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Interpol issues global alert for missing British brain tumour boy

Published on Aug 30, 2014 12:35 AM
An undated handout picture released by Britain's Hampshire Police on Aug 29, 2014, shows a portrait of five-year-boy Ashya King. The British and French authorities were racing against the clock on Friday to find a five-year-boy with a brain tumour who officials in France believe was "kidnapped" from hospital by his family. -- PHOTO: AFP/HAMPSHIRE POLICE 

PARIS (AFP) - Interpol issued a global alert Friday for a desperately ill boy with a brain tumour who officials believe was kidnapped from hospital by his parents, dramatically ratcheting up the hunt for the five-year-old.

"At the request of UK authorities, Interpol has issued a Yellow Notice, or missing persons alert, for a five-year-old British boy removed from a hospital by his parents," the international police organisation said in a statement.