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US 'will continue to support efforts on Greek economy'

The United States says it will "continue to support" efforts to strengthen the Greek economy after left-wing party Syriza formed a coalition with the right-wing Independent Greeks.

In a statement, the White House Press Secretary said: "We congratulate Greece on successfully completing its parliamentary elections, and we look forward to working closely with its next government.

"The Greek people have taken many difficult but important steps to lay the groundwork for economic recovery."

"As a longstanding friend and ally, the United States will continue to support their efforts and those of the international community to strengthen the foundation for Greece’s long-term prosperity," the statement added.

Auschwitz survivor: I survived like a rat in a hole

A Holocaust survivor has told ITV News she survived her time in the Auschwitz death camp "like a rat in a hole".

Rose Schindler was just 14 years old when she arrived at the camp.

"I feel disgusted that it's all still here," she told ITV News Presenter Mark Austin.


Alexis Tsipras sworn in as new Greek prime minister

Tsipras at his swearing in ceremony at the Presidential palace. Credit: RTV

Alexis Tsipras has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece in a ceremony at Athens' Presidential palace.

Tsipras shaking hands with Greek President Karolos Papoulias. Credit: RTV

The Syriza leader has formed a coalition government with the right-wing Independent Greeks to form a functional majority.


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Tsipras breaks with Greek tradition with political oath

Tsipras with Archbishop Ieronymos ahead of his swearing in. Credit: RTV

We are right outside the Presidential palace, where Alexis Tsipras just walked in for his meeting with the President, at which he will be asked to form a government.

Having done that deal with coalition partners this morning, that formality will be completed. There will then be a swearing in ceremony - conducted by the Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens.

Tsipras arriving at the Presidential palace in the last hour. Credit: Georgina Brewer/ITV News

Tsipras has asked that it not be religious in nature as he is an atheist, making him the first to take a purely political oath as leader.

He will then go to a memorial to victims of the Nazis during World War Two, before getting on with the business of running the country - which will start later this afternoon.

First woman bishop Libby Lane gives a thumbs up

Rev Libby Lane gives a thumbs up. Credit: PA

Rev Libby Lane gave a thumbs up today as she was ordained the Church of England's first woman bishop.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu ordains Rev Lane. Credit: PA

The service at York Minster was slightly interrupted by a male protester who shouted: "No, it's not in the bible".

But Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu ignored him and things continued without incident.

Members of the clergy gather round Rev Lane as she is ordained. Credit: Pool

The historic service comes months after legislation was changed allowing women bishops.

A rapturous applause came from the congregation of around 2,000 as Rev Lane was officially presented as the Bishop of Stockport.

Rev Lane gets a hug after she is ordained. Credit: PA

Public Health England warning over snow and wind

Snow earlier this month near Allenheads in Northumberland. Credit: PA

Public Health England has issued further warnings over cold weather, strong winds and snow heading back to parts of England this week following an update from the Met Office.

Although many parts of the country have already seen colder weather this winter, it does look like we’re in for a further spell with bitter winds and snow showers likely to make it feel particularly cold.

– Dr Angie Bone, head of the Extreme Events team at Public Health England

The forecaster issued a cold weather alert across Yorkshire and Humber, the North East, the North West, West Midlands, the East Midlands and the East of England.

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