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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 9:00. president trump is forced to abandon his healthcare bill after some republicans threatened to rebel. obamacare is exploding. we arejust a few shorts —— votes short in terms of getting our bill passed. the westminster attacker — police try to find out if khalid masood was working alone. four people are still being questioned, while seven have been released, one on police bail. he went to school in tunbridge wells — one of his former classmates says he was shocked when he realised what he'd done. he was genuinely a nice guy, and i was upset today to think that he would have turned the way he has. an absurd to think that what —— at what he has done to these poor families. —— and upset to think. a £50 billion bill for
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the uk to leave the eu — the head of the european commission puts a price tag on brexit. also in the next hour, the quick—thinking twins who helped save their mother's life when she collapsed at home. roman and samuel sharma worked out how to unlock their mother's mobile phone and call 999. welcome to bbc news. world news tonight is off the air this week due to the clocks going forward in the usa. we'll be bringing you world news america at half past nine. there's confusion in washington tonight after republican party leaders in congress postponed a vote on president trump's controversial healthcare plan — the measure designed to replace what became known as 0bamacare. mrtrump
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mr trump asked for his bill to be withdrawn minutes before a vote was due to take place. he had made it a key pledge to replace barack 0bama's flagship policy during his election campaign. he told journalists that he never expects the cost of health insurance for ordinary americans to soar. i think what will happen is 0bamacare soar. i think what will happen is 0bamaca re unfortunately will explode, last year you had over 100% increases in various places, in arizona i understand it's going up very rapidly again like it did last year, last year was 116%. very rapidly again like it did last year, last yearwas 116%. many places 50, 60, 70%. i guess it averaged very, very high. and this year should be much worse for 0bamacare, so year should be much worse for 0bamaca re, so what year should be much worse for 0bamacare, so what would be really good, with no democrats the board, would be if the democrats got
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together with others and got a real health care bill. i would be totally open to it and i think the losers are nancy pelosi, big cars —— because they now own 100% 0bamacare, and this is not republican health care, this is not anything but democrat health care, and they have 0bamacare for a democrat health care, and they have 0bamaca re for a little democrat health care, and they have 0bamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to exist, which it will. at some point in the near future. and just remember, this is not our bill, this is the bill. and when they all become civilised and get together and try and work out a great health care bill for the people of the country, we are open to it, we are totally open to it. i wa nt to to it, we are totally open to it. i want to thank the republican party, i want to thank paul ryan, he worked very, very hard. tom price, and mike
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pence, who is right here, our great vice president. everybody worked hard. i worked as a team player, and would have loved to have seen a past, but again i think you know i was very clear in the speech i made, but perhaps the best thing that could happen is it that happened today. because we will end up with a truly great health care bill in the future, after this mess known as 0bamacare future, after this mess known as 0bamaca re explodes. future, after this mess known as 0bamacare explodes. the house democrat leader, nancy pelosi, has called today a "victory for the american people". it is a victory for the american people. for our seniors, for people with disabilities, for our children, for out disabilities, for our children, for our veterans. also, it's notjust about the 24 million people who know will not have the health insurance.
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it is about the 155 billion people who receive their health benefits in the workplace, who will not be assaulted by some of the provisions that the republicans put in the bill. especially last night when they removed the essential benefits package. so again, this —— it is pretty exciting for us. yesterday, out pretty exciting for us. yesterday, our anniversary, today a victory for the portable care at, a victory for the portable care at, a victory for the american people. will be speaking to laura bicker, our correspondent, very short. does very soon. “— correspondent, very short. does very soon. —— very soon. police investigating the terror attack on westminster have been trying to establish whether the man behind it was working alone or with others. detectives have also released the first image of the attacker, 52—year—old khalid masood, who was born in kent and named adrian elms at birth. they're appealing for information from anyone who knew him. here's our special correspondent, lucy manning. the face of khalid masood, the face that confronted police
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officers at parliament. the face that looked out of the car at pedestrians as he knocked them over. the 52—year—old was known by a number of names. born adrian elms in kent, by the time he was at this boys' secondary school in tunbridge wells, he was called adrian ajao after his mother got married. school friends remembered him as a sporty pupil who liked to party, "a very nice guy". adrian was a very nice lad, a fun guy, always laughing, always joking, worked reasonably hard, good at sport, played rugby very well. just an unassuming guy. but masood was soon developing a reputation for violence. in this sleepy sussex village, where he lived in his 20s, at the local pub he slashed a man in the face with a knife and was sent to jail. didn't have a very good reputation, definitely. i remember he was a bit of a troubled character, i think would be the way to describe it. a family friend said this wasn't the only time he turned violent. the chap was looking at him,
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and i wasjust sitting at the pool table, and he took umbrage against the landlord for looking at him like he was, and he flew over the bar, he got a glass, he was going to do him. khalid masood spent time in three prisons. around ten years ago, he worked in saudi arabia. it's not clear when he converted to islam, but he started using the surname masood at least 11 years ago. his mother now lives in a remote farmhouse in camarthenshire, which detectives searched yesterday. they haven't been in any sort of contact with their son for well over 20 years, from what i understand. and when it comes to terrorism, unfortunately, nobody can be responsible for the action of their children. masood, we now know, launched his terror attack
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after staying overnight at a hotel in brighton. he stayed in room 228. he seemed happy, staff said, untroubled by what he was about to do. but he was about to leave his hotel room, to drive to london to kill. he was joking and smiling and friendly. he was a very, very friendly person. he was a lovely guest, and we even put comments in the system as a nice guest. there was nothing in his conduct or demeanour that would have given me a feeling that there was something weird about this guy. and he'sjust on his way to commit mass murder. the police are still trying to build a picture of the man who came here to attack westminster. they say their main aim now is to try and work out
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if he was acting alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda, or if there are others still out there who encouraged him, supported or even directed this attack. but it's clear there are still gaps in the police's knowledge. we are appealing to the public today to say, if even in hindsight now you realise something about khalid masood, his planning, now is the time to come forward and speak to our officers. a bright student, turned violent man, turned terrorist. no—one is quite sure how, or why. we can now speak to hanif qadir, one of the founders of the active change foundation which works to tackle radicalisation in east london. he's the author of "preventing and countering extremism & terrorist recruitment". thank you very much forjoining us this evening. if there is one reaction that we need as a community
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to help to what happened on wednesday, what is it? good evening. 0ne action? don't let this incident undermined the cohesion and the unity that is within this country. because he would notjust get away with killing people, but he would get away with dividing us. so that is one thing i would say. in terms of theresa may's statement, she said eve ryo ne of theresa may's statement, she said everyone needs to go about their lives and carry out a million normal acts, and by and large simple —— people seemed to do that. but how powerful a message is that to those who have been radicalised, that they will not win? i think it is a very powerful message, but it's easy to say and difficult to do. but it is a powerful message and it is welcome because if you look around the world, leaders like that have not
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sort of said similar things but i applause —— i applaud theresa may for saying that. but it is down to the community is noted that out, to unite, and not allow this to affect the cohesiveness within our communities, otherwise the terrorists will win, and it will be a great pr stunt for them and inspire others to do more, because thatis inspire others to do more, because that is exactly what they want to do, they want to create a wedge between communities, put them between communities, put them between a rock and a hard place, and that will create more recruitment into extremism of all sorts. so if it isa into extremism of all sorts. so if it is a muslim extremist, is the owner is particularly on muslim communities? absolutely not, it is on all of us. extremism breeds extremism. this incident will give when —— rise to extreme right wing extremists. everybody‘s got a role to play, and it is from the communities that this should come. governments, police, security services can only do so much, but it
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is down to the communities to become the defence for our country. and we have to do that by uniting and coming together. but it is organisations like ours and governments that —— might we have here, to invest in communities and educate our young men and women, and thatis educate our young men and women, and that is down to us to do that. —— governments that we have here. based on your own experience and what you have learned about how people are radicalised, what does that mean in classical terms? because it is probably quite a difficult thing to broach with somebody if you suspect a young person who is becoming radicalised and maybe has views him —— which need challenging. radicalised and maybe has views him -- which need challenging. every journey, everybody is different. and understand radicalisation, i mean, i've written it in the book and it quite compact. however, if we'd...,
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radicalisation is —— radicalisation happens with the communities and requires human resource. if we do not tap into that human resource, but leave it to be tapped into by extreme right wing and isis type extremists, when i mean tap into that, i mean engaging, and giving our young men and women, this guy was young. . . our young men and women, this guy was young... if he had had an alternative social network, an alternative social network, an alternative view on the work, we may have prevented this from happening, but to do that you have to have access, because you cannot change anybody if you cannot reach them. so it is actually important, essential actually, and crucial for us it is actually important, essential actually, and crucialfor us to now, you know, have access to every segment within our communities, and leave no community without being engaged with. because we've got conservative elements within our community, and unfortunately through political correctness we don't want to engage with that because
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religious conservatism is looked upon as extremist. far from it, religious conservatism is looked upon as extremist. farfrom it, we have to engage with those elements, every element, white, black, asian, muslim, christian, whatever. bring an unite these individuals together to tackle the problem is that we are facing, and we are going to face in our country. this is one thing that's happened after one decade, and there are many more that we might experience, and we might experience, and render to be changing the way we do things very, very quickly. thank you very much for your time tonight. it is a pleasure. thank you. prosecutors have charged a 39—year—old man in belgium with attempted terrorist murder after a car was driven at high speed towards shoppers in antwerp. he is also being charged with possession of weapons after several nights and —— and unloaded shotgun were found in the car. next week the prime minister will trigger
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article 50. the president of the european commission says the eu will not try to punish britain during the brexit talks, but on the eve of celebrations marking the eu's 60th birthday, he insisted the british government would have to pay what it out before leaving, a sum of about £50 billion. here's our europe editor. it is the eu's 60th birthday. leaders are gathering in rome. the time is awkward just as one of the club's most influential members, the uk, begins to leave. the european commission president, just before leaving for ron, toby theresa may would be sorely missed this weekend.
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0n would be sorely missed this weekend. on saturday, there will be a celebration. the leaders of the 27 member states will be there. u nfortu nately, member states will be there. unfortunately, not 28, but i do seven. that surely is good to be the elephant in the room, the fact that theresa may is not there. she is not an elephant... her absence. no, but i deeply like her as a person. we are not in a hostile mood when it comes to brexit, we will negotiate ina comes to brexit, we will negotiate in a friendly way, in a firm way, and we are not naive. fair and friendly, so what about the around £50 billion the commission has demanded britain paid before it leaves the eu, covering long—term budget commitments for example? there will be no sanctions, no punishment, nothing of that kind, but britain has to now and i suppose that the government doesn't do it,
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they have two honour the commitments and the former commitments... to the tune of £50 billion? i was mentioning that a few weeks ago, 50 billion pounds, £60 billion, but thatis billion pounds, £60 billion, but that is not the main story. we have to calculate scientifically. but before calculations comes celebrations. the eu's birthday party will be resolutely upbeat, despite the many challenges ahead, of which brexit is only one. more now on the news about donald trump's health—care bill being withdrawn the last minute after failing to get enough support to pass in congress. house speaker paul ryan said he and the president agreed to pull the vote after it became apparent it would not get the minimum of 215 votes that it needed. let's cross to
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new york and speak to the republican strategist and former special assistant to george w bush, ron christie. thank you for us. nancy pelosi says the drug administration so pelosi says the drug administration so far has no record of accomplishment. how much of a setback is this? —— president trump's administration. it is a setback. the president said he wa nted setback. the president said he wanted a repeal their affordable health care act, paul ryan had seven yea rs health care act, paul ryan had seven years to get his act together to find a way to put legislation on the floor which could pass and go to the president, and today the failed. so in the short term it is a little bit embarrassing for republicans, but i'm confident they will continue in other areas such as tax reform, regulatory reform and other issues they campaigned on. but there is no question the republicans dropped the ball on health care reform today. the president said that the democrats are the losers after this.
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how can he say that when there were potentially 40 republicans prepared to rebel against him? well, the president's thinking is that the democrats passed the affordable care act with not one republican vote, they decided that they didn't want to support any reform efforts that republicans poured out, and so his thinking is, now that your own whatever happens, if premiums continue to increase, if people lose their coverage that the republicans attempted to put something on the floor, and that is why the democrats should own it, but frankly that is not the way i would be phrasing it, i would say we need to come together, find a bipartisan solution together, find a bipartisan solution to one of the most expensive and vexing programmes that we have here in america, which is health delivery system. he has said he was the democrats to work with him to patch up democrats to work with him to patch up health care. —— he wants. but what does this tell you about any other divisions in the republican party? well, it shows me that there
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is an attempt to try to get a bill out seven years ago president 0bama signed the affordable care act into law, republicans wanted to put legislation on the floor to commemorate that anniversary and then repeal it. what the demonstrates to me is a schism before the more memorable as matt moderate members of the house, and the more conservative members of the house, about 47, 48 of them, and with the complexities we have in our congress here, paul ryan only could afford to lose 22 votes, my vote tallies that i am looking at shell he would love —— have lost at least 40 of not closer to 50. so there is a big white divide between conservatives and moderates that needs to be breached. ron christie, thank you very much. 0ur correspondent laura bickerjoins us from washington. it has been a few hours of high drama, with the vote ditched at the last minute. after
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the drama, defeat and disappointment for republicans. when it came down to it, when this bill went in front of them even with an ultimatum from president, they said they couldn't move forward. as it held there, there does appear to be a gap between moderates and conservatives within the same party. but we also heard earlier from speaker paul ryan, this is very early in their governance. for the last eight years, all they had to do was oppose something. now, they have to agree on legislation and put it through both the house and the senate. and they are finding that increasingly difficult. he will be going away this weekend to lick his wounds, but in the meantime, 0bamacare remains in place. that key point, made by republicans for the last eight years, the key pledge, made by president donald trump that he would —— repeal 0bamacare, and they have failed. laura, thank you very much.
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sport now, with lizzie greenwood—hughes. good evening. let's start with the latest from dublin where the republic of ireland are playing wales in a potentially crucial world cup qualifier. no goals so far. gareth bell going closest, but there's been a potentially nasty issue to —— 12 minutes to go, ireland are currently second in the group ahead of wales in third. lewis hamilton is already favourite to win this year's formula one world championship and the first race isn't until this sunday. the mercedes driver finished fastest in both practice sessions today ahead of the opening grand prix in australia. he was a huge half a second quicker than anyone else in the second session. in the second session, prompting his boss toto wolf to say it was the best he'd ever seen. ferrari's sebastien vettel was second quickest with hamilton's mercedes team—mate valteri bottas third. there's one game in rugby
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union's aviva premiership tonight. gloucester leading bottom of the table bristol 13—6 in the second half. bristol are currently seven points from safety behind worcester in second from bottom. they've only won three times all season — and it doesn't look like they'll be getting win number four tonight. gloucester winger charlie sharples scoring the only try of the match so far. meanwhile in the pro 12 llanelli scarlets looked to get their top four hopes back on track at home to edinburgh. they could finish the night in the top four if ulster lose at newport gwent dragons. ulster ‘s leading 20-17. and gwent dragons. ulster ‘s leading 20—17. and in super league, warrington wolves are looking for their first warrington wolves are looking for theirfirst win of warrington wolves are looking for their first win of the season at st helens. 18—0 down at half—time. saints have scored three tries. this is the pick of them, finished off by adam swift. warrington pulled one tribe back a few minutes ago. the
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other scores so far, huddersfield giants 12—20... that's all the sport for now. an employment tribunal has ruled that a self—employed cycle courier for the firm excel was actually "a worker". andrew boxer argued that he was entitled to one week of holiday pay based on his work for excel. the tribunal said that the firm unlawfully failed to pay mr boxer. the ruling adds more legal weight to claims that some firms in the so—called gig economy are engaged in "bogus self—employment". 0fcom says sky, bt and virgin media had put forward their own voluntary scheme, but it didn't go far enough. the plans could affect more than 2.5 million customers,
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who would receive up to £185 million in new payments every year. at the moment, compensation is only paid to a small number of customers. hosni barack —— hosni mubarak has been released after years of detention. the 88—year—old was being held in a military hospital. judges cleared him of any wrongdoing during the arab spring. vladimir putin has postponed a meeting with marine le pen. she was invited to the kremlin, but mr putin said he attached great importance to russia's relationship with france but he said he didn't wa nt to with france but he said he didn't want to influence the election and anyway. the national front leader said if she won the vote, she would consider lifting sanctions on moscow. they're just four years old but twins samuel
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and roman sharma managed to help save their mother's life when she collapsed at their home. roman found her iphone and used his mother's thumbprint to open it — so that he could ring the emergency services. duncan kennedy has been speaking to the twins and their mother. these four—year—old twins saw their mother claudia feint on the floor. what did they do, panic, cry? 0h, no. first, samuel picked up his mother's hand to place her thumb on her phone to unlock it. and then they did this... called daddy... they used the phone voice back —— they use the foreign's voice recognition system to call 909. —— the foreign's voice recognition system. where is your mummy? in a macro she is at home. —— to call 99.
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isaid macro she is at home. —— to call 99. i said syria, 909. and the police and the doctor came. —— siri, 909. the boys, who go to nursery school, say using smartphones is well, smart. clearly a life changing piece of four—year—old philosophy. i think their parents have got the hands for! time for the weather forecast with thomas. —— tomasz. the skies will be clearing overnight, certainly some frost around first thing. here is the big
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high pressure which is going to stick around during the weekend. in the centre of the harder it is windless, starry, starry skies. there are probably some missed in some sports as well, for example the vale of york, and there will be a frost. could be minus four degrees in some areas, but for most of us saturday dawns with a lot of sunshine, a little bit hazy in some areas, and then we are in for a cracking day. still a bit of a breeze around the south—east, but some inland areas on saturday could warm up to around 16 celsius and sunday, fairly similar, western areas the best of the sunshine. further east, variable amounts of cloud but not bad. this is bbc world news america, reporting from washington. high drama on the hill, republicans pull the vote on their health care bill
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at the last minute after failing to win enough support for it to pass. revealing and replacing the former administration's plan was a key promise of president trump and his party, where do they go from here? 0bamacare is exploding, with no democrat support we could not quite get there, small number of votes short. more arrests in connection to the london terror attack, as police try to establish whether khalid masood acted alone or not.
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