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Events to mark Churchill funeral anniversary

Events will be held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the funeral of former wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.

The statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. Credit: PA Wire

A remembrance service at the Houses of Parliament will be attended by David Cameron, who has said Churchill's legacy "continues to inspire the nation".

A wreath will be laid at the statue of Churchill in the Members' Lobby.

Members of Churchill's family will later take part in a flotilla on the River Thames along the same route taken by his funeral.

A ceremony at Westminster Abbey will also be held in the evening.

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Britain prepares for icy roads and travel disruption

Britons are preparing for fresh disruption today as more snow and ice hits the country.

Forecasters have warned that icy roads will be the main hazard today. Credit: PA Wire

Forecasters have warned that ice poses a major hazard today, with the threat of more snow storms still looming.

Helen Roberts, a forecaster at the Met Office, said she is expecting transport problems with ice the "main hazard".

The Highways Agency said its gritters will be out overnight to prepare against icy roads.

It comes after "thundersnow" storms hit Britain yesterday, forcing schools to close and suspending flights at Manchester and East Midlands Airports.

'Every effort' being made to secure hostage's release

Japan is still gathering intelligence in cooperation with the Jordanian authorities in an effort to free journalist Kenji Goto, the country's prime minister said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: Reuters

Shinzo Abe said every effort was being made to secure Goto's release.

The comments come after a deadline set by Islamic State militants for the release of an Iraqi prisoner passed.

A message released online yesterday claimed a Jordanian air pilot would be killed unless prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi was released by sunset.

Islamist militants kill 27 in deadly Egypt attacks

At least 27 people have been killed in deadly terror attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

A number of soldiers were killed when a series of car bombs and mortar strikes hit military targets in the North Sinai capital El-Arish late on Thursday.

The nearby town of Sheik Zuwayid and the town of Rafah, bordering Gaza, were also targeted.

Militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Islamic State last year, claimed responsibility for the atrocities on its Twitter feed.

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Remembering Churchill's funeral 50 years on

It was 50 years ago tonight that Sir Winston's body was lying in state at Parliament's Westminster Hall - ahead of the biggest State Funeral the world had ever seen.

The following morning, half the population of Britain - 25 million people - stopped what they were doing and watched on television.

The TV coverage, like the funeral itself, had been a long time in the planning.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

Sun sets on latest IS deadline for prisoner exchange

The family of a Jordanian hostage are enduring another night wondering about the fate of the pilot kidnapped by Islamic State.

The terrorists of the self styled Islamic State said the Jordanian pilot would be killed if his country did not release a would-be suicide bomber by nightfall.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports from Jordan.

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Survivors feel betrayed all over again by chaotic inquiry

I have been shown a letter by a victim who approached the inquiry willing to give evidence is strict confidence back in October.

She heard nothing then until this month when she suddenly got a letter from the police, who had been passed her details.

She was horrified by this - her alleged abuser was a family member and she did not want the police involved.

The inquiry say it is their policy, and it says on their website, that they will inform the police if they are told of a crime.

What this amounts to is a group of survivors who have been abused, who feel they have been very let down by the authorities in the past and who see the chaos around this inquiry and feel betrayed all over again.

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