A British air hostess locked up in a Dubai jail

A British air hostess locked up in a Dubai jail has been living off bread and water after being forced into a fake confession, her family claim.

Derrin Crawford was arrested last Thursday after police raided her date’s apartment and found two cannabis joints.

Beijing has threatened to jail anyone who dissents, expresses pro-independence sentiments or undermines the Chinese state in the former British colony or elsewhere. In response Britain extended an offer of residency and a pathway to citizenship to up to three million Hong Kong residents and their dependants with British National (Overseas) status.

Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, said that 10,000 Hong Kong citizens with skilled worker and graduate visas would be offered an immediate extension of five years and a pathway to permanent residency.

Erdogan, a devout Muslim, is scheduled to deliver an address to the nation later today and has frequently used the Hagia Sophia issue, which sits at the heart of Turkey’s religious-secular divide, to garner support for his party.

‘The decision was taken to hand over the management of the Ayasofya Mosque. ..to the Religious Affairs Directorate and open it for worship,’ the decision signed by Erdogan said.

Hong Kong’s government on Friday suspended all kindergarten, primary and secondary school classes after officials in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory reported 42 new infections the previous day, 34 of them locally transmitted.

Most of the new cases were related to known clusters, including an elderly home and several restaurants. The rise prompted the government to tighten social-distancing measures, with school holidays beginning on Monday, a week or 10 days early.

The protests began on Tuesday when Mr Vucic announced that Belgrade would be placed under a new three-day lockdown. They have since grown into an expression of wider frustration with his hard-line rule.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a further 59,260 cases of coronavirus today.