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Public inquiry into Litvinenko poisoning 'expected'

Good Morning Britain's Richard Gaisford is outside the Millennium Hotel in London's Grosvenor Square:

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At London hotel where former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in 2006. Expect news of public inquiry today http://t.co/Vzi0rR7VRd

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Alexander Litvinenko public inquiry 'to be held'

The Government will announce today that a public inquiry will be held into the death of poisoned ex Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, it has been reported.

Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with polonium
Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with polonium Credit: PA

Mystery has surrounded the death of the former KGB officer since he died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 with two ex colleagues at a London hotel in 2006.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Home Secretary Theresa May will tell Parliament that a public inquiry will take over from the inquest.

A Government spokeswoman said: "An announcement in relation to the death of Alexander Litvinenko is due to be made on Tuesday morning. We will provide no further details until an announcement has been made to the House."

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Obama and Miliband 'affirmed US-UK ties'

The White House said Barack Obama and Ed Miliband "affirmed the strong ties that bind the United States and the United Kingdom" during their brief meeting at the White House today.

President Obama joined National Security Advisor Rice’s meeting today with Mr. Ed Miliband, leader of the United Kingdom’s opposition Labour Party.

Mr. Miliband was meeting with Ambassador Rice to discuss issues of shared concern, including the situations in Ukraine, Israel/Gaza, and Iraq.

– White House statement

Read: Miliband stakes his claim as an international statesman

Miliband and Obama hold 'warm and friendly' talks

Barack Obama spoke with Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander at the White House.
Barack Obama spoke with Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander at the White House.

Ed Miliband has met with US President Barack Obama at the White House, conducting what the Labour leader called "warm and friendly" talks.

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I've just had warm and friendly talks with President Obama discussing Ukraine, Gaza, Europe and the economy.

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Britain in Europe working in partnership with America is the best way to promote stability and prosperity across the globe.

Read: Miliband stakes his claim as an international statesman

Ex-BNP leader Griffin offers support to Adam Walker

Ex-Leader Leader of the BNP Nick Griffin.
Ex-Leader Leader of the BNP Nick Griffin. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin has issued a statement explaining his ousting as party head, insisting he is staying within the right-wing political party.

On the BNP website, Griffin said:

Rest assured that I am most definitely staying with the British National Party as an active member, and I will be there to offer Adam [Walker] advice and support as and when he needs it...

– Nick Griffin

More: Nick Griffin 'steps aside' as BNP chairman

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Battle in Gaza developing a 'dangerous dynamic'

by - Senior International Correspondent

The seven killed today brings to 25 the number of Israeli soldiers lost since Saturday and that's a lot for them. Several of those soldiers were buried after funerals here today.

The Israeli incursion into Gaza has evolved into a ground war which, of course, Hamas is getting to fight on home turf.

The battle, I think, is developing a dangerous dynamic of its own and that will be hard to stop.

Several Arab countries and the Americans are trying to thrash out some sort of framework for a deal. The difficulty is that while the Israelis will exchange quiet-for-quiet, Hamas will not.

They have pre-conditions for a ceasefire, which the Israelis will not sign up to. They're worried that any concessions will be construed by Hamas as a victory, so the war goes on.

Nick Griffin 'steps aside' as BNP chairman

Nick Griffin has "stepped aside" as chairman of the British National Party following a meeting of the BNP's National Executive on July 19th.

Mr Griffin will now become the party's president, while former teacher Adam Walker has taken on the role of Acting Chairman.

Nick Griffin has 'stepped aside' from the BNP leadership, the party has announced.
Nick Griffin has 'stepped aside' from the BNP leadership, the party has announced. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The party suffered a series of defeats in the recent European and local elections, with none of their MEPs re-elected.

Read: BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt for a year

Osborne dismisses plan to change child benefit

Chancellor George Osborne has dismissed reports that the Conservatives are backing plans to stop families claiming child benefit for more than four children.

Mr Osborne repeatedly told ITV's Good Morning Britain (GMB) that there were "no plans" to adopt the policy put forward by the right-of-centre think tank Policy Exchange.

Asked if he was considering the think tank proposals, Mr Osborne told GMB "We don't have any plans to do that".

The proposal comes after child benefit was means tested for the first time last year, reducing access to the benefit for those households where one parent earns over £50,000 and ending it altogether when this reaches £60,000.

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