Thursday evening news briefing: Stabbing in London mosque

Chris Price
London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, where police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder -  Anthony Devlin/PA

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Man arrested after stabbing at mosque

Police have descended on a mosque in London after a man in his 70s, believed to have been carrying out the call to prayer, was stabbed inside the building. Officers were called to the site near Regent's Park at about 3.10pm. The victim has been taken to hospital. A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Follow updates as they happen here.

Gunman who killed 10 left 24-page racist manifesto

Ten people were killed in Germany overnight by a far-Right gunman who attacked two shisha bars in the western town of Hanau before turning his gun on himself. The dead reportedly included a pregnant woman. The shooter, a 43-year-old German national named on social media as Tobias Rathjen, left behind a 24-page manifesto which makes clear the motives behind the killings were racist. He calls for the extermination of several peoples in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Although he does not emphasise the issue of religion, most of the countries he names all have Muslim majority populations. He also shows signs of paranoia and espouses conspiracy theories.

His body was found with the murder weapon beside it when police stormed his apartment not far from the site of one of the shootings. The body of a 72-year-old woman identified as his mother was also found in the apartment. Police believe Rathjen may have killed her before turning his gun on himself. The shootings targeted shisha bars frequented by immigrant communities in Hanau, a commuter town east of Frankfurt. Justin Huggler details how the attacks were carried out.

Blair's fears for Labour under new leadership hopefuls

None of the Labour leadership candidates have shown they could win back power in five years, Tony Blair has said. The former Labour leader said after its historic general election defeat in December it was clear the party needed a "fundamental reconstruction" if it were to win again. Mr Blair told an audience at Kings College London that as things stood he did not "think you can tell if anyone running for the leadership is going to do that or not right now". In a wide-ranging discussion, he also commented on the Lib Dems' election flop and said it would be wrong for Labour to campaign to rejoin the European Union. It comes after business minister Nadhim Zahawi disputed accusations Home Secretary Priti Patel had displayed bullying behaviour in her department.

Dame Julie Walters reveals bowel cancer diagnosis

Dame Julie Walters has revealed she was diagnosed with bowel cancer 18 months ago. The actress said she thought doctors had "made a mistake" when they told her she had two primary tumours in her large intestine. Dame Julie, 69, said she had gone to the doctors a year earlier with what she described as "slight discomfort" before returning with stomach pain, heartburn and vomiting. Scans later showed she had stage three bowel cancer. After going through chemotherapy, Dame Julie has now been given the all clear and has said her next film, The Secret Garden, could potentially be her last. Read her recall the moment of her diagnosis.

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Video: Robot surgeons to begin work in NHS hospitals

A "next generation" British-made robot will perform surgeries for the NHS in a European first. The robot, called Versius, is hailed as a huge "leap forward" and is designed to make surgery less painful for patients. Watch a video of it in action, allowing surgeons to perform for longer.

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