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this is bbc news. the headlines at 2:00pm. a third london bridge attacker is named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba — italian authorities had reportedly tipped off the british authorities about him. bell tolls. a minute's silence is held across the uk for the seven who were killed — and the dozens more injured — in the attack. an australian nurse — kirsty boden is the third victim to be named — her family say she was killed as she ran to help others during the attack. another australian, 21—year—old sara zelenak, has been missing since saturday, her aunt says they fear the worst. she's one of those people who doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't do anything wrong. she's amazing and she's 21 years of age. we'll have the latest from our correspondent outside scotland yard in a moment. the other headlines here on bbc news. rbs reaches a £200 million
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settlement with investors who say they were duped into handing billions to the bank during the financial crisis. and with a surface temperature of over 4,000 degrees centigrade, scientists discover one of the hottest planets in the galaxy — 650 light years from earth. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the third man who carried out the deadly attack on london bridge has been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba, who was of italian—moroccan descent. italian media are reporting that he had been stopped by the authorities last year as he tried to travel from italy to syria. and that italian authorities had tipped the british off about his movements. his identity has been revealed after scotland yard defended its decision to downgrade an inquiry two years ago into one of the other attackers — 27—year—old khuram butt.
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they say there was no evidence at the time to suggest he was planning an attack. 0ur correspondent paul adams reports. london bridge and borough market this morning — rain—lashed tributes and streets still closed off, and more details emerging about those responsible for the carnage. two of the attackers were named yesterday, khuram butt and rachid redouane. but this morning brought a third name, youssef zaghba, an italian born in morocco. according to an italian newspaper, he was known to the authorities there, who tripped off british officials about his movements. which raises fresh questions about precisely what the authorities here knew about these dangerous men. according to the press report, zaghba was prevented from travelling to syria last year. did officials at mi5 know this, and if so, what kind of watch list was he on?
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similar questions have already been asked about khuram butt. he'd even been filmed in a documentary about british islamist extremists. the police knew all about him, but didn't think he represented an imminent threat. these are the black flags of islam. this one is actually the flag of the islamic state... but one of the other faces in the documentary was siddhartha dhar, now a member of so—called islamic state. in 2014, under investigation for allegedly encouraging terrorism, he jumped bail and travelled to syria with his wife and children. he's thought to have appeared in several is propaganda videos. given these connections, what more should have been known and done about the london bridge plotters? i have no doubt that they will be looking into, if there were lessons to be learned, what went wrong, did they know about this man, did they act rightly, and i'm sure in due course they'll be letting us know what went on. what i think‘s improperfor me to do, without seeing all the facts, to comment about that, but clearly there are legitimate
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questions raised, which are not unreasonable by journalists and members of public are asking and i'm asking about. the whole world, one day, my brothers, will be underthe sharia... many of those featured in the documentary were members of the outlawed group al—muhajiroun. one of its cofounders, anjem choudary, was jailed in 2015 for inviting support for a banned organisation — is. one of his followers, khuram butt, was known well beyond britishjihadi circles. khuram butt was a member of al—muhajiroun going back some years. i was one of the chief... radicalisers and recruiters for al-qaeda here in the united states from approximately 2007 until my arrest in 2011. i would say that he appeared on our radar rather late but was an active member inside of our communication platform. back at london bridge, the flowers and the questions keep coming. the police have made one fresh arrest, but 12 people detained since saturday have already been released without charge. paul adams, bbc news.
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we arejust we are just getting the latest figures from the nhs in terms of those still in hospital being treated. 0f those still in hospital being treated. of the 48 individuals initially taken to hospital, a total of 32 are still being cared for in london hospitals, of these, 15 remain ina london hospitals, of these, 15 remain in a critical condition. 32 in hospital, 15 of them in a critical condition. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is outside new scotland yard in central london. with the identity is now known there are some difficult questions. there are. the newest question is around the third man to be named, youssef zaghba. he's 22, an italian citizen of moroccan origin, whose father was moroccan and mother was from ball on
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your —— bologna. he was trying to leave bologna for istanbul in march 2016. italian police stopped him from travelling. they say at that point he was put on a watchlist which should have been available to all the various authorities across europe including the uk authorities. and yet when the metropolitan police confirmed they knew youssef zaghba was one of the three men who carried out this attack on saturday and shot by their officers, they say he wasn't on a counterterrorism or m15 subject of interest. so there is possibly signs of a communication breakdown, or possibly despite the information from italy that youssef zaghba was trying to go to syria, he wasn't regarded as a serious enough concern that he became a subject of interest for the security services
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here. particularly difficult questions over the one dead terrorist who appeared in a documentary last year. yes, khuram butt about him questions are even more difficult. it's worth saying, the people who killed the seven people on the bridge and in borough market where the men who drove the van into the crowds and jumped out and hacked their way through night—time revellers. khuram butt was investigated by police in 2015 and that investigation wasn't formally closed. less resources were dedicated to it because it didn't seem as if there was any attack planning, as the jargon goes. he remained a subject of interest for the security service m15. when we asked police if they felt the right decisions had been made in terms of the priorities, they said frankly they were, because there wasn't any sign at that point that khuram butt,
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although he was clearly radical and carrying around with people associated with a banned group, they couldn't see him as being involved in any attack planning. this is the dilemma for m15 and the metropolitan police counterterrorism unit. you may see someone who police counterterrorism unit. you may see someone who is clearly radicalised and expressing all sorts of strange views but they aren't committing a criminal offence. what do you do? suddenly on the spur of the moment they can rent a van, grab some knives from the kitchen drawer and carry out an attack on london bridge. how do you deal with that? thank you. let's speak now to professor michael clarke, he's a former director of the think—tank the royal united services institute. hejoins us in our central london studio. that last point is absolutely crucial. hindsight is obviously wonderful but if three men get together one morning and say today's the date, hire a van, does that constitute planning? it does in a
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way and in that case the terrorists will always get the first hit. they'll always be able to do something that nobody can prepare for, if that is the case. the question for counterterrorism is how quickly can you close it down, how quickly can you close it down, how quickly can you prevent any further consequences after that first hit, exactly as has happened in the westminster bridge attack. the key question that will come out of this, as the security services begin to put the lives of these three people together over the last couple of yea rs, together over the last couple of years, will be when did they start to think about this? if they only started to think about it if you days before, that's one thing. but if they started to plan this several months ago, the question should be, should that plotting had been picked 7 should that plotting had been picked up? that's should that plotting had been picked 'ng should that plotting had been picked up? that's going to be the big question. so far, the only piece of information we have in the public domain is that carrying but seems to have decided on a barbecued the previous weekend —— khuram butt
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seems to have decided at a barbecue the previous weekend. it sounds as if he knew he was going to do it at least a week before. if it turns out he knew he was going to do it three orfour months he knew he was going to do it three or four months before the police and mi5 or four months before the police and m15 will have pretty serious questions to answer. what are the questions, given the number of plots they have foiled the number of people in their thousands on their watch lists? when people talk about the failure of intelligence, because every successful attack is a failure of intelligence, but remember in the 19 years since the threat became ma nifest 19 years since the threat became manifest in britain, in 1998, there have been over 100 planned attacks. five of them, three of them in the last three months, but five of them have worked. if you think about five su ccesses have worked. if you think about five successes in 110 attempts that is a 95% success rate. but it's not good enough. of course, the counterterrorist process will have to be tightened up because the
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terrorists keep changing their methods and trying to think of new ways in order to further their particular ideas. how do you tighten it up? i think there will be questions about the ways in which people on a lower priority watchlist are monitored. i think there may be are monitored. i think there may be a case for thinking about the cuts, not in the front line police but in the 26,000 police auxiliary staff and civilians, who have been lost since 2010. it maybe you don't need police going through these reports but other people, analysts, people who don't have to get out there on the beat, and more back—up both for police and possibly for security services as well. secondly, i think to use what are the silver linings in these three dreadful attacks, which is public awareness and public willingness to take part in the process. we saw it after 2005, the way in which the public worked with
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the security services to do the best they could. we got rather complacent after 2008. i think this has reminded us that counterterrorism isn't just something reminded us that counterterrorism isn'tjust something police and security services do, it's something we are all part of. the government and authorities can make more of that to get the public to be more cooperative, in thinking this through and engaging in a proper dialogue within our rain communities about how these people appear to come out of nowhere. the best argument for those who say there aren't enough police in london is to say have an attack start and finish within eight minutes, with the deaths of the three terrorists, would suggest the system in london works. but i keep hearing, outside london that capability is going to bea london that capability is going to be a problem. that's probably true. tha nkfully be a problem. that's probably true. thankfully it hasn't been tested yet. manchester wasn't a matter of policing, it wasn't a marauding attack. the number of armed police
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in london is higher than anywhere else because london is the bigger target. 0ne else because london is the bigger target. one has to say that police in all cities in the uk are thinking about this carefully and i think if this attack has created one take away for police forces, it is get out there and train. practice for this in the way that was done in london, even in recent months. there is at least one big exercise a year between police, security services and the military. i think all major cities need to start doing the same thing. thank you. at 11 o'clock this morning a minute's silence was held across the uk for the victims of the london bridge attack on saturday night. today the third victim was named as 28—year—old kirsty boden — an australian nurse who worked at guys and st thomas' hospital by london bridge. her family say she died after running to help others during the attack. there are also grave concerns for a 21—year—old australian who has been working as a nanny in london. sara zelenak‘s family say they've had no news of her since saturday. daniela relph reports. bell tolls.
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at london bridge, where an attack changed so many lives, they came to remember. at the headquarters of the london ambulance service, the mayor of london stood with those who worked so hard to save lives. and silence in manchester, a city that shares the pain of recent attacks with london. around britain, people paused to reflect. the silence was about remembering the victims.
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they now include kirsty boden, a nurse named today as another of those killed. in a statement, her family said: the stories of those killed and injured are still emerging. for those looking for loved ones, the wait is unbearable. sara zelenak, an australian, has not been in contact since saturday night. sara's beautiful. she is the girl next door. she is a very special kindred spirit. she is one of those people who doesn't drink, do drugs, do anything wrong. she is amazing, and she
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is 21 years of age... these are painful days, as so many families face the trauma that a terror attack brings. well, questions continue to grow about how the three attackers slipped through the net. this morning the foreign secretary borisjohnson said the government would be looking into exactly what was know previously about the killers. the labour mayor of london, sadiq khan, has said that planned cuts to the size of the metropolitan police force will make it harder to stop terror attacks in the future. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo reports. after london bridge, the second terror attack to punctuate the election campaign, security now at its heart, questions for the conservatives about whether the government missed a red flag over the third man involved. we will be looking at exactly who these characters were, what we knew about them earlier on,
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and you know i have worked with them closely, the security services, over the last eight years, when i was mayor. they do a fantasticjob. if there are lessons to be learned, of course we will learn them. but it is vital they're allowed to get on with their work, and are properly supported. theresa may's record as home secretary for six years, during which police numbers fell by 20,000, is now under scrutiny, after claims the cuts have made us less safe. the conservatives insist more money has gone into counter—terrorism and armed officers, but in the capital a warning that continuing to pare back budgets is unsustainable. under a renewed theresa may government, after the cuts to police, we would have fewer police officers, and all the experts tell me one of the ways we counter terrorism is by fantastic police in the community.
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members of the community of all backgrounds, report intelligence to police officers, and they pass it on, and it helps keep us safe. so, fewer police officers means we are in more danger. labour is promising more police, and more staff for the security services. the argument from the opposition party is that those whose job it is to protect us need more resources, not more powers. it is not that they don't have the ability to track people, but because of cuts made in police and intelligence services over the years, that we don't have enough pairs of hands and eyes to track people and bring them tojustice. in the final days of the campaign, parties are still vying for votes. but with tackling terrorism now top of the agenda, they're competing on who can be trusted to deal with the threat. the headlines on bbc news.
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the third london bridge attacker is named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba. italian parity is reportedly tipped off british authorities about him. —— italian authorities. a minutes silence is held across the uk for the seven killed and those injured. an australian nurse, kirsty boden, is the third victim to be named. her family said she was killed as she ran to help others. in sport, england's cricketers are building a decent score against new zealand at cardiff. southampton have asked the premier league to investigate liverpool for an alleged illegal approach for virgil van dijk. jurgen klopp has made the defender his top target this summer. the british and irish lions held a minutes silence today ahead of their second tour
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match in new zealand. 0ur political correspondent ben wright is following the prime minister across the country and is now on the campaign bus. i'm feeling carsick looking at you! what's happening? i'm on the m6, somewhere in staffordshire. we've just left stoke where theresa may was doing her early afternoon rally. she's been up early, she went to a bakery this morning in lancashire, then to wales and now through the midlands. she's going to end the day in the south—east. largely hitting labour held marginal seats, once the tories are confident of snatching on thursday. there is still a confidence to this campaign. she would dearly love to be just talking about what she thinks are her own
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leadership qualities and brexit, but of course questions of security and extremism are high on the agenda. at the rally in stoke a few minutes ago, she was asked about what the intelligence services knew about the three people who carried out the attack in london at the weekend, and what she would do if she was re—elected to tackle extremism. what she would do if she was re-elected to tackle extremism. as i've said, the police and security services have done a good job in foiling a number of plots, just five in the last three months, and a significant number since in the last few years as well. what i think is important, and you said yourself we can't comment on the ongoing investigation, we need to ensure that m15 and the police are able to get on with that investigation as they need to do now, and then we will look at how the processes were followed and what they did. they will want to look at that because they will want to learn lessons for
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they will want to learn lessons for the future, if there are those lessons to be learned. the prime minister speaking a few minutes ago. the tories are facing persistent questions, both about theresa may's record as home secretary and police numbers, the fact there were 20,000 cut, but also whether they've got the right sort of plan for tackling extremism going into the future. they argue that it's jeremy extremism going into the future. they argue that it'sjeremy corbyn who doesn't have any answers, that he's got a record of voting against terror legislation. this isn't the sort of territory the tories necessarily wanted to be talking about with 48—hour was to go. that epitomises how unpredictable this election has been. thank you. two years ago east renfrewshire was like almost every other part of scotland — a few months after the independence referendum a majority of voters chose to throw their weight behind the snp. since then, however, issues like brexit and a conservative push to capture the pro—union vote have complicated the electoral picture.
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with two days to go until the polls open, steven godden‘s been —— katrina renton is there. if you look behind us you can see the torrential rain. we've come here to bring you the update on the electoral campaign in scotland. 0f course the issues of the terror attacks have affected the campaign in scotland but other than that we are dealing with a different landscape. it's not the conservatives against labour, it's the snp against everybody else. that's because the snp won 56 of the 59 seats in 2015. a landslide victory, and the snp giving themselves a difficult act to follow. something the other parties are seizing on. the conservatives
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are seizing on. the conservatives are seen as are seizing on. the conservatives are seen as the main opposition. they came second here in 2016 for the parliament in edinburgh. they've also seen a the parliament in edinburgh. they've also seen a resurgence the parliament in edinburgh. they've also seen a resurgence in the polling for the general election this time around. they'll be hoping to pick up a number of seats. the lib dems are also wants to watch because they are strong in some local areas. it's been predicted they could pick up up to fool seats. labour only have one seat at the moment. they were the dominant party last time before the snp had the landslide in 2015. they have one seat and they'll be hoping to hang onto it, and maybe they are hoping to feel a bounce from the jeremy corbyn effect. as you said in the introduction, east renfrewshire is one of the key battle grounds. the snp tickets last time round, it had been a safe labour seat for 20 yea rs. been a safe labour seat for 20
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years. and then, before that, it was the safest conservative seat in scotland. all of those parties feel it's got something to play for as steven godden reports. some friendly competition on the golf course, a place really short on opinion. today's topic, the election. snp, i told you. sometimes you're all over the place, that's the labour party. the tories are so far right, i cannae vote for them. so i'm stuck with them. that's my snp drive, straight down the middle. the snp have such a hold, which i don't think they should have, because of the way they've acted, they've not solve any problems. in fact, they've made a lot of the problems worse. and it has become very difficult as to who to vote for. polarised views that reflect the wider debate in scotland. the question of independence never far away. i don't know if she should mention it as much as she's doing. i'm a fan, by the way.
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but i think she should put that on the back burner at the moment. the scorecard at the last westminster election contained some impressive snp numbers, 56 mps elected, compared to just one each for the conservatives, labour and lib dems. as the third largest party at westminster, the snp's success was unprecedented, even coming close to repeating that was always going to be a challenge. there are now attempting to do so in a very different political climate. it's just got a bit more difficult for the party. some of the enthusiasm for the yes campaign has dissipated, not least because, some of them voted to leave the european union, and that's to some degree put distance between them and the snp. nicola sturgeon is not so popular, and the scottish government's domestic record is also the subject of some dissatisfaction. a nearby gymnastics club provides another measure of that appeal. our time should be spent on processes in scotland
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and working on education, which they have had the opportunity to do. concentrate on the dayjob. i voted for independence, in the referendum, and i would do so again, just because i feel the powers for scotland should be decided in scotland. the snp is the party that's obviously fighting for that. everyone agrees the snp will win this election in scotland. assessing the scale of that victory and its wider consequences will start as soon as the handshakes are over. steven godden, bbc news, east renfrewshire. joining me as tom gordon political editor of the herald. good afternoon and thank you for coming out in this appalling weather. we heard from stephen in east renfrewshire, what else should we be looking out for?
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the headline we should be looking out for is how many seats the snp get. they will comfortably come away with the largest majority of seats in scotland. it's the scale of the victory and on the flip side, the scale of the advances by the other parties, particularly the conservatives, who have run on a very ha rd conservatives, who have run on a very hard anti—snp, anti—independence ticket. we'll have to look at the relative proportion of the various parties on the far side of the election. but will be key, how well be simply hang onto seats and how well the other parties ta ke seats and how well the other parties take seats from them. the constitution has been a big issue, whether there is an appetite for a second scottish independence referendum. it's clearly a big issue on the doorsteps and has become more salient because nicola sturgeon called the second referendum in march and that has put booster rockets and that the unionist campaign, especially the conservative campaign. they are basically running on a single message sending a message to nicola
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sturgeon and saying no to a second referendum. there are a couple of numbers to look out for. if the snp falls below 44 mps, it will be its biggest electoral reverse in scotland for almost 40 years. you have to go back to 1979 for them to suffer a worst percentage fall. the other magic number is 40%. if they fall below 40% that's a big psychological blow. alex salmond keeps talking about how much 40% means, how they are continually above 40% in the polls. if they dipped below that it will be a big knock for them and will be hard for nicola sturgeon to argue she has popular support for a second referendum. there was a massive turnout last time round, over 70%. back came on the heels of the scottish independence referendum. can we expect a big turnout this time around? it depends on the weather! i think there will be a lot of young people energised by the
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corbyn phenomenon. we have a lot of universities. differential turnout will be important. the tories particularly, they think their people are highly motivated. they came out of the local elections and the conservatives had an extraordinary result in the local elections last month. the conservatives think they're people will do it again. they are highly motivated to deliver a blow on the nose for nicola sturgeon. as tom was saying, turnout will be key and i guess we will be keeping and all the politicians will be keeping a close eye on that weather forecast. funny you should say that, thank you. right now we have the weather forecast. good afternoon, choices on the weather menu are heavy rain, wind or squally showers, numbered tickly summary and if you are on the road is worth bearing in mind there could be some travel disruptions. the heaviest of the
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rain so far has been in the south—east but as we go through the afternoon, the realfocus of south—east but as we go through the afternoon, the real focus of the persistent heavy rain will be across the far north of scotland. windy as well elsewhere. gales in england and wales, gusts in excess of 45—50 miles an hourand miles an hour and some squally, fast—moving showers are possible. disappointing feel out there today, 11-14 in disappointing feel out there today, 11—14 in scotland, highest values of 18 in the south—east corner. as we go through the night, the gal. the wind will ease some art at the rain lingering in north—east england and eastern scotland, elsewhere a quieter start when stakes and for many of us a quieter day. dry with some sunshine coming through and a degree or so some sunshine coming through and a degree or so warm. some sunshine coming through and a degree or so warm. but by the end of the afternoon, another batch of wet and windy weather coming in from the south—west. hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy. the headlines atjust after 2:30: the third suspect who carried out the attacks in london on saturday
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night has been named as youssef zaghba — a 22—year—old italian of moroccan descent. italian authorities had reportedly tipped off the british authorities about him. clock strikes the hour people across the country observed a minute's silence at eleven o'clock o'clock this morning, in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all others who were affected by the attacks in london. one of the seven people killed in the london bridge attacks has been identified as a nurse from south australia. the family of the twenty—eight year—old kirsty boden said she'd run towards the bridge to help those who'd been injured. among those missing is a 21—year—old from australia, sara zelenak from australia who had been given the evening off to enjoy a night out with friends. her aunt says they fear the worst. scotland yard says detectives have arrested a 27—year—old man in barking, in east london, this morning in connection to the attack. the address is being searched. time for the sport and jessica has
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the latest from the bbc sports centre. good afternoon, i'm jessica creighton with the latest sports news. england's cricketers were making good progress against new zealand, in their champions trophy group game in cardiff — a win will take england through to the last four. england made 310 from 50 overs, thanks to half—centuries from alex hales and joe root... adam milne and anderson took three wickets a piece. arsenal have announced the signing of the bosnia—herzegovina international zyad kolasinac from the bundesliga side schalke. kolasinac has joined the fa cup winners on a free transfer. his claim to fame is a rather unwanted one — he's scored the fastest own goal in world cup history when he found the net at the 2014 tournament in brazil. southampton have asked the premier league to investigate liverpool for an alleged illegal
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approach for virgil van dijk. jurgen klopp has made the defender his top target this summer. and the manchester city and england women's captain steph houghton has agreed a new long—term contract with the club. she led city to a domestic title sweep last season. the cause of death of former newcastle player cheick tiote, is still being investigated, according to chinese club beijing enterprise. tiote collapsed in training with his new team, and later died in hospital. he was just 30 years old. he enjoyed some of the best years of his career at newcastle, where he played for seven seasons, only moving to china in february. the british and irish lions held a minute's silence at their training session today, ahead of their second tour match in new zealand. the squad fell silent in tribute to the victims of the london terror attack. they take on auckland blues tomorrow but coach rob howley said they wanted to send a message home. emotional and huge condolences from
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the whole squad, players, managers and everyone involved with the lions. it is devastating, and we send our deepest condolences to all the families, and out of respect it was important we held that one—minute silence. sir ben ainslie's land rover bar team have had a major set—back in the america's cup challenger semi—finals in bermuda. they're 2—0 down to new zealand after damaging a wing in the first race — they couldn't fix it in time so they had to forfeit the second. it's a best—of—nine series — so this was a real blow to the crew. we are gutted here because we thought it was our day today. in three years of failing we've had maybe one wind breakage and here we are, first race of the semifinals and it goes pop. absolutely gutted,
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but tomorrow's another day, there is a fantastic forecast and we will socket to the kiwis tomorrow. britain's ibf world super—middleweight champion james degale is having surgery on his right shoulder tomorrow. he says he's been carrying an injury for over 12 months but he should be able to spar again within 10 weeks and he definitely expects to fight again before the end of the year. he's already talking about a possible rematch with george groves. finally to the quarter—finals at the french open tennis — where the caroline wozniacki has the upper hand in her last 8 match against latvia'sjelena 0stapenko. wozniacki took the first set 6—4. while in the days other game — timea bacsinszky is a set up against kristina mladenovic. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. thank you very much, jessica. so, just two days to go until the general election and throughout the campaign we've been taking a closer look at some of the key issues in the debate. today, with the help
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of our specialist editors, we are focussing on brexit. 0ur europe, business and political editors explain the challenges that may lie ahead — for politicians and for you, the voters. the first thing new government has to do on brexit is to choose a chief brexit negotiator. they then need to come here to brussels and agree with the eu how often they're going to meet, what they're going to talk about, and in which order. the eu is very clear about its priorities, it says there will be no talk about future trade relations until there has been progress in three key areas: money, how much britain owes the eu in outstanding financial commitments. people — the eu wants to pinpoint the exact rights of european citizens living in the uk, and british citizens living in the eu after brexit. and ireland — how to avoid reintroducing a hard border between the republic of ireland, which is in the eu, and northern ireland, part of post—brexit uk. of course, britain's new government will almost certainly
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have their own ideas about the choreography of brexit talks. whatever happens, they will be judged on the quality of the brexit deal they get, not from the brussels perspective, but in the eyes of british voters. a pretty quiet day in the city behind me, and in fact in this election, it is one where the voice of business has been strangely silent. and yet, on some of the biggest issues — brexit, immigration, regulation, taxation. these are issues that fundamentally affect the way business and the wider economy works. and yet some business leaders feel the politicians aren't speaking to or listening to them. the conservative party, for example, wants to intervene in energy markets, that's a departure for them. the labour party want to see a sharp rise in corporation tax. the lib dems would like the ability to reject any final brexit deal, and parties in northern ireland are worried about what the imposition of a land border with the eu will do to people's working lives. in the past, most parties
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want to portray themselves as business friendly. but since the financial crisis and a series of big corporate scandals, that is much less true. put simply, on regulation, on taxation, on immigration, what businesses want is predictability. but with brexit negotiations just around the corner, that predictability is going to be very hard to deliver whatever the election result, another reason perhaps that business feels that no one's listening. what people want from brexit isn't what will make up every single member of the public‘s mind, but it is important, because it is the main reason that theresa may called this election. and it's important because both of the main parties have had to spell out what they would do and what they will seek to achieve. as we enter the biggest change in our country for decades and decades.
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it must be difficult for voters, both labour and the tories are relatively reluctant to give us too many of the details. the lib dems and snp in contrast have been much more explicit about what they would like to see. but for the two main parties, it is probably the biggest issue of all. theresa may thinks she is on safer ground with the public when talking about brexit. she wants this to be a contest about who do you trust to do something difficult, who do you trust to get and secure a good dealfor britain against 27 other countries. but for the labour party, they know that in the closing days of this campaign they have to say more about howjeremy corbyn would handle it. and their pitch to voters is they would put jobs first, people's livelihoods first, rather than the tories, they say, would seek to achieve. and at 3:30 on the bbc news channel we'll be putting your questions on brexit to our economics editor kamal ahmed and our business editor simonjack. so if you have any questions on trade deals, small businesses or gdp, you can get in touch via twitter using the hashtag bbc ask this, or text
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your questions to 61124. you can also email us at askthis@bbc.co.uk. the latest polls ahead of thursday's general election, show the conservatives lead has narrowed against labour. but in the last six weeks, how much have the polls changed? and which marginal seats will be the key battlegrounds that decide the result? jeremy vine, in our election studio, has been taking a look at this, and how it compares to the 2015 election results. well, do come into our election studio, and let me show you first the result in percentages of the last general election. so, here we go. 2015 it was, and you can see the conservatives winning on 38%. if they get the same percentage this time, they will have won again. labour on 31 — they could improve from that, gain seats, and still not win in 2017. the liberal democrats, way down on 8%, and ukip on 13%. awful lot of ukip voters there. we'll come back to that injust a moment. if we go back a year,
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before theresa may called the general election, this is the story. so, the conservatives dominant in the polls and dominant for the whole year, all the way through, leading labour by quite some distance, as you can see. you see why theresa may called the election — 43% to 27%. but the story changes if we look at the polls since the calling of that general election. so, week one to week six, here we go. all the way through we go, have a look at what happens to this conservative lead, see the way it narrows, see the wayjeremy corbyn takes the conservatives to within 8%, according to the polls. and by the way, look at ukip and the lib dems — how far down they are here. the fascinating question is, if there were millions of ukip voters last time, and they've been dislodged, which parties have they gone to now? really interesting. ok. the map tells the story of the election result in 2015. here it is — 650 parliamentary
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constituencies, each one an individual battle between parties. so, i'll show you the conservatives first, in blue. and look at the way they wash over england, all the way down the south—west, devon and cornwall, for example. different story for labour, though, their seats much more densely packed in the cities. so, smaller seats, lots of people in them. manchester, liverpool, birmingham, newcastle, sheffield, leeds and so on. they serve labour very well indeed. the liberal democrats had a terrible time in 2015, with only eight seats. they will be looking to improve — disastrous if they don't. and the snp in scotland had the night of their lives. there they are bathing scotland in yellow, with 56 out of 59 seats. let's not forget the other parties, the welsh nationalists, the greens, the parties in northern ireland. but in the end, this election surely comes down to what are called the marginal seats — the ones that were closest last time. here are the top 120 marginals. now, these are the seats that labour need to win. if the conservatives can hold onto the blue ones here, theresa may is almost certainly back in number10. jeremy vine there, all over the
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place. rbs has finally reached a £200 million settlement with investors who say they were duped into handing 12 billion pounds to the bank during the financial crisis in 2008. the rbs shareholder action group, which brought the lawsuit — represents 9,000 retail investors and 18 institutions. it's understood that they have informed the high courtjudge that they have accepted a ‘cash offer‘. earlier, my colleague sophie raworth spoke to our business correspondent andy verity about the settlement. the shareholders say they weren't told about vital information about how rocky rbs's finances were at the time. we know what happened a few months later, rbs had to be bailed out by the taxpayer and no shares that were worth £2 when they bought them had sunk to about 12p, so they lost more than four fifths of their investment. thousands of these people were, among others, former members of staff at rbs. they were very aggrieved, bringing a claim saying they had been misled. the
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bank said it would defend it vigorously. i have a quote from ross mcewan who said the bank would take this to court, those issues would be set out in court rather than an early settlement, in 2014. the bank clearly change their mind and decided to make a decent offer to the shareholders who said they had been misled on the shareholders have agreed to settle. in a moment the business news, but first our headlines: the third london bridge attacker is named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba, reportedly stopped from trying to travel to syria by italian police last year. clock strikes the hour a minute's silencers held across the ukfor a minute's silencers held across the uk for the seven that were killed and dozens more injured in the attempt. tributes paid to a 28—year—old australian nurse, kirsty boden, who was killed as she ran to help others on london bridge. rbs has reached a £200m settlement
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with investors who say they were duped into handing £12bn to the bank during the financial crisis. the rbs shareholders action group has voted to accept a 82p a share offer. they paid between 200p—230p a share during fundraising in 2008. a settlement means that the disgraced former chief executive, fred goodwin, will not appear in court. rbs is still more than 70% owned by the tax payer consumers spent less at the shops last month as they felt "the pinch" from rising inflation and weak wage growth, according to the british retail consortium. in the month to the end of may, sales in shops fell by 4.4%, the sharpest fall in four and a half years. separately, barclaycard said that the level of consumer confidence in the uk was at its lowest for two years. qatar has called for talks to end a major diplomatic row which has seen saudi arabia and several other countries cut links with the gulf state. saudi arabia's aviation authority has formally withdrawn qatar's licence to land and fly in the country., bahrain and egypt say they will also close their air space to qatari planes. technology companies have
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defended their handling of extremist content following the london terror attack. prime minister theresa may called for areas of the internet to be closed because tech giants had provided a "safe space" for terrorist ideology. but google said it had already spent hundreds of millions of pounds on tackling the problem. facebook and twitter said they were working hard to rid their networks of terrorist activity and support. and the boss of apple has also been speaking about the issue. to tell us more samira hussainjoins us from new york — samira. so, we've certainly been hearing a lot from tech companies. we heard from monday a lot of them coming out against the statements made by prime minister theresa may, but on tuesday morning we are hearing that mr tim cooke, the ceo of apple has taken it
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one step further and on an interview with bloomberg television has said in fact apple has been cooperating with the uk. we've been cooperating with the uk government, not only in law enforcement kind of matters, but on some of the attacks, and i can't speak in detail about that. but in cases where we have information, and they've gone through the lawful process, we notjust give it, but we'd do it very, very promptly. so we are hearing that apple has been really trying to cooperate as much as it can with the uk, but all tech companies, apple included, are really in a tough position. 0n the one hand of course they want to be cooperating with law—enforcement officials in doing whatever they can
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to try and stop any potential terrorist attacks. 0n the other hand, they also have a responsibility to the consumers and to respect their privacy. so some of the comments that were being made by prime minister theresa may were trying to go after the idea of encryption, that it's really difficult when you are sending things through whatsapp or tempted back for anybody in between the sender or the receiver to get at that information. that has been important for tech companies to keep safe, but what mr cooke has been saying, and other tech companies have been saying, if there is meta data, other data rebounds that that they can share, as long as law—enforcement officials use the correct channels to make the request that information. 0k, thank you. in other business news... us president donald trump has said he plans to privatise america's air traffic control system, in what he called an "air travel revolution". mr trump says the reform
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would deliver "cheaper, faster, and safer travel" as well as an economic boost that could be worth $25 billion to the economy. it's currently part of the government's federal aviation administration employing 30,000 staff. us tech giants occupy the top five spots in a new league table looking at the world's most valuable brands. google, apple, microsoft, amazon and facebook top the list compiled by the marketing firm brandz. meanwhile, the chinese internet company tencent — which owns the hugely popular wechat app — is among the top 10 for the very first time. and it's official — we are a nation of gin lovers. record sales of the drink means that for the first time ever the sale of spirits is earning more money for the treasury than beer. last year we as a nation bought 40 milllion bottles of gin — that's12% more than the year before. a quick look at the markets. we mentioned rbs, coming to that settle m e nt mentioned rbs, coming to that settlement with disgruntled shareholders, their share price down 296 shareholders, their share price down 2% today. appliances online delivered their results, warning of
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a weak start to 2017, their share price down about 10% earlier today. it has clawed back some of those losses. we can see the dollar is at its wea kest losses. we can see the dollar is at its weakest level against the pint since donald trump was elected. lots of factors but people saying it's the result of the general election making the currency markets feel nervous. we wait to see if it settles down after friday. thank you. the prime minister has accused technology firms of not doing enough to remove jihadist propaganda. theresa may called for areas of the internet to be closed because tech giants had provided what she described as a "safe space" for terrorist ideology. google, facebook and twitter say they‘ re investing significant resources in fighting the spread of extremism. amol rajan looks at the criticisms facing social media companies. if you know what you're looking for, it's easy to find extremist propaganda on the internet. 0nline magazines and videos with high production values that glamorise the struggle to establish a caliphate are shared
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widely on social media and through messaging apps. the spotlight is now on the technology platforms that host such material. despite public concern, google, facebook and twitter declined an interview request, and not for the first time. but in statements, google said it already employs thousands of people and invests millions in fighting abuse. facebook said they work aggressively to remove ter avest content, —— remove terrorist content. twitter said such material has no place on their platform. extremists are migrating onto messaging apps like telegram and whatsapp. these have end—to—end encryption, which creates a safe space in which those extremists can operate, but opening a back door to such apps brings its own problems and could be a gift to cybercriminals. a lot of people naturally think that these tech companies make billions in profit and so should be held to account. well, that's true, of course, but these issues are fiendishly complex with no single solution. one problem is the sheer volume
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of material that is uploaded onto the internet every day, but the deeper question is whether or not internet companies who have no democratic mandate should be given the power to decide who sees what online. germany is drafting legislation that would fine tech firms if they don't remove extremist material, but not everyone thinks more regulation is a good idea. regulation is something you need to do carefully, you need to understand that you are not creating incentives to do the wrong thing to censor more than you need to remove peoples free speech, rather than just removing terrorist content. you need be confident you're not upsetting the delicate balance here. as calls the tech giants to clamp down on terror and grow, it's not yet clear that granting the world's biggest companies yet more power over our lives is the best available solution. it's called kelt nine—b, and it's the hottest planet ever discovered. scientists say it's hotter than most stars.
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it's believed to be twice the size ofjupiter and 650 light years from earth. its surface is believed to reach temperatures of 4,300 degrees celsius, according to researchers at ohio state university. 0ur science correspondent, rebecca morelle, says it was found with a relatively basic telescope. the telescope has the fantastic name is being extremely little telescopes, so they are quite small. some can spot it by seeing how the light of its parent star didn't as the planet passed in front of it. they spotted in 2014 but they were so they spotted in 2014 but they were so surprised by what they were seeing, they couldn't quite believe that this bizarre superheated world was actually a planet, which is why it has taken until now to come out. as you said, it's got this scorching temperature of 4300 celsius. the reason for this is it orbits extremely close to its star, which is also very big and very hot. it
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ta kes is also very big and very hot. it takes just is also very big and very hot. it ta kes just two is also very big and very hot. it takes just two days for the planet in orbit around its staff, which means a year on this planet is just two days long. this has some side effects. 0ne two days long. this has some side effects. one of the problems is the radiation from its star is so intense it's actually stripping away the atmosphere of this gas giant, and if it's made entirely from gas it means it will be evaporated to nothing, that's one problem. the second problem is its star is a type of staff that is extremely brilliant that has a brief life, millions rather than billions of years. as the star ages. to get bigger, but because the planet is so close to its star in means it will probably get entirely engulfed by it. so the future prospects for this extremely scorching world to look to fantastic. rebekah morrell reporting. take a look at the weather a little closer to earth. good afternoon. pretty fair to say it has been miserable start to tuesday. a lot of clout, wind and
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rain. wind in excess of 50 miles an hourin rain. wind in excess of 50 miles an hour in some places. it has meant for some rough seas and some of the rain has been heavy as well. a miserable weather watchers photograph from edinburgh, i don't expect it to improve much here either. if you are on the roads, heavy rain and gale is expected to continue as we go through the afternoon. the heaviest of the raid and so far has been in the south—east but somewhat brighter, breezy and brighter conditions in the west but a different story for scotland. an area of low pressure city can cross the far north—east and that means the rain will linger for much of the afternoon. it looks pretty display. the wind is not quite as strong in scotland but nevertheless it will still be a breezy affair and some of that rain fairly persistent. scattered showers and blustery winds in northern ireland, in excess of 45—15 miles an hour further inland. the ireland, in excess of 45—15 miles an hourfurther inland. the rain ireland, in excess of 45—15 miles an hour further inland. the rain slowly easing away to scatter chows, saban
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heavy with hail and possibly some thunder. top temperatures disappointing for this time of year. the highest values 18 but factor in the wind that it won't feel very great out there. the gusts of wind will start to ease down through the night as the area of low pressure slowly tracks its way north and east. we will see that rain lingering in north—east england and eastern scotland for quite some time. elsewhere, overnight lows of 9-11d time. elsewhere, overnight lows of 9—11d and a quieter start wednesday. that is the theme into wednesday. eventually the low pressure will track away, the heavy rain will ease, a brief ridge of high pressure building before more wet weather is waiting in the wings for the end of wednesday and into thursday. wednesday and into thursday. wednesday will be a better day, much better than today, dry with some sunshine coming through. the wind is still coming from a north—westerly direction, making it feel a little fresher. by the day, seven rain
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arriving in the south—west. 11—14 in the north, highest values of 20 degrees, if we are lucky, still could be better at this time of year. more wet and windy weather on thursday, showers and longer spells of rain. mother throughout the day. take care. this is bbc news. the headlines at 3:00pm. the third london bridge attacker is named as 22—year—old moroccan—italian youssef zaghba — italian authorities had stopped him travelling to syria last year. bell tolls. a minute's silence is held across the uk for the seven who were killed — and the dozens more injured — in the attack. tributes are paid to an australian nurse — kirsty boden — who was killed as she ran to help people injured on the bridge. another australian, 21—year—old sara zelenak, has been missing since saturday, her aunt says they fear the worst. she's one of those people who doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't do anything wrong. she's amazing and she's 21 years of age. rbs reaches a £200 million
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settlement with investors who say they were misled about the bank's strength during the financial crisis.
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