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England will be playing France on Tuesday at the Group F opener

A&Es miss waiting time targets as NHS 111 slides

Major accident and emergency departments have failed to meet waiting-time targets for two weeks running, the latest figures suggest.

July was sunniest since 2006

The July of 2013 has been the warmest, driest and sunniest since 2006 – and today is expected to see a hot start to August too.

Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook confident Kevin Pietersen will be fit for third Test

Calf complaint has made batsman a doubt

People enjoying the good weather on Scarborough beach, as the summer heatwave continues across the UK

Return of the heatwave: Sunnier conditions set to banish rain and storms – for one day at least

After a grey and rainy few days, many Britons may be pleased to hear that the weather looks set to return to temperatures close to those experienced in the heatwave - for Thursday at least.

Kevin Pietersen warms up at Old Trafford

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen tests the pain barrier to prove his fitness for third Test

Kevin Pietersen was put through a series of rigorous training exercises to prove his fitness for the third Test. He was accompanied for most of England's session by the team physiotherapist, Craig De Weymarn.

Of 4,500 wards across England, patients who were treated in 36 wards would be unhappy to send their loved ones to receive the same care

99 per cent are happy with NHS hospital care (in a survey where only 10 per cent actually responded)

Usefulness of data from post-Stafford research already called into question

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen still doubtful for Old Trafford Test

England are continuing their anxious wait over Kevin Pietersen’s fitness for the third Test in the Ashes series.

Gary Hooper (R) of Celtic celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the William Hill Scottish Cup Final

Transfer news: Celtic accept bid from QPR for striker Gary Hooper

The 25-year-old is keen on a return to England

Lightning at Poole Harbour; violent thunderstorms are expected as temperatures rise

Dramatic and uncomfortable end to heatwave forecast with 'violent' thunderstorms and intense humidity

The thermometer breached 33C for first time in 2013, in west London and parts of Surrey

Root six and six: England’s Joe Root hits Steve Smith for one of two sixes in three balls on his way to an unbeaten 178

Ashes 2013: Joe Root revives memories of Len Hutton with unbeaten ton as Australia crumble

Opener becomes second-youngest Yorkshireman to score an Ashes century as England take total command

Steve Smith (right) celebrates Matt Prior’s wicket, one of three he took late yesterday for Australia
The Queen is introduced to the players before the start of play

Ashes 2013: The Queen makes an appearance at Lord's - but can only stay for an hour

Her Majesty saw England lose three early wickets to Australia

Steven Gerrard in pre-season training

Steven Gerrard signs contract extension with Liverpool

England captain has signed a new deal to keep him at Anfield

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