A British journalist working for US television network CBS has been kidnapped in Iraq.
Iraqi news agency Aswat al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reported that the man was seized by gunmen in Basra on Sunday, along with his interpreter.

The agency quoted an unnamed police source as saying that the pair were kidnapped from near their hotel, the Qasr al-Sultan, in the centre of the city.

A CBS News spokeswoman said: "Two journalists working for CBS News in Basra are missing. All efforts are under way to find them and until we learn more details, CBS News requests that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved.

"CBS News has been in touch with the families and asks that their privacy be respected."

The Foreign Office is now investigating.

Figures from the press freedom campaign group Reporters Sans Frontieres show that last year 47 journalists and nine media assistants were killed in Iraq.

It brought the total number of journalists killed in the country since the 2003 invasion to 153, with media assistant casualties recorded at 29.