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Greek shares plunge as stock market reopens after five-weeks shutdown

The Greek stock market has reopened after a five-week shutdown amid the country's financial crisis, with stock prices falling sharply.

The main index was down nearly 23 per cent in early trading.

National Bank of Greece, the country's largest commercial bank, was down 30 percent, which is the daily limit.

Trading on the Athens stock exchange was suspended late in June as part of capital controls imposed to stem the flow of money out of the country.

'Cilla was the most loyal person a friend could have'

Cilla with close friend Dale in 2000. Credit: PA

Dale Winton has spoken out for the first time since Cilla Black's death saying she was the "most loyal person a friend could have".

The TV presenter famously had a long-standing friendship with Cilla and the pair often holidayed together.

He told ITV News he was "too upset to speak" on camera but released this statement saying he was "truly saddened and shocked" Cilla had gone.

Cilla was a dear and close friend. Above all she was the most loyal person a friend could have.

She was wonderful to be around, and caring, kind and happy. She was also a brilliant wife and mother.

As her friend, she would want everyone to know and appreciate how fantastic Bobby was for the 40 years they were together.

They were inseparable 24/7 for all of that time, and together they were like two swans side by side.

She was a true "star" and a genuine national icon. My thoughts and best wishes are with her beloved boys and family.

We shall all miss her deeply, and I personally have lost a true, trusted and loyal friend.

– Dale Winton


World athletics head brands doping claims 'laughable'

Head of the IAAF Lamine Diack. Credit: PA

The head of world athletics has said any suggestion his organisation had been negligent in drug testing was "laughable".

Lamine Diack, President of the International Association of Athletics Federation, told Reuters there was "no evidence" anything of the sort had taken place.

"There are allegations made. We want to look into them seriously because to say that in athletics between 2001 and 2012 we did not do a serious job with tests is laughable," he said.

The Sunday Times (£) reported obtaining secret data from the IAAF suggesting more than a third of medals had been won by athletes with "suspicious" blood test results.


Weather: Largely dry with temperatures set to hit 27C

Outbreaks of rain across Scotland this morning will steadily clear to the north, and should clear from Shetland by late afternoon.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach 27C on Monday. Credit: Met Office

Many other places should see a largely dry day, albeit with a good deal of cloud at times, which is likely to produce a scattering of drizzly showers.

It will turn windy in the west, with a risk of gales developing around coasts and across the west of Northern Ireland later.

Warm across eastern England, with a highs potentially reaching 27C (81F).

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