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Boris to break cover for TV debates

Boris Johnson is set to break his cover and take part in TV debates as the battle for the Tory crown heats up.

Conservative MPs will vote in the second bout of the contest to select Britain's next prime minister later today.

This will come ahead of a live TV debate featuring the front-runner and former foreign secretary Mr Johnson.

Candidates need to gain at least 33 votes from fellow Tory MPs to remain in the race to reach the final run-off.


Train chaos as five-day strike gets under way

Thousands of people in the south of England are set to face travel chaos this week as a five-day strike gets under way.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on South Western Railway are walking out from today.

Services on some of the busiest routes face disruption, sparking potential travel misery for those attending the Royal Ascot and Hampton Court Palace Music Festival.


1,000 extra US troops ordered to Middle East

One thousand extra US troops are being sent to the Middle East amid mounting tensions with Iran, the Pentagon has announced.

Officials said the deployment includes security forces and troops for additional surveillance and intelligence gathering in the region.

It comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf last week.


Four hurt in shooting at NBA team's victory parade

Four people have been injured in a shooting as millions of fans were celebrating at a Toronto Raptors victory parade in Canada.

Crowds were forced to flee Nathan Phillip’s Square, Toronto, where the NBA team were celebrating their championship win yesterday.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said none of those injured were in a life-threatening condition.

Others suffered minor injuries as they tried to get away from the shooting, he added.


ISIS 'Beatle' claims he once saved Jihadi John's life

Islamic State fighter Alexanda Kotey has claimed he once saved the life of the caliphate executioner Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, on the battlefield.

The pair were in the British terror cell known as "The Beatles".

Kotey said he cried when Emwazi was killed in a US air strike in 2015, adding that his memory of the killer was not "overshadowed" by what he had done.

Speaking from a jail in northern Syria, Kotey told how he helped save Emwazi when he was shot in the back while fighting in Aleppo.

"I held him in my lap and I really thought he was breathing his last breath," he said.


Avengers and GOT winners at MTV Movie awards

Avengers: Endgame and Game Of Thrones were named best in class at last night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Marvel's record-breaking blockbuster also won best hero for Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man and best villain for Josh Brolin's Thanos.

Despite mixed reactions to Game Of Thrones' eighth and final season earlier this year, it won best show ahead of Riverdale and The Haunting Of Hill House.

The annual awards ceremony has not had separate gender categories for acting since 2017 and this year both the TV and film prizes were won by women.

The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss won best performance in a show while Lady Gaga picked up the prize for best performance in a movie for A Star Is Born.


On this day...

1583: The first life insurance policy was sold in London.

1815: The Battle of Waterloo was fought, where combined forces led by the Duke of Wellington and the Prussian Field Marshal Blucher defeated Napoleon.

1817: London's Waterloo Bridge was opened. It was originally called Strand Bridge but was re-named on the anniversary of the Battle.

1822: London's first nude statue was unveiled in Hyde Park. The bronze figure of Achilles was sculpted by Sir Richard Westmacott. Achilles later acquired a bronze fig-leaf.

1903: Jeanette MacDonald, star of countless 1930s musicals with Nelson Eddy, was born in Philadelphia.

1940: With France collapsing before German forces, the Battle of Britain was about to begin, with Winston Churchill saying: "Let us brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that if the British Commonwealth and Empire lasts a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour'."

1963: Henry Cooper floored Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) in round four at Wembley Stadium. But by the fifth, with Cooper badly cut, the fight was stopped.

1978: Garfield, the world's favourite fat cat created by Jim Davis, was born. The name came from Davis's grandfather, James A Garfield Davis.

2010: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for Beatles hit A Day In The Life sold for £810,000 at auction.