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By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron convened a meeting of his government's emergency response committee to discuss what more it could do to tackle a spike in attempts by migrant to enter Britain illegally via the Channel Tunnel from France. Cameron is under growing pressure to deter the migrants, many of whom have travelled from Africa and the Middle East, after repeated disruption to cross-Channel passenger and freight traffic, which has become front page news. Cameron will chair the meeting of the committee, known as Cobra, later on Friday after calls from some politicians to mobilise the British army to reinforce border controls.
DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, hurling fire bombs inside and setting off a blaze that killed a sleeping toddler and critically wounded his 4-year-old brother and parents.
Britain's state-rescued Lloyds Banking Group said Friday that net profits rose by 31 percent in the first half, despite setting aside further funds to compensate customers who were mis-sold insurance. Profit after tax rose to £874 million (1.245 billion euros, $1.364 billion) in the six months to June from the first half of 2014, LBG said in an earnings statement. This was despite LBG setting aside a further £1.4 billion to cover compensation to customers who were mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI), taking the lender's total bill to £13.4 billion including administrative costs -- far higher than any other British bank caught up in the scandal.