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this is bbc news. i'm samantha simmonds. the headlines at 8pm: celebrations in mosul — after the prime minister of iraq announces victory over is in the city. the parents of terminally—ill baby charlie gard deliver a petition to great ormond street hospital — calling on them to let him go to the us for experimental treatment. we have two stay hopeful. we had to hope that thejudge we have two stay hopeful. we had to hope that the judge listens to the seven experts we have now, who say this has a chance of working for charlie. they all agree he should have this opportunity, and we agree he should have this opportunity. all of our supporters do as well. thousands of people gather at an opposition event in istanbul in turkey to protest against the government of president erdogan. government ministers say unacceptable amounts of drugs and mobile phones are being found in prisons. also in the next hour ...going back to his roots. after 13 years away, wayne rooney rejoins his boyhood club, everton, as he says goodbye to manchester united. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. the iraqi government has announced its forces have finally taken full control of mosul, the city held by so—called islamic state extremists for the last three years. this afternoon, the iraqi prime minister travelled to mosul to declare it free of is after a nine month battle. he congratulated iraqi armed forces on their victory and is expected to give a public statement shortly. iraqi troops were backed by american and coalition air strikes, advancing street by street in the final stages over the last few weeks. our defence correspondentjonathan beale has this report from mosul — you may find some of the content
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distressing. what was once a beautiful old city is now mostly rubble. every building deeply scarred, or destroyed by months of war. we joined the search and rescue teams looking for survivors, but more often they're just recovering bodies. with the heat, there's also the strong smell of decay. this man is hoping against hope that his brother and his family are still alive. their house was hit in an air strike just a few weeks ago. it was being used by islamic state fighters. he says he spoke to his brother on this phone, while he was trapped somewhere under the rubble. and then he stopped answering. all they find here is decaying corpses. it's a similar story everywhere they go. while that was happening, the iraqi prime minister was en route to mosul to declare
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the liberation of the city. he arrived draped with an iraqi flag and surrounded by troops, who spent the last nine months trying to wrestle the city from is control in the toughest of battles. even this morning, there was still the sound of gunfire. the children so used it they don't even flinch. this territoryjust up there still under is control, just a small parcel of land. families are making their way through any way they can, to safety. and as you can see, they are pretty desperate. it's hard to celebrate freedom from is when you've just been fighting to survive. these families said they had little food or water. they have left behind loved ones under rubble. many will carry the scars of this battle for the rest of their lives. these children have been prisoners of is for much of their short lives. now, after three years,
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iraq's prime minister has declared their city liberated. but for these families, it's come at a huge price. jonathan beale, bbc news, mosul. defence secretary michael fallon has given this reaction to mosul being liberated. he says, i congratulate the prime minister and iraqi forces who have been fighting on the ground with great bravery and care against a brutal opponent. he said "daesh has total disregard for civilian life and we welcome their defeat in a city that was ground zero for their so—called caliphate. he said britain played a leading role in the coalition which has helped to bring about the removal of the death cult from mosul. earlier i wasjoined by georgejoffe, who studies the international relations of the middle east and north africa at the university of cambridge. he said strong resistance from is in mosul delayed iraqi forces. is is extremely tenacious and they
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we re is is extremely tenacious and they were not prepared to give up, especially not in mosul. do not forget that that is where their islamic caliphate was declared three yea rs islamic caliphate was declared three years ago. i think that means that, for them, fighting for mosul was a really important demonstration and their determination to persist, despite the attacks upon them. and of course they still exist in other parts of iraq, don't they? they certainly do. there is a little on plays —— enclave in central iraq. there are other cities on the western edge of mosul where they are still resistant and of course, they are still present in raqqa in syria, just across the border. they still represent a potent force which will have to be eradicated. what does the defeat of is in mosul actually mean
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for islamic state and for the country as a whole? for islamic state, it means it will be transformed into what really is a virtual caliphate. it is now the idea that it represents far more than the territory it controls, that is important. for iraq, on the other hand,is is important. for iraq, on the other hand, is extremely important in demonstrating the success of the baghdad government. that is important as the prime minister is under enormous pressure there from two sources. one from his predecessor, who is much hated by the sane community, and two, the kurds. they are demanding a referendum in independence in september of this year. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers —
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our guests joining us tonight are the broadcaster penny smith and the journalist james rampton. the parents of charlie gard — the ii—month old who has a fatal genetic disorder — handed a petition to great ormond street hospital today asking for him to be allowed to travel to the united states for experimental drug treatment. more than a quarter of a million people signed the petition, the high court will consider the case again tomorrow after new evidence was put forward. wyre davies reports. charlie gard's parents say they will accept help and support from where ever it comes. guide and lead them, and we continue to pray for their precious, beautiful son, who has captured the imagination of the world. 11 month old charlie is severely disabled and brain damaged. his future has been the subject of a prolonged legal battle. doctors at great ormond street hospital say no treatment will improve his quality of life and they should be allowed to switch off the life—support system. a view supported by a high court ruling. today, his parents delivered a petition signed by 350,000
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people to the hospital, after they say new medical information suggests their son might be able to benefit from experimental treatment overseas. there is just a lot of people that think what has happened here is wrong. parents know their children best. you know. people making decisions about him have spent very little time with him. we are there 24 hours a day, and if he was suffering and in pain we couldn't sit there. legally, handing in the petition today doesn't change anything, but charlie's parents and their supporters are clearly emboldened by the new medical information coming from italy and the us. great ormond street hospital hasn't issued a statement today, but doctors still stand by the original legal ruling. the crux of the matter is who should have the say over charlie's future, says the american pastor now supporting the family. he denies turning this into a religious issue. should religion be getting involved in this?
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i would turn it around and say should the courts and government officials be involved in what should be parents decisions? they are the ones interfering, they're the ones usurping rights. great ormond street says its doctors have explored every possible treatment, but the hospital has requested another high court hearing tomorrow, because of what it describes as the new claims from overseas. wyre davies, bbc news. three people have been killed and nine injured after a five car collision in cornwall. the incident happened on the a38 near landrake just after 11 this morning. a woman and a child from one car sustained fatal injuries, as well as a male pedestrian. seven people have been taken to hospital for treatment. the road remains closed in both directions while officers examine what happened. a huge anti—government protest, said to be the biggest in years, has been taking place in the turkish city of istanbul. demonstrators voiced their anger
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at president erdogan, after a year which has seen thousands of arrests and mass sackings of civil servants, judges and journalists in the wake of a failed coup attempt. mark lowen reports. it's hard to speak out in turkey now. but not today. an unprecedented act of defiance against president erdogan, hundreds of thousands streaming into istanbul and the word adalet, justice. some, walking the 280 miles from ankara. if you belong to the government or state, you're treated well. but if you are thinking differently, asking for some benefit, some rights, then you are treated as terrorists. recep tayyip erdogan is a very tough leader. he doesn't like us, he doesn't like modern people. it began when an opposition mp was jailed, but grew fast. tens of thousands, marching in the heat, headed by the sprightly 68—year—old opposition leader. they are fighting repression —
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50,000 people arrested since last year's failed coup. 140,000 sacked or suspended. he arrived to cheers of "rights, law, justice", and he vowed to fight what he called a dictatorship. translation: we will rise up against injustice, oppression and persecution. i want peace and fraternity. i call on all of us to live together. let's not fight any more. let our differences be our richness. this has shaken president erdogan, who slammed the march for "supporting terrorism". he has huge support in half the country, but the spirit of resistance has been awoken. the more secular, liberal side of turkey has found its voice with this movement. anti—erdogan feeling and demand for the rule of law, uniting a fragmented opposition. the question now is whether they can sustain this momentum and challenge the erdogan government at the next election in 2019. thejustice march has drawn
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support here and abroad, including from jeremy corbyn. but channelling this energy into a credible political movement will be a far tougher task. the us secretary of state is in ukraine for a brief visit. rex tillerson is the first senior member of the trump administration to visit the country. speaking alongside ukrainian president petro poroshenko, mr tillerson said russia must act to de—escalate the conflict in the east of the country. i've been very clear in my discussions with russian leadership on more than one occasion, that it is necessary for russia to take the first steps to de—escalate the situation in the east part of ukraine, in particular by respecting the ceasefire by pulling back the heavy weapons and allowing the osce observers to carry out their responsibilities. this is necessary for us to make any movement in particular. the newjustice secretary has pledged to tackle the problem
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of drugs and violence in prisons after figures revealed that more than 200 kilos of drugs and 13 thousand mobile phones were found last year injails in england and wales. david liddington said the government was increasing the number of prison officers following cuts under the coalition government. here's our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani. london's pentonville prison late last year. orders from inmates for drugs and mobile phones being delivered by gangs on the outside. packages thrown or catapulted over walls and security netting, prisoners use makeshift hooks to recover them. it's big business. new figures from the ministry ofjutice show the industrial scale of what is going on. 225 kilograms of drugs seized, and 13,000 mobile phones. 7,000 extra sim cards. large—scale prison smuggling has become a fact of live. i tell you what, in some prisons
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it was easier to get drugs and phones than it was for me to get funded to do education. how about that? people are stuck in a cell for 23 hours a day they'll want escapism. look, people in society go to the pub to escape. we've got drug addicts in society, so to suggest it's not going to happen in prison is ridiculous. prison inspectors say drugs fuel violence inside and phones help arrange crimes back in the community. labour says deep cuts are to blame. ministers have pledged an extra 2,500 officers by the end of next year, but there will be fewer staff than seven years ago. and these are the figures on violence on staffing the critics say ministers must confront. assaults have reached a record high of more than 26,000 incidents — up 10,000 since 2010. at the same time, front line prison officers have fallen to 18,000. that is down almost 6,500. what i am determined to do is to try to bring about improvements, build on what my predecessor, liz truss, did in getting
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extra prison officers, putting in place effective measures to detect more accurately the problem we have with drugs, the new challenge we have with drones and mobile phones in prisons, so they are more secure places. but drones remain the biggest challenge. walls around a prison won't stop air—borne contra band, so police are turning to intelligence to track the gangs behind them. experts say there are plenty out there because there is big money to be made. dominic casciani, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the iraqi prime minister says the city of mosul has been liberated from the islamic state group. the parents of terminally—ill infant charlie gard deliver a petition to great ormond street hospital — calling on them to let him go to the us for experimental treatment. thousands of people gather in istanbul in turkey to protest against the government of president erdogan. the event is being held to mark the end of a 280—mile march from ankara, and has been organised by the opposition to highlight mass arrests and sackings since last year's failed coup in the country.
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time for the sport and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, let's go over to tim hague. samantha, thank you. joe root‘s reign as england captain is off to a winning start thanks to a 211 run win over south africa... england set a large target of 331 and then completely dominated thanks to moeen ali. he took six wickets for 53 before fellow spinner liam dawson finished south africa off, 17 wickets fell in total on day four, and england now lead the four match series ahead of friday's second test in nottingham. we've been good throughout the four days. i like how jonny and woody took them on in the
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back end of our innings, it was exceptional. but a lot of credit for the top three in how they played last night. they made the wicket looked easier than it was. that has been proved in the game today. england's women beat defending champions australia in their world cup match by three runs, in a thrilling finish at bristol. the aussies needed a six off their last ball, but couldn't do it. it means england have now won four matches in a row and are top of the standings. wayne rooney has returned to everton from manchester united, 13 years after leaving the club. the former england captain is the record goal—scorer for club and country — but he had become increasingly sidelined at united in recent seasons. the 31—year—old re—joins his boyhood club for free, on a two—year deal. richard conway reports. he is one of england's greats and manchester united's record goal scorer. that is wayne rooney! but with his playing time limited at old trafford, wayne rooney has gone back to the club he has always called home. the first game back obviously, it will be an emotional day, for me, ithink, and i'm
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looking forward to it. but overall i am looking forward to the season, hopefully getting back playing regularly and trying to help moving the club forward. there was talk of wayne rooney perhaps moving to china or maybe even america, but in the end he has opted to come back to where it all began for him as a young boy, and the fans will be walking through these gates at the start of the new season knowing he is back in the blue of everton. the man who discovered rooney as an eight—year—old playing for a junior team in liverpool says he remembers a boy who simply loved to score goals. strength of him, you know, he was only a little lad, you know, and — but that was young wayne. he has been a long time gone from here. too long, really. welcome home. with some critics believing rooney to be a shadow of the player he once was, everton fans will hope this move can inspire a return to his very best. for rooney, there may be a sense of unfinished business at a club he has always held close to his heart. richard conway, bbc news, liverpool.
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he will wear the number 10 shirt for everton next season. two frontrunners have crashed out on stage nine of the tour de france, as britain's chris froome kept the leader's yellow jersey. froome's team—mate geraint thomas broke his collarbone afterfalling on a rapid descent. pre—race favourite richie porte's tour also ended after a dramatic collision. valtteri bottas has claimed the second win of his formula one career at the austrian grand prix. the finn lead most of the race from pole to claim the chequered flag ahead of ferrari's sebastian vettel. his mercedes team mate lewis hamilton fought back from eighth on the grid to finish fourth behind red bull's daniel ricciardo.
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vettel extended his championship lead over hamilton to 20 points. in the beginning, i could control the pace but the backmarkers made it tricky. i'm happy, it's my second win in my career. thank you guys for the support. and, a massive thank you to the team making this possible. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the church of england's ruling body has voted overwhelming in favour of welcoming transgender people. the general synod backed a motion to look into special services for transgender people to mark their transition. earlier i spoke with our correspondent andy moore who explained what the vote means. well, it's very much really a symbolic indication of support for the transgender community. the motion was in two parts, the first was to welcome and affirm transgender people in the church. there's really no debate about that. there's really no debate about that. the second part was whether there should be a separate ceremony or form of words to welcome them into the church in their new identity.
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there was more debate about that. some speakers have said that they can adapt existing services, like the service of affirmation, and we do not need anything new. others said that we do need something new to welcome and embrace transgender people. the motion said no members of the clergy should ever be forced to carry out the service if it was against their conscience. we heard from reverend doctor rowan williams, who read an e—mailfrom a student who read an e—mailfrom a student who had recently transitioned from a woman to a man. it would mean a lot to see the leadership of my church support transgender people. when i go intoa support transgender people. when i go into a church, i feel welcome as a fellow anglican, but there's always that paranoia. if they knew who i was, would they still welcome me? if you vote for this, it would bea me? if you vote for this, it would be a way of saying that the church of england officially accept people like me. and, thinks that our
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identity is valid and won't try to invalidate us. please do it. it shows that the church likes transgender people and is inclusive, and it stops transgender people from shying away from faith out of fear that they will not be accepted for who they really are. andy, has there been a reaction from the transgender community? not yet, this happened only a few hours ago. one of the interesting interventions in the debate was from the archbishop of york, he called for the senate to support the motion. he said there may be theological issues to debate, they can consider a new service, and it's one opinion, in the end. and in california, a record breaking heat wave has left fires raging across the us state. thousands of firefighters are attempting to contain more than 20 fires.
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rainfall during the winter and spring spurred the growth of dense vegetation, but that has now dried out and become a tinder box in the heat. researchers in leeds say that potentially harmful chemicals used to waterproof raincoats, rucksacks and other outdoor gear, are unnecessary and a source of environmental pollution. fluorochemicals are one of the most common treatments used to waterproof items. scientists say new coatings being developed are more environmentally friendly. our science reporter, victoria gill, has more. the great british summer. but with british weather, the chances are it won't be long before you're reaching for your raincoat — an unlikely source of pollution. one of the most common treatments used to make ourjackets waterproof, fluorochemicals, can pollute the environment. the problem with fluorochemicals is that they're very persistent. they stick around for a really long time, they don't break down and could last for hundreds of years. that's why these scientists
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are testing new, more environmentally—friendly waterproof coatings using indoor rain. this is the rain room here at leeds university, and apparently it's set to a manchester drizzle. this is the mannequin wearing a raincoat to be tested, so if we just switch on the rain... yeah, that is a pretty accurate artificial manchester drizzle, so i'm just going to leave. the team used industry—standard tests to see how waterproof fabric stood up to everything from drizzle to a simulated downpour. new repellent coatings that are not based on fluorochemicals are just as good as fluorochemical water repellents. the fluorochemicals are unnecessary. new non—fluorochemical coatings are still being developed, but the researchers now hope the industry will start to roll them out to protect us from the elements without damaging the environment. a ceremony has been held to remember
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the 843 men who lost their lives when hms vanguard sank off orkney injuly 1917. it was one of the worst naval tragedies of the first world war. to mark the centenary, a team of divers has been given special permission to document the wreck. our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon has more. in the cold northern waters of scapa flow, the final resting place of hms vanguard, a dreadnought battleship from world war i. the bow and stern almost entirely intact after 100 years under the water. this the first group of civilian divers to be given permission to document the wreck since it was designated a war grave. i think the loss of life was never very far away from my mind as we're diving on the ship.
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that said, we had a job to do, and an obligation to do thatjob to the best of our ability. so you got on with the work but, yes, parts of the wreck are very emotional. very emotional indeed. newsreel: ships were steaming into their war base at scapa flow... along with many other ships of the royal navy, vanguard had been anchored in the seas off orkney. she'd seen action at the battle ofjutland, but on a summer evening injuly 1917, the entire ship was destroyed after a magazine exploded. she sank almost instantly, with the loss of almost all her crew. 843 men died. only two of those on board at the time survived. the team of volunteer divers spent hundreds of hours surveying the wreck, piecing together its story. lying at a depth of around 100 feet, and among the many artefacts they discovered, the telegraph, a main anchor, cutlery lying half buried in the sand around the wreckage. as part of the commemorations,
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vanguard's white ensign was recently replaced by divers. a century on, honouring the many lives lost in what was a catastrophic accident. now it's one of the most picturesque parts of britain visited by millions of tourists who already know its attractions. but today after a prolonged campaign, the lake district gained an endorsement from the united nations, as it was granted world heritage status. lindsay smith reports. it is acknowledged as being one of the most beautiful spots in the uk, and now the lake district has been officially inscribed as a world heritage site. that puts it on a list with some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. to gain something like that puts you on top of the world, really. not everywhere
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in the world has that sort of name, and to have the lake district gain it is quite something. although some point welcome yet more visitors to the park ‘s busiest corners, today's announcement is expected to bring a boost. it is estimated the cumbrian economy could benefit from £20 million. i guess it means that we are on and a list of places to visit, which will help us to remain competitive in the international tourism market and will also help every business, whether you are a farm or another kind of business in the national park. the lake district is now the uk's largest world heritage site. it is protected by a un committee and may benefit from international funds to preserve its natural beauty. a fitting tribute to an area which inspired the works of william wordsworth. lindsay smith, bbc news, bonus on windermere. now we all enjoy taking a selfie
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or two, but here are a few pictures of something not often seen... these images of the rare siberian tiger have been released by the land of the leopard national park in siberia. they have been filmed by an automatic camera that was set up by rangers in the park to monitor the tigers. the park says it offers a rare glimpse into the tiger‘s family life. aren't they gorgeous? but will the weather be gorgeous? sarah keith—lucas has the details! after a reasonably dry and warm weekend across reasonably dry and warm weekend a cross m ost reasonably dry and warm weekend across most parts of the country, things are turning more changeable through the week ahead. for the rest of the evening, rain in northern ireland where it has been a damp day and into central and southern scotland, alp breaks on a fairly wea k scotland, alp breaks on a fairly weak weather front. southwards, scotland, alp breaks on a fairly weak weatherfront. southwards, in england and wales, warm and humid air. overnight, temperatures of 17 degrees in the south—east. another sticky night. fresh conditions
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further north west across the country. tomorrow will shape up to bea country. tomorrow will shape up to be a day of sunshine and showers. rain should use across scotland, showers cropping up everywhere. it could be heavy and thundery in east anglia and south—east england, some surface water flooding here. temperatures not quite as harsh as today. showers around on tuesday. through central and north eastern parts of the country. in northern ireland, more persistent rain in the south—west later.

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