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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11pm: a serving royal marine pleads guilty to stockpiling weapons for use by dissident republicans. french prosecutors say the man who tried to carry out a machete attack at the louvre museum was an egyptian in the country on a tourist visa. at the eu summit, theresa may offers to help relations with president trump and says she wants to be a good friend to europe. how sheffield council failed to stop a sex offender abusing his victims in the town hall for decades. and on newsnight, president trump introduces sanctions against iran following backcountry‘s ballistic missile test on sunday. just a skirmish or the start of the unravelling of ba rack skirmish or the start of the unravelling of barack obama's historic nuclear deal with iran? and in the era of fake news and alternative facts, technology that can make you say anything you don't wa nt to can make you say anything you don't want to say. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. a serving marine with links to dissident republicans has admitted building up hidden stockpiles of explosives, weapons and ammunition. ciaran maxwell, who's 31 and originally from northern ireland, was based with a0 commando in somerset. he pleaded guilty at the old bailey to preparing acts of terrorism. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has the story, his report contains flashing images. he was a member of the uk's elite royal marines unit a0 commando, having passed the gruelling 32—week training course. but today, ciaran maxwell admitted that during his five years in the marines he was also preparing for terrorism, building up hidden stockpiles of explosives, weapons and ammunition. he grew up in larne, some 20 miles north of belfast,
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a largely unionist town with some strong loyalist paramilitary links. a bmx fan who came from a catholic family, as a teenager he was on the fringe of irish republican activity in the town. it was the early 2000s. a time of widespread attacks by loyalists. ciaran maxwell himself was badly beaten up and ended up in hospital in belfast with a fractured skull. but in his mid—20s, despite his background, he joined the royal marines, posting this footage of his training on social media. some politicians now worry that there was a failure to adequate check his past or to monitor who he was mixing with on his trips back home. once he was in the marines and had access to all of the training and the weaponry, there appears to have been no attempts to make
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sure that he wasn't using the opportunities that were available to him to help terrorists in northern ireland. then last spring, police in northern ireland uncovered two arms dumps near larne in a country park and a remote forest. hidden in plastic barrels in the woods were, among other things, claymore mines, capable of killing several people, pipe bombs, ammunition and an armour—piercing mortar. it was the most significant arms cache found in northern ireland in recent years but it was the two claymore anti—personnel mines, clearly stolen from the british armed forces, that caused the greatest alarm. the claymores led the police back to ciaran maxwell's barracks in somerset. searches of woods near his devon home uncovered electronic components and notes on making bombs. it was clear to police they had found a serving royal marine involving in dissident irish republican terrorism, a man who'd compiled a list
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of possible targets and got hold of a northern ireland police uniform, though security sources say he may have been a bit of a lone wolf. daniel sandford, bbc news, larne. an egyptian man armed with a machete has been shot and wounded after he attacked guards at the louvre museum in paris. hundreds of tourists were in the building at the time. the attack is being treated as a terrorist incident, as jonny dymond reports. in the heart of paris, at the entrance to one of its cultural treasures, an attacker is brought down by the military. an egyptian, he had come to the city eight days ago. he was stopped as he tried to enter the shops beneath the louvre. he shouted, "allahu akbar", god is great, in arabic. and then swung at a soldier with one of the two machetes he was carrying. the soldier fired from the ground, all around confusion and fear. translation: it happened very fast,
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really it all went quickly. everyone was panicking and we thought of our lives, we saw death coming for us, with everything's that's been happening at the moment. we were very, very scared. injured in the attack the soldier who had been struck and then brought down the attacker. the french president in malta at the eu summit said it was a terrorist attack. the situation, he said, was under control. translation: the threat is there. it remains, and we have to face it. that's the reason we mobilise these resources and will continue to do so as long as it is needed. for the authorities, this was proof that the high—profile security presence in the capital and across france really does work. it was also a reminder of the attacks that took so many lives here, and of the threat that remains in paris and beyond.
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by the end of the day the louvre was open again but paris and france remain on high alert. jonny dymond, bbc news, paris. eu leaders have made a show of unity at a summit in malta against what they see as a potentially hostile us president. donald trump has praised the uk for voting for brexit. today eu leaders declared the importance of a strong europe in the face of a newly uncertain relationship with america. theresa may offered to act as a bridge with the us following her visit to washington. 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar‘s report from malta contains some flashing images. a stroll in the sun among europe's leaders, but soon theresa may will be walking alone after brexit, then she'll need all the friends she can get. friends, she believes, like donald trump. she took his hand last week and took
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home his promise of 100% commitment to the nato alliance. officials have their uses. 0ne high—ranking civil servant was suddenly appointed bag carrier today. she had work to do. offering to help the eu in future just as she had helped the cause of nato. will that us relationship help in that? well, i think it's important that we got the 100% commitment to nato because nato has been so crucial in protecting the security, notjust of the uk but also of europe and will do so in the future, but as we look to our negotiations what i want to build with the eu is a strong partnership. we want a strong continuing eu and a strong partnership because we're not leaving europe, we're leaving the eu. the prime minister's flying visit here is just part of her mission to hold on to britain's global clout after brexit. theresa may's hope by showing she can deal with donald trump and get results, she will get a better brexit dealfrom eu leaders
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who may look to her to help fight europe's corner with the new president. but like so much of theresa may's plan for brexit, it won't be easy. theresa may's welcome was warm enough at this informal summit, though she could be forgiven a few nerves, not everyone was interested in new ways to connect with president trump. we've got twitter for that, one leader said. and president hollande insisted it was france's job to develop the eu's relationship with america after brexit but the eu council president, donald tusk, saw a role for mrs may and britain. the uk can, inside europe or outside europe, eu, not europe, can be very helpful. and i have no doubt also after today's discussions and what theresa may said, i have no doubt that today we can feel some kind of spirit of solidarity.
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but the summit host warned the eu would fight its own corner if necessary against president trump. we cannot stay silent where there are principles involved and as in any good relationship we will have and we will speak very clearly where we think those principles are being trampled on. just now the moods almost amicable. eu leaders took a boat ride together today but hard negotiations to come will decide how far britain stays aboard with europe's future or whether the uk is left to chart its own course alone. john pienaar, bbc news, valetta. a bbc news investigation has revealed how sheffield city council failed to stop an employee, a predatory sex offender, from abusing his victims in council offices over two decades. roger dodds has been sentenced today to 16 years in prison. the council was first told about the allegations against dodds back in 1981 but didn't inform the police. years later, following further allegations, they allowed him to take early retirement with an enhanced pension.
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michael buchanan has the story. cheering 1980, olympic gold for seb coe. celebrating in the athlete's parents‘ front room — a sexual predator. at this very time, roger dodds was abusing young men at sheffield city council. today, the court heard, he used his friendship with seb coe to lure a boy to sheffield and abuse him. after escaping justice for decades, the 81—year—old was this afternoon sentenced to 16 years in prison. in the 1970s, dodds used to work here, giving grants to sheffield students. he used thatjob to sexually assault some of those teenage applicants. decades later, his victims are speaking out. very gradually, his left hand started to feel its way towards my rightjeans pocket. and ever so really slowly go
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in the direction of my genitals. this man was assaulted at his very first meeting with dodds, and on several other visits, too. dodds had a big bunch of keys with him. and he opened the door to this type of classroom, for want of a better word. i went in, in front of him, and i remember turning around and looking at roger dodds with his big bunch of keys, locking the door. and that was horrifying. in 1981, a raft of allegations were made against roger dodds. the council launched an enquiry. richard rowe, a colleague, gave evidence. he told officials that he had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by his manager over 18 months. the investigation led to sheffield city council simply moving dodds to another post. thisjob, while based in the department, it regularly took him out to schools. and once i found that out, i was horrified. the newjob gave dodds unregulated and unsupervised access to schools.
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a decade later, in 1993, kenny dale, another council employee, was assaulted by roger dodds. kenny complained. the council acted. unbelievably, it gave dodds early retirement with an enhanced pension. the council are so responsible. they allowed it to happen. everyone knew. everyone in the council knew, but they chose to do nothing about it. in 2008, three victims told police about dodds‘ abuse. the crown prosecution chose not to charge him, but sheffield city council ordered an internal enquiry. we've learned the report concluded the council was complicit in allowing dodds‘ decades of abuse. despite the fact that this happened more than a quarter of a century ago, we have accepted responsibility, and do not seek to defend the indefensible. roger dodds‘ victims have become friends in adversity. but given the number of young men that passed through dodds‘ office,
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few believe that they're the only ones harmed by a sexual predator, protected by his employer. michael buchanan, bbc news, sheffield. the energy firm npower is raising its energy prices by an average of 10%, one of the largest rises by a big six energy supplierfor years. the energy regulator 0fgem called on npower to justify the hike. the firm blames a rise in wholesale costs. let's have a quick look at some of the front pages. the i dedicates its front page to the attack on the louvre in paris. the mirror leads with the news that npower‘s price increases. the express goes with the same story, describing it as a kick in the teeth for customers. the times has claims that a senior labour mp received funding from a chinese law firm with links to the government in china. the paper says there is no suggestion of impropriety. the financial times focuses on donald trump's decision to review us financial regulations put in place after the 2008 crash. the telegraph reports that
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ministers plan to force developers to use land they have planning permission for or lose it. the guardian reports that european leaders at the summit in malta have attacked donald trump for his anti—eu rhetoric. and the daily mail reports on the continuing shortage of vegetables in britain's supermarkets. president trump has put iran on notice after its medium range ballistic missile test with limited sanctions, so who is testing who? and is this the beginning of the unravelling of president 0bama's historic nuclear deal with iran? i'll be speaking to a former deputy prime minister of iran. we are able to manipulate youtube videos in real—time. here we demonstrate our method in a live setup. is new technology, which can put the wrong words in your mouth,
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a giant leap forfake news and alternative facts? how do we sort out the truth, half—truth, and lies? is truth in peril? and on viewsnight. africa is no longer the colonial subject. it must be seen as an investment opportunity britain is losing out on. good evening. president trump today announced his first sanctions against iran over its ballistic missile test on sunday. the new president has been a long—time critic of his predecessor's policy on iran. trump tweeted that iran is playing with fire. they don't appreciate how "kind" president 0bama was to them. not me!


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