Isis suicide bomber ‘was Briton freed from Guantánamo’

The terror group released an image of a smiling man, whom it gave the nom de guerre Abu-Zakariya al-Britani. Leon Jameson told the paper his brother al-Harith had “wasted his life”. Al-Harith was reportedly awarded compensation after claiming that British agents knew he was being mistreated during the time he was held without charge at Guantánamo. They would sit together and huddle around their laptops and watch Isis videos together and discuss them and everything. She turned instead to people smugglers, who took her to Aleppo, where she was held captive along with her children.

February 22, 2017 01:26 UTC

Conservative is favourite in Ecuador vote

Guillermo Lasso is favourite to win a run-off in the presidential elections, ending ten years of leftist rule Dolores Ochoa/Associated PressA decade of leftist rule in Ecuador may be about to end after the governing party’s candidate was forced into a second round of voting in presidential elections. With 95 per cent of votes counted, Lenín Moreno, 63 — the nominated successor to Rafael Correa, 53, the departing president — had 39.21 per cent of the votes, just short of the 40 per cent needed to avoid a run-off. He will face Guillermo Lasso, a former banker, who came second with 28.34 per cent. Mr Lasso, 61, is now the favourite in the April 2 vote after the fractured conservative opposition, which fielded competing candidates in the first round, pledged to unite behind him. Ecuador’s electoral council declared that the election would go to a…

February 22, 2017 01:13 UTC

Britons found murdered in South Africa

A British couple have been murdered in South Africa by armed robbers who dumped their bodies in a river. Roger and Christine Solik, from Abercynon, south Wales, were killed at their farmland estate after intruders broke in and tied them up. The couple had moved to South Africa in 1981. The body of Mrs Solik, 57, was found in the river 45 miles from their home in the town of Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal. The body of her husband, 66, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, was found the next day nearly two miles away.

February 22, 2017 00:57 UTC

New mothers ‘denied care for mental health problems’

Suicide is a leading cause of death among women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, but only one in 14 manages to see a mental health specialist Katie Collins/Press AssociationWomen suffering post-natal depression and a range of other mental health problems before and after childbirth are being denied the help they need, with only one in 14 managing to see a specialist, a study has found. Researchers also said that pregnant and breastfeeding women received conflicting advice over whether or not to take medication, with no particular consensus among doctors about whether pills may harm the baby. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) conducted the study of more than 2,300 women who had given birth in the past five years to evaluate the help they had received. Two thirds had experienced “low mood”, about half had felt anxiety and just over a third experienced depression. Just 7 per cent of the women…

February 22, 2017 00:57 UTC

Experts get to the bottom of tomato sauce problem

Scientists have achieved the optimal flow of ketchup onto chips by coating the inside of the bottle with a porous texture Getty ImagesScientists are hoping to shake up food packaging by solving the problem of all-or-nothing tomato ketchup bottles. The LiquiGlide company said that the funding would enable it to bring the technology to more packaging makers. To achieve optimal flow on to your sausage and chips, the inside surface of one of LiquiGlide’s bottles is coated with a porous texture. This is treated with a thin layer of an edible liquid lubricant, which fills the tiny troughs to cling to the bottle’s sides. The slippery surface prevents the contents from…

February 22, 2017 00:56 UTC

Middle earners unable to afford their own home

In 1997, first-time buyers had to save for three years to afford the deposit on a house. Now the same household would need to put money aside for 20 years Andrew Matthews/Press AssociationFewer than half of low to middle-income families in Britain are able to afford a house, figures have shown. This may come as little surprise to homebuyers in a country where house prices have tripled in the past two decades. First-time buyers must now spend six to 12 times their salary to get on the ladder, compared with half that in the 1990s. The Resolution Foundation low income living standards think tank calculated that in 1997 a low or middle-income household needed to put money aside for three years to afford the deposit…

February 22, 2017 00:46 UTC

Guardiola: comeback win over Monaco enhances Manchester City's Champions League pedigree – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that his side’s exhilarating 5-3 victory over Monaco on Tuesday night adds to the club’s credentials in the Champions League. City fell behind twice in the game but fought back to give themselves a two-goal lead before the second leg of the tie. Guardiola thinks City will need to score in Monaco to guarantee their place in the last eight

February 22, 2017 00:45 UTC

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola: if we do not score in Monaco we will go out

Pep Guardiola said Manchester City will be eliminated from the Champions League if they fail to score in Monaco, despite holding a 5-3 lead from an extraordinary encounter at the Etihad Stadium. If one team can score a thousand million goals, it’s Monaco. We are going to fly to Monaco to score as many goals as possible. We will adjust some things, they will adjust some things but we have to score goals. “Next question, next question, next question,” he said.

February 22, 2017 00:24 UTC

‘My job was picking up litter but it beat being shut in an academy’

Adil Rami fell through the cracks. Before he won Ligue 1 with Lille, before he lifted the Europa League with Seville, before he played in two European Championships for France, he was one of the kids who never made it. He was 20 years old, working for the city council in his hometown of Fréjus and playing for the local amateur side at weekends. At an age when 99.9 per cent of professional footballers have already been discovered, his ascent to the pinnacle of the game began, quite literally, in the gutter. Among various menial jobs that he did for the council — he also worked as a mechanic and scrubbed graffiti off walls — Rami was employed as a litter-picker, trudging the streets in a high-vis…

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC

Brexit fears hamper university hiring

The principal of the University of Glasgow said that potential staff had passed up the chance to join the institution due to uncertainty over access to European research funding PA:Press Association ArchiveOverseas academics have turned down job opportunities at one of Scotland’s leading universities because of concerns over Brexit. Anton Muscatelli, the principal of the University of Glasgow, said that potential staff had passed up the chance to join the institution due to uncertainty over access to European research funding. The Italian-born academic said: “There have been at least three instances over the last six months where we were trying to attract senior professorial level appointments, not all EU by the way, some were non-EU, but they wanted to come into the European research area. “And [they] basically said: ‘You know there’s uncertainty at the moment whether the UK will be part of the European research area and therefore we will wait and see.’ ”Professor…

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC

Rooney on brink of United exit

Rooney’s importance to the United first team has diminished since Mourinho replaced Van Gaal as manager last summer Jan Kruger/Getty ImagesWayne Rooney’s time at Manchester United appears to be drawing to an end after José Mourinho revealed last night that he could even have played his last game for the club. On the eve of tonight’s Europa League match against Saint-Étienne, Mourinho conceded that Rooney might leave Old Trafford in a big- money deal before the Chinese transfer window closes on Tuesday. Rooney’s importance to the United first team has diminished since Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as manager last summer. The United captain has started only eight league games under Mourinho this season and The Times understands that Rooney has decided that he will end his 13-year association with the club in the summer unless he gets to play on a more regular basis…

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC

Wales to name unchanged back row

Faletau played his first full game of the season as Bath beat Harlequins on Saturday but he will not be included in the Wales side to face Scotland Henry Browne/ReutersWales are set to stick with the same back row that started against England for their game against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty will keep their places, with Taulupe Faletau again confined to the bench. Moriarty was surprisingly taken off after 53 minutes of the defeat by England at the Principality Stadium and with Faletau, his replacement, having played a full match for Bath on Saturday, a selection problem was looming for interim head coach Rob Howley. However, The Times understands that the decision has already been made before the team is announced tomorrow. Moriarty impressed against England last time out Marc Aspland for The TimesShaun Edwards, the defence coach, said yesterday: “I thought our back row played pretty well last time.”Faletau, who had not played since Christmas…

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC

Smiling suicide bomber was British convert released from Guantanamo

When he returned to Manchester from Cuba, Jamal al-Harith was hailed as an innocent man who had simply found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was paid £1 million by a government desperate to keep under wraps his allegations of British complicity in his interrogation and claims of torture and humiliation. The British convert’s death in Iraq at the wheel of a ramshackle armoured 4x4 laden with explosives as an Islamic State militant has cast a long shadow over his fight for justice. It was still not clear last night who or how many were injured or killed by Harith’s kamikaze mission when he ploughed into the militia base near Mosul, in northern Iraq, on Monday morning. The treatment that he…

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC

Two-second delay stresses out smartphone generation

A delay of only two seconds uploading a selfie was enough to cause significant stress among participants in the study Getty ImagesFeeling tense? It could be your internet connection. A delay of as little as two seconds downloading material to a smartphone is enough to cause users’ stress levels and heart rate to jump, leading telecoms companies have found. The results showed that even small delays and disturbances in the speed at which they could access the internet raised their tension levels. This had a direct impact on their loyalty to, and opinion of, their broadband provider.

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC

Cardinal Desmond Connell dies aged 90

The Most Rev Desmond Connell was the first Archbishop of Dublin to be appointed cardinal in nearly 120 years ROLLINGNEWSCardinal Desmond Connell, the former Archbishop of Dublin criticised for his role in a Catholic church cover-up of child sex abuse, has died aged 90. The cleric had been ill for some time and passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday night, the Dublin archdiocese confirmed in a statement. Born in the capital in 1926, Cardinal Connell was appointed Archbishop of Dublin in 1988 after the death of his predecessor, the Most Rev Kevin McNamara. A noted Catholic theologian and academic for much of his career, his appointment surprised many and some thought he was not suited to the high-ranking public role given his lack of pastoral experience. The archbishop was elevated again in 2001 when he was made the first Dublin-based cardinal in…

February 22, 2017 00:05 UTC