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Esther Dingley: Missing British hiker’s dental records being sent to France after ‘human bones’ found | World News



The dental records of missing British hiker Esther Dingley are being sent to French authorities following the discovery of possible human remains in the Pyrenees.

Ms Dingley, 37, was last seen walking alone in the mountains near the French-Spanish border on 22 November last year.

She was due to return from a three-day solo trek and travel home to the UK with her partner Dan Colegate but never returned.

Her mother Ria Byrant, 74, told The Sunday Times that French police have requested her daughter’s dental records after local police announced on Friday that they may have discovered human remains near her last known location.

“The dentist is sending a scan of Esther’s teeth. We have to send it to the consulate in Bordeaux,” she told the newspaper.

Ms Dingley had been travelling since 2014. Pic: LBT Global
Ms Dingley had been travelling since 2014. Pic: LBT Global

Ms Bryant moved to the Pyrenees in June to help look for her daughter.

She was planning to return to Britain this month, but told the paper she has changed her plans following the developments.

Charity LBT Global, which supports the families of missing people, previously said it was “aware of the discovery of what may be human remains close to the last known location of Esther Dingley”.

“The family have been informed of the discovery and we are supporting them now,” it wrote in a statement.

French police chief Jean Marc Bordinaro was quoted as saying: “We cannot say anything at the moment because the discovery of the bones is too recent and they must be properly analysed.”

Earlier this year Ms Dingley’s partner revealed authorities were “looking at options beyond a mountain accident“.

They had been travelling around Europe in a campervan together since 2014.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband urges foreign secretary to make case ‘top priority’ | World News



The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had “good” talks with Liz Truss, ahead of her meeting with the Iranian foreign minister to call for the immediate release of detained UK nationals.

Richard Ratcliffe told the foreign secretary during a 10-minute phone call on Sunday that his wife’s case should be the top priority and he wanted to see the government tackle hostage-taking head on.

Ms Truss later said she will push for UK nationals trapped in Iran to be released, during a meeting with Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the UN General Assembly in New York later.

Richard Radcliffe
Richard Ratcliffe spoke with Liz Truss

She is expected to bring up the cases of Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Anoosheh Ashoori and Morad Tahbaz.

Ms Truss said: “I will be asking Iran to ensure the immediate and permanent release of all arbitrarily detained British nationals in Iran, and to begin working with us to mend our fractured relations.”

She had earlier spoken to Mr Ratcliffe while at the airport before leaving for New York, and is said to have shared his concerns about the situation.

Mr Ratcliffe’s wife, a British-Iranian dual national, has been in custody in Iran since 2016 after being accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Mr Ratcliffe told the PA news agency: “It was nice to hear, considering she is three days into the new job, and is earlier than expected.

“I think it went well overall, she asked me how I wanted to see things – I told her that Nazanin has been used as a bargaining chip of the Iranian government for some time and that I wanted to see Iranian hostage-taking disincentivised.”

Mr Ratcliffe earlier said that he had given Ms Truss the names of 10 people he accuses of being involved with “hostage-taking” in Iran.

He called on the foreign secretary to ensure Iran is made aware this is an “unacceptable practice”.

Richard Ratcliffe is due to appear on Sky News this morning at around 7.35am.

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COP26: Boris Johnson admits it’s ‘going to be a stretch’ to secure $100bn in climate pledges | Politics News



Boris Johnson has admitted he is facing an uphill battle to convince world leaders to put up hard cash and hard commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

Speaking on his way to New York for the UN General Assembly Summit, the prime minister conceded he had a 40% chance of failure in securing the $100bn he needs in financial pledges from rich nations to help developing countries go green by the critical COP26 climate change summit in November.

“I think getting it all [the commitments] this week is going to be a stretch.

“But I think getting it done by COP – 6 out of 10. It’s going to be tough. People need to understand this is crucial for the world.

“By the end of October, countries are going to have to come up with bigger NDCs [nationally determined contributions] and showing what they’re going to do to cut CO2 emissions, not just by 2050 but by 2030 to show that we can make progress and we have a real plan to restrain the increase in temperatures to 1.5 degrees.”

Climate change will top Mr Johnson’s agenda as he meets world leaders at the annual UN gathering in New York.

He will also travel to the White House for a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden as the two men look to put their differences behind them over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and work on their common agenda of tackling climate change.

But the prime minister, who has made tackling climate change a key goal of his administration, also admitted that he was once a sceptic as he defended his new trade secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan who a decade ago had claimed the world “was not getting hotter” and “global warming isn’t actually happening”.

“No one can fault the UK government for what we’re doing to tackle climate change. We’re world leaders and most impartial observers think we’re far, far ahead of the pack,” the PM said.

“I don’t want to encourage you, but if you were to excavate some of my articles from 20 years ago you might find comments made obiter dicta [Latin for past remarks] about climate change that weren’t entirely supportive of the current struggle.

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Climate change will top Mr Johnson’s agenda

“But the facts change and people change their minds and change their views and that’s very important too.”

But his first foreign trip in 18 months will not be, by the prime minister’s own admission, an easy task.

While the UNGA has been billed by officials as “an important staging post” on the road to the COP26 global summit, whether Mr Johnson can galvanise fellow leaders to commit to and fund climate targets, is another matter.

COP26 is the moment when every country is supposed to outline a detailed and highly-ambitious plan to achieve specific emission reduction target to deliver the 2015 Paris Agreement’s commitment of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century.

“Some countries are really stepping up to the plate. Others, some G20 countries, need to do much more,” he said en route to New York. He will want to press big G20 carbon emitters – China, Indonesia – to go faster on reducing emissions.

Relations have also been strained by the new trilateral security partnership between the US, Australia and the UK, announced last week, which will see Australia buy nuclear submarines from the US.

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Beijing is angry over what it sees as an act of aggression in the Indo-Pacific, while Paris is furious to be blindsided by three allies in a deal that resulted in Australia cancelling a multibillion euro contract for French submarines.

Ahead of UNGA, the prime minister sought to reassure Beijing and Paris that AUKUS [as the new pact is known] “shouldn’t be construed as being remotely hostile to anybody”.

It’s about sharing tech, it’s about working together with countries that share values… I don’t believe it needs to be seen in a zero sum way.”

He also sought to ameliorate a fuming President Macron, telling journalists on the plane to New York, that the UK was “very proud of our relationship with France and it is of huge importance to this country”.

But the government can’t even guarantee that China’s President Xi Jinping will even attend the COP26 summit in November.

The Prime Minister insisted on Sunday that China has “gone a long way already” in getting to net zero in 2060, but allies are clear that it must, along with other G20 carbon emitting countries, such as Indonesia, go faster in reducing emissions.

Mr Johnson will kick off the UNGA summit this morning with a number of leaders from what the government describes as “climate vulnerable” countries – Bangladesh, Maldives and Barbados – whose very existence is under threat from global warming and rising sea levels.

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Alok Sharma says President Xi Jinping is yet to confirm his COP26 attendance

“If these countries don’t feel COP is working for them, then it won’t be working full-stop, so Monday has been convened with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to hear from a lot of these countries and to demonstrate to them – in particular through calling for the $100bn fund – that we have their backs.”

Aside from hard cash, the PM will also use UNGA to implore Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro to halt the burning of the Amazon rainforests.

“We want to stop and reverse the global loss of biodiversity, including the rainforest,” Mr Johnson added.

“I believe it is in the long-term economic interest of all rainforest countries to do that. We want to plant gazillions of trees, hundreds of millions of hectares.

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“We want a global process of reforestation. I think it is in the long-term interests of Brazil and the people of Brazil to recognise the spectacular natural endowment they have and to conserve it and I am sure that President Bolsanaro will agree.”

Three days, a dozen or more bilateral meetings, round-tables and a trip to Washington for an audience with the President, Mr Johnson will hope he can come away with some firmed up commitments ahead of the COP26 summit.

Billed as the world’s last chance to tackle runaway climate breakdown, the next few days are one of the PM’s final chances to get fellow leaders to give hard cash and hard commitments to tackle global warming.

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Gabby Petito: US investigators find body in search for missing 22-year-old | US News



A body found in Wyoming is believed to be that of missing Gabby Petito, US officials have said.

The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds.

“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones.

Police footage shows Brian Laundrie talking to an officer after the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was pulled over near Moab, Utah. Pic: AP
Brian Laundrie is a person of interest. Pic: AP

Investigators still want information from anyone who may have seen Ms Petito or Brian Laundrie around some camping sites located on the park’s eastern boundary, the same site that was the subject of searches over the weekend.

Ms Petito and her boyfriend left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the US West.

Police said Mr Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on 1 September.

Police conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Florida
Police conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in Florida

Mr Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest in the case.

He was last seen on Tuesday by family members in Florida, and investigators have been searching for him for the past two days in a 24,000-acre wildlife reserve near Sarasota, Florida.

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