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Lebanese PM: We are still committed to UN resolution

Lebanon has said that it is still committed to the UN resolution that ended a war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

"The Lebanon reaffirms its commitment to Security Council resolution 1701," Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in a statement published by Lebanon's National News Agency, according to Reuters.

Salam's comments come in the aftermath of a Lebanese Hezbollah group attack on anIsraeli military convoy, which prompted retaliation from Israeli security forces.

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Fears fate of Jordanian pilot will end in 'very worst way'

Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh was captured when his plane went down in Syria last month. Credit: ITV News

The family of a Jordanian pilot being held by IS are hopeful that their son will be returned to them but are more angry than anything else.

I spoke to his father this morning and he said he was very annoyed that the Jordanian government had not given any information regarding what stage negotiations are at, if any at all.

He is also very unhappy that his son was sent to fight against IS in the first place.

That reflects a widespread feeling here in Jordan - that Jordan really shouldn't be a part of this coalition against IS militants.

Meanwhile, there has been no indication from those militants that the pilot's release is even on the table, or if it is a possibility.

So while there's some hope here, there is a very keen awareness that this situation could end in the very worst way possible.

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List of Tesco stores set for closure

These are the stores that Tesco have revealed are set to close.

Superstores

  • Bedlington
  • Chatham
  • Connswater and Cregagh Road in Belfast
  • Doncaster
  • Kirkcaldy and Wrexham Dodds Lane

Homeplus shops

  • Bristol Cribbs Causeway
  • Chelmsford
  • Chester
  • Edinburgh
  • Southampton
  • Staines

Tesco Metro

  • Bicester
  • Bootle
  • Caerphilly
  • Crossgates
  • Devizes
  • Grangemouth
  • Mexborough
  • Morecambe
  • Ormskirk
  • Runcorn
  • Smethwick
  • Woodseats

Tesco Express convenience stores

  • Bearwood
  • Belvedere
  • Church Street, Ballymena
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Heybridge, Essex
  • Houghton Regis
  • Liverpool Kensington
  • Longbridge Road, Barking
  • Northfield, Birmingham
  • Raymouth Lane, Worksop
  • Sheffield Manor
  • South Tottenham High Road
  • Tredegar
  • Troon
  • Walsall Wood
  • Wealdstone
  • Whitley Bay
  • York Road, Hartlepool.

2,000 Tesco jobs at risk as store closure list revealed

Tesco Credit: PA Wire

Around 2,000 Tesco workers have been told their jobs are at risk after the supermarket giant announced the location of 43 store closures.

Seven superstores and six Homeplus outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

Mr Lewis said: "The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

"Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco."

Litvinenko post mortem 'one of most dangerous'

The post-mortem examination carried out on Alexander Litvinenko was "one of the most dangerous ever undertaken in the western world", a pathologist has told the public inquiry into his death.

Dr Nathaniel Cary, a Home Office forensic pathologist, said Mr Litvinenko's radioactive body was "very hazardous" and was transferred to a secure site for tests.

His cause of death was recorded as acute radiation syndrome, Dr Cary said.

He added "It appears Mr Litvinenko ingested a large quantity of polonium-210 on or around November 1 2006, largely if not wholly by oral ingestion, rather than by inhalation.

"The calculated amount absorbed was in far excess of known survivability limits."

Asked if there was anything in Mr Litvinenko's clinical history inconsistent with acute radiation syndrome, Dr Cary said: "No. In effect, the polonium-210 detected is the smoking gun in the case. It shows you what happened."

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