David Cameron is hoping to kick off the G8 summit in Northern Ireland today
Syria and trade dominate G8 summit
David Cameron is hoping to kick off the G8 summit in Northern Ireland today with progress on a free trade deal between Europe and the US which he believes could “turbo-charge the transatlantic economy”.
US President Barack Obama and European leaders are expected to launch formal negotiations on the pact - dubbed an “economic Nato” - which the Prime Minister believes could be worth £10 billion to the UK economy, or £380 for every British household.
But the summit in Lough Erne is set to be overshadowed by international tensions over Syria, after Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday made clear his continued opposition to Western countries arming rebels trying to oust Bashar Assad.
Johnson warning over arming rebels
Britain will have no means of preventing UK weapons ending up in the hands of “al Qaida-affliated thugs” if it supplies arms to the Syrian rebels, Boris Johnson has warned.
The London Mayor put himself at the head of the growing opposition at Westminster to any move by David Cameron to arm the rebels, saying Britain could not end the conflict by “pressing weapons into the hands of maniacs”.
The intervention by his old rival is a further headache for the Prime Minister as he prepares to host the G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland where Syria will be high on the agenda.
Abducted’ girl to give evidence
A schoolgirl allegedly abducted to France by her married maths teacher after police questioned her about their relationship will give evidence today.
The girl was 15 when she started a sexual relationship with Jeremy Forrest, 30, after developing a crush on him at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Fearing they were about to be exposed, Forrest booked them on a cross-Channel ferry from Dover to Calais on September 20 last year before spending seven days on the run in France.
Brady in prison transfer tribunal
Moors Murderer Ian Brady is scheduled to go before a tribunal later today in his bid to be transferred to a prison to die.
It may be the first time Brady has been seen in public for decades during the mental health tribunal which has been brought by the infamous child killer who wants to get out of high- security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.
He has been on hunger strike for more than a decade and force fed through a tube in his nose.
GCHQ ‘spied on foreign politicians’
GCHQ - Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency - mounted an intensive spying operation on foreign politicians attending two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009, it has been reported.
The Guardian said leaked documents show that delegates had their computers monitored and phones intercepted on the orders of the British Government.
The intelligence agencies were even said to have set up internet cafes specifically to enable them to read the emails of those taking part in the summit.
Tributes as Rose wins US Open
US Open winner Justin Rose made an emotional tribute to his late father after becoming the first English golfer to take the title in more than four decades.
The 32-year-old has received an outpouring of praise for his first major win.
After tapping the ball into the final hole of the tournament, Rose raised his fingers to the sky in recognition of his father Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002 and had a massive influence on his career.
Hall sentenced for child abuse
Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall will be sentenced today after he admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged just nine.
Prosecutors branded Hall, 83, a child abuse “predator” following his guilty pleas last month.
The former It’s A Knockout presenter initially issued an impassioned denial when he insisted the allegations were “pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious”.
Trouble after park protest ends
Riot police cordoned off streets, set up roadblocks and fired tear gas and water cannon to stop anti-government protesters reaching Istanbul’s central Taksim Square yesterday, as Turkey’s prime minister addressed hundreds of thousands of supporters a few miles away.
The contrasting scenes pointed to an increasing polarisation in Turkish society - one which critics say Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fuelled with the fiery rhetoric he has maintained since they began more than two weeks ago.
A police crackdown on Saturday evening that ended an 18-day peaceful sit-in at Taksim Square’s Gezi Park sparked daylong unrest on the streets of Istanbul, while police also broke up demonstrations in the capital, Ankara, and the southern city of Adana.
Czech Prime Minister to resign
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas announced last night that he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government.
He said he will also quit today as chairman of his conservative Civic Democratic Party.
He has been under pressure to go since police conducted raids all across the country this week and arrested eight people, including his closest aide and the head of his office, Jana Nagyova.