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Barclays report 25% rise in profits after CEO sacked

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Barclays has announced a 25% rise in first half profits just three weeks after chief executive Antony Jenkins was fired over lacklustre revenue growth.

It comes despite the bank having to pay out more than £1 billion in compensation to customers over scandals such as PPI mis-selling.

However, the bank has said it will streamline the business to ramp up growth and squeeze costs but has yet to say how they will do that.

Migrant dies after 1,500 try to storm Channel Tunnel

A migrant died last night after 1,500 people tried to storm the Channel Tunnel in Calais, operator Eurotunnel said today.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel said the migrant died as the group tried to enter the French terminal site.

The man was believed to be a Sudanese national in his late 20s who died when he was reportedly hit by a truck as he tried to climb over a shuttle.

I can confirm that one migrant died last night after 1,500 tried to storm the Eurotunnel.

– Eurotunnel spokesman

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PM: We will do everything we can to improve Calais situation

The migrant crisis in Calais is "very concerning", David Cameron has said, promising that "we will do everything we can" to improve the situation.

The Prime Minister, speaking during his visit to Singapore, said he had sympathy for holidaymakers who had their travel plans disrupted by the disturbances.

Mr Cameron said:

I have every sympathy with holidaymakers who are finding access to Calais difficult because of the disturbances there and we will do everything we can to work with the French to bring these things to a conclusion.

But it is not a satisfactory situation.

There's no point trying to point fingers of blame, it's about working with the French, putting in place these additional security measures, adding in the investment where that's needed - Britain will always come forward with that, we know how important it is and the Home Secretary will be co-ordinating this this morning at the meeting of the Cobra committee.

– David Cameron

Theresa May to hold Cobra meeting on Calais migrants

2014 file photo: Theresa May speaks to the House of Commons. Credit: PA

The Home Secretary will chair a meeting of the he Government's emergency Cobra committee today to discuss the ongoing problems with migrants trying to access the Eurotunnel, David Cameron has said.

Speaking from a trade mission in Vietnam, Mr Cameron said the situation in Calais was "very concerning" and that Theresa May will chair the Cobra meeting in his absence.

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'Invest in the north of England' PM tells south-east Asia

Prime Minister David Cameron also visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has urged south-east Asian investors to pump money into the cities of the "Northern Powerhouse".

As part of his four day trade mission to the region, David Cameron told investors in Singapore that he wanted them to look at the UK "in a new way" and consider cities like Leeds and Manchester for their plans rather than just London.

I really would encourage you to look at Britain in a new way...

We want to re-balance our country and we want Singaporean and other south-east Asian investors to help us do it. That is what the Northern Powerhouse is all about.

From the North Sea to the Singapore Strait, let's get more trade flowing.

– David Cameron

Florida nail bomb plotter 'foiled by FBI sting operation'

Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West , Florida, is seen posing with an iPhone. Credit: Facebook

A 23-year-old man who was allegedly plotting to detonate a nail bomb on a busy beach in Florida, had his plans foiled by the FBI when they managed to set him up with a fake device, NBC News reports.

The FBI say that Harlem Suarez apparently told an informant about his alleged plan to detonate bomb that could be activated by a cell phone, and they managed to provide him with a dummy bomb in a 'sting'-type operation.

I can go to the beach at night time...put the thing in the sand...cover it up... so next day I just call and the thing is gonna, is gonna make...a real hard noise from nowhere.

– Harlem Suarez

Suarez told an undercover agent that he was unable to build a bomb and asked the officer to provide one for him. He was arrested when the operative handed him an inert device said to be a bomb on Monday, the FBI said.

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