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Merkel 'expects no new developments' on Greek bailout

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has said she expects no new developments on Greece, the Reuters news agency reported sources at a meeting with the chancellor as saying.

Her words appear to dash hopes of a last-minute deal between Greece and its creditors before current bailout funding is due to expire.

Merkel also said the consequences of the Greek crisis could be cushioned well and there was no need to fear the effects on the euro zone, according to the Reuters' sources.

Greece submits new proposal to creditors

Greece has submitted a new two-year aid proposal to creditors, according to a statement from the Greek prime minister's office.

"The Greek government proposed today a two-year deal with the ESM [European Stability Mechanism] to fully cover its financial needs and with parallel debt restructuring," the statement said.

"Greece remains at the negotiating table," it said.

It was unclear how Greece's creditors would respond.


'Gunman's phone' led police to suspected accomplices

The seven suspected accomplices in Friday's terror attack in Tunisia may have been detained as a result of information found on the gunman's mobile phone, which he threw into the sea in Sousse.

Police have launched a major manhunt for two other men they believe are linked to the massacre.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports from Sousse:

Social worker killed in Tunisia beach massacre

58-year-old social worker John Stollery, from Nottinghamshire, is the latest victim of the Tunisian terrorist attacks to be named.

He was on holiday with his wife Cheryl and son when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui struck.

Mrs Stollery paid tribute to her "special" husband who she described as her "best friend" adding: "Our thoughts are with others who have gone through this mindless act of terrorism. We believe we all need to learn from what has happened and how it devastates individual and family life, so as to prevent it from happening to others."

John was special, he made a difference and gave his best to others. We, his family, are proud of him and deeply saddened that he was taken from us in such a horrific and tragic way.

We still had a long life to live with plans and dreams for our future together.

We love and miss him terribly and nothing will ever be the same again. He was a super husband and my best friend and a devoted dad to our son. He will remain in our hearts and in our memory forever.

– Cheryl Stollery

Mr Stollery worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for the past 33 years and for the last 16 years was dedicated to working with children in care.

Today is the hottest day of the year - until tomorrow

Lifeguards keep watch on Brighton beach Credit: REUTERS/Luke Macgregor

With temperatures reaching 28.1C at Kew Gardens today, it is officially the hottest day of the year so far.

However, with a forecast well into the thirties for much of Britain tomorrow, that record looks set to be broken. Most forecasts are predicting temperatures as high as a blistering 35C, just a few degrees shy of the all-time record, 38.5°C, recorded in Kent town Faversham, in August 2003.

Last Friday was the previous hottest in 2015, when it reached 27.8C in Gravesend in Kent.


P&O boss attacks French and UK Governments over Calais

The P&O Ferries boss has launched a withering attack on the French and British government as well as Eurotunnel. P&O Ferries chief executive Helen Deeble blamed Eurotunnel for putting passengers in the middle of an industrial relations battle by not securing the jobs of workers involved.

Let me be clear: the buck stops with the French Government. They have shown that they can move swiftly to stop any disruption at the tunnel. But they have effectively abandoned any attempt to maintain security at the port of Calais, which makes a nonsense of European co-operation.

And when is the British Government going to stand up to ensure that we can all get to mainland Europe safely and securely? Every day that the disruption lasts costs UK Plc millions of pounds.

– P&O Ferries boss Helen Deeble

Eurotunnel: 'Calais in chaos - migrants are everywhere'

A blockade by striking ferry workers in Calais has left "the local environment is in chaos ... there is gridlock", according to a Eurotunnel spokesman.

He said that in recent days the pattern of migrant activity has spread from attacking trucks on motorways to trying to access the terminal.

He said: "There are migrants everywhere which means we have to control the trucks before they get to the site."

A striking worker walks past a pile of tires put on the Eurotunnel train tracks before being set on fire. Credit: PA
Eurotunnel: 'Calais in chaos - migrants are everywhere' . Credit: PA

Eurotunnel 'deplores' blockade protest by union

Lorries parked on the M20 near Charing in Kent. Credit: PA

Eurotunnel has said it "deplores" the protest which saw tires burned on tracks in a blockage that meant services through the Channel Tunnel had to be suspended.

Services through the Channel Tunnel are currently suspended until further notice due to action by the Maritime Nord union who are also blockading the port of Calais.

Eurotunnel deplores the actions of this union which have severely disrupted cross channel traffic over the past week. Eurotunnel calls on the governments of both Britain and France to bring an end to this industrial action and to restore order in the Calais region."

It is understood that this happened at 12.45am when protesters broke in to the Eurotunnel site and blocked the track with burning tires.

– Eurotunnel spokesman
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