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North Korea returns US troops killed in Korean War
It’s the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. Thousands of US military personnel from the conflict remain unaccounted for, including about 5,300 who were lost in what is now North Korea. In the latest move towards better relations, Kim Jong-un’s government has returned the remains of some troops.
It’s not clear how many have been returned – and scientists will need to carry out forensic tests. But the White House, which has been involved in talks with North Korea aimed at ending Mr Kim’s nuclear arms programme, said it was “encouraged”. Here are the stories of some of the families who have campaigned for the return of remains. And the BBC’s Reality Check asks how many US soldiers are buried in North Korea.
May in Austria to promote Brexit plan
Summer’s here and Theresa May (who, one would guess, is a tad tired) has one last thing to do before she can go on holiday to Italy. She’s visiting Austria to discuss the UK’s Brexit plan with the country’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. But the meeting – following which Mrs May will attend a music festival in Salzburg – comes after chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier rejected part of her proposed customs arrangement. As the UK PM prepares for a week’s rest, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg looks at where we are with Brexit.
Thunderstorms to cool heatwave – a bit
Some tiny respite at last? The Met Office has been suggesting that today could become the hottest on record in the UK, beating the 38.5C (101F) set in Kent in 2003. But thunderstorms are arriving earlier than expected, cooling the air and bringing relief to gardeners, water companies, fire brigades and farmers.
Temperatures could still reach 34C in East Anglia though, so the advice to rehydrate and stay out of the sun is very much still in place. And there are warnings of localised flooding overnight. So, how long will the unusual weather last? And how hot is it where you are, compared with locations around the world?
How many wildfires have there been this summer?
By Prof Stefan H Doerr & Dr Cristina Santín, Swansea University
In a typical year, an area equivalent to twice the size of the UK is burnt by wildfires. Most are in remote areas such as the savannah grasslands of Africa and South America, or the boreal forests which stretch from western Alaska to eastern Siberia.
However, we rarely hear about wildfires in such isolated places. It tends to be those which threaten lives, infrastructure, or natural resources that hit the headlines. Indeed, in Europe, the number of fires so far this year is unusually high.
What the papers say
The i leads on news that specialist doctors in England will be able to prescribe cannabis products by the autumn. Meanwhile, the Daily Star and Daily Mirror focus on former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thanking NHS staff for saving his life following a brain haemorrhage. And the Sun reports that the UK heatwave could go on all summer, under the headline “Bake to the Future”.
Ellie Soutter Snowboarding Olympic hopeful dies on 18th birthday
Anne Hathaway Actress attacks “white privilege” after train stabbing
Taking a break? One in 12 UK workers miss out on legal holiday entitlement, says TUC
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09:55 First practice takes place ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
14:00 British novelist Zadie Smith, whose works include White Teeth and Swing Time, receives the Austrian State Prize for European Literature.
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2003 Comedian and actor Bob Hope dies, two months after celebrating his 100th birthday.