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this is bbc news. i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 9pm. from ira commander to politician. martin mcguinness, northern former deputy first ireland's former deputy first minister has died aged 66. leading figures in the peace process have paid tribute to the role he played in securing the good friday agreement as colleagues reflect on his life. he believed in our people, people of this island should be free. he believed in reconciliation. he worked very, very hard at all of that. the families of some of the ira's victims say they can never forgive him for his leading role in the troubles. you can't forget what he did in his past, which is what everyone seems to be forgetting. he has blood on his hands. hundreds of people turned out in londonderry to accompany his and in other news — the uk is banning most electronic
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devices in cabin baggage on flights from six countries in north africa and the middle east. rising fuel and food prices help push the uk's ififlaflfifi raft if; fingfiflf lam since september 2013. and scotland's first minister lays out her case for a second referendum on independence. ahead of vote in holyrood tomorrow, nicola sturgeon says scotland's future should be decided by the people who live there. good evening and welcome to bbc news. world news tonight is off the air
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this week. we'll bring you world news america at 9. 30pm. has died at the age of 66. he was a former commander and ‘80s, was at the forefront against british rule that left he turned to a key role in bringing peace to northern ireland. our ireland correspondent, chris buckler, looks back at a life that continues to divide opinion. martin mcguinness‘s —;--—- l-x- =- yea , f to northern ireland's troubled past. [1-35 ¥§§; 33 .;r 768394? who used to swagger around the no—go areas in londonderry as commander of the provisional ira. his own politics were formed in the turmoil of those decades of unrest. he believed in our
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people, people he decided who should be free and he believed in reconciliation. came of age as northern ireland's divisions deepened, rising through its ranks. i always take on the feelings of the people derry. the first body i saw was that of a youth being carried out by other civilians... command in the city. what had started as a fight for civil rights had become a vicious battle. the ira appeared to have a ruthless disregard for life. republicans were responsible for many notorious attacks, including bombing brighton's
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grand hotel in 1984. lord tebbit and his wife margaret, was seriously injured. today he said he hoped martin mcguinness was now parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant part of hell. he knew the ira had been penetrated to its highest levels and before long, he would have been arrested and charged with many murders which he personally committed. so he opted for the coward's way out and said, "oh, i'm a man of peace". martin mcguinness did see opportunities at the ballot box for sinn fein, the political party linked to the ira. even then, the language of threat remained. we don't believe winning elections and winning any amount of votes will bring freedom to ireland. at the end of the day, it will be the cutting edge of the ira which will bring freedom. after years of killings and chaos, in the 1990s, ira ceasefires offered
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the opportunity for talks between unionists and republicans. would you like to shake hands? would you? i am prepared to. there are some people who will always remember him as the man of war and who can never forget the violence the northern ireland peace process with him, we will remember his legacy as the man of peace. the good friday agreement, which martin mcguinness helped negotiate, breakthrough, a power—sharing government at stormont. and eventually at its head, was the unlikely partnership of two former enemies, ian paisley and martin mcguinness. the firebrand unionist and radical republican became so close, they were nicknamed the chuckle brothers. that remarkable
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journey is important. i must say as a christian and a person who reflects on lifegit is—net—— — — that is important, but how you finish your life. there were republicans who continued to threaten that political progress. but when a police officer was killed, the then deputy first minister stood side—by—side with dissident groups. they are traitors to the island of ireland. alongside the words, there were actions on all sides. but after the troubles, royal and republican were able to put their differences aside. thank you very much. i'm still alive. nice to see you. no—one can forget the past, but i think we can equally look at the contribution martin did play. his real focus on reconciliation and reaching out to different communities.
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but there remained deep divisions at stormont. and when martin mcguinness walked out of government this year, it was a sign of the political challenges still ahead. they would be faced by others. ill—health had already forced him to retire after a decade as northern ireland's deputy first minister. even though it breaks my heart... applause my heart lies in the bogside and with the people of derry. in painting a true picture of martin mcguinness, you have to accept contradictions. his ira past will colour many people'sviews of him, but as a republican who worked towards reconciliation, he will be remembered as a key figure in changing northern ireland. martin mcguinness
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was closely identified with the city of londonderry — where he grew up and thenjoined the ira. when he left politics injanuary, he spokes about his roots in the city. our correspondent sian lloyd has been to derry to assess his legacy there — among both supporters and critics. hundreds walked behind his coffin as martin mcguinness' body was taken to his family home. these are the streets he grew up in and in the nationalists bogside area, they came to pay their respects. i don't think anybody wanted to be here watching this today, but i am very proud to be from this city and seeing the cortege, it is a view echoed here. martin mcguinness is remembered as a leader who backed projects like this community centre to help
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the poor and vulnerable. derry itself is in mourning. derry is heartbroken and the people are heartbroken. nobody can lift their head, it's very sad. nobody know what to do. martin has been a champion of the city for as long as i can remember. it is a huge loss to this community and the city and the north of ireland in general. in the heart of the bogside, martin mcguinness was a towering figure in this city. for many, he was their champion and today they mourn. the enniskillen bombing was one of the worst atrocities of the ira, 11 people died and more than 60 were injured when a bomb exploded near a war memorial on remembrance sunday.
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as a human being, i don't gloat in his death. but i still won't send the family a sympathy card because i got no sympathy card when my daddy and my mummy died. they died at the hands of the ira in enniskillen and it will be 30 martin mcguinness was implicated in it and he will go at times, derry was prominent in northern ireland's troubles and martin mcguinness' life was bound up in this city. his funeral will take place on thursday. sian lloyd, bbc news, derry. the government is introducing new airline security measures
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which will see passengers travelling to the uk from some middle eastern countries banned from taking on laptops, tablets and some phones in their hand luggage. the move, announced this afternoon, follows similar restrictions imposed by us authorities overnight. our security correspondent frank gardner looks at what's prompted this latest tightening of security. familiar, tedious, time—consuming. getting laptops and other devices through airport security on direct flights from the middle east to the uk is about to get even more complicated. anything bigger than a smartphone will now have to go in the hold. british airways, easyjet and four so, too, are eight middle eastern and north africa carriers. it follows a similar measure introduced by the united states. the list of affected airlines was published today by the government, which says the security is its highest priority. so what has prompted this?
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last year's laptop bomb on board this flight out of somalia raised a lot of concerns. smuggled aboard in a laptop a bomb blew a hole in the side of a plane. amazingly, the pilot was able to land it safely. the year before, so—called islamic state put a bomb on a passenger plane out of egypt, killing everyone on board. that device was in the hold, where the new ban on laptops does not apply. in whitehall, the bbc understands, there were some concerns about introducing this ban. it is not based on any specific plot, rather an evolving threat. there is bound to be a commercial and diplomatic price for this. it is also yet one more encumbrance for air passengers. i'm afraid to say that the scope for disruption is immense. first people will get the wrong end of many sticks, they will think it applies to all flights from the uk, as well as from these six countries. and of course, people will have organised hand baggage only flights
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and they will suddenly need to check things in. it is going to be, i'm afraid, an almighty muddle and until we get used to the idea. business travellers who need to work in mid flight will be especially inconvenienced. and there is no end to the ban in sight. a ban on taking liquids over 100 millilitres introduced in 11 years ago is still in place. the white house spokesman sean spicer explained the reasons for the us decision. elevated intelligence that we're aware of indicates that terrorist in pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks the secretary of homeland security and the tsa administrator have determined that it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports.
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let's talk to the editor of aviation security magazine philip baum. who is currently in romania running security training at bucharest airport good evening. good evening. what do you make of this uk announcement?” think both the uk and think both the uk announcement and the us announcement basicallyjust 541.4 the us announcement basicallyjust sav terrorism wins. their aim is to say terrorism wins. their aim is to disrupt our daily lives and they are succeeding in doing so. whilst i understand that m succeeding in doing so. whilst i understand that “mammals-$5 have h succeeding in doing so. whilst i understand that “mammals-$5 have to understand that governments have to react to intelligence and to threats that are existing against the aviation industry, we have to make sure that the measures that we implement also make common sense. at the moment, we're badgering passengers to remove their liquids, passengers tojemoyetheir l'guids ! gassengers tojemoyetheir l'guids ! ‘ aerosols, gels from gassengers tojemoyetheir l'guids ! ‘aerosols, gels from bags, their aerosols, gels from bags, throw them away. now we have the la pto ps throw them away. now we have the laptops as well. actually - the laptops as well. actually what the screeners at airports is going to be
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is looking - for the liquids, the is looking just for the liquids, the aerosols, the gels, the laptops instead of looking for the people who could pose a threat to aviation. that's what i feel we ought to be doing, looking not for restricted items, but at people with “idem?! items, but at people with negative intent. what do you think this is then based on? there must be some sort of intelligence, be it specific or general, which has led them down this path? i'm sure there is intel out there that indicates that la pto ps out there that indicates that laptops could be used to conceal out there that indicates that laptops could be use| devices. val improvised explosive devices. i'm really appalled to think that in the year 2017 that we can't, that our screeners around the world can't distinguish between a laptop that has got a bomb inside it and a la ptop has got a bomb inside it and a laptop that hasn't. in any case, i wouldn't want a laptop with a bomb being loaded into the hold luggage either. it's all about trying to come up with security measures that make sense for the general public and maybe the general public like
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the idea of us responding to one incident. what we have to realise is incident. what we have to realislls first of all, with the bombing that first of all, with the bombing last year, the laptop was given to the passenger after the security message's: by an airport the passenger after the security $8“??in by an airport employee. checkpoint by an airport employee. we're worried about those airports on the us or uk list, then we ought to be thinking should we be flying on the us or uk list, then we ought to those 1king should we be flying on the us or uk list, then we ought to those airports ould we be flying on the us or uk list, then we ought to those airports at d we be flying on the us or uk list, then we ought to those airports at all, 5 be flying on the us or uk list, then we ought to those airports at all, not flying on the us or uk list, then we ought to those airports at all, not should we be taking laptops out of people's carry—on baggage and loading them into the hold. the curiosity on, that you mention the us measures and uk measures, they‘ re that you mention the us measures and uk measures, they're not necessarily talking specifically - all the talking specifically about all the same agcf‘f you would have same airports. you would have thought there should be an overlap here. one would have thought so. i haven't seen the intel. maybe there are good reasons why it isn't the same list. however, i do believe that there is a lot of politics in this. let's take the likes of doha and qatar or this. let's take the likes of doha and qataror dubai this. let's take the likes of doha and qatar or dubai in the united arab emirates, there are so many
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flights going from those airports to the uk every day and so much business is dependent on those routes that we really don't want to inconvenience passengers travelling on business on those routes. it's probably on business on those routes. it's pro ba bly less on business on those routes. it's probably less arduous for people travelling to the united states where there are fewer flights. but there again, if there's a security problem, we need to address it. the real way of addressing it is to start to look for the employee that's a problem, the passenger that's a problem, the passenger that's a problem and notts just sudden —— not just that's a problem and notts just sudden —— notjust suddenly thinking about the latest item to ban. because the terrorist is thinking about the next way to by pass security. they've tried underpants, shoes, printer toner cartridges, they've ii? crutches , f shoes, printer toner cartridges, they've é crutches that . shoes, printer toner cartridges, they've é crutches that have they've tried crutches that have been used in china. they've they've tried crutches that have been us| they're 1a. they've they've tried crutches that have been us| they're going ey‘ve they've tried crutches that have been us| they're going to ve they've tried crutches that have been us| they're going to be laptops. they're going to be thinking about the next way around the system. that's what we ought to do too. we have to end the conversation there, thank you very much indeed. time for sport now.
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the england manager says jamie vardy is in the england manager says jamie vardy isina the england manager says jamie vardy is in a g oofid frame of mind after is in a good frame of mind after receiving death ffireee-i! the manchester united defender philjones has withdrawn with germany tomorrow. gary cahill is suspedned for sunday's world cup qualifier against lithuania at wembley leaving manager gareth southgate with only three recognised central defenders to choose from germany are missing a couple of players as well. arsenal's mezut ozil has a hamstring problem. are also injured. captain manuel neuer, mario gomez, and julian draxler are also injured. a review by uk athletics has found
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that the classification system for para athletes could be abused in the pursuit of medals. the system which puts athletes into groups depending on the degree of their impairment is desgned to ensure fair competition. but there were concerns some were cheating the system. professorjohn brewer a member of the review panel said they want to prevent that from happening. what we want to do is ensure that an athlete is classified according to or her condition and that they his or her condition and that they are then free to train to the very best of their ability, to become the best of their ability, to become the best they can be, but also in the knowledge that when they stand on the start line or- a field the start line or enter a field event, they are competing against athletes who have gone through a rigorous classification process, but if they do identify concerns, there will be a position for them to appeal, to ensure that going forward , appeal, to ensure that going forward, we have a classification process that puts the athletes in the right category. also, i think, very importantly, we - to have a very importantly, we have to have a flexible and fast moving classification process that can respond and react so that all the
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athletes are in respond and react so that all the athletes are - in the right athletes are placed in the right classification. the favourite for the grand national has withdrawn from next month's race at aintree. minella rocco was runner—up to sizing john in the cheltenham gold cup last week trainerjonjo 0'neil said minella rocco — stripes and white cap — said he wont race now for the rest of the season, but is likely to feature again in the gold cup next year. jordan spieth believes match play would prove exciting for golf fans. the ryder cup is one of a handful of professional tournaments that uses match play instead of stroke play. i think we'd love it. if you went around and asked everybody they would thoroughly enjoy more match play. it would be a lot of fun if a major championship took on match play. i don't know how exactly, do the format, but the rider obviously,
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the format, but the rider obviolaslw you the format, but the rider obviodslw you playing for your country are you playing for your country with a team—mate, so it's a bit different. but that match play is certainly a lot i fun. different. but that match play is certainly a lot. fun. the different. but that match play is certainly a lot i fun. the fact certainly a lot of fun. the fact that it's kind of a change of pace and you get an opportunity to take chances, play aggressive on a cool chances. glav aggressive en arcoel = chances. glav aggressive en aecoel = ‘ course, chances. glag aggressive en aecoel = ‘ course, guys embrace that. golf course, guys embrace that. that is all the sport for now. the rising cost of food, fuel and electronic goods has pushed inflation to its highest level for three and a half years. last month, prices rose 2.3%, compared with february last year. it was a biggerjump than expected; at least part of it is due to the fall in the value of the pound since the vote for brexit. 0ur economics editor, kamal ahmed, has more. whether it's the food we buy or the fuel we fill up on, prices are rising, as inflation creeps back into the uk economy. today, it hit 2.3%, the highest since 2013 and the fastest rise since 2012. the big question, why?
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part of what is going on is the effect of a fall in the price of sterling, following the referendum. but there is often a number of factors that will be going on. we have also seen commodity prices around the world starting to rise, oil prices have been rising as well. so, there are often a number of factors, rather than just one cause. so, this is our workshop, this is where we do... rob runs a kitchen business in sheffield. for him, rising prices are a headache. we've had price rises on appliances and on components that we buy in from europe. one reason we get them in from europe is the quality is there, which we don't have in the uk. so, price rises on all of those things. and it's very difficult for us to pass all of those price in a very competitive market. rising inflation has raised fresh fears over a pay squeeze. in 2015, our incomes were increasing at an average of 2.8%. at that time, prices
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were only going up by 0.4%. so people's incomes went further. since then, inflation has been increasing, today, hitting that 2.3% figure. for incomes, they did rise a little but are now falling, to the same level as prices are rising. the pay squeeze is back. the consumer has kept spending since the referendum, keeping the uk economv purring; along pretty nicely. but a recent survey of thousands of consumers across britain about what they were worried about revealed that two concerns had leapt to the top of the list, above concerns about immigration, above concerns about thgggg = and the two concerns are these — the economy and rising prices. attention now moves here, bank of england, where rising inflatidn eftenmeans sheathing;
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but with those consumer concerns and living standards under renewed pressure, most economists believe we won't see a rise in rates any time soon. the scottish parliament has spent the day debating whether to demand a new referendum on independence. a vote on the issue will take place in holyrood tomorrow. first minister nicola sturgeon wants? of next year or the spring of 2019. but the uk government has already said it would block the move rail workers on southern, merseyrail and arriva north the strike; which. willta'ee ~ ,.. ~ ~ and the role of conductors. the world meteorological organisation says the global climate has entered uncharted territory.
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unprecedented heat across the world, low ice at both poles exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea levels made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded. a report says warming largely says global warming is largely driven by emissions from humans, though the el nino effect added to the heat last year. the author colin dexter in oxford at the age of 86. he will be remembered for writing the inspector morse novels. the books sold in their millions and were adapted into one starring the latejohn thaw. now time for a look at the weather. with nick miller. nitl-lnielchfliller: the next uk forecast is in hello. the next uk forecast is in half an hour. at this time of the evening, we go beyond our shores and look at some of the main weather stories happening around the world. stories haggening around the world. start in australia. why not. let's start in australia. why not. let's start in australia. why not. let's get some warmth into us. it's coming into autumn in australia. actually for some it's been very
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wet. take sydney, 30 millimetres of rain on tuesday, 238 for the month so far. that is more than half the autumn average in sydney in the months of march, april and may combined already. clearly very wet. it's also very wet in parts of western australia, as we see a fiftiiiggfi 55: ii e55. 5; §§ £33 5 i §e;§e:e§ 55: ii e55. 5; §e iee 5 i tropical §e;§ee§ g: ;§ e515, 5; §e iii? 5 i tropical cyclone, §e;§ee§ 551 ;§ e5115, 5; §e1 iii? 5 i tropical cyclone, edging developing tropical cyclone, edging closer to parts of the coastline closer to garts of.thecoastllne here. we will still on wednesday see some showers and storms into the south—east of australia, but the attention is shifting further north into queen's land. here too there could be a developing tropical weather system over the next few days. however you look at it, there is more significant rain in the forecast for some parts of australia. bit of warmth, though. temperatures into the upper 20s. let's talk about rain now in south america. you may see - pictures, america. you may see the pictures, the impact that's been being in peru. in guyana, 1111 millimetres on rain there on monday. this is wednesday's forecast. strong down
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pours across the northern half of the continent. still potentially in peru, where they're cleaning up. let's shift into north america. another push of colder air coming to the north—east of the usa. there's more rainfall to come down the western side of the usa. rain and snow too into canada, into british colombia. it means more moisture coming into california. actually it's moving further south. even southern california picking up a few showers. this was the scene from january. it has been an incredible few months in terms of moisture, rain, snow in california. bringing a huge transformation. in march last year nearly 100% of california was classified as - either classified as being either abnormally dry or in drought. after all the rain we've seen, that figure is now less than 25%. a massive turn around. things will start to turn a bit drier down the western side of the usa in the next couple of days.
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it is turning cooler into the north—east of the usa. and into eastern canada, the cold air holding on and in montreal, looks like a bit more snow in the forecast. let's move more snow in the forecast. let's m ove o nto more snow in the forecast. let's move onto europe now. this is the scene across europe and this with low pressure shows some wet, windy weather affecting western parts of europe. this is all set to change as we look further ahead, you'll be able to replace that big area of low pressure with high pressure. but that's a story for half an hour, in the weather for the week ahead. this is bbc world news america. reporting from washington, i'm tim willcox. shoes off, no liquids, and now, no laptops. why britain isjoining the united states in banning some from bombs to the ballot box — northern ireland's martin mcguinness dies at 66. he leaves a complicated legacy. and, back where they belong. the van gogh museum in amsterdam welcomes home two stolen paintings
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worth tens of millions of dollars. welcome to our viewers on public television in america, and also around the globe. for millions of airline passengers long haul flights could soon seem a whole lot longer.
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