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president trump has told the leaders of more than a0 muslim nations that they must join forces to defeat religious extremism. speaking in saudi arabia, he said the middle east cannot wait for american power to crush the enemy. drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this earth. and we're live in edinburgh — where the scottish party leaders are preparing for their big campaign debate. we'll be asking voters in the scottish borders for their views on the calls for a second referendum on independence. and we'll have the latest reaction to conservative plans for reforming social care and winter fuel benefit for pensioners. good evening.
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president trump has told the leaders of more than a0 muslim nations they must join forces to defeat religious extremism. speaking in saudi arabia, on the second day of his tour of the middle east and europe, he said terrorists must find no sanctuary, and he singled out iran for criticism, saying it represented "the tip of the spear of terrorism". our north america editor, jon sopel, is travelling with the president. his report does contain some flash photography. the president has been ona photography. the president has been on a deep emotion into middle east politics today, and a charm offensive, meeting a host of arab and gulf leaders from across the region. and one central geopolitical subject, the fight against islamist extremism, and how to make good on his pledge to destroy so—called islamic state. but after the trenchant islamic state. but after the trencha nt and some islamic state. but after the trenchant and some would say islamophobic language of the trump
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election campaign, the president chose a much more moderate tone today. this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, oi’ different faiths, different sects, or different civilisations. this is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to jobless rate human life, and decent people, all in the name of religion. this is a battle between good and evil. and he said that if terrorism was to be defeated, it was up to the people in that room to do more. a better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. drive them out. drive them out. of your places of worship. drive them out of your communities. drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this
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earth. this speech was a far cry from the language that donald trump and his allies used during the campaign. no more talk that islam hates is, no more mention of this being a clash of civilisations, and the one phrase that he chided hillary clinton and barack obama for not using, radical islamic terrorism, was not even mentioned. that was then. donald] trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. radical islam is coming to our shores. we have a radical islamic terrorism problem, folks. and this is now. donald trump has made a lot of friends with this visit and this speech. a more inclusive tone, a pledge of american help, combined with a strong attack on iran will stop exactly what his saudi hosts were hoping for. john, what do you make of this dramatic
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shift in tone from president trump? was it inevitable? well, i think it is as different as night and day, clive. i think it's a massive change of tone. but i think more importantly this speech was bold, visionary, optimistic, in that it sketches out a future where extremism is defeated and donald trump wanting to put himself at the head of that. i thought it was very carefully calibrated for his audience that, with support from america, that you can do whatever you like in your own back yard to defeat extremism. and as you said in your introduction, that very strong attack on iran was the most striking thing for me. ally in america firmly with the sunni nations against shia is. it's hard to see what the future of the run nuclear deal is with that. and in that sense it is a very different speech from any that barack obama different speech from any that ba rack obama would different speech from any that barack obama would have delivered. the one thing that was said about barack obama's the one thing that was said about ba rack obama's speeches the one thing that was said about barack obama's speeches is that they we re barack obama's speeches is that they were fa ntastically barack obama's speeches is that they were fantastically long on the vision thing, and incredibly short
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on follow—through. this speech will bejudged by the on follow—through. this speech will be judged by the follow—through that comes, notjust by donald trump, but more particularly by the arab nations, who have made very big pledges today, here in riyadh. let's see what happens next. ]ohn, many thanks, jon sopel in saudi arabia. now with the latest general election news, let's cross live to huw edwards, who's in edinburgh. here in edinburgh, the scottish party leaders are getting ready for their big campaign debate. it starts in 90 minutes' time. it's expected to include exchanges on the snp‘s demand for a second independence referendum. but today's campaigning in england and wales has been dominated by reaction to the conservative plans for reforming social care and the winter fuel benefit for pensioners. the party says it will not re—think the plans, despite claims that they're unjust. our political correspondent alex forsyth has the latest. ma nifesto
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manifesto is lucky with election campaigns, packed with policy, a pitch to voters. —— manifestos are key. one of her promises last week, afairer key. one of her promises last week, a fairer system for young and old. record funding for schools, real technical education for young people, and the first—ever proper plan to pay for and provide social care. . but that two but there is some disquiet about what social care changes will mean for traditional tory voters, pensioners and homeowners, on the doorstep theresa may was asked to explain yesterday. what do you have to say about old people? the changes. i haven't seen the detail. so what do the changes mean? currently you pay for care if you have assets worth more than £23 , 250. you have assets worth more than £23,250. under the new plan that will go up, to £100,000. so nobody
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with assets worth less than that will have to pay. but that new calculation will include the value of your house, even for those cared for at home. the work and pensions secretary today defended the plan, saying nobody would have to sell their house in their lifetime, but ultimately, care costs would come from people's estates. £100,000... among five children. is a reasonable inheritance to have, and people who are lucky enough to have had great rises in property value will still, i think, decide that £100,000 is a better way of doing it. but this has to be put in the context of some funding the social care system. what we're seeing this weekend with the conservatives under increasing pressure, because they've chosen a dementia tax, if you or your loved one has or will get dementia, they are coming for you labour is also on the attack. they'd fund more public spending with some tax rises and cap
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individual care costs, claiming the tory plan is unfair. the reason some people are calling this u nfortu nately people are calling this unfortunately is the dementia tax, is because you don't know what condition you will suffer from, and if you suffer dementia in your family, andi if you suffer dementia in your family, and i know what it's like, what happens is the burden falls upon you. but to sustain a system thatis upon you. but to sustain a system that is stretched, the tories say there must be difficult decisions. however, labour is pitching hard for older voters, confident they can gain some ground. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. tonight's leaders' debate here in edinburgh is also likely to tackle the question of a second referendum on independence. the snp say they already have a strong mandate, but the conservatives claim they're picking up support in scotland because of their unionist credentials. our scotland editor sarah smith has been to kelso, a few miles from the border with england, to see how voters view the constitutional question there. in the 3:20 at kelso,
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you can get good odds on a horse called maggie blue. the scottish tories are also feeling confident here. they don't pretend they can overtake the snp. but they do believe they could come from behind to take second place. i think the conservatives will be quite strong in this area. why is that? well, i think a lot of people are getting sick of the snp, to be quite honest. going for independence is going to be a disaster. even snp supporters worry there's too much focus on independence, ever since nicola sturgeon demanded another referendum. she keeps banging on about independence, it's putting a lot of folk off. but you'll vote for her nevertheless? i'll still vote for her, oh, aye. i wouldn't vote for the tories. back at the track the jockey wearing the saltire shirt was first past the post.
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poor old maggie blue came in last. this constituency in the scottish borders is where the tories have the best chance of taking a seat from the snp. they're hoping to elect up to a dozen conservative mps. they gotjust one the last time. across scotland the political argument has been completely redrawn, so that the main divide is no longer left versus right. it's now nationalist versus unionist. and the scottish tories have very successfully cast themselves as the only party who can defend the united kingdom. the constitution is the biggest and most important and defining dividing line in scottish politics. for a large number of voters they are prepared to support a party that they might disagree with on a number of issues, provided that party is sound on the constitutional question. that applies to snp supporters and it increasingly applies to conservative supporters. politics is all about momentum.
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that's why the players at the kelso cricket club believe voting tory could slow the snp‘s demands for an independence referendum. but this election will not settle the constitutional question. if people are voting now thinking about the independence referendum, they're being silly because it's a general election, not an independence referendum. people have got to realise. it's not a referendum, but you can be sure the election result in scotland will be used by all parties to try and justify their arguments for and against another vote on independence. i've beenjoined by our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon. this is the first big leaders' debate of this campaign. i'm just wondering what for you is at stake, and the context of the campaign in scotland and the big issues, what are the big things in the debate coming up? the
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question of the second independence referendum dominates political discourse here in scotland at the moment, so inevitably it will be the focus of much of the night's debate, not least because there's a sense in this election is voters both sides of the divide may be thinking about voting tactically on this issue. so for the parties, there's a lot to play for. the conservatives have made the union a central plank of theircampaign, made the union a central plank of their campaign, opposing the snp‘s stands on this. for the snp, i think they are more likely to be keen to focus on other areas, perhaps brexit and what they perceive as the possible consequences of brexit in areas likejobs possible consequences of brexit in areas like jobs and the economy. the snp, then lord —— their manifesto launches on tuesday, but they will position themselves as an anti—austerity party and nicola sturgeon and other party leaders tonight, i think it's possible, we'll try to use this debate as an opportunity to take aim at ruth davidson, the leader of the scottish conservatives, over what are seen as some of the more controversial
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policies in the uk conservative ma nifesto. policies in the uk conservative manifesto. lorna gordon, thank you, oui’ manifesto. lorna gordon, thank you, our correspondent in scotland, looking forward to the debates in edinburgh tonight. polling day is onjune eighth, but the deadline to register to vote is tomorrow. the latest figures from the electoral commission show there could be up to seven million people eligible to vote who haven't yet registered. sophie long has been speaking to people in west yorkshire, where both conservatives and labour chose to launch their manifestos. there is some flash photography in this report. in this barber shop in leeds, where every vote could count, most people haven't yet registered. have you registered to vote? no. will you register to vote? no. why not? because basically i don't understand it. i never have voted, never voted. bev is assessing the trainee barbers here.
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i have no real interest in stuff like that. do you think you will bother voting? probably not. why would you not bother voting? i don't really get all the politics and stuff like that. have you registered to vote? i haven't yet, actually. do you know when the deadline is? the 22nd. yes, that's monday. yeah, yeah. young people — that's under 3as — are the least likely to be registered. according to the electoral commission, just under a third aren't. i haven't yet, no, i don't think i'm going to, either. as with so many things, lessons can be learned from those with a little more life experience. are you registered to vote? i am, i always vote, yeah. definitely am, yes. yes. this is old pool bank village hall. each and every member of the sequence dancing group that meets here is not only registered to vote, but really can't understand why anyone wouldn't be.
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i fought for this country in the second world war so i think you should do, to get everything sorted out. i wouldn't like to miss it really, because especially this year, it's not really difficult. in fact, it's very easy. it only takes two minutes online. if you haven't got the internet, just go to your local council office and they'll help you. either way you'll need your national insurance number. and you find that on your payslip, and if you're not working, it's on any correspondence from the department for work and pensions. at the last general election nearly half a million people left it until the last minute to register. the clock is ticking. tomorrow is deadline day. sophie long, bbc news, leeds.
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we'll have more from edinburgh on the bbc news channel and on bbc one in scotland at 7:30pm with live coverage of the scottish leaders' debate, and we'll be back at 10pm tonight with the latest on the day's campaigning. but for now it's back to clive. onto football now, and in the premier league manchester city and liverpool have secured the last two champions league places, at the expense of arsenal. while chelsea have been crowned premier league champions. today, they beat sunderland 5—1 at stamford bridge, and after more than 700 appearances it was the captainjohn terry's last game for the club. celtic have completed an entire league season unbeaten,
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the first time that's happened in scotland since the 1890s. today, they won their final game 2—0 against hearts. they finish the season on 106 points, 30 ahead of aberdeen in second place. joe wilson reports. celtic park can seem like its own world, rotating around the scottish premier league, untouchable, invincible. with traditional respect, celtic were applauded onto the pitch by hearts, but many opponents have just been observers this season. that's not celtic‘s problem. they had to wait until the second half for their first goal here. griffiths! history? that surrounded the players. displays to remember 1967, when celtic were the best team in europe, never mind scotland. but here now an opportunity for stuart armstrong, for celtic‘s 106th league goal of the season, a record in itself. armstrong!
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2—0 the final score. manager brendan rodgers' first premier league in scotland unbeaten. ambitions must lie in the european champions league. but with a cup final to come, in scotland, all they could do, celtic have done. joe wilson, bbc news. that's it. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel, and we'll be back with the late news at 10pm. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the leaders of the main parties stopped campaigning for an hour at lunchtime to remember the mp jo cox, who was shot and stabbed in her constituency in west yorkshire lastjune. the initiative was a personal request from her husband brendan cox. our correspondent spencer stokes has spent the day injo cox's former
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constituency batley and spen, where the local candidates also suspended their campaigns and joined together with the local community at a fund raising event to remember her. campaigning in the election suspended in multiple constituencies across the country today, following the request from brendan cox, jo cox's husband. this wasjo cox's seat, batley and spen in west yorkshire, up until her untimely death injune of last year. five of the six candidates in the election all came here to this open farm today, and put their campaign aside. one of the organisers is here with us. just explain to us how you felt about them not campaigning at the farm today. myself and everybody here is very appreciative that the candidates were able to set aside their differences for one hour, and very much in the spirit of brendan cox and his request they come together and raise money for charity. it's really good to see and we'd like to see more of it. what was the reaction
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from people today? you expect to see politicians campaigning, not working their way around the stalls together. the reaction was positive. there were a few surprised faces, they were wondering who was coming and what all the attention was. once they found out it was their local candidates, i think they all warmed to their candidates. their candidates mixed with everybody, and i think they were really pleased they were getting to see them first—hand, and seeing that they were benefiting the local community. and notjust a local event, this has been happening across the country, and the leaders of the main parties also suspending their campaigning for an hour today. it's really good to see the main party leaders setting an example, because when they participate in this more mps will follow, and it sets the tone for the rest of the country. why should this only be a one—off event, why shouldn't this be something that happens more regularly? if the party leaders participate, if they can set aside their differences, there is no reason why we can't all do that, and all the mps can't come together
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at least once a year, and hopefully more often. thank you forjoining us. campaigning suspended for an hour today, but one of the candidates pointed out to me there is a hustings event at which normal service and campaigning will be resumed tomorrow. it's one of the world's most popular flower shows, and as the blooms go on display at the royal chelsea flower show one garden will be a place of tranquillity and reflection. david domoney‘s design for the commonwealth war graves commission, celebrates the 850 gardeners who maintain 1.7 million war graves for visitors. daniela relph has been to see the garden being built. it is not an obvious place to start. the war cemeteries of france and belgium. this will be a chelsea garden inspired by remembrance. designer david domoney is creating the garden for the commonwealth war graves commission. for david, this is both a working
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trip and a personaljourney. his great—grandfather henry domoney fought in the first world war for the somerset light infantry. he aims to create a garden that honours him and the sacrifice of millions. 500 people in a day. just gone. much of this garden will be made by those who work with the commonwealth war graves commission. so, it's the measurement from the back of the railings to the moment it starts to descend, i need. many of the bricks used will come from belgium, the same bricks used in the cemeteries. local metalworkers have created these leaves to be placed in the garden. french stonemasons have made a centrepiece, which will sit at the heart of the chelsea design. and the grand wreath that will form the entrance to the garden, made in belgium, bringing visitors into a place for quiet contemplation. but back home, the actual
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construction of the chelsea garden is a noisy and surprisingly ruthless business. at this nursery in hampshire, this is the chelsea dress rehearsal. i think the trees need to be reversed, but am wondering whether we half move the back one ina bit? each of the trees surrounding the garden are carefully moved into place. the layout is checked and tweaked. this is where the design becomes a reality. what it is doing is just coming around us, and almost like giving the garden a cuddle. the construction of a chelsea garden is a nerve—racking business. however much you plan a new design, there are some elements that are quite simply out of your control. we have to grow about four times the plants that we need just to get them to flower at the right time for the chelsea flower show. it is quite a brutal selection process, then. it is, it is a brutal selection process to get
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into chelsea as a designer, but the plants go through the same process as well. we have to get them looking good, no insect bites, no leaf damage. and of course, with a changing of the weather we are totally at the mercy of the climate. the colours of plants and flowers for the garden will reflect the mood of tranquillity. purples, pinks and whites, there will be alliums, roses and almerias. over the last few days, the commonwealth war graves commission garden has moved into its chelsea home. the final work is being done. by tomorrow it will be ready to show. in so many ways, a garden to remember. that is going to be a fabulous site. coverage from the bbc of the chelsea flower show throughout this week. time for the weather now. while there will be a bit of rain through this coming week, generally the week ahead will be much drier and considerably warmer
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as well particularly through the second half of the week. we've seen a bit of warmth build today because high pressure to the east to the west bringing it into the south. through this evening it becomes confined to the highlands and islands, still one or two showers in northern ireland. clear skies around, most having a dry night. winds are gentle and stop things dropping as far as the temperatures are concerned. double—figure temperatures for towns and city centres tomorrow. high pressured to the east and low pressure to the west. a complication comes courtesy of the cold front which in the morning rush—hour will bring more cloud across northern ireland and occasional rain. by the end of the morning that will push into the islands of western scotland. for most of you a fine start on monday. patchy cloud in the west. we'll see a bit of cloud built and in the sunshine
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will be a touch hazy. sun bursts of rain turning heavy at times in western scotland. but will limit temperatures in northern scotland into the low teens but come further south, increased sunshine and it will feel even warmer than this afternoon. temperatures could reach the 20s for england and wales, may be mid—20s in the south—eastern corner. there will be some rain across scotland with a few heavy bursts. that clears into the north sea overnight and into tuesday. through tuesday high—pressure to build in the bay of biscay. we've got westerly winds so we could see low cloud across western areas particularly in the hills and coasts. towards eastern areas longer spells of sunshine. temperatures taking a step back compared with monday but still feeling warm in the sun. as high pressure continues to build into wednesday, temperatures will rise once again. on wednesday there will still be some low cloud particularly in western scotland and northern ireland. elsewhere misty low cloud breaks up,
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good sunny spells and temperatures widely into the 20s once again. they rise even further into thursday and friday as we see more sunshine develop.
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