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this is bbc news. the headlines at three. ten people are reported to have been killed in explosions on the russian underground metro in st petersburg — 50 people are said to be wounded. investigators say the explosion happened on a train travelling between two stations in the city centre. president putin said all possible causes were being considered, including terrorism. five people are charged after an attack in south london on an asylum seeker which left him with a fractured skull. donald trump says the us will solve the north korea nuclear threat, with or without china's help. madrid expresses surprise at britain over the gibraltar eu row and tells it to calm down. tackling soaring credit card debt. the financial watchdog says firms should do more to help customers persistently in the red. why more than 20 million adults in the uk are classified as physically inactive and could be at risk of coronary heart disease. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. at least ten people are reported to have been killed following an explosion in the st petersburg train system. an emergency services source has been quoted by reuters as saying there was a single blast on a train between stations. the st petersburg metro between stations. the st petersburg m etro syste m between stations. the st petersburg metro system has now been shut down. the russian president, vladimir putin, who was in st petersburg for a meeting with the leader of belarus said the cause of the blast was not clear and efforts were under way to find out. he said he was considering all possibilities, including terrorism. our russia correspondent sarah rainsford was speaking to us from moscow earlier.
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we have heard from the governor's office in st petersburg who is talking about 50 people being injured and we have heard from a number of sources suggesting that as many as ten people might have been killed. that's not been confirmed yet. we know some people were killed because vladimir putin sent his condolences earlier to their families, so certainly there are some fatalities but the numbers are still being established. what is also being established is what happened. we have had a statement from the investigative committee here in russia, that's based in moscow, but they are saying that what they've identified was an explosion on one train between two metro stations right in the heart of st petersburg. they're talking about an unidentified explosive device going off on that train and they are saying that there are dead and there are injured. so a very serious incident. obviously the security and the emergency services were both very quickly at the scene. we have
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seen pictures from the scene of a number of fire engines and ambulances too. we understand some 17 ambulances were deployed to the scene. so as to what happened, president putin's already spoken to the security force who is ‘re working to establish the reasons for this explosion. at the moment, he says all reasons are being considered, including terrorism, but not excluding other ones, including potentially some kind of criminal incident. it looks extremely serious, the pictures from there are very serious indeed. just looking at the timing of this. we still don't know what we are actually dealing with, but there have been a number of demonstrations in the past few weeks haven't there, against president putin? well, there have been demonstrations, political demonstrations against corruption and against president putin and his system, if you like. there has been some kind of very quick commentary on the liberal media saying that perhaps this is some kind of attempt
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to distract attention from the calls for a corruption investigation, calls for president putin himself to step down. so that's been one reaction. but at the moment, it's not clear, of course, whether there's any kind of link between the protests at this explosion. certainly in terms of terror attacks, russia is not a strange tore those. there's been an attack here in moscow on the metro in the past, in 2010. dozens of people were killed on the moscow metro in a bombing attack which chechen extremists then took responsibility for. st petersburg itself whilst i remember hasn't actually suffered any kind of terror attack in the city, there was a plane of tourists flying from egypt to st petersburg in 2015 which was brought down, we think by a bomb, and certainly people from st petersburg were killed in what is believed to have been a terrorist attack. as the facts become clearer, the
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question is going to be how president putin reacts? president putin's response to terror has been one and the same for the entirety of his 17—years in power, that is to avow a strong his 17—years in power, that is to avow a strong response. his 17—years in power, that is to avow a strong response. he came to power on the wave of one insurgency, vowing to deal with that, that was here inside chechnya. in the last two years, his planes have been involved in air strikes in syria which mr putin's always painted as an antiterrorist operation. he's a man who talks tough on terror, he uses the toughest possible language. of course there is the possibility that perhaps what has happened and it's only a possibility, is some kind of retaliation or response precisely to those air strikes in syria. that's just a theory, of course, and there are multiple possible theories as to what might have happened in st petersburg. all we know for sure is there was one explosion and that at least 50 people have been injured. here are the live pictures coming in
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from the area around the metro station. while we look at those, i can talk to geoff edwards who joins me on the phone from near the scene. this is a station that you use every day? hi, yes, iwas this is a station that you use every day? hi, yes, i was on it two hours before the bomb went off. i commute to and from work on that metro station. so when were you aware that something had happened? station. so when were you aware that something had happened ?|j station. so when were you aware that something had happened? i had a message from my son asking where i was. he's away on holiday in cyprus and contacted me and then of course everything in the office, all my colleagues, all russians, they were all flocking around screens looking at the problems that are going on. people in st petersburg are not used to this type of problem. i've lived here for ten years and it's the first time i've ever seen anything,
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apart from, as your previous colleague mentioned, about the aeroplane. this metro system is the 19th busiest in the world, two million passengers a day and it would appear this blast went off at a very busy time? it's always busy, a lwa ys a very busy time? it's always busy, always busy, you never get... people use it, it's the best and cheapest way of moving around the city. and just describe the area because we are talking about historically the old part of the city, are we? it's the old part, it's actually on the moscow road leading out to the airport. but it is fairly close to the centre which is, as you know, very old. of course, you and a million others are thinking, how do you get home, because it's still closed isn't it?
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well, yes, i booked a taxi. and in terms of those around you, you say there is a sense of shock because there was an attack on the underground in moscow, but never here? yes, exactly. there is a lot of difference between the two cities and st petersburg is much more sedate than moscow. people are not used to terrorist acts. albeit the police are very stringent on the railway, on the metro. geoff, we we re on the railway, on the metro. geoff, we were hearing that president putin was in st petersburg this morning. it's his home city. what do people think his reaction may be? well, i would imagine it must have come as a shock to president putin, as it did to everybody else. they have a lot of faith in him in st petersburg, so it will be interesting to see what happens. and it is the nature of events like
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this when we are talking about ten dead, 50 injured, that those figures will tend to only go up. exactly. geoff, it's very good of you to join us, geoff edwards originally from liverpool, works in st petersburg talking about this attack which has left ten people dead, 50 reported injured. lots of images on social media showing the badly mangled carriage where this explosion went off. initial reports suggested there may have been more than one explosion, possibly two, but it's quite clear what happened is the train was between two stations when this explosion went off and people of both stations thought that the attack had been on their particular station. there are still a number of emergency vehicles at the scene, obviously. a full investigation is under way. we'll be talking to our
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correspondent in st petersburg in the next five or ten minutes here on bbc news. five people have been arrested after an asylum seeker was attacked. police are still looking for these two people. one appearing slightly younger, the other slightly older. they may have been part of the mob which attacked the 17—year—old kurdish student and his friends. detectives together said come to us before we come to you. this morning, the officer in charge of the case, said that in total, 11 people had been arrested in connection with what she said was an... roan dues assault. i think this is power by numbers. so there's been an incident outside the pub, they've obviously picked on three young men. it's, you know, there was no reason for this
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attack and i believe that because of the numbers involved, people have justjumped the numbers involved, people have just jumped on the the numbers involved, people have justjumped on the back the numbers involved, people have just jumped on the back of the numbers involved, people have justjumped on the back of it the numbers involved, people have just jumped on the back of it and this has turned into this violent brawl where somebody's been viciously beaten and is very lucky not to have lost his life. and the bus stop behind us is relevant? absolutely. this is where it happened. people came from the pub and have attacked these individuals in the street and one was kicked an beaten on the ground. the victims two friends ran while he was chased by the group. he got as far as this street corner where he was found with serious head injuries. neighbours came to help. unlike police said some of his attackers who may not have struck any blows but did nothing to stop this happening. at croydon crown court, five people in their early 20s have been charged with violent assault. darryl and danielle davies, george and jack walleder and barry potts live a short while from where it happened. the investigation continues. neighbours worried about
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giving interviews said police even dusted cars for fingerprints. giving interviews said police even dusted cars forfingerprints. there isa dusted cars forfingerprints. there is a constant police presence here in an area where this attack has raised tension. donald trump has said the united states will "solve" the threat posed by north korea's nuclear programme. in an interview with the financial times, the president said the us would act alone if china wouldn't intervene. he made his comments ahead of a visit to the us by the chinese president this week. let's get more on this with our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue. this raises all sorts of questions. administration after administration has failed to tackle this problem? they would argue they have tried to tackle this. there has been round after round of sanctions from the un. there's been pressure of various kinds placed on china which is about
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the only country in the world that north korea will listen to. there has been shoring up of the south koreans, the promise of new missile systems to be sighted in south korea to try to deter the north koreans and none of it seemed to have stopped the testing of ballistic missiles on the one hand and the testing of nuclear technology on the other hand. the fear here is that the two of those technologies are rapidly coming close together. they are going to be able to minute huhhise a nuclear warhead to put on a missile and that that could get in the first instance to japan, possibly even areas in the pacific, and then after that, if they can perfect an icbm, an intercontinental ballistic missile, they could reach the west coast of the us or indeed further. so that's the big fear. donald trump is not unusual in the sense that most administrations say nothing is off the table. that's
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their starting position. but the pressure he will tray to bring to beari pressure he will tray to bring to bear i think on president xi when they meet later this week in florida will be along the lines of look, how does this thing end? what do you see being the reality of north korea having this kind of capability? is it going to make your life any easier? so the options are pretty narrow, but i suppose you could be looking at other rounds of sanctions, possibly secondary sanctionions on chinese companies et cetera. but i think donald trump will want to see the whites of president xi's eyes and see what he has to say. thank you very much. joining me now is the managing editor of the new york times. you we re editor of the new york times. you were in that interview, how did it come about? was donald trump angry? how did he express himself? he certainly wasn't angry. he was
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behaving exactly like he's behaved on television or on platforms or in the white house in recent months. he was forceful, sometimes surprising in his comments, sometimes charming. i think we refer to him in the ft today as the impeerious president and that's a phrase i think that sums him up very well, although it's not something he's going to tweet any time soon. if he did, he'd use much more blunt language, wouldn't he? this tweeting thing, you have put that to him, what did he say about the tweets? well, i actually asked him whether he had any regrets for his tweets because he's tweeting at all hours of day and night and some of the tweets are of day and night and some of the tweets a re pretty of day and night and some of the tweets are pretty extreme if not somewhat inflammatory or direct crazy at times it seems. he said no, absolutely no regrets. i think there are two reasons for that. one is that the tweeting is allowing him to reach people directly as he says, he can by—pass the so—called fake media and tuck to people. he was proud to
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tell us he had over 100 million followers on twitter. secondly, what he is doing with the tweets quite often is being deliberately aggressive and pugnacious and frying to fighten the —— trying to negotiate with people into submission before the talks start. he tried it with health care and over and over again and i suspect he's trying that right now with china as well. he's trying to show that he will be super aggressive and that he will be super aggressive and that he's also paving the way for some kind of potential deal or negotiations further down the road. does he come over 3s a negotiations further down the road. does he come over as a president or a businessman who is always making a deal? he comes across as basically the deal—maker president and that's exactly what he is right now, what he is trying to be. he likes to talk about the legacy of history. he took us about the legacy of history. he took us aside one point to show us a portrait of one of the earliest presidents and he was keen to say,
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thatis presidents and he was keen to say, that is an example of history. but certainly his style is radically different from anything we have seen certainly within living memory and he's keen to show that he is a deal—maker, he wants to be blunt, clearly spoken, he wants to basically be very different from all the shadow owy insinuation in the past. that's his pitch anyway. what is this button he's got? he's got a button that he pushed at one point during the interview, is that right? 0h, during the interview, is that right? oh, yes! he has a button on his desk that he uses to call drinks as we we re that he uses to call drinks as we were sitting there. he called up for some cans of diet coke for everyone which is nice. hejokes, hey this is a button guess what that's for and of course the implication is that he's joking about the nuclear button which is his kind of style of reality tv, you know, let'sjoke about stuff and be memorable, brash, abrasive and stuff. of course, many
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people around the world might find that frightening that someone could evenjoke about that frightening that someone could even joke about that, but in this case, he was literally calling up, summoning up with his button a diet coke. thank you very much. the parents of a baby suffering from a rare genetic condition are today trying to persuade a high courtjudge to let them take him to america for treatment. connie yates and chris gard have now raised over £1.2 million for the treatment of their son, charlie, but doctors here oppose the move, saying there is no cure, and it is time to stop providing life support treatment. daniel boettcher has been in court where the judge hasjust started hearing evidence. yes, there was a preliminary hearing a month ago. today thejudge has been hearing more detailed evidence. the background to the case is that charlie was born last august. he is almost eight months old. initially he seemed
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perfectly healthy. when he was eight weeks old he was taken to hospital because it appeared he had been losing weight and getting weaker. he was transferred to great ormond street hospital, worry was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, a of mitochondrial depletion syndrome. he's being treated in intensive care, he's on a ventilator and the hospital says there is no accepted cure for this condition, it now believes that withdrawing life support treatment is in charlie's best interests, that he should be moved to palliative care. charlie's parents want to take him to the united states where they believe he could get treatment. today the court has been hearing evidence by telephone link from the united states from a specialist who would oversee charlie's treatment if
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that happens and he said he propose add therapy which he said would provide a small chance of improvement in charlie's brain function. it may be a treatment he said but not a cure. he said charlie may be able to interact, to smile, to look at objects and he said he proposed trying the therapy for up to six months but he also said that the case was uncharted territory. the court is hearing more evidence this afternoon. thank you very much. a line from st petersburg. we are hearing from the antiterrorist committee. they are saying an explosive device has been found in the metro station in st petersburg and made safe. that is the only line of information we are getting. the st petersburg metro station anti—terror bomb squad unit has found a device and made it safe. this of course following the explosion which has already claimed the lives of at least ten people and
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injured 50 others. there were initial reports of two explosions. that was put down to the fact that the train seems to have been attacked in—between two stations in the old part of the city. we are now hearing that an explosive device has been found in the metro station and made safe. theresa may has laughed off suggestions that a dispute with spain over gibraltar and article 50 could lead to military conflict. earlier, the spanish foreign minister alfonso dastis said he was surprised by the british reaction to discussions about gibraltar‘s sovereignty. the government in the territory had criticised the eu for including it in its draft of the brexit negotiating strategy with the uk. the foreign secretary, boris johnson, said gibraltar would remain british as long as its people wanted that to be the case. our correspondent tom burridge sent this report from gibraltar. rush hour between gibraltar and spain. thousands crossover for work every day and there is some uncertainty
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about what brexit will mean. translation: i'm overwhelmed says this woman because we don't know what will happen and whether we will be able to continue to work. translation: maria tells us it is important that the arrangements at the border stay the same. do you think brexit will cause problems? nope. why not? there is too much in both parties, it is not an either interest financially for there to be a new thing. this is currently an internal eu border but probably in two years that will change. this gives you a sense of how intertwined people's lives are over that side of the border in spain and here in gibraltar. the arrangements at the border will be part of the negotiation between britain and the european union about what brexit means here. the eu says spain's voice will be heard.
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spain has long complained that gibraltar‘s wealth is partly down to lower taxes on the side of the border. madrid kept relatively quiet this weekend competitor rhetoric back home. this morning the spanish foreign minister suggested britain is overreacting. translation: the spanish government is a little surprised by the tone of comments regarding gibraltar coming out of britain. which is a country known for its composure. almost everything on brexit and what it will mean for gibraltar is for now speculation and theory. speaking at a meeting the foreign secretary again said the sovereignty of gibraltar is not up for debate. the position is very clear, the sovereignty of gibraltar is unchanged and it is not going to change and it cannot conceivably change without the express support and consent of the people of gibraltar and the united kingdom
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and that is not going to change. but what is changing is britain's relationship with the eu and therefore gibraltar‘s relationship with spain. two neighbours who are not the best of friends. well, the financial services regulator is proposing new rules for credit card companies to help millions of customers get out of long—term debt. the regulations are designed to help borrowers whose failure to settle their accounts means they end up paying more in charges and interest than the sum they originally borrowed. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz reports. credit cards, so convenient, but the interest and charges rack up. some people are eventually paying £2.50 for every £1 they have borrowed. the 3.4 million people who are in persistent credit card debt. we want to make sure they get help much sooner
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than otherwise done, and that they get it on a predictable basis. persistent debt means they are spending years are paying more in charges and interest than in repayments. after 18 months the card company will have to prompt them to pay back faster. after three years, a formal repayment plan should be proposed, and if the customer cannot afford it charges could be waived on the card cancelled. credit card companies should take on more responsibility to help people that may be more vulnerable. they shouldn't encourage people to have credit cards who cannot afford them. people do have to take responsibility for their own money, as well. the cost of being stuck in credit card debt can escalate and in the end it is the card companies who are making money out of it. it's estimated that if these measures are implemented effectively it could save the card uses up to £1.3 billion a year. debt experts say that is treating the symptom and not the cause, which is that people are allowed to go so long without repaying.
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you look at the weather credit cards are structured. minimum repayments, people can take out a large balance and repay it in very small amounts, which is trapping millions of people in persistent debt. unless that is changed and the structure of products are at a more realistic repayment at the outset, we are likely to see more people falling into persistent debt in the future. credit card companies say they will look at the proposals, which they welcome, use of cars is rising rapidly is a pressure to help borrowers who find themselves with problems... —— use of cards. a woman said she was shocked to find she had been filmed urinating on
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donald trump's golf course. she's a long—standing cricket of the resort‘s impact on the environment and community. let's go to katarina renton outside edinburgh sherriff court. tell us about this? simon, rowan baits arrived here this morning as one woman taking on a very large company. now, she's making a climb here at edinburgh at the small claims court against trump international golf club scotland. on the 11th april, she went for a walk on the beach at the estate. she had to go through the golf course development to get access to the beach. this is a course that a tt ra cts beach. this is a course that attracts a lot of controversy. there we re attracts a lot of controversy. there were a lot of people protesting about it. when she went through the golf club for access, she got on to the beach and owing to a medical condition she realised she had to go to the bathroom urgently. she hid in the sand dunes where she thought no—one could see her. she then received a knock at the door three
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days later at 10 at night. the police were charge her for urinating ina police were charge her for urinating in a place in a manner likely to have caused announce. she said she was horrified at the thought of anybody being able to see her. she said she often goes on long walks and said she often goes on long walks a nd follows said she often goes on long walks and follows main near scotland guide's rules on what to do if you need the loo outdoors. she said three male employees filmed her, she said she knew she had done nothing wrong and no further action was taken by the procurator fiscal. she took a claim against donald trump international golf clubs that she was photographed without notice or permission. trump golf clubs was not registered to use or hold personal data in terms of the uk data protextal laws. m rs data in terms of the uk data protextal laws. mrs bates said she made no secret of the fact that she was opposed to the golf club from
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its early stages. trump international though, it's said from her facebook posts, she didn't appear to be distressed by what happened. she's administrator for a page called tripping up trump, she said that was posted before she was charged. she said, it's my first charged. she said, it's my first charge and i'm over it. her claims have been contested and the case in there continues. you'd better get back in there! thank you very much. let's have a look at the weather. some good and not so good weather around today. many southern and eastern areas enjoying some sunshine. a bit of fog around too. however, northern and north—west parts of britain are underneath thick cloud now and there's some rain too. the reason for it is this weather front that's been crossing northern ireland and western scotla nd northern ireland and western scotland in the last few hours. by the time we get to the afternoon, it
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will just about be the time we get to the afternoon, it willjust about be approaching western wales and the south—west. by far the best of the weather central and eastern britain through the afternoon. the weather front, and eastern britain through the afternoon. the weatherfront, in fa ct two afternoon. the weatherfront, in fact two of them, will cross most parts of the country through the course of tonight bringing spots of rain. behind the weather fronts, course of tonight bringing spots of rain. behind the weatherfronts, it will turn chilly. so scotland and northern ireland only around five or six degrees to. the south of that, 9, closer to 9 or 10. tomorrow, disappointing across a large chunk of england and the south here in particular, cloudy drizzly through most of the afternoon. the north and the west much better tomorrow with sunshine. ryu hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy. the headlines at 3.30pm: ten people have been killed in an explosion on the metro system in st petersburg according to russian reports. dozens more have been injured in the blast on a train between stations. five people have been charged in connection with an attack on a teenage asylum seeker in south london. president trump has warned that the united states might act alone against north korea's nuclear threat. spain has expressed surprise at the angry rhetoric coming
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from britain over gibraltar, after the territory came up in brexit negotiations. sport now. it's hugh. hello. good afternoon. the sunderland manager david moyes says he "deeply regrets" telling a reporter she might "get a slap". moyes apologised to bbc radio 5live reporter vicki sparks who'd asked if owner ellis short‘s presence at the their match with burnley last month had meant he was under more pressure to which he responded "no." but after the interview he warned her to be careful. just getting a wie bit naughty at the end there. just watch yourself. you still might a get a slap even though you're a woman. careful the next time you come in. moyes has offered an apology, which was accepted but this is what david moyes had to say this lunchtime. it was in the heat of the moment and
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i deeply regret the comments i made, but certainly not the person who i am and! but certainly not the person who i am and i accept it was a mistake. i spoke to the bbc reporter who accepted my apology and hopefully we will all move on. luke shaw has been told to "pull his finger out" to save his manchester united career by theirformer defender phil neville. his future is in doubt after his managerjose mourinho said the england international isn't even deserving of a place on the bench, claiming he lacks commitment, focus and ambition. i cannot compare him with ashley and i cannot compare him with ashley and i cannot compare him with ashley and i cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. i cannot compare. he is a long way behind. mark sampson has named his england squad for this summer's women's european championship in the netherlands, with few real surprises. the top scorer from last season, chelsea's eni alu ko, is left out though. while four players have been selected for their first major tournament.
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manchester city trio demi stokes, isobel christiansen and nikita parris, as well as chelsea's millie bright. england play scotland in their first match in the netherlands in the middle ofjuly and the england captain steph houghton believes they'll be well prepared. it's important that as a squad we ta ke it's important that as a squad we take the togetherness that we've got off the pitch on to the pitch and really prove to people that we're a winning england team and that's the next step now is to win as many football games as we can and announcing the squad early allows us to be the best prepared team in europe and we have ten weeks now to go and focus on the first game and to focus on the things that we could improve on and make sure every area is covered come the first game. shelly kerr has said she is "extremely proud and honoured to be named as the new coach of scotland's women. kerr, a former boss of arsenal ladies, became the first female manager in british men's senior football when she took charge of stirling university in 2014. american golfer lexi thompson
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was left in tears after being handed a four—stroke penalty while leading the final round of the first major of the season and then losing a play—off to korea's so yeon ryu. an eagle—eyed television viewer spotted this infringement during thompson's third round. the world number four misplacing her ball on the green. the issue was only raised during the final round with thompson leading by two shots with six to play. i played amazing today and probably the best golf i played all week. i wasn't expecting that on whatever hole that was. i did not intentionally do that. so, to the officials or whoever called in, that was not my purpose. i didn't realise idid was not my purpose. i didn't realise i did that, but i fought hard coming in and! i did that, but i fought hard coming in and i didn't give up. i knew i could still win, but so many players
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played great. olly foster is here with more sport in the next hour. yes, good news for some! hugh, thank you very much. let's get more on the explosion in st petersburg. authorities have reported another explosive device has been found and made safe. francesca visser is a reporter for prospekt magazine in st petersburg, and shejoins me on the line from the scene. just describe the scene at the moment? well, at the moment there is not really much going on. most people have already left. the police is here, but they don't want to release any information. they didn't really wa nt release any information. they didn't really want to talk with us. people here don't really know what's going on. they have been talking
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about two different explosions one here and the other one, also here in st petersburg. we have had clarification of that. it would appear that it is the one blast but it happened in between the two stations. so, we're talking about one blast, but what can you tell me about the reports we have been getting in the last few minutes of police finding a device which they have now made safe? well, they don't really know. they weren't talking about like one single explosion between the two metro stations. the ambulance was here and they said that they were taking corpses from the metro station, but i didn't see anything when i arrived. as with any event like this, it is shock initially, people not knowing what had happened? no, exactly, yeah. and what about the situation now
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because the whole metro was shutdown. how are people going to get home tonight? that's another problem. people are leaving and looking for cabs and i guess buses and other public transport because the metro station is closed everywhere. it is good of you to join us, thank you very much. that's the scene as you can see in the moments after the explosion. confusion still as to what happened, but it does appear now that it was one explosion and it went off as the train was travelling between the two stations. let's hear from someone who is outside one of the stations.|j let's hear from someone who is outside one of the stations. i saw
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many people leaving the centre of the city. there is a huge traffic now. and the subway is closed and there are many helicopters and ambulances and police here. all the injured people are now evacuated to the hospitals. so yes, and it happened about 14.30. the it was the exact time when president putin met his counterpart from belarus. he just confirmed that it was an explosion and people around here, they say that it's something terrible because a thing like this
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never happened in st petersburg, but still people are used to that because many terror attacks on metro station happened in moscow and other cities. i know you maybe on your phone, but tell us what is happening around you. i have seen some police officers. are there still a lot of people around ? officers. are there still a lot of people around? yes, there are a lot of people here. a lot of ambulances. a lot of just of people here. a lot of ambulances. a lot ofjust people around who, a lot of journalists, a lot ofjust people around who, a lot ofjournalists, people, police told people to leave the centre of the city. and not to leave their houses because it's quite dangerous now. do you want to just turn your phone around or the camera around and show us the scene where you are? yes, yes, sure. just a second. that's fine. we understand that
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you've just rushed there and you're showing us what's at the scene. there we go. describe what we're seeing. so this is, you see, these yellow ambulance cars, this is the exact place, the entrance to the station so you can see many, many ca rs station so you can see many, many cars here. these are, you can see the ambulance cars, they are leaving now. the cars of rescuers, helicopters, many, many police. yes, so... helicopters, many, many police. yes, so... you have shown us some of the ambulances. i think they said there is as many as 17. presumably in the minutes after the blast you could hear sirens? yes, yes, i can hear sirens. i can show you the rescuers. they are now leaving the station. so
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everybody has been evacuated now, do you think? yes, yes. everyone is evacuated. it's confirmed and they say that almost all the injured people are now in central hospitals. a charity claims more than 20 million people in the uk are classed as physically inactive. the british heart foundation says the average person spends over 70 days a yearjust sitting. it warns that inactivity puts people at risk of heart disease, and presently costs the nhs more than a billion pounds a year. here's graham satchell. harriet had no warnings, no symptoms. she was climbing the stairs at home when she had a heart attack at the age ofjust 44. it was like having the rug pulled from under your feet. i had a very young family, i had a demanding job, which i loved, really enjoyed, so then to suddenly be struck by such a traumatic incident was very difficult. i didn't make time for activity
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or exercise, so i think, looking back on it now, i was fairly sedentary. harriet is not alone. research from the british heart foundation shows the most inactive part of the uk is the northwest of england, where 47% of adults do not take enough exercise, followed by northern ireland, where 46% are inactive. in wales and the northeast of england, it is 42%. london and the west midlands 40%, and in scotland 37% are too sedentary. we estimate that, on average, most of us spend 78 days of our life each year in a sedentary position. physical activity is important, but you also need to reduce the amount of time each day that you spend sitting at your computer, or whatever it is you do. harriet has now changed her lifestyle — regular exercise, walking, playing with her kids — but inactivity is fast becoming one of the leading causes of premature death. in a moment a summary
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of the business news this hour but first the headlines on bbc news: latest reports suggest ten people have been killed and dozens more injured following an explosion on the st petersburg metro system. five people are charged after an attack in south london on an asylum seeker which left him with a fractured skull. donald trump says the us will solve the north korea nuclear threat, with or without china's help. in the business news: there could be more relief on the way people stuck in a debt spiral. credit card interest "could be waived" if cardholders pay more in fees and interest than their original borrowing amount.
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that's just one of the recommendations laid out in new proposals from the financial conduct authority aimed at helping the millions of people across the uk struggling to find their way out of money trouble. the chips are down! shares in uk chip designer imagination technologies have plunged almost 70% after apple said it would end a deal to use its products in about 15 months to two years time. the move by apple, imagination's largest customer, means the loss of lucrative royalty payments. shrinking to grow — lloyds bank has announced plans to shrink hundreds of its branches in size, in some cases boarding up the old counter sections. the new "micro branches" will be staffed byjust two people, helping customers use self—service machines like pay—in devices. lloyds says the move reflects our changing banking habits with many more of us moving online. british company finance chiefs are their most optimistic in 18 months with spirits raised due to the better than expected performance of the economy in the second half of last year. some 31% of cfos surveyed last month said they were more
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optimistic about the prospects for their company than three months earlier, up from 27% in december and just 3% immediately after the brexit vote in june. but the survey also shows that their appetite for risk still hasn't recovered to the levels seen before the run up to the referendum. margaret doyle is from deloitte's financial services insight team. so you carried out the research and although it does show that cfos and financial chiefs are upbeat, only a third are more optimistic, do you think this all hinges on the brexit negotiations and the outcome? well, clearly, brexit is very, very important. it still tops our list of eight key risks that we polled cfos about. brexit is a risk. it has lessened as a risk since the aftermath of the referendum. clearly, finance directors are going to be keeping a close eye on how
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negotiations pan out over the coming two years. are certain sectors more optimistic than others? we don't poll by sectors, but what we can say if you look at the specific plans of cfos, it isn't just if you look at the specific plans of cfos, it isn'tjust they if you look at the specific plans of cfos, it isn't just they feel the external environment has become less risky, they're saying their own plans have changed and they're becoming more expansionary and in fa ct, becoming more expansionary and in fact, there are almost as many cfos who are thinking of changes. many are still extremely risk averse. to what extent will they slow spending asa what extent will they slow spending as a result do you think? well, we know that they are thinking of, there are concerns about hiring and concerns about mergers and acquisitions and concerns about capital expenditure, the proportion of finance chiefs who are planning to reduce their hiring and their
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cap—ex that has declined. so that's good news that we are seeing finance directors becoming less pessimistic as every quarter passes since the referendum. there has been a real shift, hasn't there, in optimism, going from 3% to 31%, feeling more optimistic. to what extent is it the performance of the economy? our survey doesn't ask that question, but one can imagine the fact that exporters have seen a boost from the depression, the sharp depression in sterling, we have seen that the good old consumer has continued to spend, spending has kept up remarkably well since the referendum. and economic growth has remained strong. there is a little bit of this being a self fulfilling prof as why and that does affect cfo optimism. margaret doyle, thank you very much. a quick look at some other business stories we're following today.
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energy giant ineos has struck a deal to acquire the forties pipeline system in the north sea from bp for nearly £200 million. the pipeline transports about 450,000 barrels of oil per day — around 40% of uk production. it is one of the oldest in the sector, having started operating in 1975. electric car firm, tesla, has just announced a record quarter delivering 25,000 cars in the first three months of the year. that's up 70% on the same period in 2016. tesla is about a launch a new slightly cheaper car, the model 3, costing £28,000 and their current priced at more than £56,000. and consumer giant reckitt benckeiser could be getting rid of some of it's food brands. it's carrying out a strategic review which could result in brands like french's mustard being sold off — saying they're "non—core". reckitt also makes cleaner cillit bang and the pain killer neurofen.
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luxury firm burberry is the top riser. the firm known for its trench coats announced it was licensing its beauty business to a us company. the deal will bring in £180 million. mrl be royalty payments in the future. there has been a rally on oil stocks with bp on the up. that's thanks to crude oil edging higher and news of that deal to sell an oil field. among the losers, financial stocks are the biggest drag and the dow jones in new york trading, well, it was in positive territory and it has just turned negative. investors in the us are looking ahead to president trump's first meeting with the chinese president later this week. back to st petersburg. some
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surveillance cameras may have caught images of the person suspected of carrying out the attack. these are the pictures of the damaged carriage suggesting an explosion blowing the doors out. you can see the considerable chaos still in the metro considerable chaos still in the m etro syste m considerable chaos still in the metro system once the train had been brought into the station and the casualties taken off. surveillance cameras, it is being suggested, may have captured images of the person suspected of organising that train blast. it may have been left in a briefcase in a metro train carriage according to a source being quoted by the reuters news agency. we will bring you any developments. some sick and disabled people who are claiming the out—of—work benefit employment and support allowance will now receive nearly
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£30 a week less. the government says bringing the benefit in line with jobseekers allowance will "incentivise people to get back into work". our disability correspondent nikki fox has more. belinda wants to work. but like many others with learning difficulties, she finds it difficult to get a job. she's getting by financially because she receives employment and support allowance, an out of work benefit for people whose ill health or disability limits their ability to work. ah, lovely. employment and support allowance is important to me because it helps for me to pay my essentials, my bills, my gas, my electric and basicallyjust get my food in and it helps me to get out and about. those eligible for the benefit are placed in one of two groups. claimants in the support group arejudged as being unable to work or look for work. others, like belinda, are placed in the work—related activity group because they've been deemed as being able to work at some point in the future. from today, all new claimants
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in this group will receive £73 a week instead of £102. existing recipients and those in the support group aren't affected by the changes, so belinda won't see a reduction in the amount she receives. but like many disability charities, and mps, she concerned the cuts will be counter—productive and has campaigned against them. the theory is that if you reduce benefits more people get into work, but the truth is disabled people face lots of barriers to getting into work. somebody on an ordinary jobseekers allowance may back in work typically in six months, for a disabled person typically it takes at least two years. try living for two years on that really low level benefit, it's really tough. the government says new claimants placed in the affected group will receive a personal support package with practical help to re—enter the workforce when they are ready. this coming weekend, some extraordinary acts by young
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people are being celebrated at the rotary young citizen awards in manchester. there are seven winners from across great britain and the republic of ireland, one of whom is abbey booker, a 14—year—old from doncaster. abbey is in care but works tirelessly and selflessly to ensure other children have the best experience that they can. she spends her time volunteering, helping out with a number of schemes, and tries to change the way adults deal with other young people in care. this is her story. my my name is abbey. i'm 15 and i'm from doncaster. i have been in care forfour from doncaster. i have been in care for four years. from doncaster. i have been in care forfour years. i from doncaster. i have been in care for four years. i remember the from doncaster. i have been in care forfour years. i remember the first few years was a major struggle for me emotionally because i had so many different people and so many different people and so many different things going on in my life andi different things going on in my life and i knew what i wanted. i knew what i wanted to say. i knew i had my own opinions on things, but i was never given that chance, i was just
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dismissed. i know! never given that chance, i was just dismissed. i know i can say this so i'm going to let other children have the opportunity and i willjust give it to them. abbey is one in a million to be honest with you. she gives her time freely. she is a great advocate for young people. she offers them support. she offers them advice. she helps shape the service the way the independent visitor scheme runs. the day before i came into care, i didn't really have a childhood. i basically raised my two young brothers. i sort of was given all the family's dilemmas and problems, they were put on my shoulders. care changed my life. i did things that a normal 13—year—old should do instead of staying at home and cooking meals. it was difficult, but at the same time, easy and it was just a massive relief. i don't think i will ever stop doing
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what i'm doing, never ever stop. so, for me, i'm going to take it further and make sure that every child in ca re and make sure that every child in care has a voice. and every child is loving being in care. all this week, the bbc news channel will be featuring the stories of past and present award winners. and on saturday, we'll be broadcasting the ten year anniversary ceremony live from manchester. that's at 10.30am this saturday morning. jeffrey wheeler has been found guilty. we will hear more from the court. now the weather forecast. jay wynne has
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the weather forecast. jay wynne has the latest. we have got lingering mist and fog along the south coast. head further inland and we have got sunshine. the sunshine is strong out there. but a beautiful scene from one of our weather watchers in central london, but a very different story as you work your way towards the north and the west of the uk. some threatening skies in the west of scotland. that's because you've got weather fronts moving in. we have seen high levels of pollen across england and wales. tree pollen at this time of the year, but that's pollen level will be coming down over the next few days as this cold front sweeps through and we start to see a change in the air. it will be coming in from the west rather than south, but that's coming in behind this cloud and rain which is moving its way through england and wales. clearing skies for scotland and northern ireland. a touch of frost in rural spots, but not so for england and wales, with the cloud, it won't be as cold as it has been recently, but as cold as it has been recently, but a grey start to the day across wales, the south—west of england.
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not much rain left at this stage, but a dull look to things and we have got rain to be had across east anglia and the south—eastern corner. anglia and the south—eastern corner. a dull and anglia and the south—eastern corner. a dulland damp anglia and the south—eastern corner. a dull and damp start here and it will be grey in places with extensive low cloud and fog on the hills as well. it is largely dry in northern england, then it is brighterfor the bulk northern england, then it is brighter for the bulk of scotland and northern ireland too. there will bea and northern ireland too. there will be a few showers coming in on the breeze to the north and the west of scotla nd breeze to the north and the west of scotland early on. we'll keep a few showers going here and it will be a windy day. blowing a gale the further north you go, lighter winds for england and wales. the rain will linger in east anglia. at least it will brighten up for wales and the south—west as we get on into the afternoon. temperatures will be 13 or 14 celsius. this afternoon we got to 17 or 18 celsius. still around about where they should be, ten to 14 celsius. this area of high pressure is going to be with us for sometime. it's going to bring a breeze done from the north and the west. it will keep temperatures around about where they
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should be for the time of year. it is the cloud amounts underneath the high which will be the forecasting headache. it looks like there will be vairnl amounts of cloud and sun shane at times on wednesday. dry pretty much everywhere. temperatures 11 to 13 celsius or 14 celsius. it will be chilly overnight again into thursday, but it looks like it will be one of those days you're chasing cloud around, and some breaks. a similar day on friday. 11 celsius to 14 celsius. if you need more details, there is more on the bbc weather website. this is bbc news. the headlines at four. russian authorities say at least nine people have been killed in an explosion on the underground metro in st petersburg; at least 20 more people are said to be injured. there are many helicopters and ambulances and police here. all the
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injured people are now evacuated to the hospitals. the blast happened on a train travelling between two stations in the city centre. president putin said all possible causes were being considered, including terrorism. here, five people are charged after an attack in south london on a 17—year—old asylum seeker which left him with a fractured skull. donald trump says the us will solve the north korea nuclear threat, with or without china's help. madrid expresses surprise at britain over the gibraltar eu row and tells it to calm down. tackling soaring credit card debt.
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