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PM: Winston Churchill's legacy continues to inspire

David Cameron has said his predecessor Sir Winston Church's legacy continues to inspire the "entire world" as Britain prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of his funeral.

David Cameron speaks in front of a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill Credit: PA Wire

"Half a century after his death, Winston Churchill's legacy continues to inspire not only the nation whose liberty he saved, but the entire world," Mr Cameron said.

"His words and his actions reverberate through our national life today."

"2015 is a year to remember Winston Churchill's extraordinary life of achievement, to admire and to celebrate it anew and to give thanks for his service not only to the country he loved, but to humanity as a whole."

Events to mark Churchill funeral anniversary

Events will be held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the funeral of former wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.

The statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. Credit: PA Wire

A remembrance service at the Houses of Parliament will be attended by David Cameron, who has said Churchill's legacy "continues to inspire the nation".

A wreath will be laid at the statue of Churchill in the Members' Lobby.

Members of Churchill's family will later take part in a flotilla on the River Thames along the same route taken by his funeral.

A ceremony at Westminster Abbey will also be held in the evening.

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Britain prepares for icy roads and travel disruption

Britons are preparing for fresh disruption today as more snow and ice hits the country.

Forecasters have warned that icy roads will be the main hazard today. Credit: PA Wire

Forecasters have warned that ice poses a major hazard today, with the threat of more snow storms still looming.

Helen Roberts, a forecaster at the Met Office, said she is expecting transport problems with ice the "main hazard".

The Highways Agency said its gritters will be out overnight to prepare against icy roads.

It comes after "thundersnow" storms hit Britain yesterday, forcing schools to close and suspending flights at Manchester and East Midlands Airports.

'Every effort' being made to secure hostage's release

Japan is still gathering intelligence in cooperation with the Jordanian authorities in an effort to free journalist Kenji Goto, the country's prime minister said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Credit: Reuters

Shinzo Abe said every effort was being made to secure Goto's release.

The comments come after a deadline set by Islamic State militants for the release of an Iraqi prisoner passed.

A message released online yesterday claimed a Jordanian air pilot would be killed unless prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi was released by sunset.

Islamist militants kill 27 in deadly Egypt attacks

At least 27 people have been killed in deadly terror attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

The Egyptian city of Rafah was among the areas targeted by militants. Credit: Reuters

A number of soldiers were killed when a series of car bombs and mortar strikes hit a military headquarters in the North Sinai capital El-Arish late on Thursday.

The nearby town of Sheik Zuwayid and the town of Rafah, bordering Gaza, were also targeted.

Militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Islamic State last year, claimed responsibility for the atrocities on its Twitter feed.

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