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London event to commemorate liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Family members and Auswitz survivors yesterday Credit: Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Events will be held accross the capital today to commemorative 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poand.

Senior politicians and other dignitaries will join survivors for an event at Westminster with another event taking place the Imperial War Museum.

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Anti-nuclear activists march against Trident

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Anti-nuclear activists called on the government to "wrap up" the Trident nuclear missiles programme during a protest in central London today.

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he group wrapped a huge pink-coloured scarf, around the Ministry of Defence building.

Protestors held "A&E not WMD" and"Books Not Bombs" signs and also carried fake bins of radioactive waste.

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The protest came just days after a debate in the Commons on the future of Trident.

Only 37 MPs backed a motion calling on the Government to not renew Trident, which protestors said showed the "gulf" between politicians and the public.

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Islington Council introduce parking surcharge for diesel drivers

A council plans to hit residents who own diesel cars with a surcharge of almost £100. The fee will be levied on diesel owners who apply for a parking permit in the London borough of Islington. Residents currently pay between £15.50 and £434 for an annual permit depending on engine size and carbon dioxide emissions. The new £96 surcharge for diesel vehicles is expected to be introduced in April.

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The move is an attempt to cut deadly Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and diesel particulates. Poor air quality is said to contribute to the deaths of more than 4,000 Londoners every year.

We're committed to improving air quality in Islington, and diesel fumes are a major cause of air pollution. Pollutants in diesel exhausts have been linked to heart and lung diseases, which are major causes of serious and long-term health issues and even death in Islington, and the surcharge will encourage a move away from diesel."

– CLLR CLAUDIA WEBBE, ISLINGTON COUNCIL

Two other London councils levy a diesel surcharge but far lower than the £96 proposed by Islington. Camden residents pay an extra £10.30, while in Kensington and Chelsea, the owners of older diesel vehicles face a charge of £18.

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May: We must 'redouble efforts' to tackle anti-semitism

Home Secretary Theresa May says efforts to stamp out anti-semitism in Britain must be "redoubled", after members of the Jewish community expressed concerns over their safety.

Theresa May said Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Speaking at an event to commemorate Jews that died during the terror attacks in France, May said: "I never thought I would see the day when members of the Jewish community in the United Kingdom would say they were fearful of remaining here in the United Kingdom."

She said the recent attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris - which left four innocent people dead - was a "chilling reminder of anti-Semitism, not just in France but the recent anti-Semitic prejudice that we sadly have seen in this country".

Read: CCTV captures defacing of Holocaust memorial poster

After Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Mark Rowley spoke of a "heightened concern" among police about the threat to Jewish communities, May said she was aware that "many Jewish people in this country are feeling vulnerable and fearful".

Read: Holocaust memorial posters defaced in Newham

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