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Official projection shows victory for Syriza in Greece

Syriza's leader Alexis Tsipras has promised to renegotiate the country's 240 billion-euro bailout. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA

Greece's far-left Syriza party will have 149-151 seats in the 300-seat parliament after winning a 36.5% share of the vote in the snap general election, according to the official projection.

The conservative New Democracy party is predicted to have come second with 27.7%.

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  1. James Mates

Syriza facing a fundamental Eurozone contradiction

There is a fundamental contradiction here, Syriza want to effectively break the Eurozone's rules by not repaying debt, by being let off various taxing, spending and budget deficit strictures as laid down by Berlin.

But at the same time they, and 75% of Greek voters, do not want to leave the Euro.

They believe they can square that circle by mediation but the German central bank is already saying that is not going to happen.

The problem for the Eurozone is that Spain, Italy, France all have anti-austerity parties as well. If they let the Greeks go their own way, everyone else will want to do the same.

Poll suggests Syriza party could win outright victory

The Syriza Party, led by Alexis Tsipras, looks set to win Greece's snap general election. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA

Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza could win an outright victory in Sunday's snap election, after commanding a 10 point lead over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservatives, according to an updated exit poll.

Syriza was on track to take 36 and 38% of the national vote, well ahead of Samaras' center-right New Democracy party which was seen taking 26 to 28%, according to the updated poll.

The updated poll showed Syriza securing between 148 to 154 seats in the 300-seat parliament.

Hammond calls out Russia after renewed Ukraine violence

Further violence by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine will lead to a "grave deterioration" in relations between the European Union and Moscow, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned.

Tributes have been laid during a rally in Kiev for the people killed in Mariupol. Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

Mr Hammond called on Russia to end its support for the separatists and exert its influence over the rebel leadership to bring an end to the attacks.

I am deeply concerned about the significant escalation in violence in east Ukraine over the past week. Recent announcements by the separatist leaders of further offensives, and their blatant refusal to abide by the ceasefire, raise serious questions about the commitments they made at Minsk.

I call on Russia to stop its material support to the separatists immediately, and use its considerable influence over the separatist leadership to stop these indiscriminate attacks, and fully abide by the commitments they made at Minsk.

Russia will be judged by its actions, not words. If the escalation in fighting continues, with tragic consequences for the local population, this will lead to a further grave deterioration in relations between the EU and Russia.

– Philip Hammond

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Heavy snow predicted for many parts of the UK

Severe weather warnings have been issued for large parts of the UK as forecasters predict heavy snow in the coming days.

Forecasters are predicting heavy snow in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Wintry showers are expected to hit northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning - which means be aware - and called on the public to prepare for disruption to travel.

Forecasters expect 2-5cm of snow to accumulate locally at low levels while higher ground above 150 metres could see in excess of 10cm. Visibility could be significantly reduced at times with strong and gusty winds likely to accompany snow showers.

A statement by the Met Office's chief forecaster read: "An active cold front is expected to push south-east across the UK during Wednesday introducing an increasingly cold and unstable air mass.

"Showers will become frequent and heavy, increasingly falling as snow in the north and west, and driven well inland by strong to gale force north-westerly winds. Accumulating snow is likely, especially overnight."

Report: Gun battle erupts at Nigeria airport

A fresh gun battle erupted in Nigeria between militants and troops near the airport of the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a security source and nearby resident said Sunday evening.

Maiduguri Airport, Nigeria. Credit: Google Maps

"I can hear sporadic gun shots and bomb explosions, I am sure the boys are back to retaliate for what was done to them this morning," Bello Muhammad, who lives about 300 metres (yards) from the airport, told Reuters.

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents launched an attack on the outskirts of Maiduguri, including the airport that is used by military and civilian aircraft, on Sunday just after midnight but were repelled by the army in the early afternoon.

Greek polls may show 'collapse in mainstream parties'

The exit polls in the Greek elections could show the collapse of mainstream political parties, ITV News Europe Editor James Mates says, if they do reflect the result.

Greek exit polls 'notoriously unreliable but probably right'

Greek exit polls are often unreliable but today's is unlikely to be wrong, ITV Europe Editor James Mates reports:

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