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Military personnel mark return of UK Tunisia victims

The body of William Graham, a victim of the Tunisia attack, arrives in Brize Norton

Military personnel have solemnly marked the return of the bodies of nine Britons killed in last week's Tunisia attack at an airbase in Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The remains of Lisa and William Graham, Philip Heathcote, Trudy Jones, Ann and James McQuire, Janet and John Stocker, and David Thompson arrived home on Thursday.

They were flown to the UK in an RAF C17 transport plane and then transferred to waiting hearses.

The body of Turdy Jones, a victim of the Tunisia attack, arrives in Brize Norton

The task, performed by members of the RAF Regiment's Queen's Colour Squadron, was witnessed by relatives of the dead who were present at the airbase.

The bodies returned home amid the news that the final British death toll in the attack on a resort in Sousse has now been confirmed at 30.

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'More thought' needed before strikes on IS in Syria

Any decision on air strikes in Syria is expected to be later rather than soon, the Government has said.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports

As MPs debated the issue in the wake of the terrorist attack in Tunisia, the signs are that David Cameron will wait before going back to the Commons with a new motion, possibly when Labour have elected a new leader.

Mr Cameron's official spokeswoman said there was a need for "more thought, more deliberation, more time" before any decision was taken, although she stressed that he still believed that ultimately IS had to be dealt with in Syria.

"The PM has long thought that Isil poses a threat to Britain and Isil needs to be destroyed in Syria as well as in Iraq," she said.

"The PM's views haven't changed. What has changed is the growing evidence that Isil represents a threat to Britain and our national security."

Queen to join minute's silence for victims of Tunisia attack

The Queen will join people across the UK in a minute's silence tomrrow Credit: Reuters

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will join people across the UK in a minute's silence as a tribute to the victims of last week's Tunisia attack.

The minute's silence in memory of the victims will be held at noon tomorrow.

The Queen will be at the University of Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow and will mark the moment there, said Buckingham Palace.

David Cameron, the prime minister, will also join the silence from his Oxfordshire constituency.

Flags will be flown at half-mast throughout the day over Downing Street and other government buildings, as well as police stations across the country and British military bases and embassies around the world.

At royal palaces including Buckingham Palace, the Union Jack will fly at half mast.

At Wimbledon, the start of play will be delayed by 45 minutes to 12.15pm on outer courts, to allow tennis players and fans and tournament staff to observe the silence.

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