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Weather: Hot day for most as temperatures to pass 30C

The latest forecast Credit: Met Office

It will be a hot day across much of the UK, with temperatures reaching into the low thirties across inland areas of southern and eastern England, perhaps reaching 35C (95F) in the London area.

Temperatures will also reach into the high twenties and could nudge 30C (86F) across northern Scotland.

There will be an ever present risk of thundery showers across central and western areas, and perhaps a greater chance of seeing some thunderstorms across northern England and southern Scotland later.

Indonesia plane crash death toll passes 140

Indonesian soldiers and search and rescue teams remove debris from the crash site Credit: Reuters

Indonesia's president has promised a review of the country's ageing air force fleet as the death toll from the crash of a military transport plane passed 140.

The C-130B Hercules aircraft crashed into a residential area of the city of Medan on Tuesday.

Indonesian soldiers clean up debris from the site Credit: Reuters

"There must be an evaluation of the age of planes and defence systems," President Joko Widodo tweeted late on Tuesday, as work continued to recover bodies from the wreckage.

The plane had been on its way from an air force base in Medan, one of Indonesia's largest cities, to Tanjung Pinang in the Riau Islands off Sumatra when it crashed.


Eurostar and Eurotunnel: Normal service set to resume

Eurostar has said it expects normal service to resume tomorrow but has warned passengers to expect trains to be "exceptionally busy".

It apologised to travellers for the disruption and said it was working through outstanding ticket changes.

Meanwhile Eurotunnel tweeted its services, which were also affected by the disruption, were now operating to schedule from the UK and from Calais.

US urges support to get Athens on path to growth in Eurozone

The US is closely monitoring the situation in Greece and will keep urging all parties to help put Athens on a path to growth within the Eurozone, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday.

"The nonpayment by the Greeks to the IMF this evening kicks off a long-standing and well-established process at the IMF for addressing arrears," the Treasury said in a statement.

"The United States will continue to encourage all parties involved to press forward with negotiations that put Greece on a path toward economic growth within the Eurozone on the basis of needed economic reforms and requisite financing that achieves debt sustainability," the statement added.


Man due in court over attack on female prison officer

A man will appear in court today charged with grievous bodily harm after a woman prison officer was left fighting for her life following an attack at a crown court.

Humphrey Burke, 22, of no fixed abode, will appear in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court, south London, Scotland Yard said.

The woman, believed to be in her 50s, remains in a critical condition in hospital after she was seriously assaulted at Blackfriars Crown Court in London on Monday.

She was attacked as she escorted a prisoner between the court and a waiting van which was parked in the court yard.

Greece's deputy PM hints at referendum U-turn

Greece's Deputy Prime Minister has said the government might be open to calling off Sunday's referendum on a deal proposal by its international creditors, saying it was a political decision.

Greece's Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis Credit: RTV

Speaking on state television, Yannis Dragasakis said the government decided on the referendum "and it can make a decision on something else."

It was unclear, however, how that would be possible as Parliament has already voted for it to go ahead.

Dragasakis also confirmed that Athens had asked the International Monetary Fund for an extension of the 1.6bn Euros payment due on Tuesday.

The bailout programme Greece has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay the loan due to the IMF, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the Eurozone.

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