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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 103m: donald trump remains defiant after failing to overhaul barack obama's health reforms. the president was forced to abandon his healthcare bill because of lack of support within his own party. two men remain in custody as investigations continue into the westminster terror attack. it's emerged the attacker, khalid masood, sent whatsapp messages moments before hitting the bridge. almost two million people in the uk don't have a bank account, according to a house of lords report. it says the poorest people are being barred from basic financial services. also in the next hour, the eu turns 60 years old. leaders of the 27 member countries, minus the uk, are meeting in rome to celebrate the anniversary of the treaty. and in sport, it's pole position for lewis hamilton. he dominates formula one qualifying in melbourne, ahead of the season opening australian grand prix. good morning and
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welcome to bbc news. donald trump has tried to shrug off the biggest setback so far in his presidency, a failure to overhaul barack obama's health reforms. he's been forced to scrap a vote on his plans at the last minute because he didn't have enough backing from his own party. one republican, kevin brady, told fox news that the priority now was to press ahead with changing america's tax system. greg dawson reports. it was a promise that became one of the pillars of his campaign and one he repeated at every rally. obamacare has to be be replaced. we're going to get rid of obamacare which is a disaster. repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. his pitch to voters — trust me, i'm a deal—maker.
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if you can't make a good deal with a politician than there's something wrong with you. you're certainly not very good. throughout friday, the trump administration, led by the vice—president, was trying to persuade fellow republicans to back them. but it wasn't working. some wouldn't accept proposed cuts to health coverage. others said they didn't go far enough. my vote is still a no. facing defeat, house speaker paul ryan consulted with the president and pulled the plug on the bill. yeah, we're going to be living with obamaca re for the foreseeable future. i don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law. my worry is obamacare is going to be getting even worse. donald trump still predicts that obamacare will end in failure, but conceded until democrats agree it's time to make changes, he can't scrap it. it's imploding and soon will explode and it's not going to be pretty. so the democrats don't want to see that so they're going to reach out
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when they're ready and whenever they're ready, we're ready. pushing through healthca re change in america was one of president obama's defining achievements in the white house. it provided more than 20 million people with health insurance, but opponents say it is too expensive and involves too much government interference in people's lives. but criticising obamacare has proved much easier than replacing it for donald trump. after his controversial travel ban was blocked, this failure is another blow to his authority less than three months since he took power. speaking earlier on breakfast, former advisor to george w bush, anneke green, said this setback wouldn't effect his core support. it's coming across in the press as a very big blow, but you can bet he will do his best to pivot and to portray this as the smart move and the thing that he was doing for the american people and i don't think it will actually affect his core supporters. we are seeing in the praise that was coming from some of the very groups in the house that
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refused to vote for the bill. counter—terrorism police have released all but two of the 11 people arrested since the attack in westminster on wednesday. detectives are piecing together the background of khalid masood to find out where and when he was radicalised they are appealing for information as they try to establish whether he acted alone or had help as alexandra mackenzie reports. khalid masood, the former teacher and father who became a terrorist. but did he act alone? as police begin to build a picture of the killer it has emerged that minutes before he launched his attack he used messaging service, whatsapp to send an encrypted message from his phone. born adrian elms in kent, by the time he was at huntley's secondary school for boys in tunbridge wells, he was known as adrian ajao. but what triggered such a brutal act from a once sporty schoolboy who liked to party?
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he was an incredible fella. but, you know, like i say, when i see him, i loved him. ijust wanted to give him a lift sort of and talk and balance him up a bit. he had developed a reputation for violence. masood spent time in three prisons. last night, the saudi arabian embassy in london confirmed he had worked there as a teacher around ten years ago. by then, he had converted to islam. the police investigation into wednesday's attack has been swift. it brought them to this hotel in brighton. masood stayed here the night before he carried out his deadly attack which took the lives of four people. described as a nice guest, he said he was visiting friends. in manchester, a car was taken away by police. there were further raids and two people, both from birmingham, remain in custody. the police investigation will now focus on finding out if anyone
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helped khalid masood to carry out his attack and at what inspired him to commit mass murder. with me is our correspondent nick beake. nick, bring us up—to—date with the investigation so far. well, it is worth stressing that this was a nightmare scenario for the police and security service on wednesday because they realised the man who carried out this act was someone who wasn't really on their intelligence radar and so they moved quickly making those arrests that we saw, but as you asked brings us up—to—date, only two people remain in custody. we know the police made 11 in custody. we know the police made ii arrests in all. seven people have been told that they will face no further action. two women have been bailedmed one is believed to be the partner of the man responsible for the act of terror on wednesday. and i think as we heard there, what the
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police are now focussing on is this activity that khalid masood was doing with his mobile phonejust three minutes before he drove across westminster bridge using the platform whatsapp, just three minutes before and the police will be trying to work out whether he was potentially sending a goodbye message, whether he was taking instruction from someone or maybe looking for some confirmation, some green light to carry out this attack. so there are key questions for the police to pursue. and what do we know about the casualties that resulted from his actions? well, so many people affected by what happened on the bridge. we're told this morning that a number of people in hospital is 15. that's gone down from 17 yesterday. it is unclear how many people are in the gravest condition, in a critical condition. we know yesterday, six people, it is unclear, the latest situation there. we know that one police officer was
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clearly killed in the attack, but also another police officer has received what was described as life changing injuries. he was one of three officers returning from a commendation ceremoniment they were identified as people who worked particularly well for the met in the last year or so and of course, the focus is on the victims, the people affected by this, but also the intelligence services are trying to build upa intelligence services are trying to build up a bigger picture of the man who carried out this out and we've got this conflicting, conflicting stories around him on the one hand, someone stories around him on the one hand, someone who is described as being charming and someone who was noted as being polite, the hotel where he stayed, the night before he carried this out, but also other people saying what a violent person he was, prone to mood swings and also that's reflected in the fact he had a 20 year criminal record including spells in prison and of course, that is one element that the authorities will be looking at, was he radicalised whilst he was in prison? nick, many thanks. this weekend marks 60 years since the treaty of rome
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was signed, creating the european economic community which we now know as the european union. more than 20 eu heads of state and government are gathering this weekend in the italian capital to mark the historic event. prime minister theresa may will not be attending. my colleague karin giannone is in rome. yes, an enormous day in rome. it was six nations back then. 27 leaders today and they're all back in the same building on rome's capital line hill right in the historic centre. it is sumptuous surroundings for the ceremony today. it is a muted celebration. the challenges ahead are celebration. the challenges ahead a re clear to celebration. the challenges ahead are clear to everybody and you've got the departure in the matter of days of one of the european union's members so it is trouble times. those celebrations will not be too abundant and too obvious and they are aware of what is ahead for the
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european union and the challenges there. let's talk to someone who was there. let's talk to someone who was there on the day, the original treaty of rome was signed back in 1957, the boob‘s rome correspondent david willie. you were a junior reporterfor david willie. you were a junior reporter for reuters and they had given you thisjob reporter for reuters and they had given you this job because there was not much interest at home. the british government were invited by the six to take part and they rather huffily declined! it was to be years later before britain became a member and under rather special terms. so it has been dogged, the history of the today's european union and the organise common market has been dogged by a certain lack of credibility in the eyes of the british people. i often wonder to what extent it is all to do with the fa ct what extent it is all to do with the fact that most of the founding fathers of the european union were catholics and it was significant in those days, i remember being struck the following day after the
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signature, all the heads of state and the foreign ministers trooped off to see the pope at the vatican and here, this time, they went to see the pope first. so, you know, british attitudes towards the pope and the reformation or no popery, that's always coloured british attitudes towards the european ideal. the brits weren't that day and they are not here today. just thinking about how the whole situation has changed in terms of aspirations for the european union? well, there is great uncertainty about the future of the union. what everybody fears is britain's example could be followed by other members of the 27. this could be the beginning of the unravelling of europe rather than its construction. the speech is a very brave today, but it seems to me there is great uncertainty about the political future of the union. i mean rome, you were able to walk into the building in1957, your you were able to walk into the building in 1957, your biggest wrory
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was where to put your umbrella. the place is in lockdown today? you can't move in rome today. i walked up can't move in rome today. i walked up the steps and presented myself. it was easier to move about on that particular night because i remember it was pouring cats and dogs, it was raining. so, i had my umbrella and just forced my way in. but today, the omens are better. we have a lovely day in rome. it is a beautiful recalling of historic events. everybody, ithink, perhaps except from me, was conscious that it was a historic day. the vatican newspaper came out with the headlines that it was one of the most significant events in rome in modern times. your piece didn't make it too big? i didn't make the bulletin as it were! thank you very much indeed. well, at the end of the ceremony today, the leaders are hoping to walk away having signed a document with aspirations for the future of europe. we will wait to see what that contains. and at 10.20am our special
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correspondent allan little will look at the successes and failures of the past six decades of the european union. thousands of iraqi civilians are trying to flee west mosul as the fight against so—called islamic state continues. the us led coalition and iraqi forces have been using airstrikes against is militants. but eyewitnesses say that many civilians have been killed and many remain buried under the rubble. our middle east editorjeremy bowen has been speaking to some of those escaping is held areas in west mosul, who say that people are being used as human shields. thousands of civilians are getting out of parts of mosul that are controlled by islamic state every day and they're doing that because they feel that if they stay, if they don't take the really serious risk of trying to force the front line to get out, then they're going to get
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killed anyway. many of the people here are talking about air strikes by the us—led coalition. i've spoken to witnesses who say that whole families have died in the rubble of their houses and that nobody was even able to dig them out. what people have also said is that the jihadists of islamic state are deliberately mingling with them. that they are treating them as human shields. so, for these people, life back home has become absolutely insupportable. and toxic and lethal and that's why they've come here to and that's why they've come here to a very uncertain future. many of them just in the clothes they're standing up in, leaving behind all their possessions, perhaps it is easy to do that when you feel that if you stay at home you're going to get killed. more needs to be done to help
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tackle the vicious cycle of debt and overcharging, according to a house of lords committee. it says banks are failing customers who need them most, leaving the poorest to reply on expensive products. here's our business correspondent, jonty bloom. banks and building societies are not only there for the rich, but they are more difficult for the poor to access. 1.7 million people in this country have no bank account, many can only borrow at high interest rates even if they aren't forced to use payday lenders. the closure of thousands of high street banks also hits the poorest and especially the elderly as they have less access to online services. 40% of the working age population have less than £100 in savings, and if they have to use pre—paid meters, they also pay more more basic services like gas and electricity. to end such financial exclusion the lords committee is calling for better financial education in schools, a dedicated government minister to tackle the problem and for the banks to have a duty of care to their customers. too many people still don't
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have a bank account or access to basic and fairly priced financial services of the sort that most of us take for granted. that means that the poverty premium, where the poor are paying more for a range of things from heating their house to being able to get a loan, is leading them into a vicious circle of further debt and financial distress. the government says four million people are benefiting from basic bank accounts which charge no fees and that tough new rules mean that the number of payday loans has halved since 2014. the headlines on bbc news: donald trump remains defiant after failing to overhaul barack obama's health reforms. the president was forced to abandon his healthcare bill because of lack of support within his own party. two men remain in custody as investigations continue into the westminster terror attack. it's emerged the attacker,
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khalid masood, sent whatsapp messages moments before hitting the bridge. and eu leaders, minus the uk, meet to celebrate 60 years since the treaty of rome was signed. sport now and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's mike. formula one is back, and so is lewis hamilton, who's dominated qualifying in melbourne. and the era of faster, more demanding cars got off to a promising start, as hamilton claimed pole position at the australian grand prix. it looks as though, we could see a real battle between mercedes and ferrari this season, as nick parrott reports. new cars, new regulations, but it was deja vu in australia as lewis hamilton came out on top in qualifying for the fourth year running. the briton predcted ferrari would be a threat and vetteljoins
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him on the front row. his new mercedes team—mate got closer to hamilton than rosberg managed a year ago and the finn went second. others seem unlikely to challenge with red bull's hopes appearing thin for now. verstappen was more than a second off the pace and had to settle for fifth. ricardo pushed so hard it cost him dear in front of his home fans. if hamilton was on the limit, it didn't show. when it mattered it beat the mark set down by bottas and despite reviving ferrari's fortunes, vettel was more nan a quarter of a second adrift. working how he can gain advantage over the mercedes will be crucial. this rule change has been huge and such a massive challenge for eve ryo ne such a massive challenge for everyone and the guys have just worked, you know, so hard to make
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this car what it is today and to be out there to up up here representing them, bottas did a greatjob. it is great for us for mercedes. i'm looking forward to the race and it is close between us all. it is, indeed. and good luck later today to the four british riders, in qualifying for the opening moto gp race of the season, in qatar, cal crutchlow, bradley smith, scott redding arejoined by sam lowes making his debut. replublic of ireland captain seamus coleman suffered a broken leg in their world cup qualifier with wales. the match ended goalless. gareth bale had the only real chances for either side, but he'll miss the next game against serbia after receiving a yellow card. it was a tackle from neil taylor that caused the injury to coleman — it wasn't a malicious challenge but it was certainly mistimed — and neil taylor was sent off for it
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as coleman was carried off on a stretcher. a real blow to him. he is having the season of a lifetime at club level. he isa season of a lifetime at club level. he is a great playerfor us. a great captain. ijust he is a great playerfor us. a great captain. i just said he is a great playerfor us. a great captain. ijust said in a couple of interviews and a great character. so, it's a big, big loss. a big loss. a big loss to everton. a big loss. a big loss to everton. a big loss to us but he'll fight back, i hope and yeah, it puts things in prospective. he had a serious injury himself and he's a great boy. he's a cracking lad. i have not seen the challenge, but i have seen the outcome if you like. it's a bad one for seamus and that's a shame because he is someone i ri for seamus and that's a shame because he is someone i r i think he's one of the best full—backs in the premier league. it was a busy night in rugby league's superleague,
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and we have new leaders in hull fc, thanks to their win at wigan. but at the other end of the table, things have gone from bad to worse for warrington, who've lost every game this season — just six months after they were in the grand final, this time they were beaten 31—6 by st helens. in rugby union's premiership, gloucester comfortably, saw off local rivals bristol 32—14. england wing jonny may sealed the bonus point win for gloucester and bristol's hopes of avoiding relegation straight back to the championship look slim. they're seven points adrift at the bottom of the table, with four games to play. in the pro12, john andrew's late try, secured a crucial win for ulster against newport gwent dragons. the 27—17 victory means ulster stay in the fourth and final play—off spot. scarlets are also chasing that play—off place. they'rejust three points behind ulster after getting a bonus
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point in their 26—10 win over edinburgh. britain's johanna konta is through to the third round of the miami open tennis after winning here match. that's all sport for now. you can keep up to date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. the european union celebrates its sixtieth 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 will be not here today. they signed a pledge
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to unify europe coming here, in the splendour of a capital that had once brought unity by conquest to the ancient world. the six founding nations, that small, initial group, we re were driven bit the experience of war. twice in their direct living memory. the men who sat at this table were notjust building a trading bloc, they were trying to turn the page on centuries of conflict in europe and create a page when war would not become difficult, but impossible. how do you sit—in this room 60 years on and breathe new life into that founding vision? in an age in which peace seems so entrenched that we've come to take it for granted as those 70 years without conflict were somehow the norm and not the exception. the fall
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of communism created a sense that the eu's liberal order had triumphed, but it contained the seeds of today's crisis. expansion to the east and open borders brought a sense of migration out of control. the straight jacket of the a sense of migration out of control. the straightjacket of the single currency brought stagnation to the south. there is a mounting popular desire to go back to the perceived certainties of national sovereignty. this fears of influence that we saw before world war i are coming back. you've got russiaing, russia and the us and china. otherwise it is going to be crushed by this big fear of influence of others. for the war that shaped the european project, is slipping from living memory now. that's why this man, who is 82, comes most days to the tuscan
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village of his childhood to talk to today's children. they listen, spell—bound. for when he was younger than them, ten, german troops came here and murdered over 500 people, many of them beside this church. he survived. translation: for many years i didn't wa nt to translation: for many years i didn't want to talk about the massacre, but icame to want to talk about the massacre, 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's why what we suffered can't happen again. europe maybe bound by its shared trauma, but there is now the prospect that the eu will fragment into mutually hostile blocs, that's what its leaders must face here. it can be a bit of a nightmare getting children to bed on time, but with the clocks going forward by an hour tonight, what impact will it have on their sleep pattern?
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as part of the bbc‘s terrific scientific project to get more young people involved in science, schoolchildren are teaming up with academics from oxford university to try to measure the impact of that lost lie—in. jayne mccubbin went to hull tojoin the experiment. bedtime in hull, or so it should be. this is elie's house. describe bedtime. nightmare. he's never ready. no, i'm not ready. he always wants to watch more telly. cani can ijust finish this game? argues when his brothers are going to bed later than he is. bla—bla—bla. the bedtime routine begins for elie and for amy. what about mornings? mornings are a struggle. come on, amy, it is time to get up. five minutes later, amy will you please get up. another five minutes. amy, will you please? it can be tough. one thing can make it tougher. i'm not even tired. that one thing is...
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i'm not very tired. the clock change. it is a nightmare and something i did not consider until i had children. stop showing off. get into bed. it really does affect things. it knocks everything out. it is a disaster. it is complicated. every time it happens, i wish they didn't do the clock change. it will take a while. so for some, it's a problem, but how much of a problem? well, now for the very first time, oxford university, with the help of children at this primary school, will try to measure that problem. what we're trying to see is if people who are more tired have slower reactions? that's it, yes. these children are being monitored in the days before and after the clock change. their reaction time is measured, their sleep patterns recorded. you've got how many?
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seven. seven was your best. how many times have you dropped it? 0h... laughter. spill the beans. i dropped it a lot of times. do razor—sharp reactions follow a good night's sleep? does the clock change stuff it all up? we see children who are not alert. they're not taking anything in. are you curious about what this experiment is going to show? are you interested? i'm really looking forward to seeing the effect on the reaction tests. no cheating! as for miss... 0h. i caught it. not bad. not great to be fair. nowhere near as great as them! what type did you go to bed, miss? i daren't tell you. i'm not a great sleeper! sleep, you see, matters. good night. just how much it matters we'll find out in the next month
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when oxford university report theirfindings. i'm asleep. it doesn't look like sleeping to me. get into bed. for more information you can go to this year's red nose day has so far raised more than £71 million. among the highlights of the seven—hour comic relief telethon was a sequel to the film, love actually. the comedian, sir lenny henry, opened the show with a tribute to those affected by the westminster attack, as our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. a huge on the night total. £71 million. the evening began with who else,
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comic relief co——founder sir lenny henry. the comedian and actor referred briefly to this week's tragic events at westminster. we wa nt to tragic events at westminster. we want to send our thoughts and love no those affected by the events in westminster on wednesday. tonight is an opportunity to save lives. to reach out in the spirit of partnership and compassion the money you give will make life better for people at home and abroad. the night's most anticipated moment was richard curtis' love actually sequel. that's great. that's great. can we have rice this time? i'm getting tired of stir—fry.


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