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Talks set to avert London Underground strike

Talks to avert another threatened strike by London Underground workers in a row over the new all-night Tube services are set for today.

A walkout is scheduled for 8 July Credit: PA

Unions and management will meet at Acas, a week before a planned 24-hour walkout by members of the drivers' union Aslef on 8 July.

The talks will be held as the RMT and TSSA unions are due to announce the result of their industrial action ballots over the same issue.

The unions are expected to receive strong support for a strike, and are likely to co-ordinate action with Aslef.

A strike by members of the three unions would cripple Tube services, causing travel chaos across the capital.


Andy Murray begins Wimbledon campaign on Centre Court

Andy Murray begins his battle today for a second Wimbledon title amid soaring heatwave temperatures.

Andy Murray Credit: PA Wire

The world number three will be on Centre Court to play world number 58 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

He arrives in SW19 in what many - including himself - have described as the best form of his life.

Bookmakers have made him the second favourite to go all the way after he conquered a fourth title at Queen's last week in impressive fashion.

Following his wedding to long-time girlfriend Kim Sears in April, Murray, 28, has declared that "marriage works".

Fans gripped by Murray mania will be giving their support inside the All England Club or watching on from the big screen on Murray Mound and TV sets in homes and workplaces up and down the country.

Check before travelling in heatwave, commuters warned

Rail commuters are being urged to to check their journeys before travelling on Tuesday amid fears that soaring temperatures could disrupt services.

There could be disruption on the railways this week Credit: PA

With the mercury expected to reach as high as 35C in Britain, Network Rail has imposed a speed restriction on some services to stop rails from buckling.

"As rails are made out of steel, they expand as they heat up and are subject to strong compression," Network Rail said on its website.

"If the track does buckle, the line must be closed and the track repaired before services can resume, causing considerable disruption."

First Great Western confirmed that services in the Thames Valley area will be disrupted from midday to 8pm.


Obama offers US support to Cameron over Tunisia

President Barack Obama expressed condolences to the UK over the deaths in Tunisia when he spoke with David Cameron on Monday.

A statement issued by the White House said:

President Obama spoke with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom today to express condolences and to offer support in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, last Friday, which killed a number of British citizens. The two leaders reaffirmed their steadfast commitment to work together with our partners in Europe, the Middle East, and around the world to confront terrorism and counter violent extremist ideologies. The President conveyed that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims, families and loved ones from all countries affected by last Friday’s attacks in Tunisia.

– White House statement
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