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Duke of Edinburgh to miss memorial on medical grounds

The Duke of Edinburgh attends an event at Horse Guards Parade, London, in May Credit: Yui Mok / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Duke of Edinburgh will not attend commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland in Orkney following medical advice.

Prince Philip, 94, is understood to have no plans to cancel any other forthcoming engagements, and has not attended hospital.

Following doctor's advice, the Duke of Edinburgh has reluctantly decided not to attend the commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland tomorrow in Kirkwall and Hoy.

The Princess Royal, who was already attending the events, will represent the Royal Family.

– Buckingham Palace spokeswoman

Descendants of those who fought at Jutland have been invited to join the commemorations, which includes a service at St Magnus Cathedral on Kirkwall on Tuesday.

Further events are planned with a service at Lyness Cemetery on the island of Hoy - the final resting place for more than 450 service personnel who died in the war, including sailors killed at Jutland.

The Princess Royal will be accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence as vice-chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

24 killed and 50 injured in three bombings in Baghdad

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More than 20 people were killed and around 50 injured in three separate bombings that hit Baghdad on Monday, police and medical personnel said.

Twelve people were killed and more than 20 injured when a car bomb blew up in the northern Shaab Shi'ite district.

Eight were killed and 21 wounded by a suicide bomber who detonated a car near a government building and a police station in the district of Tarmiya.

A third bomb involving a suicide bomber on a motorcycle in Sadr City killed three people and injured nine.

The attacks came as Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias fought so-called Islamic State militants in Falluja, around 66 km west of the capital.

Iraq army storm the southern edge of Falluja

The Iraqi army has launch a massive assault on the city of Falluja Credit: AP / Khalid Mohammed

The Iraqi army has stormed the southern edge of Falluja under US air support, and captured a police station inside the city limits.

An elite military unit, the Rapid Response Team, is leading what is shaping up to be the biggest assault ever fought against the so-called Islamic State.

Explosions and gun fire was reportedly seen in Naimiya, a district of Falluja on its southern outskirts.

A convoy of armed vehicles is seen driving into Falluja Credit: AP

Separately, Kurdish security forces announced advances against IS in northern Iraq, capturing villages from militants outside Mosul, the biggest city under militant control.

PM hails 'extraordinary coalition' with Sadiq Khan

Prime Minister David Cameron and newly elected Labour mayor of London Sadiq Khan have said they will work together to ensure the UK votes to remain in the European Union.

Speaking at the launch of the Vote Remain battle bus at Roehampton University in London, Cameron hit back at the Leave campaign by saying it would be "some conspiracy" for the Tory son of stockbroker and the Labour son of a bus driver to join forces over the EU.

He said: "We say [vote remain], not because it's part of some massive establishment conspiracy... because we say this matters so much for this country".

"We love our country. We want our country to be the best it possibly can", he added.

Sadiq Khan echoed Mr Cameron's statements and dismissed criticism of their surprising partnership by stating he would work closely with the Tory government "where it is in Londoners' interests".

"There are many things upon which the Prime Minister and I will disagree, but what's really important... is the Mayor of London and the Government to work closely together", he said.

"We are both on the side of London, we are both on the side of the United Kingdom. I want that spirit of unity of purpose to be with us today."

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