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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting at home and around the globe. i'm lebo diseko. our top stories: a humiliating defeat for president trump as he withdraws his healthcare bill. i have been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. a lone wolf or did he have help? british police investigate what motivated the westminster attacker. marine goes to moscow — france's far—right presidential hopeful marine le pen meets vladimir putin in the kremlin. and find out who was the sharemarket landed on the taxiway. a clue? here's a hollywood legend. —— was
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the schmuck. —— he's. hello. good to have you with us. president trump says he's surprised and disappointed after failing to secure republican support in congress for plans to replace obamacare, one of his main election campaign pledges. our north america editor jon sopel has more. mr vice president, do you have the vote? a day of truly frantic meetings and phone calls, as the vice president, mike pence, went to the hill to try to secure the votes needed to pass health care reform — trumpcare. and the usual tools deployed, a mixture of menace and flattery. but it wasn't going well. do you have the votes? my vote is still a no. my vote has not changed. if anybody tells you for certain they know what is going to happen, they are lying. the situation is still very fluid. and if concessions are made to the right of the republican party, you lose the moderates,
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and vice versa. at the white house, there were no attempts to distance themselves from the legislation. the president's spokesman saying donald trump had done everything he could. there is no question, in my mind, at least, that the president and the team have left everything in the field. we have called every member with a question and concern, taking into consideration the strength of the bill. but there was one definitive statement about how the day would unfold. obviously, later today, the house will vote on the american health care act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30pm. except it didn't, with journalists prowling every corridor, doubts started to creep in and then the bombshell announcement after the speaker, paul ryan, went to see the president to tell him they didn't have the votes. we came close, today, but we came up short. i spoke to the president, just a little while ago, and told him the best thing to do was to pull the bill and he agreed. i will not sugar—coat this. this is a disappointing day. doing big things is hard. and the president was defiant in defeat.
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i've been saying for the last year—and—a—half, that the best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. but on the campaign trail, donald trump said it would be easy. and this was his pledge at every rally. obamacare has to be replaced. we got to get rid of obamacare, which is a disaster. repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare! and the author of the art of the deal said only he could deliver it. if you can't make a good deal with a politician, then there is something wrong with you. you're certainly not very good. chanting: hey hey, ho ho, donald trump has got to go! protestors were vocal in their opposition to the reform plan, which could have seen 2a million americans lose their health insurance. west virginia is coal country,
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and was solidly behind donald trump last november. john ingram, a retired miner, articulated an uncertainty that echoes around the country. i hope to god that they realise what they are actually doing. in effect, they are dealing with life and death situations. for notjust me, but for millions of people. do you use the rapid insulin, too? at the cabin creek health center, they are watching these proposed changes with alarm. it's the disturbing to think that, you know, we have made some gains — and to take that away is especially difficult. i think that is disheartening. for patients. yesterday, donald trump clambered on board a giant truck. today, his politicaljuggernaut came to a grinding halt. make no mistake, this is a huge embarrassment and setback. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. a new ban on carrying large
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electronic devices in cabin baggage on some passenger flights arriving in the united states and britain is due to come into full effect shortly. from 0700 gmt, laptops, tablets and large smart—phones will have to travel in the hold on flights from turkey, parts of the middle east and north africa. the us ban covers eight countries, while the uk restrictions apply to six. here in the uk, counter—terrorism police have released all but two of the 11 people arrested since wednesday's attack in central london. detectives are still trying to establish whether the attacker, khalid masood, was acting alone when he drove into pedestrians, before stabbing a police officer to death outside parliament. here's our special correspondent lucy manning. the face of khalid masood. the face that confronted police officers at parliament. the face that looked out of the car at pedestrians,
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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 huntleys secondary school for boys 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. adrian was a 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 the sleepy sussex village of northiam, 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. he didn't have a very good reputation, definitely. i remember he was a bit of a troubled character, i think is probably the way to describe it. masood spent time in three prisons, hmp lewes, wayland and ford. he worked as a teacher in saudi arabia in 2005 and again, in 2008.
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he'd already converted to islam by then. his mother now lives in a remote farmhouse in carmarthenshire, which detectives searched yesterday. they haven't been, from what i understand, in any sort of contact with their son for well over 20 years, and at the end of the day, when it comes to terrorism, unfortunately nobody can be responsible for the action of their children. masood, we now know, launched his terror attack after staying overnight at a hotel in brighton. detectives have searched the hotel and there have been more raids, more arrests. in manchester, a car was taken away by police in didsbury and two arrests, described by senior officers as significant, were made there and in the west midlands. the police are still trying to build a picture of a man who came here to attack westminster. they say their main aim now is to try and work out 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.
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what we're appealing to today is to the public, to say, if, even in hindsight now, you realise something about khalid masood, something about his associates, something about his movements, something about planning, now is the time to come forward and speak to our officers. a bright student, turned violent man, turned terrorist. no one is still sure how, or why. lucy manning, bbc news, westminster. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has been at police headquarters in central london. he says that there are still many questions that officers are working to answer. i sense this investigation is moving into a new phase, tonight. the
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immediate arrests are over. seven people caught up in that first suite have now been released. that leaves just for people in custody who detectives are concentrating on as potential accomplices. although i am told that more arrests are possible. now the hard miles of the investigation began as the detectives had to sift through the evidence and try and work out whether he was working alone. and i understand don't know the answer to that question at this age. as ever, they will have two sift through a mountain of computer and mobile phone evidence, including, intriguingly, the fact that his mobile phone sent a message to the —— through the encrypted messaging app, whatsapp, just two minutes before he crossed the bridge. the question is, if that is true, who he said had to. the police hope that any mountain of evidence they have seized is the answer to that critical question. who, if anyone,
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helped him to kill for people and brick have it —— wreck havoc in the heart of western —— westminster. six people remain in a critical condition in hospital. on friday afternoon, prince charles visited some of the injured and thanked hospital staff for their hard work. sarah campbell reports. a royal thank you to the medical teams, who are continuing to deal with the aftermath of wednesday's attack. 17 people remain in hospitals across london, including here, at king's college. as many as 50 people were injured and most have now been discharged. francisco lopes from portugal is amongst the first to talk publicly about what happened. he started to move towards the pedestrian pavement and started to take out the people that were in front of the car. so literally, when i realised this, the car was literallyjust about one metre away. so i had literally no time to get out of the way. travis frain, a student from lancashire, was asked by the prince what he remembered of the attack and how
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he was being cared for in hospital. the visit was also a chance for staff to reflect on what they themselves have had to deal with. it was inspiring, the way people just worked together and communicated to deal with the patient in front of them. it didn't matter how many would be coming. you knew you would just keep working. in westminster, as the number of tributes continued to grow, so too did the number of people killed in the attack. friends and neighbours here in clapham, south london, are mourning the loss of leslie rhodes. he was 75—years—old and a retired window cleaner. he would clean the windows without even asking. he would just clean the windows, take the rubbish downstairs. he would do anything for you. to be there at that precise time and get hit by that maniac, i mean, unbelievable. he'll be sorely missed. he was a lovely man. old school. pc keith palmer, pictured
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here with an american tourist in the hour before he was stabbed to death in the line of duty. an online appeal for his family, organised by the metropolitan police federation, has reached more than half a million pounds — double its target. named today — police constable kris aves. he's been left with significant injuries after being struck by the car. he and two other officers were returning from a commendation ceremony. and still unconscious but now in a stable condition, andreea cristea. she was thrown into the thames by the force of the car's impact. a romanian citizen on holiday with her boyfriend, today, the country's ambassador told me she should have been celebrating her engagement that day. they were coming to london to celebrate their birthday. he intended to ask her for marriage on the same day. this was unfortunately the destiny. today, at westminster abbey, in a show of solidarity, religious leaders joined together for a minute's silence to remember the four who were killed
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and the many more who were injured. sarah campbell, bbc news. do stay with us on bbc news. still to come... we visit rome where the leaders of the european union nations gather to celebrate its 60th anniversary. with one exception. let there be no more war or bloodshed between arabs and israelis. so proud of both of you. with great regret the committee have decided that south africa be excluded from the 1970 competition. streaking across the sky,
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the white hot wreckage from mir drew gasps from onlookers in fiji. this is bbc news. i'm lebo diseko. the latest headlines: donald trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill, after it became clear he didn't have enough support from his own party to win a vote in congress. british police have appealed for the public to help uncover the motivation of the man who killed four people in wednesday's attack in westminster. the russian president,
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vladimir putin, has met the french far—right presidential hopeful marine le pen in moscow. president putin denied trying to influence the french election next month, but says he reserves the right to communicate with all political forces. ms le pen said that if elected she would do what she could to get eu sanctions against russia lifted. greg dawson reports. a rare but symbolic show of hospitality by vladimir putin. it is not often the russian president invites candidates in a foreign election campaign. marine le pen is an exception. we in no way want to influence events, but we retained the right to meet with all political forces and all political partners, just as our partners in europe and the us do. the kremlin likes what it is hearing from marine le pen. she
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has called for sanctions imposed on russia to be scrapped. she claims that crimea, the ukrainian peninsula co ntroversially that crimea, the ukrainian peninsula controversially annexed by russia, has always been russian. translation: you know my position is unknown. i rarely change them, which probably makes me an exception. —— mayan positions are known. the national front leader may have won widespread support in france, but her populist views have deterred most foreign leaders. vladimir putin, however, says she represents a fast—growing element of european politics. russia may already be accused of meddling in the us election to help donald trump wind the white house, at the kremlin denies those claims, and insists it will not try to influence next month's election. recent opinion polls in france put ms le pen neck and neck in the first round with centrist candidate emmanuel macron,
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who is the favourite to win in the run—off. this meeting delivered a not so subtle hints that russia would be happy to deal with a president le pen. the european union celebrates its 60th anniversary on saturday. all but one of the 28 leaders of the eu nations have gathered in rome. britain is, of course, missing. the six founder members — italy, france, germany, the netherlands belgium and luxembourg — could not have imagined the challenges the eu would be facing in 2017. our special correspondent allan little reports from rome on the successes and failures of the past six decades. the british were not here in 1957 and they will not eat here today, when the other 27 gather to celebrate their founding vows. they signed their pledge to unify europe here, in the splendour of a capital that had once brought unity by conquest to the ancient world. b6 founding nations, that small initial
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group, were driven by the experience of war, the most destructive in human history, twice in their direct living memory. the men who sat at this table were notjust building a trading bloc. this was, for them, above all a peace project. they were trying to turn the page on centuries of conflict in europe and create a world in which war between the nations of the continent would become not just undesirable nations of the continent would become notjust undesirable or difficult, but actually impossible. how d use it in this room 60 years on and breathe new life into that founding vision? —— how do you sit. in an age in which peace seemed so entrenched that we have come to take it for granted, as though 70 is about conflict was somehow the norm in european history, and not the exception. —— 70 years without conflict. the fall of comedies and created a sense that the eu's liberal order had triumphed, but created this —— created the seeds of today's crisis. expansion to the east and open borders created a
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sense of migration out of control. the stagnation of the single currency brought stagnation to the south. there is a mounting public desire to go back to the perceived certainties of national sovereignty. these spheres of influence that we saw before world war i are coming back. —— of these fears. russia, the us, china. only a unified back. —— of these fears. russia, the us, china. onlya unified europe a cce pta ble us, china. onlya unified europe acceptable for everybody could play acceptable for everybody could play a positive role in the future world. otherwise it is going to be crushed by these bigger spheres of influence. for the war that shaped the european project is slipping from living memory now. it is white and rico vieri, who is 82, comes most days to santana, deep tuscan village of his childhood, to speak to these children. they listen, spellbound. when he was younger than them, ten years old, german ss troops came here and murdered more than 500 people, any of them beside this church. he survived.
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translation: for many years i did not want to talk about the massacre, he told me. but i came to believe that young people should know about it. the eu gave us 50, no, 70 years of peace. the young should know that what we suffered cannot happen again. europe may be bound by its shared trauma but there is now the prospect that the eu will fragment into mutually hostile blocs. that is what its leaders must face here. a teenage bloggerfrom singapore has been granted asylum in the united states after persuading a judge he faces political persecution. amos yee was jailed in 2015 and 2016 after posting atheist comments online. he was accused of hurting the religious feelings of muslims and christians. he also created controversy in 2015 by posting online an expletive—laden video about singapore's first prime minister lee kuan yew, just after his death. police in belgium have used
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anti—terror legislation to charge a 29—year—old tunisian man with attempted murder, after a car was driven at high speed towards crowds in antwerp's shopping district. no—one was injured. a gun and knives were found in the car. the former egyptian president, hosni mubarak, has been released after six years in detention. the 88—year—old had been held in a military hospital. earlier this month, judges cleared him of any involvement in the deaths of protestors during the arab spring in 2011. you may remember last month when the hollywood star harrison ford made an unusual landing at an airport in southern california. he came down on a taxi—way instead of a runway, flying directly over a waiting passenger jet. now audio tape has emerged of him explaining what happened. tim allman reports. as han solo, he was the pilot who made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. but in real life, harrison ford's recent exploits in aviation have
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been a little more perilous. he had a near—miss last month atjohn wayne airport, his single, small—engine plane coming down in the wrong place. so, what happened? well, this is the conversation the actor had, once he touched down: this wasn't the first mishap he'd had in recent years — in 2015, he suffered injuries after crashing a vintage plane on a golf course in santa monica. that time, it was down to engine problems. fortunately, there were no injuries in this latest incident — other than, perhaps, a little damage to harrison ford's pride. thejuke the juke and duchess of cambridge have announced that prince george will start at a private school in september in south—west london. he will become a pupil at thomas' at sea. the royal couple have said they
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are confident it will provide george we re are confident it will provide george were they happy and successful start to his education. the headmaster said he was greatly looking forward to welcoming the soon—to—be four—year—old prince in september. and now to another couple of four—year—olds. this time, a set of twins from london, who have helped to save their mother's life. when she collapsed at their home, one of them managed to get into her mobile phone and call the emergency services. duncan kennedy has been speaking to the twins and their mum when it comes to ingenuity, this boisterous pair don't do things by halves. four—year—old twins roman and samuel sharma saw their mum, claudia, faint onto the floor. but what did they do? panic? cry? oh, no... first, samuel picked up his mum's hand to place her thumb on her iphone to unlock it. and then, they did this... hey, siri, call daddy. they used siri, the phone's voice—recognition system, to call not dad, but 999...
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the boys knew about siri by watching their mum and dad. isaid, "siri, 999." and what happened? the police and the doctor came. eventually, mum was taken to hospital. as a parent, you tell them things and hope they sink in, but you never, a — expect it to happen, or b — for them to remember anything you said. the boys say using smartphones
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is, well, smart. clearly a life—changing piece of four—year—old philosophy. what a gorgeous payer. member, you can get in touch with me on twitter. i would love to get in touch with you. i will have the headlines in a moment. thank you for watching bbc news. hello. there will be some chilly nights this weekend. there will be frost for some of us as the weekend begins, but by day, this weekend, it is sun, sun, sun. what a glorious weekend if you're a fan of blue skies. high pressure right across the uk. the weather ingredients this weekend, because of high pressure, as you might imagine, it's going to be settled. there will be some warm spring sunshine around, but for some others there will be a noticeable breeze.
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we will need to shelter from that to enjoy the warm sunshine. some chilly nights with frost around. looking at the temperatures as the weekend begins, these are the urban readings, but away from the towns and cities in the countryside we will see those lower readings on the thermometer. in parts of northern england, northern ireland and scotland we'll see frost. many of us will have widespread frost on ground and grass. a few patches of fog in parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire, the midlands and parts of wales. that shouldn't last too long into the morning. an exception to the settled weather will be in the northern isles. more cloud around on saturday, especially in the shetlands. outbreaks of rain at times, mostly on the light side. as day breaks you can see the extent of the sunshine to begin with, but hints of either mist fog patches, or low cloud, to begin with, through parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire, the midlands and into wales. it should not last too long. by mid—morning that should be gone. look at the strength of the wind in east anglia, south—east england and along the south coast. if anything that may be a notch up compared to what we had on friday. quite a windy picture
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for some of us. you will need to shelter from the easterly wind to get the best of the warmth from the sunshine. the blue sky continues for the majority of the afternoon. that warmth will be felt, especially where the wind is right down the western side of the uk, 15 or 16 celsius. saturday, a fine evening, but a chilly night. a touch of frost, especially in the north. remember, on saturday night the clocks go forward an hour, the beginning of british summer time. nothing to do with the weather, though it sounds good. great for night workers, and great if you want your light longer into the evening. here are the sunset times on sunday. there will be some sunshine around again on sunday for the vast majority. maybe just a bit of cloud to some eastern parts of the uk later in the day. still that breeze to the south and still sheltering from that to make the most of the sunshine. for the vast majority, the weekend will have a blue sky note. whatever you are doing this
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weekend, enjoy that, and enjoy your weekend. the latest headlines from bbc news: donald trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill, after it became clear he didn't have enough support from his own party to win a vote in congress. some republicans opposed his alternative to obamaca re, which will now remain in force across the us. british police have appealed for the public to help uncover the motivation of the man who killed four people in wednesday's attack in westminster. the taxes are still trying to establish whether he worked alone when he drove into pedestrians before stabbing a police officer
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