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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown at westminster. in the last hour, police say they have made an 11th arrest, a 32—year—old woman in manchester. a number of properties across the country are being searched following the massive police investigation into what happened here on wednesday afternoon. they have also released a new image of the westminster attacker taken from the driving licence of the man who carried out the terrorist attacks here in london. from schoolboy footballer to violent criminal, further details have emerged about the life of the 52—year—old attacker. police say he used a number of aliases, and appeal to the public for information about him. what is this still want to know is information which will help them to work out whether khalid masood worked —— acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda, or a mac if others encouraged, supported or directed him. prince charles visits
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some of the injured at kings college hospital in london. the fourth person killed on wednesday has been named as 75—year—old leslie rhodes, a retired window cleaner from south london. also in the next hour: the controversial health bill that could replace obamacare — president trump demands a make or break vote in congress. and plans for customers to receive automatic compensation by their phone company for problems with broadband and landlines. and the healing power of sport. the former serviceman who say it has given them focus for the future. —— service men. good afternoon. it isa
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it is a sunny day at westminster. the roads around westminster have reopened and the police cordon has been lifted. police are trying to piece together a profile of khalid masood, the man who carried out the attack on wednesday afternoon. a short while ago metropolitan police issued this image of him, obtained from his driving licence. he was 52 years old. we know he was born in kent, had several aliases, a string of conviction. khalid masood, the man who carried out the attack after spending a night in a hotel in brighton. there is also been another arrest in manchester, making a total of 11 arrests so far. police say there are two ongoing searches in birmingham and east london. they are appealing to anyone with any
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information about khalid masood, also known as adrian russell ajao, and he won with any information about him, to get in touch. richard lister has this report. posing for a school photo at the age 01:14, adrian russell ajao who would change his name to khalid masood one day and launch a murderous attack in london. the questions for police are why and who helped? searches are continuing around the country. birmingham has been a key focus. today police took a car from outside the house of a man arrested by armed officers yesterday. a neighbour at saw it happen. police banged the door down and took him out. he was in handcuffs and he had a smirk on his face. police were in stratford in london gathering evidence from a flat linked to masood. this morning a woman was arrested in manchester on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.
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police retrieved this car after a man was arrested at these flats in the city in the early hours of the morning. there have been 11 arrests so morning. there have been 11 arrests so far, but police say they still need more information about masood. we are appealing to the public to say, if, in hindsight, you realise something about khalid masood, something about khalid masood, something about khalid masood, something about his associates, movements or planning, now is the time to come forward and speak to oui’ time to come forward and speak to our officers. the investigation in westminster and the search of more than 20 addresses around the country has led to 2700 items being seized, the identification of 3500 witnesses, and the processing of hundreds of video images uploaded to the police. this brighton hotel was where masood stayed the night before he set off for london. detectives arrived here within hours of the attack and focussed on room 228, where he also stayed last friday. they took with them the trouser press from the room, the kettle, and even the toilet roll holder, all of which could provide dna or fingerprint evidence.
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it's really shocking at the moment... the staff can hardly believe the attacker was the same man they checked in. he was joking and smiling and friendly, he was very, very friendly person when he walked in. it really is, actually... the receptionist said he was a lovely guest, i liked him. the receptionist put comments in the system, you know, as a nice guest. the news has come as a shock to others at the hotel too. nothing whatsoever made me think you got to be wary of this guy, nothing. and the guy was calm, there was no — there was nothing in his conduct or demeanour that would have let me get a feeling that something weird about this guy. and he isjust on his way to commit mass murder. the inquiry‘s also taken police to west wales where khalid masood's parents live. the police there spent the night searching this isolated property.
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they said later the occupants aren't being treated as suspects, and are receiving what they described as appropriate support. local people were stunned to learn khalid masood had family here. i think it's not so much a shock as sympathy for the mother who's been estranged from her son, as i understand, for many years. 0bviously she's come out to a tranquil location and, what she thought was, and everything sort of broken loose around her. 0n westminster bridge there are few signs of the carnage which changed so many lives on wednesday but there are now double the usual number of armed officers on duty in london and this investigation is getting ever wider. let's talk a little more about what we know about khalid masood. he was born and raised in britain, he had a string of convictions,
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and recently had been living in birmingham. he spent the night before the attack at a hotel in brighton. daniel boettcher reports. police have released this image of khalid masood, the prison at the centre of what they describe as a fast—moving investigation. what is emerging is the life of a man who used several names, moved around the country and had a long criminal past. he was born adrian russell ajao ‘s. he was born adrian russell elms, the surname was his mother's maiden name. he also used the name of his stepfather, ajao. his date of birth 1964, christmas day. he was entered onto the birth register in dartford, kent. when he hired the car he used for the attack, he gave his profession asa the attack, he gave his profession as a teacher. the bbc has confirmed he never worked as a qualified teacher in english state schools.
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his criminal record dates back to 1983. his first conviction was for criminal damage. in 2000 he was jailed for two years after admitting attacking a man with a knife, and in 2003 he was convicted of possession of a knife. but he was never convicted of any terrorism offences and was not subject to any current investigations as the prime minister set out in parliament yesterday. what i can confirm is that the man was british—born, and that some years ago he was once investigated by mi5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism. he was a peripheral figure. as well as in kent he lived in east sussex, in 2016 he was living in east london under the name masood. it's not clear when he changed it. his most recent address was in birmingham. as more information comes to light, police hope this will help to establish connections he may have had and his motivation for the attack. and that it may prompt more members of the public to give them information that could prove key to their inquiry. lets talk more about khalid masood.
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we can get the latest on that and indeed the police investigation and more arrests in that investigation. let'sjoin daniel more arrests in that investigation. let's join daniel sandford at new scotla nd let's join daniel sandford at new scotland yard. more about this man, masood. was he a lone wolf as we had initially been reporting, or was he a man with a cognizance? that is the key question at the heart of this complicated counterterrorism investigation. the metropolitan police want to know if he acted totally alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda, or if others had encouraged, supported or directed him. then came a very direct appeal from the man in charge of the investigation, mark rowley, the acting deputy commissioner. he says,
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we remain keen to hearfrom anybody who knew khalid masood well. understand who his associates war. and can provide us information about places he has recently visited. they still need information from the public. although they know who the man was hugh mould of those tourists down on westminster bridge and then killed a police officer with a knife before being shot by a plainclothes police officer, what they really need to know is whether anybody else knew what he was going to do or if they were helping him. there are two significant arrests overnight. 0ne of them was a 32—year—old woman arrested in manchester. sorry, one was a 27—year—old man arrested in birmingham, the other is 35—year—old man arrested in manchester. this morning, a 32—year—old woman arrested in manchester. that brings the total of arrests to 11, ten in
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custody. a 39—year—old woman we believe was khalid masood's partner was released this morning on bail. this picture emerging of him, on the one hand of having been convicted of some nasty attacks in terms of assaults and grievous bodily harm etc down the years. but also people who met him when he stayed at the hotel in brighton, saying he seemed to bea hotel in brighton, saying he seemed to be a pleasant man? yes, we have a fair idea of the journey took in his life. born to a single mother under one name, quite quickly after that changing names when his mother married. using interchangeable names through a troubled time as a young man in which he was in and out of trouble with the police, upsetting people in his village with violent attacks. this moment after he had served his last prison sentence when he seems to have calmed down. he goes to saudi arabia to work as a
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teacher of english as a foreign language. he then returns to britain in 2009-2010, on language. he then returns to britain in 2009—2010, on a new name, khalid masood, apparently a more religious man. then a strange period more recently in birmingham where he seems to be spending most of his time in the house, only emerging at night wearing dark clothing. this recent stay at the hotel in brighton where he comes across as very charming. he stays there twice in a few days. on the very morning when he leaves the hotel, the staff remember him as being a nice man, as they had recorded in the register. he gets into his hire car, drives across westminster bridge, killing three people, then stabbing a police officer to death before being violently stopped himself by an undercover plainclothes police officer who happens to be passing. thank you very much. much more emerging about khalid masood. police
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need more information to piece together a clearer picture of exactly who he was and what was motivating him, and who, if anyone, where his accomplices. earlier this afternoon the prince of wales visited some of the casualties of the attack at kings college hospital in london. prince charles stopped to speak to nurses on the way in before going in to meet members of the response team. the prince said he was amazed at how quick the response was, telling staff, "you are brilliant, an amazing example of teamwork", and thanked them for their marvellous efforts. prince charles also spoke with patients before leaving. we are going to show you a picture of him meeting one particular patient. travis frain, who has tweeted this picture and given us permission to use it. he was injured when he was struck by khalid
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masood's vehicle on wednesday afternoon. you can see him with some pretty serious injuries, sitting with prince charles. he tweeted that picture and allowed us to use it. prince charles meeting many of the other casualties at the hospital in london. 50 people injured altogether. 31 treated at various hospitals, not just altogether. 31 treated at various hospitals, notjust kings college hospital but other hospitals, too. two critically ill, one with life—threatening injuries. let's speak to will die game, a coordinator for the government's prevent programme, which tackles extremism. hejoins us prevent programme, which tackles extremism. he joins us from prevent programme, which tackles extremism. hejoins us from par leicester studio. we know the prevent strategy is often controversial. tell us about your work and how you are working to
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prevent radicalisation in young people? the role of the coordinator is to write the local strategy. something often gets missed in the conversation about prevent, in that it is very much locally based. while we have a nationalframework, we develop locally what we need to mitigate the local risks. most of my work involves working in the local communities, collaboration with the communities, collaboration with the communities with their blessing, to develop something that fits locally and will reduce the risks locally. joining up the different partner agencies as well around the issue of safeguarding. what sort of ages are you working with and what are you doing with those people?‘ you working with and what are you doing with those people? a rough rule of thumb, it is between 13 and 24 rule of thumb, it is between 13 and 2a years of age. that is not a coincidence. when people become vulnerable to radicalisation is when their identity is in a state of
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flux, and those ages when we are looking at —— for the political identity to ferment. that is when the radicalising full—time —— finally time to exploit. we do a lot of work in schools. 0ver finally time to exploit. we do a lot of work in schools. over half of our projects are based in schools around critical thinking skills, building resilience around what extremist narratives look like, how they recruit, being safe online, conspiracy theories that are run through them like a threat as well, because those conspiracy theories are exploited by extremist networks. prevent is quite controversial. many members of the muslim community say it is not —— it has not only failed but it is counter—productive. do you believe you have been successful in your area around leicestershire? yes, i do. the confidence we have locally in the prevent strategy is astounding. we have community forums, networks were we speak to
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the local imams. we have projects built around building their resilience, incorporating community is within that conversation itself, so is within that conversation itself, so they are the ones delivering the narratives. we have a huge success rate with the safeguarding hub for prevent where we determined what the best route is for somebody who is vulnerable, and the best way to ease them back into society, posing less harm to themselves and those around them. it is very rare that people will then re—engage with extreme once they have been through that process. very good to talk to you. the prevent coordinator. thank you. khalid masood, who was 52, was older thanis khalid masood, who was 52, was older than is often the age profile of a terrorist. that is one of the things the police have been saying as they try to piece together exactly who he was and more details about his life.
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we are hearing there have been 11 arrests in that police investigation thatis arrests in that police investigation that is continuing at pace. that is the latest from westminster. back to the studio. the headlines on bbc news: detectives released the first image of khalid masood, as they try to determine if he launched the attack on westminster on his own or with others. prince charles has visited some of the injured at kings college hospital. the fourth person to have been killed is named as 75—year—old leslie rhodes from south london. president trump demands a make or break vote in congress over the controversial health bill that could replace 0bamacare. and in sport, 99% perfect — lewis hamilton's assessment of his first day of the new formula one season. he finished fastest in both practice sessions ahead of the australian grand prix. uncapped middlesbrough defender ben gibson is called into the england squad for the world cup qualifier against lithuania. he replaces chris smalling, who has withdrawn through injury. dele alli will miss half of what is likely to be a champions
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league group campaign for spurs next season after being banned for three european games following his sending—off against gent. those are the sporting headlines. morejust after half those are the sporting headlines. more just after half past. we have some news about prince george. the duke and duchess of cambridge have just announced where there will be sending their son, third in line to the throne, to school. i know you are waiting to hear. wait no longer. peter hunt is here. where is he going? he is going toa here. where is he going? he is going to a private school called thomas' in battersea. he will be four in july. he can stay there until the age of 13. there are about 540 pupils, boys and girls, one of their aims is to be kind, according to their website. the difficulty with
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any school with high profile pupils like this with the security. it's not something they will talk about too much but it will be an issue. not something they will talk about too much but it will be an issuem is striking. the parents of love that range of schools in way that pa rents that range of schools in way that parents look at a range of schools. as well as the parents looking at the schools, the security team will have looked at the schools. it is my understanding they did brief —— briefly flirt with going to a state primary school, but one of the difficulties was, how secure is such a site? one presumes this has been taken not just for george's education but it will be a secure location for him to be educated in. my location for him to be educated in. my understanding is there are delighted with this, as any parent would be, and they hope he has a happily —— happy and successful start to his education. is that an easy commute across the river?|j suppose it is an easy commute when you don't have to stop at the lights. and he won't be on the tuam.
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daughters of that age may want to send their child to that school. any chance? i imagine it has been announced now because they have already filled their quota. what we won't see, which we have seen in the past, are pictures of him and his first day. castro mind back to william and harry with banks of cameras. i was there. william and harry with banks of cameras. iwas there. not william and harry with banks of cameras. i was there. not charles! thank you! i think it will be a still photograph. thank you, peter. president trump has issued an ultimatum on the healthcare reforms he wants to introduce. he has repeatedly told republicans if they don't passes changes, he will abandon the bill altogether. the bill is being debated and the
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vote is expected tonight. donald trump is done doing deals. after a frantic few days, his message to republicans — vote for change, or there'll be no changes at all. this has forced the hand of the house speaker. for seven and a half years, we have been promising the american people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it's collapsing and it's failing families, and tomorrow, we're proceeding. but the votes are far from assured, as different factions of the party can't agree. for some, the health reforms go too far. for others, not far enough. i am still a no at this time. i'm desperately trying to get to yes and i think the president knows that. outside the capitol, they gathered in fear and frustration. all: hey hey, ho ho, donald trump has got to go! 24 million americans could lose their health insurance if the reforms go ahead. jessica sanchez has spina bifida. her family are already struggling to afford her medication. we try our hardest to save money
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because we know the medications are going to finish in 30 days. they only last me 30 days so, every month, we have to start saving more and more money so it can last us longer, and sometimes, it's not possible. protesters circled the white house, hoping the president would hear their cries. they worry about losing maternity and mental health care. but inside the gates, he was surrounded by those who support his key campaign pledge. for many, the price of health insurance has shot up, and that's one of the reasons they chose change and trump. by the way, it's close, not because 0bamacare's good, it's close because of politics. they know it's no good, everybody knows it's no good. it's only politics, because we have a great bill and i think we have a very good chance, but it's only politics. but the president still has some arm—twisting to do. we're going to have a long talk.
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i'm not gonna make it too long because i have to get votes, i don't wanna spend too much time with you and then lose by one vote, then i'm going to blame the truckers! donald trump has issued his ultimatum. after a delay, there will be a vote in the morning, but this is a political roll of the dice with a very real prospect of defeat. laura bicker, bbc news, washington. gary 0'donoghue has been reporting on the vote from capitol hill. earlier i asked him how high the sta kes were earlier i asked him how high the stakes were for republicans. in a sense they have made the stakes are very high for themselves. donald trump has said it is now or never. the republicans say this is the last chance to repeal 0bamaca re. the republicans say this is the last chance to repeal 0bamacare. here we are on a friday, when they are expecting a vote in several hours, and they still don't know if they have the numbers on their own side to get it through. they're making
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concessions to satisfy and to placate the right of the party. that interna noise, upsets the left of the party, making it harder to get through in the senate. you do feel that sometimes this republican party making the good, or the perfect the enemy of the good rather, and the real danger is that after seven yea rs of real danger is that after seven years of promising repeal of 0bamacare, years of promising repeal of 0bamaca re, they could years of promising repeal of 0bamacare, they could and up going back to their districts at easter saying, we do control congress and we have got the white house, but we haven't managed to repeal 0bamacare like we said. uncomfortable for president trump, and adding to that discomfort, more revelations possibly about russia ? discomfort, more revelations possibly about russia? yeah, uncomfortable for donald trump in the sense he will blame congress of it doesn't happen. the realpolitik of this is he doesn't have to face the voters for four years. congressmen faced every two years. he will say, let's see what their
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verdict is on you lot. in terms of the intelligence committee, on monday it was that committee which had the director of the fbi acknowledged there was an investigation into potential coordination between the russian government and the trump campaign. that committee wants to have the fbi backin that committee wants to have the fbi back in secret next week to question them even further. and intriguingly, lawyers for the man, paul manafort, who has been at the heart of these allegations about that connection, chairman of the trump campaign for four or five months last year, he said today that he will testify in front of the intelligence committee. that may not be such a great concession. he could have got subpoenaed anyway. he has come forward and said he will voluntarily talk to them. whether they do that in public or private, there will be a lot of pressure to see it in public. the timetable of all of this, when will we know about the health care bill? the votes are scheduled for later today. they
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could be delayed again if they don't get it. in a sense they have built it to get it. in a sense they have built ittoa get it. in a sense they have built it to a put up or shut up time, so by eight o'clock or nine o'clock, we should hear. you can bring this stuff baguette any time. there is no absolute reason they have to vote on the bill today. the point is, the political capital starts to run out. if you can't get it through, both sides, the conservative wing of the republican party and the liberal wing, they become involved, they entrench their positions, you lose the momentum and donald trump says he wants to move on to other parts of his agenda. you could end up with 0bamacare being left in place. the republican party in a real position having spent seven years, seven yea rs, having spent seven years, seven years, saying they will undo it. gary 0'donoghue talking to me earlier. let's look at the weather. not much has changed in the last
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half an hour. we are still forecasting a lot of sunshine this weekend. the mornings will be on the nippy side. we have to wait until the late morning or afternoon before things one up. the mike will be particularly chilly. this high pressure is building across the uk. a widespread frost developing from the midlands northwards with these clearing skies. in city centres, temperatures will be just above freezing in northern areas, maybe a couple of degrees. 0utside freezing in northern areas, maybe a couple of degrees. outside of city centres, more like —2, minus four. the south not quite so frosty. saturday morning it looks like it is going to be pretty chilly. then we have got that sunshine developing through the course of the afternoon. temperatures could get up to 16 degrees in some places. 15 degrees in london. 0n the south—eastern coast it could be cooler in the breeze. through the course of sunday, again very dull cloud. the best of the weather will be across
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these western areas. not a bad weekend. this is bbc news — the headlines... the metropolitan police have released a photo of the man who carried out the westminster terror attack, khalid masood — also known as adrian russell ajao. police say the 52—year—old attacker used a number of aliases. another person has been arrested in manchester this morning — taking the total number of arrests to 11 so far. police have appealed to the public for more information on masood. what they still want to know from the public is information which will help them to work out whether masood acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda or whether others encourage, supported or directed him. prince charles has visited some of the injured at kings college hospital. the fourth person to have died is named as 75—year—old leslie rhodes from south london. in other news, president trump has issued an ultimatum to congress over his controversial health care reforms. he's told congressmen
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to support his bill, or he'll leave in place so—called 0bamacare. and the telecoms regulator 0fcom launches plans for customers to receive automatic compensation by their phone company if they suffer poor landline or broadband services. it's time for the sport. we start with formula 1. lewis hamilton has described his first day of the new formula one season as "99% perfect" after finishing fastest in both practice sessions today ahead of the australian grand prix. in the second session he was more than half a second quicker than anyone, a huge margin. with hamilton saying he was surprised about how fast his mercedes was. second fastest was sebastian vettel in his ferrari, with valteri bottas third in the other mercedes. the 2017 will be contested by new cars that are bigger and quicker
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with up to five seconds shaved off lap times as the sport tries to win new fans under new owners. my my role on the racing side will be to be proactive, to work with the teams and the fia and to find the right solutions to make our sport as great as possible the future. by great, i mean close racing, healthy teams, a true meritocracy of drivers. and all the things we know we'd have in a perfect world. wales manager chris coleman insists their crucial world cup qualifier against the republic of ireland tonight is not a must—win game. but he admits there's a ‘desperation' in the squad to reach another major tournament. ireland are top of group d after four matches unbeaten. wales, having only won one of their qualifiers so far four points behind them in third. when you are in a campaign commie get halfway and see where you are.
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are you fighting at the wrong end of the right end? all this pressure on us the right end? all this pressure on us is what we've always wanted. i have wished for it, dreamt about it. being halfway through the campaign and still having a say in who finishes top, who is second. we are right in that. chris smalling has returned to manchester united for treatment after pulling out of the england squad through injury. the defender has been replaced by middlesbrough‘s uncapped ben gibson. england face lithuania in a world cup qualifier on sunday. they are top of group f having won three and drawn one. meanwhile england's women have returned to fourth in the fifa world rankings, equalling their highest position. the side came third in the shebelieves cup earlier this month after a 1—0 win over the usa and have gone back above canada. scotland remain 21st, wales move up to 33rd and northern ireland are up to 55th. tottenham's dele alli has been banned for three european club games after his red card during the europa league tie against gent. the midfielder was sent off for a nasty challenge in the first half of the second leg at wembley and the suspension will be served
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if spurs get into europe next season, which looks likely with the team second in the premier league. he could end up missing half their champions league campaign. england's attempts to arrange a fixture against rugby union world champions new zealand later this year came from head coach eddiejones, and weren't motivated by commercial reasons. the rfu's chief executive insists the opportunity to play the world champions was something he had to look into. the all blacks declined the offer to play at twickenham in november. i think every rugby supporter around the country would want to see england playing the all blacks in 2017. i felt absolutely honour bound to see if we could achieve that. although it wasn't easy and there were potentially difficulties about trying to do it, but it was worth having a go to see if we could get a great game. i had discussions with the all blacks. they were very straightforward and decent about it, and after some discussions and deliberations, they decided they would prefer to play the barbarians instead of england. that's absolutely their call and i can understand it. england wicketkeeper sarah taylor
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still hopes to play in this summer's cricket world cup despite not being selected for a training camp in the uae next month. taylor's taken a break from the sport because of anxiety problems. but is back in training and according to coach mark robinson is undertaking a graduated return to the team. that's all sport for now. let's get more now on wednesday's terror attack in london, and ben brown, who's at westminster. 48 hours after the attack, the man responsible, we are finding a little bit more about khalid masood. this 52—year—old. he previously lived in the east sussex village of northiam. 0ur correspondent colin campbell has been there and spoken to local people who remember khalid masood. he lived here in the heart
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of the sussex countryside. the sleepy rural village of northiam. but he went on to strike at the heart of our democracy. i remember he was a bit of a troubled character, i think is probably the way to describe it. i think he got into a bit of trouble in rye. locals we spoke to this morning remembered khalid massoud, known here as adrian or aj, as a violent low—level criminal, someone who attacked an innocent man. he was an older chap, and i wouldn't have thought he deserved to be stabbed. that's as i remember it vaguely happening. i wasn't in there at the time, but i remember hearing stories about it afterwards. it was a violent knife attack in this northiam pub, that most here remember him for. it happened 17 years ago. one person told us masood, who was in his 405, had been drinking. the pub was at the time known as the crown and thistle. the victim, we've been told, was trying to protect a colleague, but was slashed across the face. i remember the person, yeah. yeah, i think he used a stanley knife on someone's face. down the side of their cheek and across their chin. he wasn't all that particularly popular, i don't think. one or two people tolerated him, but no, he was more or less a loner.
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in the last few hours, this picture of him at school in tunbridge wells has emerged. the man responsible for carnage in london, smiling broadly for the camera in his school football team. well, today a fourth victim of the attack has been named. leslie rhodes, who was 75 and from clapham in south london, died in hospital last night. jim wheeble was in clapham and has been speaking to one of his neighbours. as we now know, one of the victims of the attack this week was 75—year—old leslie rhodes. he lived in clapham. phil williams was one of his neighbours for years. 24 years. how must you be feeling,
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i don't know this morning? terrible, it's a shock. very emotional. can't believe that he's gone. and you knew him well? very well. i saw him on the day. i saw him every day because he was that type of person. because he lived just a few doors away. we passed one another every day. and he was a window cleaner. he used to clean our windows, everybody‘s for free. he was 75? 75. so he was fit as a fiddle? fit as a fiddle. he used to walk everywhere. he would go out on his bike every day. didn't matter if it was raining or snowing. what was he doing in westminster? he was at the hospital, st thomas's hospital. that's why it's so unbelievable. because for him to be there wasn't usual, because it was a one off appointment. and for him to be... because he was going on public transport, it would have been
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a matter of seconds for him to come out of that area, to come out of the entrance of st thomas's, walk across the road to the bus. so to be on that bridge at that particular moment in time, million to one. how will you remember him? he was a very kind man. it's very sad, very sad. remembering leslie rhodes, 75—year—old retired window cleaner from south london who died in the attack on westminster bridge on wednesday afternoon. one of those injured in wednesday's attack was andreea cristea, a romanian woman on a trip to london with her boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. romania's embassy has confirmed that she was the woman seen plunging into the river thames as khalid masood mounted his attack on westminster bridge.
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she has since undergone complex surgery on her lungs and her brain. speaking to the bbc, the country's ambassador gave an update on ms cristea's condition. she's in a stable situation. she was in a critical situation in the last days, but now she's stable and the evolution is positive. this is the good news. i understood that the car went above the feet of her boyfriend, and then she was practically pushed. it's quite a dramatic story, because there were two people who were tourists, they were coming to london to celebrate their birthday. he intended to ask her for marriage, in the same day, and unfortunately, this thing.
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so they had come to celebrate his birthday, but he was due to propose that day? yes. the remaining ambassador with one of many sad stories from wednesday afternoon. —— the romanian ambassador. we know 31 of those injured received hospital treatment, two are still critically injured and one with life—threatening injuries. that is the latest from westminster. back to the studio. at the moment compensation is only
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paid toa at the moment compensation is only paid to a small number of customers. guy anka is the managing expert at we asked him how the new scheme would work. the idea is there would be automatic compensation. it's worth pointing out, while it's a step in the right direction, people getting compensated for being gronk, this isn't about the line going down broadband going down, it's about something further down the line, it's not fixed quickly enough for the engineer doesn't turn off. —— compensated for being wronged. it's about how long it takes to get up and running? essentially. it's still and running? essentially. it's still a step in the right direction but more than 5 million people have a fault of some kind with their broadband. it's vital that companies are incentivised to make sure they happen a lot less. it happens a lot less with mobile phones, for example. it's worse with broadband.
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that's a lot of people, 5 million out of family broadband users? around 25 million households. and 250,000 appointments get messed. people often take time off work for that and it can be a real hassle. you have stayed at home, used a day of leave and the person doesn't show up. the system being proposed is quite compensated, a certain amount if they engineerfails quite compensated, a certain amount if they engineer fails to turn up, a certain amount of broadband goes down for a certain amount of time. it feels confusing. they are talking about roughly £30 if nobody shows or £10 per day. if people see this as a potential saving, the real saving to be made with broadband is by switching. this is about things going wrong. right now, millions of people pay far too much for broadband. while it's a very important step, a key message for people, if you are stuck paying £500 per year, and some people are for their phone or broadband, you could
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get around that by shopping around. it will not get over the problem of broadband not being consistent. but one of the proposals is if an installation doesn't happen when it's supposed, there will be compensation. hopefully that incentivises firms to do this properly, so there is more confidence in the switching system. the reason i'm bringing it up is one of the key money wasters for people is by staying on their provider's standard broadband deal. and this could be one of the things helps switching. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first, the headlines on bbc news: detectives released the first images of khalid masood as they try to establish whether he launched the attack on westminster alone or with others. prince charles has visited
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some of the injured at kings college hospital. the fourth person to have been killed is named as 75—year—old leslie rhodes from south london. president trump demands a make or break president trump demands a make or brea k vote president trump demands a make or break vote in congress over the controversial health bill that could replace 0bamacare. now a look at how the markets in europe have ended the trading session... now european markets got a boost this afternoon as wall street in the us opened solidly. now investors are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the vote on the us healthcare bill, which is seen by traders as a test of president trump's ability to pass his legislative agenda through congress. the president's agenda of cutting taxes and spending more is one that markets in the us liked — so this is a key test as to how likely his policies are going to get through. the co—op bank has said a number of potential buyers have expressed interest since it put itself up for sale last month. the bank, which is still partly owned by the co—op group,
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was rescued from the brink of collapse by a group of hedge funds in 2013. it added there was no certainty of a buyer. the number of homeowners taking out mortgages in february fell to their lowest figures since november. that's according to the british bankers association. it said over 40,000 loans for house purchases were approved last month, down 1592 in january. purchases were approved last month, down 1592 injanuary. however gross mortgage lending, which includes remortgaging is still 4.6% higher than a year ago. analysts are suggesting that this is an indicator that the house and market will slow down this year. us president donald trump is adding for a too close to call vote on his troubled health ca re call vote on his troubled health care bill in the house of representatives. mr trump would suffer a huge blow if one of his major election pledges, to replace the programme known as 0bamacare, fell at the first hurdle. even if the bill does pass the house it could face a tougher passage in the
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senate where republicans have only a slender majority. let's get detailed analysis of the stories from our markets guest today, investment director at fidelity international. president trump under pressure, what will the markets do if this doesn't go through and what pressure will be sustained in the next few weeks? it's interesting because we saw a taster of what markets would do if donald trump's health care bill isn't passed. the four months, since the election of donald trump, markets have been riding high on his promises of infrastructure spend, deregulation and tax reforms. these three ideas are seen as very pro—and pro—business. that's what underpins the markets. 0n pro—business. that's what underpins the markets. on wednesday we saw the first wobble in the markets, as markets started questioning whether donald trump really has the ability to make good on these promises, these very big promises, that he has made. on the health care bill
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specifically, he needs to repeal 0bamacare. specifically, he needs to repeal 0bamaca re. it's the specifically, he needs to repeal 0bamacare. it's the biggest initiative of his presidency so far. he needs to free up funds initially spent on health care to really push through tax reforms. if you think of the three key pillars of his policies, infrastructure spend, building bridges and walls, that ta kes a building bridges and walls, that takes a long time. deregulation is easier said than done. the key thing is tax reforms, andy cant get to the tax agenda until the health care bill is passed. moving on to mortgage approvals, the lowest level since november. how significant is the figure and how reflective is it of the wider housing market? the key thing is that the uk consumer is under increased pressure. we know inflation is going up and wages are not going anywhere. as the consumer becomes more squeezed, we are less likely to make a big purchase,
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arguably the biggest purchase of our lives like buying a house. there is overarching uncertainty with brexit negotiations coming up. lenders are becoming stricter with their lending criteria on the mortgage side. that's expected to weigh on the housing market. on the flip side there is still a shortage of housing and interest rates are still at a record low to underpin the housing market. moving on to the co-op bank. it's not clear what they are saying, they say people are interested but there is no concrete buyer in place. how much pressure are they under and how much time will they have before it's time to find a buyer? there is a lot of pressure on the co—op bank. it's been five years running where they have seen in men ‘s losses. they have been marred by a string of scandals and they really need a buyer to come up to inject capital into the business. if they don't get a much—needed capital injection it's
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likely the co—op bank will be unwound. this is keep, because it's the first uk bank wound down since the first uk bank wound down since the financial crisis where the government hasn't stepped in. —— this is key. bt group to pay attention of the bondholders of co—op bank bonds. for customers worried about their bank account, the bank has stressed time after time that any sale or change will not affect their products and services. thanks for talking to us. looking at the markets before we go, us stocks are higher ahead of that vote in washington. some news coming in in the last hour is that here in the uk over the weekend there will be fuel price cuts. if you're thinking of filling up, a good time to do so. supermarkets taking up to 2p of litres of petrol and diesel. a reduced reduction in pump prices is merited. those cuts will take place
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on friday at some supermarkets, and sainsbury‘s will be doing it on saturday. a round—up of all the business stories on the website. as theresa may prepares to trigger article 50 — starting the process of britain's exit from the european union — the bbc‘s europe editor katya adler has been speaking to the president of the european commission jean—claude juncker. she began by asking mrjuncker to reflect on the significance of the moment for both europe and great britain. it's a failure and tragedy. hi, i'm katya adler, the bbc‘s europe editor. with all this excitement about the brexit process finally starting on wednesday, at pretty much the same time as the european union turning 60 years old, what has the european commission president had to say about that? thank you very much for speaking to us today. how will you feel on wednesday when that letter of notification,
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the formal letter of notification, arrives here in brussels? i will be sad, as i was sad when the vote, the referendum took place in britain. for me, it's a tragedy. i'm everything but in a hostile mood when it comes to britain. we will negotiate in a friendly way, in a firmware, and we are not naive. in a firm way, and we are not naive. so will there be a fee to pay? it will be reflecting former commitments by the british government and by the british parliament. there will be no sanctions, no punishment, nothing of that kind. i am strongly committed to preserving the rights of europeans living in britain and for the british people living on the european continent. this is not about bargaining. this is about respecting human dignity. jean—claude juncker there.
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we'll be answering all your questions on the triggering of article 50 with our editors at the bbc. please get in touch — you can text us or send an email, or contact us via twitter using the hashtag bbc ask this. for armed forces personnel who suffer injuries on the field of battle, their lives can change overnight. but sport can have a unique healing power, and for many former servicemen and women, it can give them a focus for the future. as part of the bbc‘s state of sport week, the former paralympian kate grey has been to meet two ex—military sportsmen, to hear their inspirational stories. the simplest of tasks can seem challenging when life as you know it changes with the smallest of breaths. i must have breathed in at the wrong time, this spore thatjust lies under the ground was kicked up by the ieds. i literally inhaled and when i returned to the uk i got diagnosed with q fever.
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although everything on the outside looks sort of normal, i can move my limbs, i don't have any strength. i wasn't able to lift my child when i came home from afgan, when he was born. q fever is a deteriorating muscle condition. as time passed by, phil reached breaking point. people couldn't do the things they wanted to do because i was there, i felt like a burden on my family so i contemplated ending my life and my wife caught me and we turned it around from there. with the help of the military charities, phil was introduced to shooting — a sport well—suited to his condition. i found out i was good at it, i have something to be able to do, rather than sitting resting all the time. it gave me more purpose in life again. the one defining moment was after i shot in rio, was seeing my kids afterwards and how proud they were, i will never forget that. that's probably the best day ever now. like phil, many other military personnel have gained life changing injuries. corie mapp lost both his legs in an ied explosion. i felt like i wouldn't be able to have an active part in my kids'
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lives anymore and they came in and they were just, like, "daddy, you know, you are going to get metal legs and you can teach us to ride bicycles and do this and that". i thought, at that point, it's not too bad. within four weeks, corie was testing out new prosthetics. he tried a number of different sports, but it was bobsleigh that took his fancy. both servicemen have been on very differentjourneys to get to where they are today. it's thanks to this recovery centres like this one here at tedworth house in wiltshire that they can rebuild their lives and find new career pathways. for corie, the target is to compete in the 2022 winter games, where bobsleigh will make its paralympic debut. this is the thing that motivates me, it gets me up in the morning. i feel excited when i'm going to go to the gym. i am determined to do it, that is the end game for me. the circumstances you face as a person, no matter how bad they are or what you have been through in the past, will never define you as a person.
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i have chosen a sport and an active life as a way to live instead of just exist. it's red nose day, and the band take that are set to join james corden tonight, to sing a carpool karaoke, as comic relief returns to tv screens to raise money for charity. there'll also be a short sequel to the film love actually, reuniting a cast including hugh grant and bill nighy among many others. it will explore what the film's characters have been up to since 2003, some of them looking rather older than they did 14 years ago. time for the weather. you will be able to make use of your
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sun lounge this weekend, the weather is looking lovely and sunny across most of the uk. this beautiful picture from north yorkshire. the sun hasn't reached everybody. it has been pretty cloudy in one or two other areas, particularly in south—west england, but even there the cloud is breaking up. this old weather front has been very stubborn across this part of the world but is now finally shifting out towards the atla ntic now finally shifting out towards the atlantic with cloud breaking up across somerset, devon and cornwall. this evening, the high we have been expecting anchor itself across the uk. a very light winds, but it will turn chilly with starry skies, probably mist and fog forming in some areas. temperatures in the towns and cities, 2—5 greece. ten missiles —— ten miles outside, it will be quite a lot colder. some
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frost on the way. this is what it looks like on lunchtime on saturday. clea r, clear, clear. looks like on lunchtime on saturday. clear, clear, clear. the best of the weather will be across the western uk, because you will be sheltered from the breeze. some of the north sea coasts will be chilly. but inland areas and in wales, temperatures up to 16 or 17. variable changes with a weather eye on saturday night into sunday. if you don't know already, although the digital devices will do it automatically, at 1am, the clock becomes 2am, they are going forward. springing forward. the sunrises and sunsets. 0n springing forward. the sunrises and sunsets. on sunday, high pressure with us. firmly in charge of the weather. still a bit of breeze around the south eastern and southern coasts. still nippy and the
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crowd might increase across some areas of the east. the best of the sunshine across the west. the high will stick around, and then falling apart to the east. the low might drive the weather a bit later next week. but that's still a long way off. let's enjoy the sunshine. lots off. let's enjoy the sunshine. lots of settled weather around and the sun will be warmest across the west of the uk. but remember mornings will be chilly and there is a touch of frost on the way tonight and tomorrow night. today at 5, the widening investigation into the westminster attack as police make arrests in the west midlands and the north west. police say khalid masood, who was previously known as adrian russell ajao, had used multiple aliases. there might well be people out there who did have concerns about masood but were not sure or did not feel co mforta ble but were not sure or did not feel comfortable in passing that information to us. i urge anyone
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with information to come forward. detectives are trying to piece together masood's last movements — including the night before the attack, when he stayed in this hotel in brighton. prince charles has been visiting some of the injured
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