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Live Sunak to tell Netanyahu to ‘show restraint’ in first direct phone call

How Iran’s attack on Israel unfolded – minute by minute

Rishi Sunak will tell Benjamin Netanyahu to “show restraint” in his first direct phone call with the Israeli prime minister since the Iran attack.

Mr Sunak told Parliament he would call Mr Netanyahu to urge caution as Israel considers its retaliation options.

“I will also shortly be speaking to Prime Minister Netanyahu to express our solidarity with Israel in the face of this attack, and to discuss how we can prevent further escalation,” Mr Sunak told MPs. “All sides must show restraint.”

Mr Netanyahu is locked in talks with his war cabinet over how to respond to Iran’s first ever direct attack on Israel.

Mr Sunak also told MPs that Tehran had tried to “plunge the Middle East into a new crisis” with the attack on Israeli territory, which was thwarted with help from RAF fighter jets.

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Bishop stabbed during live stream at Sydney church

A Christian bishop in Sydney was stabbed during a Mass that was being live streamed in an attack in which at least three others were injured.

The stabbing is the second knife assault in Australia’s largest city in just two days.

Graphic video showed a man dressed in black approach the altar of the Christ the Good Shepherd Church and launch a furious attack on the head and upper body of Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel, a senior figure in the Assyrian Orthodox Church.

As he was stabbed, people in the congregation started screaming and some rushed to his aid. At least three people suffered knife injuries in the melee that followed, according to the NSW ambulance service.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, authorities said.

The attacker was arrested at the scene, with New South Wales police saying he had been “removed from the church and taken to an undisclosed location”.

Angry crowds congregated outside the church, demanding vengeance for the attack. Hundreds of people tried to push past a phalanx of riot police to reach the suspect as officers with riot shields pushed them back.

Other protesters threw projectiles at police as the confrontation continued into the night and several police vehicles had their windows smashed.

A police officer told the Sydney Morning Herald: “The crowd was attacking us, throwing things and being aggressive as we tried to help their bishop. I said to them ‘we are not your enemy’.”

The attack came just two days after a lone knifeman killed six people in a stabbing rampage at a Westfield shopping centre in Bondi Junction on Saturday afternoon. A dozen people were injured before the attacker, Joel Cauchi, a man from Queensland with mental health problems, was shot dead.

The latest attack happened in a suburb called Wakeley, about 18 miles west of Bondi Junction.

The neighbourhood is a focus for a small Christian Assyrian community, many of whom fled persecution and war in Iraq and Syria.

There was no suggestion that the attacks were in any way related.

Chris Minns, the premier of New South Wales, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and first responders who are working to keep us safe. It’s important that the community remain calm and continue to listen and act to the directions of police and emergency services. We are a strong community in NSW and it’s important that we all stick together, particularly in the face of adversity.”

The attack on the bishop was condemned by leaders of several faiths.

Alex Ryvchin, from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that he was “horrified by the stabbing attack on a bishop at an Assyrian Church in Sydney”.

He said he stood in solidarity “with the beautiful Assyrian community and pray that the injured recover fully in body and soul”.

Muslim leaders also deplored the attack, expressing “profound sadness and shock”.

The Australian National Imams Council said it “unequivocally” condemned the stabbing attack.

“These attacks are horrifying and have no place in Australia,” the council said in a statement.

For Australians, the church attack compounded the trauma of Saturday’s shopping centre knife rampage in a country in which such violence is rare.

Bishop Emmanuel has a reputation as a fire and brimstone preacher who expresses anti-LGBTQ+ views and was highly sceptical over lockdown measures and vaccinations during the Covid pandemic.

In May last year, a video posted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about a campaign targeting the LGBTQ+ community showed him saying during a sermon that “when a man calls himself a woman, he is neither a man nor a woman, you are not a human, then you are an it. Now, since you are an it, I will not address you as a human anymore because it is not my choosing, it is your choosing.”

Emmanuel was ordained a priest in 2009 and made a bishop in 2011. He is a popular figure on social media, with clips of his sermons garnering millions of views on platforms including TikTok and YouTube.

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Live Andrew Bailey should have quit over handling of mini-Budget, says Truss

Andrew Bailey should have resigned over his handling of the fallout from the mini-Budget, Liz Truss has suggested. 

Asked during an interview on LBC if she believed Mr Bailey should still be the Governor of the Bank of England, the former prime minister said: “No, I don’t. 

“I certainly think there should be a proper investigation into what happened in September 2022. And the actions the Bank of England took.

“The difficulty is the way that Gordon Brown set up the independence of the Bank of England in the statute books means it’s very hard to move a governor of the Bank of England on, but I think big mistakes have been made with monetary policy. 

“I think interest rates were too low for too long. I think quantitative easing has done a lot of damage to our economy.”

Ms Truss’s tax-cutting mini-Budget was delivered on Sept 23 2022 and the financial markets spiralled in the days that followed. Ms Truss quit No 10 just over a month later.

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Three men killed in car crash near London shopping centre

Three people have died and another has been critically injured in a car crash near a shopping centre in London.

Five men in their early 20s were in the same car when it was involved in an accident near Staples Corner retail park, in north-west London, at just before 11.30pm on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said. Investigators said no other cars were involved in the crash.

Police, fire and land and air ambulance crews were called to the scene, where the three men were pronounced dead and two others were taken to hospital. The fifth man’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Inspector William McDonald, who is based in Barnet, said: “Emergency services responded to what seems to have been a terrible accident.

“An urgent police investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances, led by detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit. 

“Officers are in the process of informing the families of the five young people. The families will be supported by specialist officers. I send them my sincere condolences.”

Witnesses can call police on 101, giving the reference 7502/14april.

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More than 500 migrants crossed Channel on Sunday in record daily high

More than 500 migrants crossed the Channel on Sunday – a new record daily high for this year, Home Office figures showed.

The figures revealed that 534 people reached the UK on Sunday, bringing the total for this year to 6,265 – up 28 per cent on the same point last year.

The numbers crossing the Channel so far this year are the highest on record, beating 2022’s total of 5,828 at the same point by seven per cent.

The surge in crossings comes despite a three-year, £480 million Anglo-French deal, agreed by Rishi Sunak last year, to pay for a doubling in officers patrolling French beaches to 800, a joint command centre and a detention centre to prevent migrants leaving France.

It coincides with Parliament resuming voting on the Government’s controversial Safety of Rwanda Bill on Monday as MPs return to the Commons. 

Ministers believe the Bill will be passed by Parliament by the end of the week, and aim to get the first flights off to Rwanda this spring.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the surge in migrants demonstrated why Parliament needed to pass the Bill in order to provide a deterrent to stop the boats.

“It is an unacceptable number of people who continue to cross the Channel. It demonstrates exactly why we must pass the Bill and get the flights off as soon as possible,” said the spokesman.

Some 10 boats were detected on Sunday, suggesting that an average of around 53 migrants per boat were brought ashore by Border Force and rescue services.

The increase in crossings reverses the trend last year, when numbers fell by 36 per cent from a record high of 45,774 in 2022 to 29,437.

Downing Street has acknowledged that there had been increases in the numbers crossing, but has said the weather, combined with more violence by people-smuggling gangs, was behind the rise.

“We know that criminal gangs will seek to exploit opportunities and weather, and we know also that the French police are facing increasing violence and disruption on the ground and French beaches,” said the spokesman.

“We need to keep stepping up our efforts and adapting to the gangs, who continually adapt their own tactics. But that’s why, alongside continuing that work, we have to fundamentally break the business model, and that’s what the Rwanda partnership will do.”

The Government’s Rwanda Bill – a key plank of Mr Sunak’s pledge to stop the boats – was delayed until after the Easter recess following a series of heavy defeats inflicted on the Government by the Lords.

MPs are expected to reject all the seven amendments backed by peers before sending it back to be considered by the upper house on Tuesday.

Labour and crossbench peers are expected to seek to reinstate at least three or four amendments to force a second round of parliamentary ping-pong.

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NHS bosses accused of ‘woke pandering’ with 21 genders or sexualities on hospital banner

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Salman Rushdie: I dreamt about being stabbed just before the attack

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