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Marina Litvinenko: 'I'm for justice and truth'

The widow of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has said she had fought for a public inquiry for "justice and truth."

Using the name her husband's loved ones knew him as, Marina Litvinenko told reporters: "For me it is very important because there is a lot of speculation about why Sacha died and what happened. I want to finish the speculation about his death."

She added: "It is very difficult to say what I feel exactly now but I was waiting for this day."

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Police unveil marked tractor with flashing blue lights

It probably won't be giving chase down a country lane in the fight against crime anytime soon but Dyfed Powys Police has unveiled its latest vehicle this week - a tractor with flashing blue lights.

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The aim of the police tractor is public engagement in rural area. Credit: Dyfed Powys police

The force hopes the novelty piece of kit will strike a chord with rural communities and encourage public engagement in agricultural events over the summer months.

It was launched this week at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells.

We're very impressed with this new piece of kit - and are hoping it'll encourage people to come and have a look and to then speak to us at events over the summer. Engagement with our rural communities is important to us. We're sure it will appeal to children and adults alike, and as part of the fun why not have your photo taken with the police tractor.

– Inspector Tim Davies, Dyfed Powys Police

But the tractor will not be taking to the streets or lanes carrying out patrols as it is on loan and will be handed back later in the year.

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No.10: Litvinenko inquiry 'not linked' to Ukraine tensions

There is "no link whatsoever" between the announcement of a public inquiry into the death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko and the current tensions with Russia over the Ukraine, according to David Cameron's official spokesman.

Alexander Litvinenko shortly before his death.
Alexander Litvinenko shortly before his death. Credit: PA

The probe will begin on July 31st and is planned to be complete by the end of next year, they said, adding that it will hold most of its hearings in public, although it could go into closed session if national security was put at risk.

Under the Inquiries Act, Sir Robert Owen who is leading the investigation will have the power to demand the production of witnesses and papers within UK jurisdiction, including agents and documents from the security and intelligence services.

However, he has no such powers in relation to evidence from Russia.

Putin: Russia must strengthen its military capability

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia must strengthen its military capability to counter Nato activity in eastern Europe.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Moscow:

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So that's the Kremlin fighting fire with fire. True to Putin's style. When on a corner: lash out

Real Madrid announce signing of World Cup star

Rodriguez celebrates scoring for Colombia during the World Cup.
Rodriguez celebrates scoring for Colombia during the World Cup. Credit: PA

Real Madrid have announced the signing Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez in a big-money deal with French club AS Monaco.

Rodriguez not only top-scored at the World Cup in Brazil but also scored the goal of the tournament with a stunning volley against Uruguay.

Neither club have confirmed the fee for the 23-year-old, but reports suggest Madrid have paid in the region of €80m (£63m), which would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Read: James Rodriguez strike voted best goal of World Cup

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Clarke: 'Aggressive Islamist agenda' in some schools

A group of individuals tried to introduce an "aggressive Islamist agenda" into some schools in Birmingham, the author of a Government-commissioned report has said.

Former counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke said his report had uncovered practices that have "no place in state non-faith schools".

Read: 'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

Labour: 'UK Government should oppose Gaza invasion'

The shadow foreign secretary has said a deal between Israel and Hamas will inevitably be reached in the end so the Government should oppose a ground invasion of Gaza.

Labour: 'UK Government should oppose Gaza invasion'.
Labour: 'UK Government should oppose Gaza invasion'. Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Douglas Alexander said the variable involved would be the number of children and civilians killed by the fighting before both sides eventually reach an uneasy truce and urged Tobias Ellwood, the new Middle East minister, to signal a shift in position.

Last week I warned an Israeli ground operation in Gaza would bring more suffering for the Palestinians and would be a strategic error for Israel.

– Douglas Alexander

But Mr Ellwood said the Government was working towards a ceasefire and said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond would fly to the region shortly.

Minister: Trojan Horse report is 'disturbing'

The Education Secretary has called the findings of Peter Clarke's report on the 'Trojan Horse' plots in Birmingham schools "disturbing".

Nicky Morgan told MPs there was "compelling evidence" that hardline Muslims had tried to gain control of the governing bodies of a small number of schools.

She said there was a "clear account" that people in authority had "not promoted fundamental British values and had failed to challenge the extremist views of others".

Read: Pupils allegedly 'shown images of jihad' in class

Malaysian investigators inspect MH17 site for first time

A team of Malaysian investigators have begun inspecting the wreckage of downed flight MH17 - the first time they have been allowed access to the site since Thursday's crash.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe monitoring team stand near the crash site.
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe monitoring team stand near the crash site. Credit: APTN
Malaysian investigators take photographs of the wreckage.
Malaysian investigators take photographs of the wreckage. Credit: APTN
Local villagers took part in a memorial service near the crash site as the investigators assessed the wreckage.
Local villagers took part in a memorial service near the crash site as the investigators assessed the wreckage. Credit: APTN
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