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this is bbc news. our top stories: one day to go: theresa may and jeremy corbyn make their last pitch for votes ahead of the uk's general election. more questions for the uk's security services. it's emerged they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba. mosul in mourning. the un says more than 150 civilians fleeing the iraqi city have been killed by snipers from so—called islamic state. it's notjust issues of security on the minds of voters: with the public feeling the pinch and concerned about brexit, we weigh up the economic policies of the main parties. going, going — gone. uber swings the axe and sacks 20 members of staff following an investigation in to sexual harassment. hello and welcome to westminster,
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it's the final day of campaigning in the general election and the party leaders are on a hectic schedule of visits to key towns and cities across the uk in a last push for votes. the closing stages of the campaign have been dominated by the issue of security following the london bridge attack. last night, in a speech widely criticised by her opponents, the prime minister, theresa may, said she would scrap any human rights laws that prevented increased powers to tackle the threat. here's our political correspondent tom bateman. just a day to go. the prime minister of the united kingdom. the closing
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stages have been dominated by the i’ow stages have been dominated by the row over security. theresa may said last night the conservatives would toughen up antiterrorism laws. last night the conservatives would toughen up antiterrorism lawsli mean longer prison sentences for those convicted of terrorist offences. i mean making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terrorism suspects back to their own country. yes! and if our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it. its opponents queues to the tories of changing direction on human rights laws. their manifesto promises to stick with the european system that protects people ‘s rights. the conservatives denied a u—turn. the liberal democrats accused them of a nuclear arms race on terror laws while labour said they would pay for more police. theresa may has announced nothing new today. she's been banging on about her dislike for human rights foreign very long time. that's not
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the message we should be sending to communities or terrorists. what we need is more money for policing and four prisons. today the parties will seek to return to their core themes one last time. the conservatives will promote plans to pour billions into housing and jobs across britain with cash they say would be freed up from brexit. labour's message is about funding for public services. they will tell voters they have 2a hours to save the nhs. after a campaign called three years early marked by unforeseen events, this is an election none of the parties will be taking for granted. let's now go live to westminster and join my colleague. it's all to play for. many of the polls show things have tightened significantly since this snap election was called. good morning, that's right. we are
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here in westminster just good morning, that's right. we are here in westminsterjust outside the houses of parliament. much more to play for, certainly than the polls suggested at the beginning of the campaign. the conservatives by most reckoning still have a lead. the question is how big that lead is, and therefore how many seats might the conservatives expect to win? some polls even talking about possibly a hung parliament. in the final few days of campaigning, the main issue on everyone's clips has been security in the wake of the london bridge attack, and of course a few weeks ago as well, the attack in manchester, and to that end more revelations about what the authorities did and didn't know about the attackers in the london bridge attack. the british government has refused to comment on how one of the attackers was able to return to the uk despite being placed on a watchlist. the italian authorities they'd issued warnings about youssef zaghba, who evade suspected of supporting so—called
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islamic state, and trying to travel to syria. the italian national of moroccan descent was living in east london. these are the three men who brought terror to the streets of london in a matter of minutes. the third confirmed as youssef zaghba was an italian national born in morocco who lived in east london. the 22—year—old wasn't regarded as a security threat by police or mi5 that today questions for the home office. youssef zaghba was stopped at polonia airport last year on suspicion of travelling to syria. italian police say he was placed on a watchlist british authorities tipped off. border security staff are accused of still allowing him to return to the uk. the home office has declined to comment. the australian government says two of its nationals are among the seven people killed. their names haven't been officially confirmed. kirsty boden, a senior nurse at guy ‘s hospital, murdered as she ran to help people who'd been knocked down
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on london bridge, described as selfless, caring and heroic. the family of sara zelenak, a nanny from brisbane, say they are fearing the worst. she is one of those people that doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't do anything wrong. she's amazing, and she's 21 years of age. french media have confirmed the death of alexandre picard. sebastien boulanger‘s family have travelled to london to find out what has happened to the chef. desperate days for so many you've found themselves caught up many you've found themselves caught up in this tragedy. my my guest has come down bright and early to college green outside the houses of parliament. with me is professor tony travers from the london school of economics and political science. it's worth underlining that it's an
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president that there should be two major terror attacks during an election campaign, and to that end, the whole campaign is coloured by that fact. absolutely. certainly in the uk is without parallel, and what it's done at the very end of the campaign is to turn security into a party political issue, which it often isn't, and now we've got the prime minister and missing new measures if the conservatives are re—elected, and the labour party saying they will spend more on police and bring more money available, as it were, to tackle the problem. it's become a real political issue despite the attacks in london and manchester recently. is itfairto in london and manchester recently. is it fair to say both main parties, conservative and labour, are vulnerable on this issue? they certainly tried to make each other look vulnerable. labour has gone ha rd look vulnerable. labour has gone hard on the falling police numbers, and the potential weaknesses that have been exposed in what happened but until now, but of course for the
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conservatives they point very personally to the labour leader, and also rather senior members of the labour frontbench, also rather senior members of the labourfrontbench, arguing also rather senior members of the labour frontbench, arguing that they have problematic backgrounds, and also that labour wouldn't keep the country also that labour wouldn't keep the cou ntry safe. also that labour wouldn't keep the country safe. a police siren going by, which is a sound we've heard quite a bit in the last few days. how much evidence is there that security and the aftermath of these terror attacks does play into voting habits when people are actually in those voting booths? that's an interesting question. traditionally, security — even in a terrorist attack, it doesn't play into british elections. it's normally seen as foreign affairs or defence, something that is discussed, but not something that is discussed, but not something like the health service or domestic policy. after the manchester attack, there was no particular evidence that was paying into the election campaign. there is no evidence even now that what happened at london bridge on saturday night will either, but we
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will have to wait and see and the result will tell us if it did. arguably the biggest challenge facing this country is leaving the european union, brexit, but it hasn't really featured on the level you might expect, given, as you say, this could be the biggest foreign policy decision for decades. this could be the biggest foreign policy decision for decadesm this could be the biggest foreign policy decision for decades. it is, since 1945, i think, policy decision for decades. it is, since 1945, ithink, and policy decision for decades. it is, since 1945, i think, and to raise eight, when she started the process, said it would be about brexit. she wa nted said it would be about brexit. she wanted a bigger majority, both in negotiations with westminster and elsewhere, but it hasn't played much ofa elsewhere, but it hasn't played much of a part in the campaign. i suspect the conservatives wish it had more, but doubtless they will be pushing it one more time in the next 24 hours. professor tony travers of the london school of economic. let's look now at what younger voters made
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of this election, and what are the keyissues of this election, and what are the key issues for them? especially those in the 18 to 24—year—old bracket. it's difficult to decide who to vote for, because, like, everyone on social media influencing your votes. i've seen what our generation has voted for. quite a lot of people scroll through facebook, pick up one headline they like, and before they know it, that's what they are voting for, and don't take any consideration to anything else.|j think social media is really good because it is allowing voices that wouldn't necessarily be heard to be heard, both from young people themselves and politicians. i'm optimistic a higher number of young people will turn out to vote. there's a people will turn out to vote. there'sa certain people will turn out to vote. there's a certain passion driving young citizens to be passionate and active and say, i'm going to stand up active and say, i'm going to stand up and be counted, so i definitely
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like to believe young people will be the surprising factor in this election. registration numbers do not necessarily translate directly into higher turnout. this is troubling for political reasons because young people normally prepare to vote on things like referendums, but when it comes to elections, they are deeply suspicious of political parties as a whole. i'm more sceptical because, in the eu referendum, the young voter turnout was so low, so, even though it feels when we are at university that everyone is politically minded, i think it may be a case of where we are rather than that we speak for all 18 to 24 —year—olds. are rather than that we speak for all 18 to 24 -year-olds. i have a
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lot of friends who, while they don't know about politics, they are striving to learn what's going on. they are not embarrassed to be, like, i don't know what that is. they are asking for advice. environmental issues, i think, is very important. brexit is a huge matter, but i think for me, i'd love to see more engagement and more kind of debate over climate change. for me, one of the main issues is the nhs and funding. i think what we've seen is well in terms of the youth market, people who know that the future buying power, 01’ who know that the future buying power, or future power who know that the future buying power, orfuture power in general of this group of people, trying to get in their early this group of people, trying to get in theirearly — this group of people, trying to get in their early — it's interesting that consciousness is now trendy. it's an exciting time to be in politics. brexit, trump, scottish
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independence, there's a lot of things to be passionate about at the moment. some views of young voters on thursday's election in the uk. and you can get the very latest on the british election by heading to our website: let me also remind you that there will be full coverage on bbc news overnight as the results come in, thursday night into friday morning. more from james later. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: donald trump has spoken to king salman of saudi arabia amid the escalating crisis over qatar. the president praised the kingdom and some of its gulf neighbours for imposing a blockade over accusations of supporting terrorism in the region. the white house says the us remains in contact with all parties to try to resolve the dispute. brazil's supreme court has been listening to arguments in a case that could see president michel temer removed from office. the tribunal will decide whether or not to annul the 2014 elections over alleged
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illegal campaign financing. the president is also fighting a separate corruption scandal. the woman at the centre of bill cosby‘s sex assault trial has testified that she was "frozen" after the comedian drugged her at his home in 2004. telling her story publicly for the first time, andrea constand alleged that the actor molested her and she wasn't able to fight back. he denies the allegations. uber has sacked at least 20 employees and is taking other action against staff, all in relation, it says, to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. the bbc understands some dismissals at the us based taxi firm are at a very senior level. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: satisfying colombia's need to read — the bogota binman
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with a taste for books. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning, in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given by the great guns of the tower. tanks and troops are patrolling the streets of central peking after the bloody operation to crush student—led protests, and the violence has continued, the army firing on civilians throughout the following day and night. over there you can see its mighty tail — the only sign left, almost, that an aircraft had been here. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles' album sgt pepper's lonely hearts
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club band, a record described as the album of the century. hello. you with bbc news. i am sally bundock. are the latest headlines: —— here are the latest headlines: theresa may and jeremy corbyn are making their last pitch for votes ahead of tomorrow's uk general election. uk security services are facing more questions. it's emerged they were warned about the third london bridge attacker. he's been named as 22—year—old youssef zaghba. the united nations says so—called islamic state militants have killed 163 civilians trying to flee fighting in the iraqi city of mosul. eyewitnesses told the bbc that they were targeted by snipers in the zanjili neighbourhood of mosul.
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bbc persian‘s nafiseh kohnavard and cameraman kermanj hoshyar spoke to them. a warning, you may find some of the images in this story distressing. mohammed hadi lost everything. —— never do. my daughter, my baby is gone. they shot at us. she died in my arms. although we were able to escape, they could not bring a body. these are families from zanjili in west mosul. they fled in tents fighting between iraqi forces and the islamic state. many told us they we re the islamic state. many told us they were targeted by isis snipers. opening a safe corridor for civilians to escape is almost
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impossible. only a few of them can manage to flee, like bees. but many are still caught in the middle of fighting. translation: the problem with opening a safe corridor is that there are ied is in the street. they have put mines in most of these alleys. we have teams to defuse these mines, going from that other forces. —— corridors. bulldozers are trying to clear roads. only after that, civilians that will be able to find a safe route out. it is the civilians who are at the greatest risk. translation: they can to our neighbourhood and threatened us with hand grenades. they said if you don't come with us, we will kill all of you. they said we want to walk
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amongst you, because planes were targeted. they took my daughter and some others to everyone. my daughter is eight months pregnant, and now i don't know she is dead or alive. but despite the difficulties, the iraqi forces say they are making progress. these are drawing pictures obtained by the bbc. we were told all these civilians were shot by isis. translation: this woman has no idea where her daughter orfamily this woman has no idea where her daughter or family are. nearby, this woman has no idea where her daughter orfamily are. nearby, the body of this young girl has not been claimed. somewhere, a mother is missing her child. for many here, there is the double horror of losing a loved one and is not being able to
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bury them. nafiseh kohnavard, bbc news, west mosul. —— west. this monday it will be a year since the attack on the pulse nightclub in orlando — it was america's bloodiest mass shooting. 49 people died. now survivors, saved by strangers who donated blood, are encouraging others to become donors. rajini vaidya nathan reports from orlando. the beating heart of orlando's gay community, now a place to remember and reflect. some survivors, likejeff and tony, find it too painful to return to pulse. jeff remembers the gunman opening fire. for him, the memories are still raw. oh, my god. we were trapped. we had nowhere to run. we were trapped in the bathroom. my friends and i were there with about 15 or 20 other people. and we were shot, multiple times. and i bled out for over three hours. jeff was shot in the neck, stomach and legs.
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the paramedics saying that "he's blue, he's blue, he's blue. he's lost a lot of blood, he's blue." and i later learned that i received blood from over 40 donors so that's a lot of blood. it was blood donations that saved jeff's life. after eight operations, he's making a steady recovery. in the wake of the tragedy, hundreds queued at this blood bank in orlando to do whatever they could to help. in one week alone, 28,000 units of blood were donated — more than double what they usually get. people came in to help replenish the blood supply. but it was the donors that came in in the days and weeks before the pulse tragedy that were helping save those lives that night, because the blood has to be donated in advance of it ever being needed. so those survivors are partnering with us in helping get out that awareness to the community, that don't wait for a tragedy to donate.
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donate now because blood is needed every day. i survived something really terrible, really crazy and the best thing we can do is try to make something positive come out of this big negative. pulse nightclub has not reopened since the attack last year. but people continue to leave flowers and tributes to the victims. there are plans to turn the club into a lasting memorial and museum for those who died but the campaign by some survivors to encourage blood donations is something they feel could become another lasting legacy. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, orlando. now, let's focus on some sport, starting with tennis. all four men's quarter—finals will take place at the french open on thursday. bad weather disrupted play at roland garros on wednesday. just two of the women's last eight ties were played. one of the games that did beat
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the weather was timea bascinszky who was up against home favourite kristina mladenovic. the swiss player beat mladenovic 6—4, 6—4, to progress to the semi—finals at roland garros for the second time in her career, having previously reached the semis in 2015, when she lost to the eventual winner serena williams. unseeded latvianjelena ostapenko became the first teenager to reach the french open women's semi—finals since 2007. the 19—year—old came from a set down to beat former world number one caroline wozniacki. yachting, and emirates team new zealand capsized in their final race on tuesday, but they lead the british team land rover bar 3—1 in the best of nine america's cup semi—final. after winning their first race, the new zealand team got caught by the high winds in bermuda, and were left suspended in the upturned hull
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of their 50 —foot catamaran, until support boats could help them, leaving them with plenty of work to do repair—wise. one person's rubbish is another‘s treasure, as they say. emptying the bins in colombia's capital bogota, jose alberto gutierrez one day found a copy of the classic tolstoy novel anna karenina, and kept it. well, fast forward two decades, and the binman, whose formal education got no further than primary school, has amassed a free library of more than 20,000 thrown away books. sarah corker reports. he's the bogota bin man with a taste for literature. for the past 20 years, jose alberto gutierrez has been keeping the city streets clean and rescuing its unwanted books. the 54—year—old's nickname is now ‘lord of the books', and this is his free community library. translation: i think we are the only library in the world where they come to borrow a book and we give it to them as a present. the colection started
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with a thrown—out tolstoy novel, now a whole floor of his house is filled with around 25,000 books and open to school children. he never got past primary school himself, but now travels around the country to deliver free books to poor areas. he's also providing books for fighters of the farc rebel group — as they disarm, they'll have to train for newjobs as they re—enter civilian life. translation: i come from a neighbourhood, i come from ignorance, i come from a place effected by misery and poverty. books transformed me so this is a symbol of hope, a symbol of peace. next, mr gutierrez plans to go back to study for his school leavers exam, which he missed first time around. sarah corker, bbc news. that is all from us for the time
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being. stay with us. more to come in a few minutes. hi there. the weather caused all kinds of problems on tuesday. a number of serious accidents caused by the strong winds in southern england, in particular. the winds gusted over 60 mph in a number of places, bringing down a few trees and causing those problems. the low pressure that's been responsible for that windy spell of weather still with us then into wednesday but the winds will be very slowly easing a bit over the next 24 hours. with over the next 24 hours. a little bit more in the way sunshine, with a little bit more in the way of sunshine, it won't feel as cool as it did yesterday. here is the picture through wednesday morning. england and wales starting sunny, but still quite blustery, first thing. the wind gusts at around 20, 30, or40 thing. the wind gusts at around 20, 30, or 40 kilometres an hour in seven areas. north and east, close to the centre of low pressure, when still gusting to 40 or 50 kilobits per hour. still the potential to bring down some tree branches. sunshine to start the day across it
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—— eastern areas. the rainfall totals will build up and across eastern scotland, particularly towards aberdeenshire and murray, there could be localised flooding as those rainfall totals build. most of us, for most of the rest of the day, it is dry. however, later on, low pressure will still thinking cloud to the south—west, threatening rain late in the day. for northern ireland and wales, wales, and england, too. overnight, that area of rain pushes north and east. but weather across england and wales. not too much rain in the south—east of england, but you can see from the pressure charts there are some areas of low pressure lining up to swing across the uk. so we are in the mist ofan across the uk. so we are in the mist of an unsettled spell. here is thursday's weather chart. rain moving northwards during the morning. these doesn't turn right through the afternoon. a few cloudbreak skidding through with temperatures up to 20 in london. the
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rain band will become slow—moving is a worse it were sent to southern areas of scotland through thursday afternoon. by friday, a better day, and pressure will build. many areas will be dry with sunshine. one or two showers around, most of these in the eastern and south—eastern areas of scotland, but feeling warm and elsewhere. hives up to 22. i settled into the weekend. but sunday will be the nicest of the two days. —— u nsettled. —— highs. this is bbc world news. the headlines: theresa may and jeremy corbyn are making their last pitch for votes ahead of tomorrow's uk general election. the party leaders are spending the day criss—crossing the country as they seek to galvanise their supporters and win over wavering voters. the uk's security services are under mounting pressure after it emerged they were warned about the third london bridge attacker.
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he's been named as 22—year—old youseff zaghba, a moroccan—italian man who lived in east london. welcome back to westminster. i'm james menendez. we are here lies, just outside the houses of parliament. the leaders of all the main political parties are embarking
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