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Obama offers US support to Cameron over Tunisia

President Barack Obama expressed condolences to the UK over the deaths in Tunisia when he spoke with David Cameron on Monday.

A statement issued by the White House said:

President Obama spoke with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom today to express condolences and to offer support in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, last Friday, which killed a number of British citizens. The two leaders reaffirmed their steadfast commitment to work together with our partners in Europe, the Middle East, and around the world to confront terrorism and counter violent extremist ideologies. The President conveyed that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims, families and loved ones from all countries affected by last Friday’s attacks in Tunisia.

– White House statement


Man arrested after guard seriously assaulted in court

A man has been arrested after a female security guard was left in a critical condition after being assaulted in court.

The Serco guard was seriously assaulted at Blackfriars Crown Court today, Scotland Yard said.

She was attacked as she escorted a prisoner between the court and a waiting van which was parked inside the court yard.

Detectives from the Met Police's Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.

London's Air Ambulance was called and the victim was treated at the scene before being taken to an east London hospital, where she remains in a critical condition. Her next of kin have been informed.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody at a south London police station.

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Hatfield colliery to close with loss of 400 jobs

Hatfield colliery: end of an era

Hatfield Colliery - the last remaining deep mine pit in Yorkshire - is to close with the loss of more than 400 jobs.

Workers at the worker-owned pit, which is near Doncaster, will be officially told tomorrow that production is to stop.

It was expected to stay open until summer 2016. Just over 300 workers will be laid off initially with the remaining 89 being kept on to oversee safety work and the filling in of the shafts.

The news comes just weeks after the closure of Kellingley and Thoresby Collieries was announced.


Tsipras: Greek people will not be swayed by 'blackmail'

Greek prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said the Greek people will not swayed by "blackmail" and will vote 'No' in Sunday's referendum and reject the bailout deal.

He also said Greece should not be expected to meet its latest debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund, due tomorrow.

Family: Tunisia victim Carly Lovett was a 'shining light'

Graduate Carly Lovett had recently got engaged to her childhood sweetheart. Credit: Family handout

The family of 24-year-old graduate Carly Lovett who was killed in the Tunisia shootings have paid tribute to their "shining light".

A statement issued by Lincolnshire Police on behalf of her family and fiance said: "Carly was and always will be our beautiful shining light; she was funny, clever, artistic and radiated love and happiness around her.

"We pray with all our hearts that this evil, and such disregard for human life, will end so no other family will feel the pain that we do today and always will.

It also said the support they have received "has been overwhelming and has been a great comfort to us all".

Anti-austerity protesters gather in Athens

Anti-austerity protesters gather in Athens Credit: RTV

Tens of thousands of people have gathered outside the Greek parliament after the government announced a referendum to determine if the proposed bailout deal should be accepted.

Many of those gathered are anti-austerity protesters waving flags with the Greek word for No.

A protester holds a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in Athens Credit: Reuters

Tunisia survivor: 'I looked round and saw a man with an AK47'

A pensioner has described his lucky escape when he came across the gunman in the Tunisia beach attack as he went to help an injured man.

Keith Hawkes, a former Gurkha, from Highbridge in Somerset, had travelled to the country with his wife to celebrate his 70th birthday.

He told ITV News West Country, the couple were on the beach when "all of a sudden there were three or four very loud bangs. I recognised these bangs as gun shots straight away".

Mr Hawkes then grabbed his wife and lead her to the safety of their hotel room.

He then went back downstairs to help the injured and "looked round and saw a man with an AK47 rifle slung across the front of his body".

"Then there was another loud bang and he'd fired a shot in the reception area. We were just so, so lucky", he added.

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