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Byrne: Task for new commissioner is to 'rebuild trust'

Labour's Liam Byrne said he has welcomed the installation of a new education commissioner after the 'Trojan horse' allegations but the first task would be to see teachers involved "resign" or "be removed."

A number of claims have been published in a Government-commissioned report on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of Birmingham schools.

Liam Byrne.
Liam Byrne said that the task for the new commissioner is to 'rebuild trust'. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

The report said that staff at Park View View school invited extremist preacher Shaykh Shady Al-Suleiman to address pupils in assembly.

The Birmingham Hodge Hill MP said that the task now is to "rebuild trust" in Park View school and to ensure that the reputation is turned around, "because its best years now lie ahead".

Read more: 'Clear evidence' of extremist views in Birmingham schools

Bolt to 'push on' in Commonwealth Games after injury

Jamaican sprinter and six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has said he is ready for a good Commonwealth Games showing, after recovering from foot surgery and a hamstring injury.

"It's been rough, but I've been through it a couple times so know what it takes to get back so I'm just pushing on and working towards what's necessary for this season," Bolt said during a training session.

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Usain Bolt says he is in 'good shape'. Credit: Gouhier-Guibbaud-JMP/ABACA/PA

The Jamaican missed nine weeks of training after surgery on his left foot in March.

Read More: Commonwealth Games: Day-by-day events guide

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Delta Air Lines 'cancels flights to Israel indefinitely'

Delta Air Lines has cancelled all flights to Israel indefinitely due to reports of rocket fire near Tel Aviv airport, Associated Press reports.

The US State Department has previously warned citizens against travelling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to the ongoing conflict in the region, which has claimed the lives of over 600 people.

Latest updates: More than 600 killed in Israel-Gaza conflict

Hamas is 'like al-Qaida and must be dealt with'

Hamas is "like al-Qaida" and must be dealt with accordingly, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

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Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference with Ban Ki-Moon. Credit: Reuters

Mr Netanyahu said the international community must hold Hamas to account for rejecting cease-fire offers and continuing its rocket attacks on Israel.

He was speaking alongside UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon as the Palestinian death toll rose beyond 600.

Twenty-seven soldiers are among the 29 Israelis to die in the conflict.

Read: Nurse says 40% of new cases at Gaza clinic are children under five

People enjoy sunshine and warm weather in England

Photos have captured people in the north of England enjoying the sunshine.

Warm sunshine is set to continue for most across England, with temperatures expected to reach highs of 28C in the south.

Watch the latest weather forecast here.

The fisheye lens captured people jumping in the water at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s.
The fisheye lens captured people jumping in the water at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Visitors at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, jump in the water as temperatures reach the high 20s.
Visitors at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, jump in the water as temperatures reach the high 20s. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
 People throw water on each other at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s.
People throw water on each other at Cullercoats, North Tyneside as temperatures hit the high 20s. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

UK air accident investigators to retrieve black box data

David Cameron has tweeted that air accident investigators in the UK will retrieve date from the black boxes of MH17.

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We've agreed Dutch request for air accident investigators at Farnborough to retrieve data from #MH17 black boxes for international analysis.

Read: Dutchman was due to fly on both MH370 and MH17

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Mosque and petrol station in ruins after air strikes

An air strike has left a mosque and petrol station in ruins in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict rose to over 600.

Twenty-nine Israelis - 27 of them soldiers - have died in the fighting.

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A mosque is left destroyed after an Israeli air strike. Credit: ITV News/Sean Swan
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A child looks on amid the ruins of a petrol station. Credit: ITV News/Sean Swan

Read: BBC Arabic reporter attacked mid-broadcast in Israel

Marina Litvinenko: 'Very pleased' over inquiry decision

The wife of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko has said she is "very pleased" over the decision to hold a public inquiry into his death.

Speaking to reporters, Marina Litvinenko said it still may take a "long time" to get the truth.

Mystery has surrounded the death of the KGB officer, after he died drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel in 2006.

Earlier today, Home Secretary Theresa May announced the inquiry into his death in a written ministerial statement, saying: "I very much hope that this inquiry will be of some comfort to his widow."

More: Government announce Litvinenko public inquiry

Kerry urges Hamas to seek peace negotiations

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Hamas to seek peace negotiations based on an Egyptian truce proposal that the militant group previously rejected.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. Credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool

Following a meeting with Egypt's president, Kerry said he had constructive talks with top Egyptian officials in a bid to end fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Kerry said he would keep working towards a ceasefire in coming days.

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