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Queen to join minute's silence for victims of Tunisia attack

The Queen will join people across the UK in a minute's silence tomrrow Credit: Reuters

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will join people across the UK in a minute's silence as a tribute to the victims of last week's Tunisia attack.

The minute's silence in memory of the victims will be held at noon tomorrow.

The Queen will be at the University of Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow and will mark the moment there, said Buckingham Palace.

David Cameron, the prime minister, will also join the silence from his Oxfordshire constituency.

Flags will be flown at half-mast throughout the day over Downing Street and other government buildings, as well as police stations across the country and British military bases and embassies around the world.

At royal palaces including Buckingham Palace, the Union Jack will fly at half mast.

At Wimbledon, the start of play will be delayed by 45 minutes to 12.15pm on outer courts, to allow tennis players and fans and tournament staff to observe the silence.

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IMF: Greece's debts could outweigh GDP for decades

Greece's debts are set to remain higher than its national income for years to come if tough economic reforms are not pushed through, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

In a preliminary draft of a debt sustainability report, the IMF estimated that the struggling country would need an extra 50 billion euros (£35.6bn) of help due to policy slippages and the latest proposals from Athens.

Greece could need an extra £35.6bn of help, the IMF has warned Credit: PA

Even if Greek policies get back on track, the IMF said, loans from Europe would need to be extended "significantly", with further concessional financing required.

Under its most optimistic projections, with such funding reaching through 2018, the IMF said Greece's national debt would still be 50 per cent higher than its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020, and 40 per cent higher than GDP in 2022.

A lower economic growth of just one per cent would mean debt staying above GDP for the next three decades, it added.

The warning comes just days before a referendum in Greece over the terms of an international bailout deal, which Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged voters to reject.

Air strikes against ISIL not enough, says former RAF chief

Britain should be looking beyond air strikes if Islamic State is to be be defeated in Syria, according to a former Chief of Air Staff.

Air Chief Sir Michael Graydon said that it would "unbelievably difficult" to formulate a long-term plan for Syria but it was the only way to ensure "completing the operation properly".

Speaking to ITV News, Sir Michael added that it would be "absolutely vital that we have the proper ground support if we go into Syria."

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Syria air strikes must not help Assad, insists Fallon

Michael Fallon told MPs the Commons would be consulted about possible action Credit: PA Wire

Any action take against Islamic State in Syria must not benefit the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has insisted.

Speaking to MPs, Fallon confirmed the Government would come to the Commons for approval before conducting air strikes in the country.

Backing the Prime Minister's view in September that there was a "strong case" for Britain to do more in Syria, Fallon added he knew there were reservations.

The Prime Minister recognised then the reservations that some members of this House had and we will not bring a motion to this House on which there is not some consensus," he said.

"This is of course though a new parliament and it is for all members to consider how best to tackle Isil, an evil caliphate that doesn't respect state boundaries.

"Our position therefore remains that we would return to this House for approval before conducting air strikes in Syria.

"The exception, as the House knows, is if there was a critical British national interest at stake or the need to act to prevent humanitarian catastrophe.

"But we are also clear that any action we take must not provide any succour to Assad or Assad's regime."

Bodies of nine Tunisia victims arrive back in UK

The body of Lisa Graham arrives back at the Brize Norton RAF base in Oxfordshire

The bodies of nine of those killed in the Tunisia beach massacre have been returned to the UK.

An RAF C17 transport plane carrying the remains of Lisa and William Graham, Philip Heathcote, Trudy Jones, Ann and James McQuire, Janet and John Stocker, and David Thompson landed at the Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire.

Relatives of the dead were present at the airbase to see their coffins removed from the plane.

The bodies returned home amid the news that the final British death toll in the attack on a resort in Sousse has been confirmed at 30.

The body of Philip Heathcote arrives back at the Brize Norton RAF base in Oxfordshire

The bodies of eight Britons killed in the attack were brought back to British soil yesterday. Further flights are expected tomorrow and Saturday.

All 30 of the British victims were holidaymakers with travel firm Thomson and First Choice.

A statement from the company said: "It is with great sadness that Thomson and First Choice can confirm the 30 British people positively identified by the FCO, UK police and Tunisian authorities as victims of the attack in Tunisia were our customers.

"The whole company would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those involved in this tragic event."

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