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Met: Terror exercises 'help us learn from mistakes'

Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said that one of the objectives of today's terror training exercise in London is to "learn from the mistakes we're bound to make."

"Best we make them today in an environment which we don't have terrorists that make them when we do," he said.

Families leave floral tributes for Tunisia attack victims

The floral tributes to the victims of the tourists murdered on a beach in a hotel in Tunisia have continued to build.

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It is believed that around 30 Britons could have died in the attack on Friday, which left many more people injured, after a gunman opened fire on a crowded beach.


Six train services affected by hot weather today

Several fast trains from London Paddington have been cancelled by First Great Western today, after Network Rail imposed speed restrictions to prevent track from buckling in the heat.

Six services out of 1,520 running today have been affected so far.

A spokesman said: "First Great Western is advising passengers that due to the anticipated hot weather Network Rail is to impose a speed restriction in the London Thames Valley area to protect track points on Tuesday 30 June.

"As a result there will be no fast trains between between London Paddington and Bourne End or Henley-on-Thames from 12:00 until 20:00."

Network has told train companies to slow down at vulnerable locations as tracks could buckle.

Kremlin: 'Greece problem not a matter for Russia'

Kremlin officials have said that solving Greece's debt crisis is not a matter for Russia but for Athens and its

This is Greece's problem. (It's a matter) of Greece's relations with its creditors, it's not a matter for us."

– Kremlin spokesman

The European Commission has already made a last-ditch offer to try to persuade Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to accept a bailout deal he has rejected before a referendum on Sunday.

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Blackpool couple leave 'void that will never be filled'

Facebook post from family Credit: Facebook

The family of a Blackpool couple killed in the Tunisian gun attack say there is a 'void' in their lives that 'will never be filled'. Former Birmingham City Football Club player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine are the latest to be confirmed as dead following the tragedy.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear Denis and Elaine Thwaites from Blackpool among those killed in the terrorist attack in Sousse and condolences to their family."

The retired couple, aged 70 and 69, arrived in Sousse on Wednesday and had been staying at the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba. Their son-in-law Danny Clifford used Twitter to try to find Mr and Mrs Thwaites after receiving no information.


Osborne: We'll protect Britain from Euro economic risks

Osborne: We'll protect Britain from Euro economic risks Credit: PA

Chancellor George Osborne said he would take whatever steps were needed to protect Britain from new threats to its economic security, a day after addressing parliament on the risks posed by Greece.

"We will take whatever further steps are needed to protect the UK from the new risks we see to our economic security," he said.

In a statement welcoming an upward revision to gross domestic productfigures, Osborne said Britain's economy was more resilient than five years ago.

Let workers wear casual clothes in heatwave, says TUC

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Workers should be allowed to wear shorts and vest tops rather than jackets and ties in hot offices this week, as temperatures rise into the mid-30s.

The union pointed out that there is no legal limit on working in high temperatures, so employers should be sympathetic about dress codes during the hot weather.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It's no fun working in a baking office or factory and employers should do all they can to take the temperature down. Clearly vest tops and shorts are not suitable attire for all front line staff, but those not dealing with the public should be able to discard their tights, ties and suits.

"Extreme heat can be as unpleasant to work in as extreme cold, and so long as the UK has no legal maximum working temperature, many workers will be working in conditions that are not just personally unpleasant, but will also be affecting their productivity."

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