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Death toll in Ankara rises to 86 following double blast

Forensic experts examine the scene after the deadly blasts. Credit: Reuters

Eighty-six people have now died following two bomb blasts in the Turkish capital, the county's health minister has said, with 186 injured.

The increased death toll was announced as a senior Turkish security official told Reuters that the blasts in Ankara were the result of a suicide bombing.


PM: 'Kind' Lord Howe had 'huge courage and resolve'

David Cameron said Lord Howe had Credit: PA

David Cameron led tributes to Lord Howe, describing him as "the quiet hero of the first Thatcher government" and said the Conservative family "has lost one of its greats".

The Prime Minister said the former chancellor was "a kind, gentle and deeply thoughtful man" who had "huge courage and resolve".

The Prime Minister said: "His time as Chancellor of the Exchequer was vital in turning the fortunes of our country around, cutting borrowing, lowering tax rates and conquering inflation. Lifting exchange controls may seem obvious now, but it was revolutionary back then. He was the quiet hero of the first Thatcher government.

"He loved his politics and never stopped giving strong and sound advice. George Osborne and I benefited greatly from his wisdom and determination to improve the state of the country.

"Our thoughts are with his family."

Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe dies, aged 88

Lord Howe died after a suspected heart attack. Credit: PA

Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe died last night aged 88 after a suspected heart attack, his family has announced.

The Tory grandee was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister - but was widely held to have ended her premiership with a devastating resignation speech in 1990.

A statement issued by his family said: "It is with deep sadness that the Howe family today announced that Geoffrey Howe died suddenly late yesterday evening, aged 88, at his home in Warwickshire, of a suspected heart attack, after enjoying a local jazz concert with his wife Elspeth.

"There will be a private family funeral, followed by a memorial service in due course. The family would be grateful for privacy at this time."


Turkish President condemns deadly double bombing

At least 30 people died in the suspected terror attack. Credit: Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned the double bombing in Ankara, saying it had targeted "our nation's peace".

In a written statement from his office, Erdogan called for "solidarity and determination as the most meaningful response to terror" and said those behind the attack aimed to sow division between sections of society.

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