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Jean-Claude Juncker in feisty exchange with journalist

A feisty exchange between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and a BBC journalist has signified the tense atmosphere at the EU leaders' summit in Brussels.

Asked about Thursday's dinner with Theresa May and the rest of the EU leaders, an apparently irritated Mr Juncker scoffed before replying: "We had no special event with Theresa May yesterday, she was explaining what her intentions are.

"I will have lunch with her and then we'll see what has to happen."

When pressed by the journalist on what he proposed to discuss with Mrs May, Mr Juncker retorted sternly: "Are you the British prime minister?"

EU leaders leaders have warned that Mrs May faces tough negotiations if she insists on a "hard Brexit".

However, European Council President Donald Tusk has insisted that no formal Brexit talks will be held until Article 50 is invoked.


Minute's silence held at site of Aberfan junior school

A minute's silence has been held at the site of the school devastated by the Aberfan disaster, which killed 116 schoolchildren and 28 adults 50 years ago.

ITV News Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn witnessed the anniversary tribute at the site of Pantglas Junior School at 9.15am.

IS suicide bombers kill 11 in Kirkuk power plant attack

Kirkuk is some 100 miles from the Islamic State-held city of Mosul Credit: Reuters

Three fighters with the so-called Islamic State are said to have stormed a power plant north of Kirkuk, killing 11 people before blowing themselves up, according to Iraqi police.

Kirkuk is about 100 miles from the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a wide-scale offensive to recapture the city.

Major Ahmed Kader Ali said the men entered the facility early on Friday, took 10 workers hostage, and demanded to be taken to two Iranians who worked there.

One of the workers reportedly led the fighters to the Iranians before escaping, while the fighters killed the Iranians and other workers and then blew themselves up as the police arrived.


US soldier killed by roadside bomb near Mosul

About 5,000 US forces are in Iraq Credit: Reuters

A US bomb disposal expert has died from wounds he sustained from a roadside bomb planted near the city of Mosul.

The service member, who has not been identified, had been operating as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in support of the Iraqi Kurdish force known as the peshmerga.

About 5,000 US forces are in Iraq, with more than 100 of them embedded with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces involved with the Mosul offensive.

This is the fourth US soldier to have been killed since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve in 2014.

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