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Pope Francis: Human dignity key to Greek debate

Pope Francis said human dignity should be at the centre of the debate. Credit: Reuters

The Pope today urged leaders to make responsible decision to resolve the Greek debt crisis.

Pope Francis, 78, said human dignity should be kept at the centre of the debate.

A Vatican statement said the pope was worried about the social implications of the crisis and its effects on families.

The dignity of the human person must remain at the centre of every political and technical debate as well as in the making of responsible decisions.

– Vatican statement

PM Tsipras: Greece prepared to accept bailout offer

Part of the letter sent by Greek PM Alexis Tsipras Credit: AP

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told international creditors Greece could accept their last bailout offer if some conditions are changed.

In a two-page letter, Mr Tsipras asked to keep a discount on VAT for Greek islands, stretch out defense spending cuts and delay the phasing out of an income supplement to poorer pensioners.

The initial reaction from other Eurozone ministers and senior officials was the letter contained elements they would find hard to accept.

The current bailout extension offer expired at midnight, but the letter could allow a new deal to be negotiated.

Alexis Tsipras signed the letter personally. Credit: AP


Watch a fleet of ice cream vans roll out in the heatwave

Now the summer heat has arrived with a vengeance, proprietors of ice cream vans up and down the country are rubbing their hands with glee - because if there's one thing a hot Brit likes, it's soft-scoop ice cream.

Ellinor's Ice Creams, from Gillingham in Kent, are hitting the streets today as Britain basks in the sun.

But spare a thought for the men in the vans - with the heat emitted from all their freezers, they certainly aren't cooling down.

Transport Secretary: Decision on Heathrow by September

The Transport Secretary has told MPs to expect a decision on whether to go ahead with the expansion of Heathrow by September, several months earlier than Prime Minister David Cameron initially said.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:

Nurse: A&E in 'heightened level of alert' over heatwave

A chief nurse at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust has said its A&E is in a "heightened level of alert" over soaring temperatures amid the heatwave.

"We are at a heightened level of alert and we will monitor the situation over the next 24 hours.

We are prepared for a possible increase in the number of patients though our A&E department for several reasons.

One, people's exposure to the sun and not covering up and maybe not drinking enough water.

Secondly some of our vulnerable patients out in the community that have a real trouble keeping themselves cool and are possibly at risk of becoming sick.

– A chief nurse Dame Eileen Sills


Eight victims being repatriated are named by FCO

The plane took off from Tunis. Credit: ITV News

The eight victims being repatriated to the UK have been named by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites.

PM: We expect Tunisia death toll to 'rise still further'

The Prime Minister has told the House of Commons that the government expects the death toll following the Tunisia terror attack to "rise still further".

Cameron in Prime Minister's Questions. Credit: ITV News

David Cameron said: "We do expect it to rise still further."

The PM said the he was looking at creating a ministerial committee to co-ordinate work across Government "to provide all the support that the victims of this appalling attack deserve and also to make sure that, as a nation, we mark and commemorate this event appropriately".

Met Office: Hottest day of the year since July 2006

A 2007 file photo of an aircraft taking off in the sunshine at Heathrow airport. Credit: PA

It is now the hottest day in the UK since 19th July 2006, as temperatures hit 34.5C (94.1F) at Heathrow airport and Northolt in north west London, the Met Office has confirmed.

Scotland has also seen its hottest day this year with 28.9C recorded at Aviemore.

Most of Britain will see the mercury hover between 30C (86F) and 33C (91.4C).

The Met Office is expecting higher final temperatures by the end of the day.

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