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What is Operation Stack and how does it work?

Operation Stack remained in force on the M20 today because of the disruption in Calais and heavy traffic heading towards the coast.

The operation has been used recently because of disruption to Eurotunnel services caused by migrants trying to reach the UK and reduced ferries from Dover to Calais due to strikes in France.

Freight traffic is held in two lanes on either side of the carriageway, one for tunnel traffic and one for port traffic.

Vehicles are released from the queue whenever a train or ferry is ready to depart.

Lorry drivers have to collect a ticket while in the queue to be allowed to continue to the continent.

Non-freight traffic has to follow diversions around the sections of the M20 that are closed for queuing lorries.


Afghanistan 'assessing' reports Taliban leader is dead

The Afghanistan government has said it is investigating reports that the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead.

Mullah Mohammad Omar has not been seen since 2001 Credit: Reuters

In a press conference in Kabul, a Government spokesman said: "We are still in the process of assessing those reports."

The announcement followed reports in Afghan local media that Omar, who has not been since 2001, was dead but have died as long as two years ago. Some of the reports also indicated Mullah Omar's son was in a position to take over the Islamist insurgency that is fighting against Afghanistan's foreign-backed government.

Omar went into hiding 14 years ago after his government was forced from power by the US-led Coalition following the 911 attacks in the USA.

The Taliban has yet to comment on the claims.

Mayor of Calais calls for summit on migrant crisis

Natacha Bouchart has previously said Britain was "attracting" migrants. Credit: PA

The Mayor of Calais has called for a summit of ministers and travel officials to find a solution to the migrant crisis.

Natacha Bouchart said ministers from France and Britain, Eurotunnel, the ports, and the municipality of Calais needed to discuss the ongoing situation.

She told radio station France Info that "global hypocrisy" was preventing the problems being tackled.

Ms Bouchart has previously said Britain was "attracting" migrants as it had a "much more favourable" benefits system.

Haulage chief calls for French military to secure Calais

The Road Haulage Association has previously warned the crisis is costing businesses up to £1 billion a year. Credit: PA

The Road Haulage Association has urged the French military to be used to secure Calais as the migrant crisis continues.

Chief executive Richard Burnett said it was clear French authorities at the port could not cope and that military forces should be used to "contain, segregate and control the migrant threat".

Mr Burnett has previously warned the crisis is costing businesses up to £1 billion a year because of illegal stowaways contaminating or damaging goods.

For the thousands of British drivers whose lives are now being put at risk on a regular basis, a quick and effective solution to the current situation must be found.

– Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive

Video shows huge extent of M20 Operation Stack queue

A video posted on YouTube shows a huge queue on the M20 as a result of Operation Stack.

The footage, posted on Tuesday, claims to show a 14-mile tailback as lorries wait on the coastbound carriageway of the motorway.

Police said the M20 was closed between junctions eight and 11 coastbound and nine to eight Londonbound on Wednesday morning because the continued disruption in Calais and heavy traffic heading towards Dover and the Eurotunnel.


Protesters leave stuffed toys outside dentist's practice

Credit: EBU

Protesters have left stuffed animal toys outside the dental practice owned by the US hunter who killed Cecil the lion.

The River Duff Dental Practice in Bloomington, Minneapolis has been forced to close following the backlash against Walter Palmer.

Two men are due to appear in court in Zimbabwe charged with poaching offences over Cecil's death.

There are mounting calls to prosecute Palmer who claims he thought the hunt had been organised legally.

Farage: Use Army to check Dover vehicles for migrants

The Ukip leader said police and border agencies were overburdened. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has said Britain should consider calling in the Army to help check vehicles for migrants at Dover.

The Ukip leader also said the situation around Calais is "virtually lawless" and hit out at French authorities for not doing enough to clamp down on the problem.

In an interview with LBC, Mr Farage said using the Army was justified in a civil emergency to help the "overburdened" police and border agencies.

He told LBC: "If in a crisis to make sure we have actually got the manpower to check lorries coming in, to stop people illegally coming to Britain, if in those circumstances we can use the Army or any other forces then why not?"

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