabaya.

National police chief Tito Karnavian said they belonged to an IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Police say the family were among hundreds of Indonesians who had returned from Syria, where IS has been fighting government forces. No details were given about the family’s alleged involvement in that conflict.

The bombings are the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, and also left more than 40 people injured.

Visiting the scene of one of the attacks, President Joko Widodo described them as “barbaric”, adding that he had ordered police to “look into and break up networks of perpetrators”.

  • Why is Indonesia a target for militants?
  • Inside the home of Indonesia’s most notorious IS militant

How did the family stage the attack?

Police identified the father as Dita Futrianto, saying he was the head of a local JAD cell.

He reportedly dropped off his wife, Puji Kuswati, and their two daughters at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church, where they blew themselves up. The girls – aged 9 and 12 – had bombs strapped to them, as did their mother.

Futrianto then drove off, launching his own bomb-laden car into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, police said.

The sons – aged 16 and 18 – rode motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church, and detonated explosives they were carrying. It was their attack that came first, at around 07:30 local time (00:30 GMT). The other two attacks followed five minutes apart, police said.

A security guard told the Associated Press news agency that the woman had arrived at the Diponegoro church carrying two bags, and forced her way inside ignoring the guards.

“Suddenly, she hugged a civilian, then [the bomb] exploded,” said the eyewitness, who identified himself as Antonius.

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Image caption A burnt-out car in front of one of the bombed churches in Surabaya

What happened next?

Later on Sunday, another bomb exploded at an apartment complex in Surabaya, killing three people, according to AFP news agency.

East Java’s police chief, Mahfud Arifin, said that those killed at the apartment were the perpetrators, not victims.

It is not yet known if this bombing was connected to the other attacks.

Officials reportedly foiled attacks against other churches too.

Also on Sunday, police said they killed four suspected members of JAD in Cianjur, in West Java province, and arrested two others.

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Image caption Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) visited the bomb sites on Sunday

How does this compare to previous attacks?

This appears to be the worst attack linked to IS in Indonesia. The group claimed its first attack in the country in 2016, when four civilians were killed in explosions and shootings in the capital Jakarta.

It has also claimed other attacks, including one in a high-security prison near Jakarta which killed five members of security forces earlier this month.

But the country’s deadliest jihadist attacks predate IS.

In 2002, over 200 people were killed in two bombings carried out by al-Qaeda-linked militants on the island of Bali, a popular tourist destination.

In May 2005, bomb blasts killed 22 on the island of Sulawesi. Less than six months later, a suicide bombing in Bali killed 20.

The BBC’s Rebecca Henschke in Jakarta says Indonesia had been widely praised for its anti-terrorism crackdown since then, but the rise of IS overseas has invigorated the country’s loosely constituted jihadi networks.

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Jerusalem embassy: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive for Monday opening

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Image caption Ivanka Trump greets US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with her husband Jared Kushner (R) at Ben Gurion International Airport

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have arrived in Israel ahead of the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

The couple – both senior White House advisers – will attend the ceremony. Mr Trump himself will not be there.

His decision to move operations from Tel Aviv angered Palestinians.

The plan was brought forward to coincide with the state of Israel’s 70th anniversary.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided” capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war – as the capital of a future state.

Mr Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital broke with decades of US neutrality on the issue and put it out of step with most of the international community.

  • Why do evangelicals support Trump on Jerusalem?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the embassy move was a reason for celebration and called on other nations to follow suit.

“I call on all countries to join the US in moving their embassies to Jerusalem,” Mr Netanyahu said, adding: “It’s the right thing to do… because it advances peace.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has described Mr Trump’s decision to move the embassy as the “slap of the century”.

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Image caption The US consulate that will act as America’s interim embassy in Jerusalem

A small interim embassy will open inside the existing US consulate building in Jerusalem on Monday, while a larger site will be found later when the rest of the embassy moves from Tel Aviv.

Who will attend?

President Trump is expected to address attendees at Monday’s event via video link.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will be there in person, alongside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

Mr Kushner is set to meet Israel’s prime minister on Sunday afternoon, according to the local press.

The European Union has voiced strong objections to the embassy move, and most EU ambassadors in Israel will be boycotting the event.

However, dozens of other foreign diplomats are expected, including representatives from Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic – countries which reportedly blocked a joint EU statement on the issue.

The presidents of Guatemala and Paraguay are also set to attend; both countries decided to move their embassies to Jerusalem after Mr Trump made his announcement.

Why is the move so controversial?

The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem is not recognised internationally and, according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

  • What makes Jerusalem so holy?

Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem. These are considered illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.

Various countries once had embassies based in Jerusalem but many moved after a 1980 law saw the country explicitly claim the city’s east, despite UN objections.

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Why is the situation so tense?

The timing of the embassy move has led to concerns about increased tension in Gaza.

Since the end of March, more than 40 Palestinians have been killed in protests at the border.

The day after Israel marks its anniversary, Palestinians commemorate what they refer to as the Nakba or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of their people fled their homes or were displaced following the foundation of the Israeli state in 1948.

Organisers call the rolling protests the Great March of Return, which is set to culminate on Tuesday.

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein accused Israel of using “excessive force”. Israel maintains it has acted legitimately to protect its civilians from militants trying to breach the border.

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Levante 5-4 Barcelona

Emmanuel Boateng scored his first hat-trick to inflict Ernesto Valverde’s first league defeat as Barcelona boss

Barcelona’s dream of going a whole La Liga season unbeaten ended in their penultimate game as they were beaten by lowly Levante in a remarkable match.

The hosts moved into a 5-1 lead, with Emmanuel Boateng scoring a hat-trick and Enis Bardhi netting twice.

Barca’s Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick of his own and Luis Suarez netted a penalty to set up a tense finale.

But the champions could not find an equaliser as they fell to a first La Liga defeat in 44 games.

Ernesto Valverde, beaten in the league for the first time as Barcelona boss, may regret his decision to rest top scorer Lionel Messi for the trip to 15th-placed Levante.

After coming through their game against Real Madrid unbeaten last weekend, it looked as though history beckoned for Barcelona.

No side have gone an entire Spanish top flight season unbeaten since the 1930s, when there were only 18 games in a season.

But they fell just short in a match that almost defied logic – they had only conceded 24 goals in their opening 36 games.

With the league and cup double already wrapped up, and their Champions League run long over, it makes next Sunday’s final game against Real Sociedad largely irrelevant – except to send off departing captain Andres Iniesta.

How the mayhem unfolded

Andres Iniesta was replaced to a standing ovation from both sets of fans at 5-2

9 mins: 1-0 – Boateng opens the scoring, via the crossbar, after good play by Jose Luis Morales

13 mins: Almost a second goal as Bardhi hits the post from close range

30 mins: 2-0 – with Thomas Vermaelen off the pitch injured, Boateng goes round goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and slams into an empty net after evading defender Nelson Semedo

38 mins: 2-1 – Luis Suarez finds Coutinho, whose 20-yard shot is deflected into the net

46 mins: 3-1 – less than a minute into the second half Bardhi curls a fabulous effort home from the edge of the box

49 mins: 4-1 – Boateng scores the first hat-trick of his career as he smashes home a first-time effort from former Aston Villa defender Antonio Luna’s pass

56 mins: 5-1 – Levante are in dreamland. Barcelona leave too much space at the back and Roger Marti plays the ball to Bardhi, who smashes home

59 mins: 5-2 – Coutinho slams home from close range after Suarez’s shot is blocked, but surely they cannot come back?

64 mins: 5-3 – Coutinho joins Boateng in the hat-trick club with another deflected shot from outside the box – but they still need two more

71 mins: 5-4 – Suarez scores a penalty after Sergio Busquets is fouled, and at this stage a comeback looks likely

90 mins: Levante should make it 6-4 as Busquets’ backpass does not find his keeper – but Ruben Rochina puts it wide from close range

94 mins: The full-time whistle goes to spark huge celebrations at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, and probably in Madrid too

Famous win for Levante

Levante have now won five consecutive La Liga games

Barcelona should have expected a difficult evening at Levante, who have had a dramatic revival under boss Paco Lopez.

When he was promoted from his role as reserve-team boss in March, the club were only one point above the relegation zone.

But they have now won eight of their 10 games since his appointment – to take them 17 points clear of the bottom three.

Lopez said it would be “historic” for Levante, in their first season back in the top flight following promotion, to beat Barcelona and there were big celebrations at the final whistle on a famous night for the club nicknamed the Frogs.

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Surabaya church attacks: One family responsible, police say

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A family of six, including a nine-year-old girl, were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya, police say.

At least 13 people died in Sunday’s bombings, which the Islamic State group has claimed.

The mother and two daughters blew themselves up at one church, while the father and two sons targeted two others.

The family had recently spent time in Syria, according to the police.

The bombings are the deadliest in Indonesia since 2005, and they have also left dozens of people injured.

  • Why is Indonesia a target for militants?
  • Inside the home of Indonesia’s most notorious IS militant

Police chief Tito Karnavian said the family belonged to an Indonesian IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

What do we know about Sunday’s attack?

The father drove a bomb-laden car into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, police said.

The mother and her two daughters – aged 9 and 12 – had bombs strapped to them and blew themselves up at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church.

The family’s sons – aged 16 and 18 – rode motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church, and detonated explosives they were carrying. It was their attack that came first, at around 07:30 local time (00:30 GMT). The other two attacks followed five minutes apart, police said, according to the Jakarta Post.

Officials reportedly foiled attacks against other churches.

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Image caption Police helped people looking for missing loved ones after the attacks

Visiting the scene of one of the bombings, President Joko Widodo described the attacks as “barbaric”, adding that he had ordered police to “look into and break up networks of perpetrators”.

Also on Sunday, police said they killed four suspected members of JAD in Cianjur, West Java, and arrested two others.

Rising intolerance

By BBC Indonesia Editor Rebecca Henschke

The blasts were co-ordinated to hit those coming to morning services and were over within the space of just 10 minutes.

In recent years women have become increasingly active in terrorist cells in Indonesia but this would be the first time children have been used.

Indonesia had been widely praised for its sustained anti-terrorism crackdown following the 2002 Bali bombings. It has managed a seemingly successful combination of arrests and killings, alongside a de-radicalisation program that focused on changing minds and providing alternative incomes for released terrorists.

But the rise of IS overseas has invigorated the loosely constituted jihadi networks.

There has also been rising intolerance in recent years in this once tolerant, pluralist, majority-Muslim nation, which has made minority groups increasingly uncomfortable.

How does this compare to previous attacks?

This appears to be the worst attack linked to IS in Indonesia.

The group claimed its first attack in the country in January 2016, when four civilians were killed in a series of explosions and shootings in the capital Jakarta.

It has also claimed other attacks, such as violence earlier this month in a high-security prison near Jakarta, in which five members of security forces were killed.

But the country’s deadliest jihadist attacks predate IS.

In 2002, over 200 people were killed in two bombings carried out by al-Qaeda-linked militants outside a bar and nightclub on the island of Bali, a popular tourist destination.

In May 2005, bomb blasts killed 22 on the island of Sulawesi. Less than six months later, a suicide bombing in Bali killed 20.

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Theresa May raises jailed Britons’ cases with Iran

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The prime minister has raised the cases of the dual nationals being held in Iran with the country’s president.

In a telephone call, Theresa May urged Hassan Rouhani to make further progress over the release of British-Iranians “on humanitarian grounds”.

Mrs May also reiterated the UK’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, which the US pulled out of last week.

Downing Street said both leaders agreed to keep in contact about both topics ahead of a Brussels meeting on Tuesday.

There are nearly 30 dual nationals being held by the Iranian authorities – many of whom are accused of security offences.

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Last month, London’s Imperial College professor Abbas Edalat was detained while reportedly attending an academic workshop in Tehran.

Another case is that of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, who is currently serving a five-year prison sentence, after being convicted of spying charges. She has always denied the claims.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in 2016 during a holiday to introduce her baby daughter Gabriella to her parents.

‘Avoid provocation’

Meanwhile, Mrs May also used the phone call to bolster the European support for the Iran nuclear deal – designed to prevent the country developing atomic weapons.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, which was one of his election pledges, but the UK, Germany and France remain “firmly committed” to upholding it.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “[Mrs May said] it is in both the UK and Iran’s national security interests to maintain the deal and welcomed president Rouhani’s public commitment to abide by its terms, adding that it is essential that Iran continues to meet its obligations.

“The prime minister made clear that the UK condemns the Iranian missile attacks against Israeli forces and called on Iran to refrain from any further attacks.

“She said it was important to avoid provocative actions to ensure peace and security in the region.”

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Escaped horses force M11 closure near Harlow

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Drivers were stranded on a motorway for more than two hours after 12 horses escaped onto the carriageway.

Police were forced to close the M11 near Harlow, Essex, on Saturday night while the animals were rounded up.

The motorway was shut in both directions between junctions 6 and 7 from about 23:50 BST, and did not reopen until 02:00.

Eleven of the horses were coaxed back into a field, while the last one was taken away in a horsebox.

Motorists stuck in the traffic took to social media, with many branding it “#M11horsegate”.

Reality TV star Jodie Marsh tweeted she had been caught in queuing traffic, saying: “Just got home after being stuck for over two hours on the #M11 because 12 horses were loose on the motorway.

“It wasn’t too bad actually; we had quite a laugh in the car and we’re assured the horses are safe.”

Another Twitter user, Joanna Chivers, said: “At least I can say I was there for the great M11 horse round-up of 2018!”

Others were not quite so happy about the lengthy delays.

Former MP Brooks Newmark tweeted that traffic had not moved for two and a half hours and “@HighwaysEngland and @M11Info have been utterly useless keeping us informed as to what is going on. Traffic must be backed up several miles by now. #M11horsegate #M11”.

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Queen consents to Harry and Meghan’s marriage

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A picture of the Queen’s written consent, allowing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry, has been released by Buckingham Palace.

The Instrument of Consent was signed by the Queen in March. The first six people in line to the throne must seek the Queen’s approval to marry.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to be wed on 19 May in Windsor.

Without the Queen’s consent Prince Harry would have been disqualified from the line of succession.

The Instrument of Consent says: “Now know ye that we have consented and do by these presents signify our consent to the contracting of matrimony between our most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales KCVO and Rachel Meghan Markle.”

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The Instrument of Consent began after the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.

It required descendents of George II to get the sovereign’s consent before they wed, otherwise their marriages would be invalid.

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Image caption The Queen’s Great Seal of the Realm is included with the document

The Royal Marriages Act was ordered by King George III – King George II’s grandson.

The law came after King George III’s younger brother, the Duke of Cumberland, secretly married Lady Anne Horton, deemed to be the highly disreputable widow of a commoner.

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The law was repealed and replaced with the Succession to the Crown Act 2013. As a result a member of the Royal Family can marry a Roman Catholic (but a Roman Catholic cannot become King or Queen).

The act also removed male bias from the line of succession.

The first six people in line to the throne need to obtain the Queen’s permission. With the birth of Prince Louis, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, Prince Harry is now sixth in line to the throne.

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Image caption Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding service will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

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