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Iranian boats ‘try to seize British oil tanker’Five armed Iranian boats have tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Gulf before the fleet was warned off, US officials have said.The Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels approached the tanker while it was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.But British warship HMS Montrose, which reportedly had its 30mm deck guns trained on the boats, warned them off over radio.It comes after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Britain would face "consequences" over the seizure of an Iranian tanker. Labour denies interfering with anti-Semitism complaintsLabour has denied senior figures interfered with anti-Semitism complaints after fresh claims were made on BBC Panorama.Seumas Milne, an aide to Jeremy Corbyn, is reported to have told officials the party was "muddling up political disputes with racism".And General Secretary Jennie Formby attempted to interfere in who sat on a panel examining a high-profile case, it was claimed.Labour said the former staff making the claims were "disaffected".But the party's deputy leader Tom Watson said he was "appalled" by the allegations and the party had "serious questions" to answer. Man fatally stabbed in south-east LondonA young man has died after being repeatedly stabbed in south-east London in a daylight attack.The stabbing took place on Woolwich, at 2.40pm yesterday.The man, believed to be in his 20s, suffered a number of stab wounds. He was taken to hospital where he died just before 9pm. London climate ‘to match Barcelona’s by 2050’London’s climate will be more like Barcelona’s by 2050 due to the impact of global warming, expert analysis shows.Scientists warned that Londoners could be facing the kind of extreme drought conditions that hit the Spanish city in 2008,The conditions had severe implications for its population and major economic costs from importing £20 million of drinking water.Edinburgh will be more like Paris is now and Cardiff will see similar conditions to Montevideo, Crowther Lab scientists said.The group of experts said pairing up cities in this way will help people visualise the impact climate change will have on their lives. Taylor Swift world’s highest-paid celebTaylor Swift has been named as the world’s highest-paid celebrity for 2019 as the star raked in £148 million over the past year alone.The US pop sensation topped Forbes’ Celebrity 100 annual list, beating the likes of Kylie Jenner and Kanye West.Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and make-up mogul Jenner, was hot on her heels with £136 million.West returned to the list after a four-year hiatus. He came third with £120 million.Ed Sheeran was the highest placed British star on the list. The singer-songwriter was fifth with £88 million. On this day…1690: William of Orange defeated the deposed Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.1776: Explorer Captain James Cook set sail from Plymouth on his third voyage of discovery, in search of a passage around the northern coast of America from the Pacific side.1949: The first film made specially for British television, A Dinner Date With Death, was shot at Marylebone Studios between July 11 and 14.1950: Puppets Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo first appeared on BBC Television. The episodes were repeated for more than 25 years, until the film began to wear out, and Andy waved his last goodbye from the basket.1975: China's great Terracotta Army was uncovered near the ancient capital of Xian. More than 6,000 life-sized warriors were made around 206BC to guard the tomb of the first emperor.1979: America's Skylab I returned to Earth after 34,981 orbits in six years.


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.