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Major anti-terror exercise underway across the city

Police, emergency services, intelligence agencies and transport staff and agencies are taking part in a training exercise to test London's robustness to the event of a terrorist firearms attack.

The exercise will involve up to 1,000 officers, police said. Credit: PA

Exercise Strong Tower has been planned since January, and will take place at different site across the city - including at Aldwych station close to the strand.

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Michelle Obama to visit London later this month

The US First Lady Michelle Obama will visit London with her mother and daughters later this month.

Michelle Obama will visit London with her mother and daughters. Credit: Reuters

Her visit is part of her campaign to boost girls' education across the world, the Let Girls Learn initiative championed by herself and her husband.

Her visit comes six years after delivering an emotional address to pupils at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington. The US embassy said Mrs Obama would:

meet with students and discuss how the UK and the US are working together to expand access to girls' education around the world - supporting adolescent girls in completing their education.

– US embassy official

North Korean dictator's brother at Eric Clapton gig

Footage has appeared online apparently showing the older brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un at an Eric Clapton gig at London's Albert Hall.

This YouTube clip, which appears to be shot by NK News, shows Mr Kim's brother Kim Jong-chul. He is known to have attended concerts by Eric Clapton in the past and is thought to have attended two at the Albert Hall recently.

Eric Clapton is currently most of the way through a 10-day residency at the venue which finishes tomorrow evening.

Yacht disaster may have been caused by structural weakness

An official report into the deaths of four British sailors in the Atlantic says the accident may have been caused by structural weakening of the vessel, caused by previous groundings and repairs.

The Cheeki Rafiki Credit: Royal Yachting Association/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The four men lost in the May 2014 disaster were captain Andrew Bridge, 22, from Farnham, Surrey, and crew members James Male, 22, from Southampton; Steve Warren, 52, from Bridgwater, Somerset; and Paul Goslin, 56, from West Camel, Somerset. They had been taking part in a regatta in Antigua and were sailing back to Southampton when their vessel capsized approximately 720 miles east-south-east of Nova Scotia in Canada on May 16.

The sailors: (left to right) Paul Goslin, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge Credit: Royal Yachting Association/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One or more keel bolts on the yacht may have deteriorated and it was "probable that the crew were fatigued and their performance was impaired accordingly", the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report also said. But MAIB concluded: "In the absence of survivors and material evidence, the causes of the accident remain a matter of some speculation."

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