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Kerry urges Hamas to seek peace negotiations

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Hamas to seek peace negotiations based on an Egyptian truce proposal that the militant group previously rejected.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. Credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool

Following a meeting with Egypt's president, Kerry said he had constructive talks with top Egyptian officials in a bid to end fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Kerry said he would keep working towards a ceasefire in coming days.

Warm sunshine for most up to 28C but a muggy night

Out towards east Anglia we saw a bit of an old weather front with cloud cover. Towards parts of Northern Ireland expect cloudy skies and some showers from time to time and through the rest of today.

Elsewhere it stays dry with some pretty warm spells of sunshine. Temperatures will be in the twenties, with the warmest in the south up to 28C. Into this evening, we will begin to see the sea fog rolling back in across north sea coastal areas. Another muggy night for sleeping with temperatures around 17C in places.

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Litvinenko: Putin 'won't extradite' main suspect

Marina Litvinenko does not believe that Russian president Vladimir Putin will extradite the man named by prosecutors as the main suspect in the death of her husband.

Marina Litvinenko.
Marina Litvinenko. Credit: PA

Andrei Lugovoy, now a politician in Russia, was named by prosecutors as the main suspect in the case, but Marina Litvinenko said she thought it was unlikely that he would change his mind and extradite him.

Speaking to reporters she said: "I believe Putin will not change his decision to extradite or change his decision."

She added: "What I do is not against Russia because I am Russian and I love my country."

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

A pine tree planted in memory of George Harrison has died because of a beetle infestation.

Tye Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon
Tye Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon Credit: Pa News/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The sapling was planted in 2004 in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, and by 2013 it had grown to more than 10 feet tall.

But the park's trees have often succumbed to bark ladybird beatles.

Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge confirmed that the famous tree will be replanted, the LA Times reported.

Marina Litvinenko: 'I'm for justice and truth'

The widow of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko has said she fought for a public inquiry for "justice and truth."

Using the name her husband's loved ones knew him as, Marina Litvinenko told reporters: "For me it is very important because there is a lot of speculation about why Sacha died and what happened. I want to finish the speculation about his death."

She added: "It is very difficult to say what I feel exactly now but I was waiting for this day.... I'm for justice and truth."

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Police unveil marked tractor with flashing blue lights

It probably won't be giving chase down a country lane in the fight against crime anytime soon but Dyfed Powys Police has unveiled its latest vehicle this week - a tractor with flashing blue lights.

Police Tractor
The aim of the police tractor is public engagement in rural area. Credit: Dyfed Powys police

The force hopes the novelty piece of kit will strike a chord with rural communities and encourage public engagement in agricultural events over the summer months.

It was launched this week at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells.

We're very impressed with this new piece of kit - and are hoping it'll encourage people to come and have a look and to then speak to us at events over the summer. Engagement with our rural communities is important to us. We're sure it will appeal to children and adults alike, and as part of the fun why not have your photo taken with the police tractor.

– Inspector Tim Davies, Dyfed Powys Police

But the tractor will not be taking to the streets or lanes carrying out patrols as it is on loan and will be handed back later in the year.

No.10: Litvinenko inquiry 'not linked' to Ukraine tensions

There is "no link whatsoever" between the announcement of a public inquiry into the death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko and the current tensions with Russia over the Ukraine, according to David Cameron's official spokesman.

Alexander Litvinenko shortly before his death.
Alexander Litvinenko shortly before his death. Credit: PA

The probe will begin on July 31st and is planned to be complete by the end of next year, they said, adding that it will hold most of its hearings in public, although it could go into closed session if national security was put at risk.

Under the Inquiries Act, Sir Robert Owen who is leading the investigation will have the power to demand the production of witnesses and papers within UK jurisdiction, including agents and documents from the security and intelligence services.

However, he has no such powers in relation to evidence from Russia.

Putin: Russia must strengthen its military capability

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia must strengthen its military capability to counter Nato activity in eastern Europe.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Moscow:

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So that's the Kremlin fighting fire with fire. True to Putin's style. When on a corner: lash out

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