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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00pm: more signals that the 1% pay cap for public sector workers could be coming to an end. environment secretary michael gove suggests recommendations from independent panels may be accepted. plans to restrict foreign fishing boats‘ access to british waters, as the government prepares to pull out of a key agreement. a new wave of migrants from north africa. italy struggles to cope with the 80,000 migrants that have arrived on its shores since the start of the year. also in the next hour: stephen hawking takes donald trump to task over climate change. he warns the president's decision to pull out of the paris accord could lead to global warming becoming irreversible. reigning champion andy murray prepares to take to centre court. tomorrow he will start his campaign for a third wimbledon title. there is growing pressure
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on the prime minister and the chancellor over public sector pay rises, after another cabinet minister raised the prospect of the current 1% cap being lifted. the environment secretary, michael gove, suggested the recommendations of public sector pay bodies, which review increases, should be respected. one of those has warned that the cap is putting pressure on the health service. here is our political correspondent iain watson. they save our lives, they keep us safe, they teach our children, and when things do go wrong, they are on the front line, dealing with the aftermath. but politicians from all political
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parties are now asking if enough is being done to repay the debt to public sector workers. the health secretary and the education secretary want to see limits on public sector salaries relaxed. a former nurse, now conservative mp, says pressure on the conservatives will increase if the government doesn't lift its pay cap. i know of colleagues who have left nursing. i know of people who are taking early retirement, for example, because it's a tough job, with long hours, and they can get otherjobs with less hours, less responsibility, for similar pay. so we've got to look at the pay structure across the public service. pay in the public sector has been strictly limited for most of the decade. in 2011, a two—year pay freeze was imposed. since 2013, there has been a 1% pay cap for most workers, and if that continues as planned for two more years, the average pay of a public sector worker will be back at 2005 levels in real terms,
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adjusted for inflation. eight independent public service pay bodies recommend a level of increases for a whole range of staff, from nurses to doctors, prison officers to judges. the government can either agree with them or overrule them. this month, ministers will be given recommendations on pay for teachers and police officers, and a new environment secretary says colleagues should accept them. i think we should listen to the pay review bodies who govern each individual area on public sector pay. these pay bodies have been set up in order to ensure that we can have authoritative advice on what's required, in order to ensure that the public services on which we rely are effectively staffed, and the people within them are effectively supported. theresa may's cabinet is split over the principle of whether to lift the public sector pay cap. but it could be dismantled bit by bit. it is widely expected that some of the pay review bodies will recommend increases above 1%. and a government minister close
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to the process has told me the government is prepared to accept those recommendations. but not everyone in government is convinced the pay cap should be eroded. it's very important that we keep budget discipline, because it's impossible to pay for our public services without having a growing economy. what we have done on public sector pay — actually by having that cap in place, we have saved around 200,000 public sector jobs. but labour say they would simply scrap the cap entirely. we're saying to the pay review bodies, get rid of the 1% cap, and give a fair pay rise. well, i think they should consider giving people a pay rise in line with earnings. demonstrators were calling for an end to austerity in parliament square yesterday. they might not get that, but they might give two cheers to an increase in public sector pay. the government has announced it is withdrawing from a 50—year—old convention that allows five european
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countries to fish in waters close to the uk coastline. it has described the move as a first step towards a new post—brexit fishing policy. but one of the countries affected, ireland, has called it unwelcome and unhelpful. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. as formal brexit talks set off, britain has said that it will be taking back control over who fishes in its waters. so it is quitting a 53—year—old convention which allowed countries like france and belgium to fish right up to the british coastline. we are giving notice that we intend to quit that. it's a provision in the agreement that enables us to do that with a two—year notice period. and this is important to give us the legal clarity. we're absolutely clear that, when we leave the eu, we leave the common fisheries policy, and we will take control for managing fisheries resources in oui’ own waters. so what is the london fisheries convention? at the moment, trawlers from france, belgium, netherlands, germany and ireland can fish to within six nautical miles of the british coastline.
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boats from these countries catch 10,000 tons of fish in this area a year. but that is a fraction, just over 1%, of the 700,000 tons a year caught by british fishermen. the real haggling between brussels and london will be over this — the much wider 200 nautical miles of water around the uk. but the decision has angered the irish government, which has the only land border with britain. its fisheries minister described the move as unwelcome and unhelpful. and scrapping the convention could also be meaningless. michel barnier, the eu's chief brexit negotiator, said in a tweet that the london convention had been superseded by eu rules covered by the common fisheries policy. but fishermen welcomed the government's action. what it does is make a strong commitment to achieving sovereignty, taking sovereignty over our waters, which international law states
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is ours at the moment of brexit. and this is just another statement of intent that that will be what happens. so, while some have welcomed the government's claim thatitis taking back control, they may not get their ultimate wish. fisheries is a tiny part of britain's economy, and could be used as a bargaining chip in the frosty talks between britain and the eu. joe lynam, bbc news. a number of flights into gatwick airport were diverted this evening after reports of a drone flying close to the runway. the airport was closed for two periods of nine minutes and five minutes, with flights being directed to stanstead and bournemouth. easyjet and british airways confirmed they were affected by the disruption. police say they are investigating the incident. the government has identified a further 32 high—rise buildings that have failed fire safety tests, taking the total number to 181. tests are continuing nationwide in an attempt to identify buildings
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encased in cladding similar to that used on the grenfell tower. according to the figures, salford has the greatest number of high—rises that have failed tests. iraqi special forces have recaptured more territory in the old city of mosul, in the final stages of the operation to drive out so—called islamic state. troops and police are now closing in from three sides on the militants, who captured the city three years ago. but iraqi commanders say as many as 50,000 civilians may be trapped behind is lines, as 0rla guerin reports now from mosul. safe at last from the dying days of battle against is. traumatised civilians are fleeing with little more than the clothes
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they stand up in. some newly bereaved by the conflict. she weeps for her brother. "every day you ask me how i am", she says. "and we sit together". "now, my heart is burning". well, the civilians here havejust managed to escape the fighting. they're hungry and tired, and they looked scared. they've been caught between the two sides, at risk both from islamic state and the operation against them. but the troops here are being cautious, they want to make sure that no—one has emerged who could be a risk. they are concerned that suicide bombers could be trying to come out in among the civilians. we're fine to carry the women and the kids out, but if it's a medical emergency, it's better if we have our paramedic. british volunteer sally becker is here with a medical charity. a veteran of war, she says nothing compares to mosul.
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actually, it's the worst. we've got the snipers. we've got the vehicle—borne explosives. people, suicide bombers, even women. even a woman yesterday, which makes it extremely dangerous now for us, because most of who we carry is women and children. and many come here, to a field hospital nearby. doctors say they have been losing children to mortars and shrapnel. but soon, hundreds could die of hunger. they see dozens per day who are severely malnourished. much of the civilian suffering in here has gone unseen, but three years of is rule have deeply scarred mosul and its people. from this one street in the old city, is executed four men. "sometimes i worry they'll be back", she says.
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"when i hearfighting at night, i hope i can forget them". a military victory looks close here, but there are fears about is sleeper cells, and about the future that may await this broken city. 0rla guerin, bbc news, mosul. 20 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in the syrian capital, damascus. the bomber was in one of three cars that had been pursued by security forces. the authorities said the two other cars were intercepted and destroyed. the un refugee agency is appealing to european leaders to help italy deal with the growing numbers of people who have been arriving on its shores in recent weeks. last weekend alone, almost 13,000 migrants and refugees arrived, and it is estimated that so far this year more than 2,000 people have died in perilous mediterranean crossings. most of the migrants are from north africa, trying to reach italy, and then travel on in europe. 0ur correspondent rami ruhayem has been witnessing the relief effort in in the central mediterranean. no, no, no, leave it,
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leave it, leave it! rescuing migrants in the central mediterranean. a delicate task, even in fairly calm waters. no, go back! as the rubber boat deflates, people panic, and the rescuers lose control. go back! go back up! one man on this boat drowned. they come from across africa and asia, many fleeing extreme poverty and war. the boats leave from libya, a country that has descended into chaos and brutality. the fortunate ones can pay for wooden boats,
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but they too are overcrowded and dangerous. we're on a rescue ship run by the charity doctors without borders. so far they've taken more than 600 people on board, from three different boats, and there is another transfer that is ongoing at the moment. most are men, but there are also women and children. all have risked their lives to make the dangerous crossing. khaled is among a group of syrians. he tells me he is fleeing war for the second time. 0thers tell us they are simply desperate for work. in morocco, nojobs. morocco is zero, morocco is zero. italy is good. europe, too, is good. charities began operating in the mediterranean after italy terminated its own
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sea rch—and—rescue operation, which was replaced by eu missions with a bigger focus on anti—smuggling and border control. currently we are trapped in a situation that is very difficult, because we know we cannot stop the rescues for the moment, because many people will die. while we know it's not a sustainable solution either. with sicily in sight, a sense of relief on board. but even as the un sounds the alarm over the unfolding crisis, the italian government is pressing the eu for help, and warning its ports may not remain open to the migrants. rami ruhayem, bbc news, palermo. the headlines on bbc news: ministers say the government is prepared to listen to the advice of independent bodies on public sector pay, suggesting the 1% cap on wages rises could be lifted. the irish government has criticised
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the uk's decision to withdraw from an agreement allowing foreign countries to fish in its waters as unwelcome and unhelpful. germany, france and italy's interior ministers meet for crisis talks, as italy warns the influx of migrants into the country is unsustainable. sport now and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's james pearce. hello, james. hello, james. hello, good evening. only 12 hours to go now until the start of wimbledon and andy murray says he will be fit to start the defence of his title. as is traditional for the defending champion, he's first up on centre court tomorrow, where he'll face the world number 134 alexander bublik from kazakhstan. murray goes into wimbledon fortnight desperately short of match practice. he's been struggling with a hip problem and pulled out of a couple of exhibition matches last week. the last few days‘ practice has been
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good. 0bviously i'd have liked to have trained all week and got a couple of exhibition matches but the positive of it is an fresh, i certainly haven't played too much tennis but i'm certainly going to have to work my way into the tournament, i'm probably not going tournament, i'm probably not going to come out and play great straight off the bat. the women's british number one johanna konta also says that she's fit to play after a very nasty fall at eastbourne last week. she's third up on court one tomorrow against the woman who beat her in the first round of the french open, hsieh su—we from taiwan. she's a wimbledon champion on doubles on the grass, she can definitely play here on this surface. the first time i played to her i lost to her on the grass. i'm definitely going into the match knowing that she will be playing very comfortable on the surface and she will definitely look to make things difficult for me.
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i'd like to think that i am also better prepared. i would like to think that i will be going into the match with a clear game plan and just trying to execute that as best as i can. we will see how it goes. but i'm looking forward to playing. britain's chris froome has had a lucky escape on the second stage of the tour de france after a nasty collision. there were less than twenty miles to the finish in liege when the reigning champion was brought down by this crash. despite ripping his shorts and suffering a nasty graze he was able to rejoin the peloton to finish alongside the yellow jersey of compatriot and sky team—mate geraint thomas. the 126—mile stage was won by german sprinter marcel kittel with britain's mark cavendish fourth. thomas retained the overall lead. a big win for england's cricketers at the womens world cup. they eased to a seven—wicket victory over sri lanka in taunton. they were asked to bowl first and laura marsh took four wickets as sri lanka set england 205 to win. captain heather knight led by example in the run chase, smashing 82 offjust 76 balls to accompany her century in the previous match.
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an unbeaten 7a from sarah taylor saw england home. they play south africa next on wednesday. the british trials for next month's world athletics championships have finished in birmingham. nethaneel mitchell—bla ke won the men's 200 metres to guarantee selection for london. he clocked 20.18 seconds to beat danny talbot on the line, talbot also qualifies. but some big names struggled, including adam gemili, who was sixth. after her season's best during last weekend's european team championships, elidh doyle secured her spot in london with a comfortable victory in the 400 metre hurdles. her time, though, was a second slower than her run in lille last saturday. the all blacks centre sonny bill williams will miss the deciding test against the british and irish lions after a judiciary panel banned him for four weeks for the shoulder barge on anthony watson that saw him sent off in yesterday's second test. lions flanker sean 0'brien also faced the same panel
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after being cited for dangerous play, but he was cleared of any wrongdoing and will be available for the final test. englishman tommy fleetwood, who was in contention to win the us open a couple of weeks ago, has today won the french open. a final round of 66 put him one shot clear of american peter ulhine and moves him to the top of the race to dubai standings. it's his second victory of the season after triumphing in abu dhabi injanuary. world champions germany have won the confederations cup after beating chile 1—0 in st petersburg. a mistake in the twentieth minute by chile's marcelo diaz was seized upon by lars stindl. it's the first time germany have won the competition. that's all the sport for now. thank you very much, very excited about the sport, isn't he? let's have a quick look at some of the morning's front pages. the ft says a city of london
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delegation will head to brussels this week to press for a post—brexit free—trade deal. the express leads with the crisis talks between eu officials over a surge in the number of migrants trying to reach europe. the telegraph claims the chancellor philip hammond is at odds with other senior ministers over the funding of public services. the metro says nurses are quitting the nhs in their thousands amid increasing workloads and plunging morale. the guardian claims the uk has ditched its hope of securing a ‘cake and eat it‘ brexit deal and also shows andy murray practising ahead of beginning the defence of his wimbledon title tomorrow. the mail says young drivers are being tempted into high levels of debt by car dealers offering them new vehicles for no money upfront. and the mirror says 69 refugees have drowned this year while trying to reach spain from africa. president trump has been accused
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of inciting violence against the media after he tweeted a spoof video showing him wrestling with a man with a cnn logo super—imposed on his head. he is shown charging the cnn character to the ground and appearing to punch him. it is an altered version of donald trump's appearance at a wrestling event in 2007. mr trump has repeatedly clashed with the cnn news network, which he calls fake news. 0ur correspondent laura bicker explained how the american press have reacted to mr trump's tweet. cnn has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a statement condemning the president and saying that his tweet incites violence against reporters. they are backed by a number of journalists groups, even
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some right wing commentators believe on this occasion donald trump has crossed a line. but the white house says there's nothing to be alarmed about. homeland security adviser tom bossert said this should not be received as a threat. but consider this, on friday the white house press spokesman rounded on the press, accused them of not covering policy but if you look at donald trump's twitter habit one thing he tweets about most often is about the press. he describes his twitter habit as not being presidential but being modern presidential. it may keep his base happy but while it continues it distracts from his agenda to make america great again. stephen hawking is 75 today, a milestone he's said he never thought he would reach after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in his early 20s. today, he was honoured by friends, family and colleagues at cambridge university,
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and he's been talking to our science correspondent pallab ghosh. when i was diagnosed at 21, i was told it would kill me in two or three years. now, 5a years later, albeit weaker and in a wheelchair, i'm still working and producing scientific papers. today, stephen hawking celebrates his 75th birthday. but it's been a great struggle, which i have got through only with a lot of help from my family, colleagues, and friends. at an event at cambridge university to pay tribute to his life, he was applauded for his scientific achievements. the legacy will be the scientists that he inspired. and there will be thousands of them, and they're still being inspired today. so there will be ten—year—olds today, or eight—year—olds, who are reading about stephen, reading about the work that he did, and may go on to be the next einstein. in an exclusive interview with bbc
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news, professor hawking told me that he was worried about the future of our species. what are your views on president trump's decision to withdraw from the paris climate agreement, and what impact do you think that'll have on the future of the planet? we are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. trump's action could push the earth over the brink to become like venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees and raining sulphuric acid. stephen hawking has three children. his daughter lucy says his life is an inspiration, and not just to scientists. people who've lived in really extreme circumstances seem to find something very, very inspirational in his example of perseverance and persistence, and his kind of ability to rise above his suffering and still want to communicate at a higher level.
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# happy birthday to you... his ideas have transformed our understanding of the cosmos. but what's also being celebrated is his determination and humanity. pallab ghosh, bbc news, cambridge. thousands of people have been marking the end of ramadan, celebrating eid in trafalgar square. the london mayor sadiq khan said that in light of the recent terror attacks in the capital and the fire at grenfell tower this year's festival is all about standing in solidarity. a cracking day of weather, well, for most of us anyway, let's find out how the i £2,11an. mm —— ., —— , sun, phil! i'm going to = like the sun, phil! i'm going to save us from attacks straightaway from north of the border and from
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northern ireland by saying it wasn't just as cheery as you were making out, we acknowledge that for you straightaway but it was that glorious in england and wales. as early as tuesday we will see summer rae, turns hot and humid from the south later on. first up, some of the miserable weather all over the west of scotland slumps to west of england and wales to start monday. it may feel fresh in scotland and northern ireland despite the sunshine, you will get your ration of sunshine. that won't be the case in south—west england, the old weather front, still enough about it for miserable conditions with a spot of rain perhaps in the south—east but never amounting to two match. a much improved today, certainly to start the day, for northern ireland and scotland but in the north—east you have your own supply of showers and longer spells of rain as you're closer to low pressure in the first pa rt closer to low pressure in the first part of the day but even that moves away, how good does this get? not
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too bad for scotland and northern ireland and an improving picture in england and all wales but the front may drag some showers to the south—east, thursday on wimbledon, no massive issues. could be sharper showers on the i” across showers returning on the heat across lincolnshire and east anglia and the east midlands. that is all tied in with a weather front all over scotla nd with a weather front all over scotland and northern ireland today, monday's weather in the south, such as it is, the tail end becomes monday evening, tuesday evenings weather, initially across northern ireland but on tuesday its effect ripples, mostly cloud and rain for southern scotland, northern england, maybe late on the north of wales. to the south of it, temperatures up teams to the low 20s, to the north on the cooler side of the weather front, despite the sunshine, 16 if you're lucky —— upper teens. as we push that area of cloud and rain away, our say all of it, on wednesday the tail end of the front
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is across the ‘ e: wednesday the tail end of the front is across the ‘ it say. rain with iee z‘g this is where we that to the south. this is where we could see 28. there's always a price to pay but as we bring moisture from the south and pushed the heat further north, it could spark thunderstorm activity —— push. some doubt about the whys and wherefores on that one but if you didn't have a great day today, the end of your day on that one but if you didn't have a great dayt like, the end of your day on that one but if you didn't have a great dayt like that end of your day on that one but if you didn't have a great day t like that as d of your day on that one but if you didn't have a great day t like that as we f your day on that one but if you didn't have a great day t like that as we getjr day on that one but if you didn't have a great day t like that as we get onto r made liked like that as we get onto the new date on tuesday —— may look like that. —— new day. shamima hello, this is bbc news. we will be taking a look at tomorrow
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morning's papers in a moment. theresa may has come under pressure to lift the 1% cap on pay increases for public sector workers. for public sector-workers secretary michael for public sector-workers % secretafffiééfeéeah g the uk says it is pulling out of an international agreement. a new wave of migrants from north africa. italy struggles to cope with the 80,000 migrants that have arrived on its shores since the start of the year. and stephen hawking criticises president trump's decision to pull out of the paris accord, warning it could lead to irreversible climate change. hello and welcome to our look ahead
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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are political commentatorjames millar, and rachel cunliffe from city am. tomorrow's front pages: the ft says a city of london delegation will head to brussels this week to press for a post—brexit free—trade deal. the express leads with the crisis talks between eu officials over a surge in the number of migrants trying to reach europe. the telegraph claims the chancellor philip hammond is at odds with other senior ministers over the funding of public services. the metro says nurses are quitting the nhs in their thousands, amid increasing workloads and plunging morale. the guardian claims the uk has ditched its hope of securing a "cake
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