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Warm and sunny for much of the UK

Thundery showers could arrive later today Credit: Met Office

It will be a dry and mainly sunny day for most of the UK today.

The far north and west will be rather cloudy at times, with some isolated light rain possible too.

There will be clear blue skies in the south this morning, which will steadily spread northwards, however, the odd heavy thundery shower is likely to develop across northwest England and southern Scotland into the evening.

It will be very warm or locally hot, with highs of 30 Celsius (68 F) in the southeast.

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British survivors arrive in UK on RAF flight

An RAF transport plane carrying Britons seriously injured in the Tunisia shooting landed at Brize Norton, after a brief stop at Birmingham Airport.

The RAF C-17 transport plane landed in the early hours carrying four people accompanied by "medevac" teams experienced at bringing injured service personnel back from operations overseas.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the plane had landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, after dropping one patient off at Birmingham Airport.

"Patients have now been transferred over to the care of NHS England," a spokesman said.

Shot US convict thought escape partner slowed him down

A US convict who was recaptured by police on Sunday after three weeks on the run split from his accomplice because he was slowing him down.

Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on 6 June Credit: Reuters

In an audacious breakout, David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from a New York prison on 6 June with the intention of fleeing to Canada. They went their separate ways abut five days ago, Sweat told authorities after being captured on Sunday.

"Sweat felt that Matt was slowing him down," State governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Matt was caught and shot dead on Friday by police. .

Man dies in Japanese bullet train 'suicide' fire

A passenger on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after setting himself ablaze in an apparent suicide.

The incident took place on a Shinkansen bullet train Credit: PA Wire

Officials said the passenger - a man in his 30s - was found at the entrance of a carriage covered in flammable liquid.

Media reports said the passenger confirmed dead had set himself on fire. An unidentified woman was in cardiac arrest, while another two people were seriously injured and several others suffered minor injuries, officials and media said.

Footage on TBS television showed a train carriage filled with smoke and passengers evacuating with handkerchiefs pressed to their faces. One clutched a baby to their chest.

Juncker's last-ditch offer to Greece over EU bailout

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made a last-minute offer to Athens in a bid to reach a bailout agreement before the deadline expires on Tuesday, European Union and Greek government sources said.

There looks to be no deal between Alexis Tsipras and Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: PA Wire

Under the offer, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras would have to send written acceptance by today, in time for an emergency meeting of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers to be held and agree to campaign in favour of the bailout in the planned July 5 referendum.

However, there was little sign that Tsipras was prepared to drop his repeated rejections of the bailout offer, which he has dismissed as a "humiliation" for Greece.

A Greek government official said that it listened with interest to what was being proposed but said: "Alexis Tsipras will vote "no" on Sunday".

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MP Danczuk couldn't cope with new 'sexy' wife

Karen Danczuk has claimed her split with her MP husband Simon was in part down to his "jealousy" of her new lifestyle.

Karen Danczuk is renowned for her social media activities Credit: Karen Danczuk/Twitter

The 32-year-old said the Labour MP was "taken aback" after she became well known for her cleavage-revealing selfies on social media.

The couple, who have two children, have separated after three years of marriage.

Mrs Danczuk told the Sun: "He was overwhelmed that suddenly it was all about me. I think there was a bit of jealousy. I've changed so much mentally and physically. I've gone from fat, frumpy Karen to happy, confident and sexy Karen - and I can't ignore that."

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.

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