■ Schoolgirl’s family believe she was abducted in Malaysia
THE family of a 15-year-old London girl who disappeared from a nature resort in Malaysia have said they believe she has been abducted.
Nora Quoirin’s family say they discovered her missing from her bedroom at the Dusun resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state on Sunday morning, with the window left open, and considered it a criminal matter.
The police said there were no initial signs of foul play but Nora’s family said they had ‘no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost’.
Police have expanded the search for Nora, with more than 160 personnel now looking for the teenager, who has special needs, local media reported.
Those searching dense jungle and hilly terrain on foot and by helicopter include police, the fire and rescue services department, civil defence and the forestry department, Malaysia’s The Star reports.
■ Gove: Brussels is refusing to engage over Brexit talks
MICHAEL GOVE has accused the EU of refusing to engage in negotiations on a new Brexit deal amid a deepening war of words between Westminster and Brussels.
Mr Gove (pictured), the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who is in charge of no-deal preparations, said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the EU position, which was ‘not in Europe’s interests’.
In Brussels, the European Commission insisted it was open to talks but made clear Theresa May’s Brexit agreement was ‘the best possible deal’ Britain was going to get.
That position was underlined by Irish premier Leo Varadkar, who insisted that the Withdrawal Agreement — including the Northern Ireland backstop — could not be re-opened.
The latest exchanges followed reports from Brussels that EU officials had concluded that Boris Johnson’s new government had no intention of negotiating and that its ‘central scenario’ was a no-deal break on October 31.
■ Biden accuses Trump of ‘using the language’ of white nationalism
DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Joe Biden has accused president Donald Trump of using the language of white nationalism and said he would push for a federal buyback programme to encourage Americans to give up their military-style weapons and ammunition if elected.
The former vice president (pictured) said in an interview with CNN that the voluntary weapons buybacks would be in addition to his push for renewing a lapsed federal ban on new manufacturing and sales of such firearms, a prohibition he helped win in 1994 as a senator from Delaware, only to watch it expire a decade later.
He accused Mr Trump of ‘using the language of’ white nationalists, including the shooting suspect accused of killing 22 at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart over the weekend.
Yet Mr Biden stopped short of some of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination, including El Paso resident Beto O’Rourke and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, by declining to call Mr Trump himself a white supremacist.
■ M5 shut for 10 hours after police chase ends in crash
THE M5 motorway ground to a halt for 10 hours after a police pursuit ended in one of the force’s cars being involved in a crash.
Officers were attempting to stop a wanted man’s vehicle near Weston-super-Mare when the collision happened on the northbound carriageway between junctions 19 and 21.
The crash occurred just before 9.40pm yesterday evening, but the road remained closed for more than 10 hours as emergency crews attended and oil and debris were removed, with the last vehicle recovered at around 6.45am this morning.
Avon and Somerset Police said one of their officers was injured in the incident, as well as a 27-year-old man, who was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
■ Michael Buerk: Obese people are weak, not ill
VETERAN broadcaster Michael Buerk has said that obese people should be given the choice to indulge if they wish, and that they are ‘weak, not ill’.
The BBC presenter said that those who are obese may be making a ‘selfless sacrifice’ to stop the country being overpopulated if they die a decade earlier than the rest of the population.
Buerk wrote in the Radio Times magazine that he does not believe obesity should be classed as a disease in a bid to encourage people to seek treatment and to ‘reduce the stigma (of) fatness’, adding that ‘you’re fat because you eat too much’.
The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star queried Public Health England’s claim that overweight and obesity-related ill-health costs the NHS £6.1billion a year.
He said: ‘Who can calculate how much an obese person would have cost if they were slim?
‘How much would he or she cost if, instead of keeling over with a heart attack at 52, they live to a ripe, dementia-ridden old age, requiring decades of expensive care? (In any case, VAT on takeaways, confectionery and fizzy drinks more than covers it.)’