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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm: boots has said it is "truly sorry" for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning—after pills. owners of drones will have to register and take safety awareness courses because of growing concern about the risk they pose to passenger planes. former white house press secretary sean spicer plays down talk of divisions within the trump administration, after announcing his resignation. in france title after increasing his lead in today's time trial. flushed with success tom a grandfather from east yorkshire wins £2 million in the world's most prestigious poker tournament — we'll be speaking to someone who saw how he did it. boots has apologised for dismissing
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calls to cut the cost of its contraceptive morning—after pills. the pharmacy had refused to drop the price of the medicines, because it claimed that doing so would "incentivise inappropriate use". today, the firm apologised for what it described as its poor choice of words and said it would look for cheaper brands. campaigners have welcomed the move but say it should have come sooner. our only disappointment is that it's taken this long, and really the threat of a boycott by its customers for boots to reach this position. this was a position reached by superdrug and tesco far earlier. earlier i spoke to caroline farrow, columnist for the website conservative woman, who said boots
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should not have been pressured into apologising. we don't live in a society where retailers should be forced to sell you something at the price you want them to sell you. i don't go into a dress shop and say, i'd like this, i need it but i can't afford it. you need to sell it to me much cheaper. this is not how the market works. woods is well within its right to sell it at any price at once. drone owners will have to be registered and complete a safety awareness course in the future, under government plans aimed at dealing with the risk drones can pose to aircraft. dozens of near misses have been reported in the past year, asjoe lynam reports. drones are very useful devices. sometimes they are used where they shouldn't be. gatwick airport has confirmed that some flights have been disrupted this evening by a drone in the area.
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not the first time a drone had flown close to a runway but enough to close down gatwick airport for a short while three weeks ago. pilots have long complained that unmanned vehicles could fly into their engines, causing accidents. drones are being used to fly drugs and mobile phones into prisons. now the government wants to act by forcing all drone users to register. the new rules mean that any drone weighing more than 250 grams would be registered and the owners have to complete a safety awareness test when they buy them. and new technology to prevent drones flying near airports or prisons will be expanded. they can be a danger to aircraft and individual users, it is about a registration scheme, this is about geolocations and geofencing to stop them being flown near sensitive areas. it is about getting the balance
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right between the needs of the users and the dangers on the other part. the government wants all drones of more than 250 grams to be registered. but that is not much heavier than a mobile phone. but military experts say that drones as light as 400 grams can damage a helicopter window. and drones of two kilograms can take down a plane. but drones enthusiasts say that the rules may penalise the responsible users. the problem is other people who have no knowledge, they don't know how to fly, theyjust go and buy the drone and go up in the sky maybe, 1,000 feet high. this is the problem. not us the problem. and the new rules will be hard to police. criminals are unlikely to sign up to a public register and anyone importing drones from abroad will not be covered. the ruling body of cycling in the uk has voted to accept
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a new code of conduct drawn up by government ministers. british cycling had been warned that funding worth tens of millions of pounds could be withdrawn if it didn't introduce new standards of governance. earlier i spoke to our reporter phil bodmer in warrington, where british cycling had been meeting. there is a tangible sense of relief that these reforms are going through. in the end, delegates voted 94% in favour of accepting reforms. this means they have to clean their act up. cycling has had a tarnished reputation, with allegations of bullying, sexism and doping. with the threat of £15 million being withdrawn from the likes of uk sport and sport england, there was a real worry that without that funding the sport may struggle. this is what the chief executive said. how we fund the sport, the catalyst for growth that lottery funding has been over the past
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decade, this is something that is clearly been very important. not just at the elite level but for investment in grassroots. the lottery funding has been instrumental. and of course we want to protect that. not everybody is happy, some delegates thought more needed to be done and they were worried that this takes control away from grassroots membership. british cycling now stands to gain £15 million over the next three years in the lead up to the 2020 tokyo 0lympics. almost 1000 children are being forced into temporary accommodation every month, because more families are becoming homeless, according to councils in england. the local government association says the number has increased by a third in three years. it wants more powers to build what are described as "genuinely affordable homes". 0ur social affairs correspondent
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michael buchanan reports. councils say more than 900 children, what they describe as the equivalent of a secondary school, are becoming homeless each month. in total, they say more than 120,000 children and their families are being supported in temporary accommodation, an increase of more than a third since 2014. councils in the south—east and major cities are dealing with the largest numbers. though cornwall and the isle of wight, for instance, also have significant problems. the councils say they need to build more affordable homes. they want rules on borrowing relaxed so they can invest in housing developments. councils need the power to intervene more in the homes market. we need more affordable housing built in the right place to provide people with decent affordable housing. we also need to be able to intervene earlier as well. rather than waiting for people to become homeless, we need to stop them becoming homeless in the first place. ministers say they are spending £550 million to tackle homelessness, and that a new bill passed
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earlier this year will prevent families from losing homes in the first place. michael buchanan, bbc news. the actorjohn hurt, best known for his role in the home alone films has died. he was found dead in a hotel room on friday in palo alto, california. that is according to the celebrity website tmz. it is understood he was staying at the hotel after minor surgery. because of death is unknown. this year more than 80,000 migrants have arrived in italy, a 16% increase over last year. country has the received 600,000 migrants over recent yea rs, the received 600,000 migrants over recent years, a figure which is caused rising anger. the government is aiming to disburse migrants across towns and villages across the
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country, but the sounds themselves are resisting. 0ur correspondent reports from sicily. the town council here has called an emergency public meeting. the state has ordered this tyrant taken around 20 migrants. iwant has ordered this tyrant taken around 20 migrants. i want guarantees, says this retired teacher. they need political and criminal checks. they we re political and criminal checks. they were already checked when they landed, argues this man. i don't think they will damage our country. the next morning, the region's mayers get together to oppose the plans to take on summary migrants. they have come to the regional capital of messina to persuade the government to reconsider. wearing a tie me help. the italian government is struggling to find a solution
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that works. it wants to scatter migrants as soon as the land here, but that just shuffles the problem from built—up areas to the depths of the countryside. the semiderelict kangaroo hotel in this small town is home to 50 migrants. six times the number of the government recommends for a town this size. translation: it's not good. it's not good because these here have not been checked by a doctor. we don't know who they are. it is no good. the town 's mayor returns with news of a victory. the state has agreed that half the new arrivals will go back to messina. translation: i certainly don't want to become their hero. they need someone else to defend them. are tyrant is too small. —— oui’ them. are tyrant is too small. —— our town is too small. at night to
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cheers, the migrants are scored a doubt. they barely know where they're going. i'm going to miss tina. do you know where that is? no, sir. italy's relocation plans, haphazard and disorganised, have to start again. a british man has won more than two and a half million dollars after making it to the final table of poker‘s most prestigious tournament. john hesp has come fourth in the world series of poker‘s main event in las vegas. the grandfather of seven had little experience and usually plays a £10 tournament at his local casino in hull. a short while ago we spoke tojohn as he was celebrating in his hotel room in las vegas. it has been quite awesome and i have said it many times, i have been living the dream, loving every minute of it. i've had so much fun and entertainment.
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i came here not expecting to win big money and i wanted to play some poker with some professionals and other people i do not normally do. an official photograph has been unveiled to mark prince george's fourth birthday. the young prince has just returned to the uk, along with his parents, the duke and duchess of cambridge, and sister princess charlotte, from an official visit to poland and germany. our royal correspondent, peter hunt, reports. beaming george at four, a prince poised to start school soon. a happy little boy, according to the photographer who took this official portrait. once more. this isn't george let loose on a violin. rather, hamburg's young being encouraged to take up music, something kate did in her youth. yeah!
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one day, william will be centre stage. not this day, which was left to his wife to take up the baton he declined. music: beethoven's fifth symphony for a helicopter—mad young prince, a pre—birthday treat, being shown around one similar to the one his dad uses as an air ambulance pilot. this is the sort of moment when being on public display has its drawbacks. a sit—down protest from princess charlotte who, like any two—year—old, is not overly keen on delayed gratification. homeward bound for a birthday prince with a party to enjoy. good evening. donald trump has insisted he has
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the "complete power" to pardon people for wrongdoing — amid reports he is considering presidential pardons for family members, aides and even himself. it comes as investigators consider whether he or his aides colluded with russia during last year's election campaign. the president‘s son and son—in law— are due to be questioned in congress next week. our washington correspondent laura bicker reports. donald trump is gearing up for what could be one of his biggest battles. he's clearing the decks to try to fight off claims the kremlin helped him win the white house. his core message has become engulfed by the many investigations as he launched a new aircraft carrier in virginia, he gave the kind of sales pitch he'd prefer americans to hear. american steel and american hands have constructed a 100,000 tonne message to the world. american might is second to none. donald trump is
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reshaping his team just as the scope of the investigation into russian meddling in the us election widens to include his finances, and that has infuriated the president. the focus of the enquiry is also no longer outside the white house gates,itis longer outside the white house gates, it is focusing on his inner circle, his own family. he'll give evidence to congress later this week. his son—in—law evidence to congress later this week. his son—in—lanared kushner is one of his closest advisers. seemed so often aside, but rarely heard. he has done some talking to russians during the campaign, though. you'll be asked about that in congress on monday. donald trump junior is also in discussions about testifying after it was revealed he met with the russian lawyer who offered incriminating information about hillary clinton during the campaign. white house spokesman sean spicer often struggled to convey the president's message amid a barrage of questions about russia. president's message amid a barrage of questions about russiam president's message amid a barrage of questions about russia. if the president that russian salad dressing on his salad to right,
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somehow that is a russian connection. using farewell, making way for a new phase, the slick wall street financier anthony scaramucci. ifigured was in street financier anthony scaramucci. i figured was in the best interest of our publications department and press organisation to not have too many cooks in the kitchen. donald trump relishes a good fight. he's described the enquiries into his campaign links with russia as a witchhunt, a hoax. he is getting combat ready just in witchhunt, a hoax. he is getting combat readyjust in case investigators do not agree with him. chris froome has all but secured his fourth tour de france victory. he saw off his rivals in today's time trial having held the leader's yellow jersey for most of this year's race. he now needs only to cross the line tomorrow in order to claim road cycling's greatest prize. from paris, richard conway reports. it is known as the race of truth. for chris froome this was a race of
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destiny. the start line is not a place to reflect on three gruelling weeks of racing, and ignoring boos from a partisan french crowd, he stayed focused on the task ahead, the individual time trial set over a 14 the individual time trial set over a 1a mile course through the streets of marseille. he set up knowing his main rivals were within just 30 seconds of his overall time. but his pace was significantly faster than those trying to stop him. a colombian rider pushed himself to the limit as he tried and failed to claw back chris froome. for the crowd favourite it was one stage too far, he crossed the line with chris froome chasing him on, it wouldn't demonstration of the british rider's dominance. he was into tomorrow's largely ceremonial final stage with a lead of 5a seconds, knowing he will be crowned for a fourth time as winner of cycling's most famous race. it will be a fitting finale for a race. it will be a fitting finale fora man race. it will be a fitting finale for a man who has delivered yet another vintage performance. this was an emphatic demonstration
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by chris froome of his time trial ability, but nevertheless this has been a very close to do france this year. behind me they are preparing to welcome the tour, the shamsi lisi will be close, the finish line will be in, because tomorrow the race will be here and chris froome will be crowned as the champion once more. drone owners will have to be registered and complete a safety awareness course in the future, under government plans aimed at dealing with the risk drones can pose to aircraft. dozens of near misses have been reported in the past year, gatwick airport has confirmed that some flights have been disrupted this evening by a drone in the area. not the first time a drone had flown close to a runway but enough to close down gatwick airport for a short while three weeks ago. pilots have long complained that unmanned vehicles could fly into their engines, causing accidents. drones are being used to fly drugs
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and mobile phones into prisons. now the government wants to act by forcing all drone users to register. the new rules mean that any drone weighing more than 250 grams would be registered and the owners have to complete a safety awareness test when they buy them. and new technology to prevent drones flying near airports or prisons will be expanded. they can be a danger to aircraft and individual users, it is about a registration scheme, this is about geolocations and geofencing to stop them being flown near sensitive areas. it is about getting the balance right between the needs of the users and the dangers on the other part. the government wants all drones of more than 250 grams to be registered. but that is not much heavier than a mobile phone. but military experts say that drones
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as light as 400 grams can damage a helicopter window. and drones of two kilograms can critically damage a plane. but drones enthusiasts say that the rules may penalise the responsible users. the problem is other people who have no knowledge, they don't know how to fly, theyjust go and buy the drone and go up in the sky maybe, 1,000 feet high. this is the problem. not us the problem. and the new rules might be hard to police. criminals are unlikely to sign up to a public register. councils in england say they're having to find temporary accommodation for more than nine—hundred children each month, because more families are becoming homeless. the local government association says the number needing help has increased by a third in three years and councils must be allowed to build "genuinely affordable homes" to help. boots — the pharmacy chain —
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has apologised for dismissing calls to cut the cost of its contraceptive morning—after pills. it had initially refused to drop the price of the medicines because it claimed that doing so would "incentivise inappropriate use". andy moore reports. the british pregnancy advisory service launched its campaign mocking the high prices charged in the uk for the morning after pill. they said it would be cheaper to buy to france and by therefore around £5. that's £30. 30 actual pounds? tesco and superd rug £5. that's £30. 30 actual pounds? tesco and superdrug reduced their prices, but puts reviews to back down, saying call there was a vigorous campaign on social media threatening to boycott.
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yesterday it was said that woods was taking a moral position on what should be a personal choice for women. and then came a late—night change of heart. in a statement, boots said it was apologising for its choice of words. it also said that emergency call was active sellers is where freely available on the nhs in many of its stores. campaigners said boots had misjudged public opinion. i ran the disappointment is that it is that it has taken this long, and the threat ofa has taken this long, and the threat of a boycott by customers, for boots to reach this is ishant. this was a position reached by superdrug and tesco for error. —— far earlier. position reached by superdrug and tesco for error. -- far earlier. but not everyone agrees. their initial position was fine. they said they didn't want to encourage irresponsible use. and you have to rememberthe irresponsible use. and you have to remember the morning after pill is a
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large dose of synthetic hormones. it is not something that needs to be taken like sweeties are like a paracetamol. one of the mps who signed the letter said on social media overnight that it was welcome news but the shame boots responded the morning after. great ormond street hospital said it start has received death threats in regards to a recent case. a statement said staff had been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of disturbance. golf, and jordan spieth remains on the lead stop earlier branden grace made history becoming the first player to shoot a round of 62 and a major treatment. the south african had eight birdies and finished four under par overall. more throughout the evening overall, i'll be back with the late news and on bbc one at this time for the news where you are. once again today, the weather
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is very changeable. a huge number of variations, brought about by this low pressure. you can see some clear slots there, but also heavy showers. thunder and lightning in a few areas. also this incredible picture from west sussex. a water spout, the marine equivalent of a tornado. you can see the funnel stretching all the way up into the base of the cloud. very dramatic. this is what it looks like around 7pm. you can see the showers dotted around across england and wales. it has been quieter across the north midlands and into lincolnshire but showers are expected here during the course of the evening. a few in northern ireland, mostly in country antrim. also southern parts of scotland catching showers. the best of the weather across the highlands. the low pressure very slow moving.
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it will still be with us tomorrow. the showers will die away tonight, there will still be a few pockets of rain but a lot of clear weather and a beautiful sunset tonight. tomorrow, the showers will get going again so clouds will develop over the morning and into the afternoon. they will produce downpours — like today, very hit and miss. some of us will get none at all. temperatures 19—23d. that depends on how much sunshine you get. for the golf tomorrow, it might stay dry. at lord's, a good chance of catching showers. a quick outlook into next week. the low pressure pulls away into the near continent. we are still on the back side of the low so the winds will be coming in from the north.
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a fair chance of catching rain from newcastle through the midlands into the south—east. western areas will brighten up. a decent day in glasgow. the outlook into tuesday and wednesday, tuesday looking like the best day of the week but from wednesday, going downhill with weather fronts coming off the atlantic. goodbye. this is bbc news, the headlines at just gone 6:30pm. boots, the chemist, said it is truly sorry for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning after pills. the company faced criticism after saying it wanted to avoid incentivising inappropriate use of the pills. president trump's former press secretary sean spicer plays down talk of a divide in the white house administration following his resignation. councils in england say
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