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John Kerry fined for failing to clear snow from pavement

John Kerry Credit: PA Wire

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been fined for failing to clear the snow from the pavement in front of his home in Boston.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has vowed to crack down on residents and businesses who fail to clear snow from their premises.

Despite being in Saudi Arabia attending the funeral of King Abdullah, Kerry was handed a $50 (£33) fine for failing to clear the snow from around his mansion in Beacon Hill.

A spokesman told the Boston Globe newspaper that Kerry would promptly pay the fine.

Wintry showers confined to high ground by lunchtime

The wintry showers we'll see this morning will become more confined to the high ground by lunchtime. There will be further heavy showers across Northern Ireland and the north of Scotland, falling as sleet and snow.

Wintry showers confined to high ground by lunchtime. Credit: Met Office

A few lighter showers will linger to the southwest and central England and they will mainly fall as rain here, with sleet at times, and there will be some bright spells for most today, especially to the northeast. Temperatures will reach 7 degree Celsius (45 F) but it'll feel very cold in the wind.

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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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