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Eurostar axes Brussels services tomorrow due to strike

Eurostar has had to axe its Brussels services tomorrow due to a national strike in Belgium.

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The Channel Tunnel high-speed train company will not be operating to and from the Belgian capital, with a reduced service starting and finishing at Lille in northern France.

Eurostar has also had to cancel one of tonight's London to Brussels services, which had been due to leave St Pancras at 7.34pm. In addition, this evening's London-Brussels 6.04pm train was departing 30 minutes later.

Eurostar services between London and Paris are unaffected.



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Surrey Police continuing to investigate Alps murders

Surrey Police said they would continue to work with French authorities on the investigation.

A statement added:

The 54-year-old man, from Chessington, was arrested on 24 June 2013 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and interviewed as part of the on-going investigation.

At this stage there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any criminal offence and no further police action is being taken at this time.

Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli from Claygate, Surrey and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, who lived in Sweden, were found shot dead along with French cyclist Sylvain Mollier on a remote forest road in Chevaline on September 5 2012.

This remains a French-led investigation and officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team continue to work closely with the French authorities.

We have carried out exhaustive enquiries in the UK on a number of active lines of enquiry under the terms of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

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Zaid al-Hilli to face no charges over Alps murders

Zaid al-Hilli, who was accused of orchestrating the shooting of his brother Saad al-Hilli, his wife and mother-in-law, has had his bail cancelled because there is not enough evidence to charge him with a crime, police said.

Zaad al-Hilli pictured last year. His brother was killed in 2012.
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Background to the PIP breast implant scandal

The head of the French company that is accused of selling 300,000 faulty breast implants has gone on trial.

Here is a look back at the breast implant scandal:

  • Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) was founded by Jean-Claude Mas in 1991.
  • Before the company went into liquidation in 2011, it is thought around 300,000 women were sold faulty breast implants.
  • Concerns were first raised in France over PIP's high rupture rate in 2009.
  • In 2010, France suspended the marketing, distribution, export and use of PIP implants.
  • The French government said it recommended all women with the implants to have them removed in late 2011.
  • A review ordered by the Health Secretary found that PIP implants were more likely to rupture or leak.
  • Mas offered an apology on April 24, 2013, for the implants, saying: "I apologise to the plantiffs for the gel used by PIP since 1992."
  • The Frenchman and four PIP executives face aggravated fraud charges and face five years each in prison.
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