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Preparations for return of the drachma 'already underway'

Secret preparations for the return of the Greek drachma are already well underway, one of the country's leading financial experts has claimed.

Harry Theoharis once ran the tax collection system in Greece Credit: ITV News

Harry Theoharis, an opposition MP who once ran the tax collection system in Greece, told ITV News he understood Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was laying the foundations to be able to leave the euro if the 'no' vote wins in Sunday's referendum.

"There is a question over whether this is a Plan A or a Plan B," he said - thought admitted he could not be certain about which way leaders would try to take the debt-ridden country.

The drachma was the currency used in Greece before it joined the euro zone - and may make a return if Athens cannot agree on a way to start repaying its debts to Europe.

Thousands of 'yes' supporters hold rival rally in Athens

Thousands of pro-European Greeks rallied in central Athens tonight calling for a 'yes' vote in Sunday's referendum.

Waving signs and banners reading: "Yes to Greece, yes to the euro", the supporters say agreeing to difficult financial measures might be the only way to save their country from its own debt.

Thousands of 'yes' supporters gathered in Athens Credit: AP

One demonstrator, Danae Frangouli, said it was as much about appearances as about the money.

Abroad, people view this as a vote to stay in or out of Europe and I want to answer this in a positive way.

If there is even the slightest possibility that it will be viewed abroad as such, I want to give a positive answer.

– Danae Frangouli, 'yes' supporter
They say they want to show support for Greece's place in Europe Credit: AP

Earlier this evening, Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke at a rival 'no' rally, calling on voters to reject the offer as he accused European leaders of 'terrorising' Greek citizens.


Tsipras urges voters to reject bailout offer in referendum

A 'no' vote in Sunday's referendum will give Greeks a chance to "live in dignity in Europe", Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said.

Running out onto a stage to cheers from tens of thousands of protesters, he urged them to reject a bailout offer in the weekend's vote.

The huge rally gathered outside Greece's Parliament building in central Athens in protest at the austerity measures included in the deal.

Tsipras told the crowd that "whatever happens on Monday, this is a celebration of democracy", and urged them to say a "proud 'no' to ultimatums and to those who terrorise you."

Heather Watson out to Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Heather Watson out to Serena Williams in Wimbledon. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British number one Heather Watson has been knocked out of Wimbledon by Serena Williams, despite a battling performance which almost saw the underdog take a thrilling final set.

Watson lost 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 after a remarkable comeback and led in the final set 3-0 before being pegged back. Speaking following the game, Williams - the tournament's top seed - praised her opponent and said Watson "should have won".

"She really gave her all and showed how good she is," she told BBC Sport.

Europe leaders 'playing petty politics' with Greece

Europe's leaders are playing "petty politics" with Greece, the country's finance minister told ITV News, accusing them of wanting to "humiliate" the government.

Yanis Varoufakis said he rejects the idea that a 'no' vote in Sunday's referendum will mean leaving the euro, saying their membership was not at stake.

It comes as major rallies are being held in Athens tonight, with polls suggesting support for both the 'yes' and 'no' camps are almost equal.

ITV News Europe editor James Mates reports:


Patient admitted to Liverpool hospital for Ebola testing

Patient admitted to Liverpool hospital for Ebola testing Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A patient has been admitted to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to undergo Ebola testing, Publich Health England have confirmed.

Public Health England can confirm a patient has been admitted to Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is currently undergoing a series of tests – one of which is for Ebola. Ebola is considered very unlikely but testing will take place as a precaution, as is our usual practice in these circumstances.

Between August last year and early June, 240 individuals with relevant symptoms and a travel history were tested for Ebola in the UK. The risk of Ebola to the general public in the UK remains very low. Ebola can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. We have well established and practiced infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease, and our systems have demonstrated that the UK is able to manage a case of Ebola if identified.

– Dr Deborah Turbitt, Ebola National Incident Director at Public Health England

Brit Watson takes second set against Serena Williams

Heather Watson is putting in a battling performance Credit: Jonathan Brady / PA Wire

British number one Heather Watson has taken Serena Williams in the third set of their third-round clash at Wimbledon this evening.

Watson, making only her second-ever appearance in Round 3, broke Williams' serve twice, to win the set 6-4, after losing the first by six games to two.

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