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tonight at six — the airlines watchdog threatens rya nair over how it's dealt with flight cancellations. 400,000 passengers will be hit by the latest flights to be grounded — the caa boss says he's furious. consumers shouldn't have to choose between low—cost fa res consumers shouldn't have to choose between low—cost fares and their legal rights. that at the moment seems to be what ryanair are saying think the best you can either have cheap fares or your legal entitlement. that is not acceptable. the key question is whether ryanair will re—route passengers on rival airlines. also tonight: cricket star ben stokes may not make the ashes tour after all. it follows these pictures which appear to show him standing over a man he'sjust punched. another round of brexit talks end — but the eu says it could be months before they move on to a future trade deal. it wasn't me, ref — how video technology could soon be sorting out the arguments on the pitch. i've changed my mind!
playboy founder hugh hefner dies aged 91 — trailblazer for the ‘60s revolution or an old fashioned pornographer? and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: gareth southgate brings manchester city midfielder fabian delph into his squad for the first time. it's two years since his last international appearance. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the no—frills airline ryanair has been threatened with legal action over the way it has dealt with passengers following the cancellation of thousands of flights. the head of the civil aviation authority, which regulates the industry, says he is furious with ryanair managers. in particular, he's accused them of failing to tell the hundreds
of thousands of passengers affected by the flight cancellations that they are entitled to be re—routed on other airlines. here's our transport correspondent richard westcott. it is europe's biggest and busiest airline. but ryanair has been made to look a bit small today, accused of persistently misleading nearly three quarters of a million customers, the uk regulator has now threatened them with legal action. we wa nt threatened them with legal action. we want them to make it clear to every passenger what that passenger is entitled to in terms of re—routing, expenses and compensation where applicable. we don't think that is a big task. the law is clear. there is no dispute over the law, it is just over ryanair‘s over the law, it is just over rya nair's willingness to over the law, it is just over ryanair‘s willingness to do that. airlines are meant to rebook passengers on rival carriers if they can't replace their cancelled flights. but does listen to ryanair‘s boss
flights. but does listen to rya nair's boss last flights. but does listen to ryanair‘s boss last week. flights. but does listen to ryanair's boss last week. we will not pay for flights on other airlines. no. it is not part of the entitlements and as the lowest cost airline in europe, we can't afford to pay the fares of our competitors. there are lots of confused customers who have been contacting the bbc. like matthew, who in an online chat with the airline told them, you are obligated to re—route me as advised in the caa's open letter. ryanair replied, no, i'm not. duncan says they refused to book me on another ﬂight they refused to book me on another flight except for the next ryanair won on wednesday, which was three days later. kevin says, nowhere did they say they could book is on two flights with another airline. it is rare for you to go public. you must be angry. we are furious. we don't understand why this needs to drag on for weeks. if the caa takes further action, it could land ryanair with a multi—million pound fine. but the
airline says it will comply with the regulator and has issued guidance to call centre staff. yesterday, ryanair suspended 3a winter routes including five in scotland, where the government says it has serious concerns, as have passengers. at the bottom of the e—mail, it said, you are not entitled to any allowance. they did refund my flight but they didn't say i was allowed compensation. i have friends coming from london and she just e—mailed me to say it has been cancelled. they we re to say it has been cancelled. they were supposed to come for my 40th birthday party. so, bit of a nightmare. there is a global shortage of pilots right now. plenty of rivals are recruiting. ryanair didn't have enough crews to cover the holidays. after cancelling 20,000 flights out of the blue, it is promising no more problems ahead. richard westcott, bbc news, sta nsted. the cricket all—rounder and england vice—captain ben stokes has been effectively dropped from the team
pending an investigation into allegations that he was involved in a brawl outside a nightclub. video footage has emerged which appears to show the star player punching another man, who falls to the ground, in the early hours of monday morning. stokes himself is said to be fragile and devastated. our sports editor dan roan has the details. they are the shocking scenes that have cast a shadow over english cricket. a video allegedly showing england vice captain ben stokes, circled here in a green t—shirt, involved in a street fight. the footage, published by the sun newspaper, claims to show the predictable and root men outside a nightclub in bristol in the early hours of monday morning. despite appeals for calm from others present, stokes appears to grapple with a man on the floor before throwing a flurry of punches. it 27—year—old was later ta ken throwing a flurry of punches. it 27—year—old was later taken to hospital with facial injuries. stokes, who was arrested after
visiting the embargo nightclub in a city where hours earlier, england have played a one day international, was held on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released under investigation. team—mate alex hales, who was with him, is helping police with their inquiries. 0nly yesterday, ben stokes was included in england's ashes squad that will leave frustrated in november. but the ecb, having reviewed the footage this afternoon, said that neither he nor hails would be considered for selection pending their own internal review and the police investigation. england's ashes preparations thrown into disarray. it's not the first time this stokes has faced scrutiny of the field. in 2011, he was cautioned after conducting a police officer during a night out in newcastle. two years later, he was sent home from the lions tour in australia for repeated late—night drinking. in 2014, he broke his hand after punching a dressing room locker that ruled him out of the t20 world club. and last year, stokes was banned from driving after being
caught speeding four times. he is not street was off the pitch. that is something only he can get right. he has been told by many to improve his lifestyle, to not do this or that. but ultimately, he has to look himself in the mirror and change. earlier, stokes, who fractured finger in this latest incident, was said to be fragile and devastated. arguably the world's best all—rounder, the 26—year—old's global confirmed earlier this year when he became there most expensive foreign player in hugely popular indian premier league. stubbs has not been charged, but if he is and then convicted, his future could be in question. the usual outcome is that the worst—case scenario is five yea rs that the worst—case scenario is five years in prison. that is potentially what he could be looking at in the worst—case scenario, but it will depend on the facts. stokes was the man the aussies feared most this winter, but after a night that appears to have spiralled out of control, his fate now lies in the hands of the police and the cricket
authorities. the all—rounder‘s ashes dream seems a long way off. dan roan, bbc news, at lord's. the latest round of brexit talks have ended — with somewhat different interpretations of how they've gone. the brexit secretary david davis says there have been decisive steps forward. his eu counterpart, michel barnier, agreed that theresa may's earlier keynote speech on brexit had created a new dynamic — but he's still warning that it could be months before the two sides are ready to move on to discussing a future trade deal. from brussels, ben wright reports. the british minister's car is the same. a gag, of course. but the tone of these brexit talks has changed. a month ago, it was fractious and frosty. the divides worldwide. but today, reporting back on the week's negotiations, david davis and his cou nterpa rts negotiations, david davis and his counterparts were conciliatory and for the first time, mr davies spoke first. i believe that thanks to the
constructive manner in which both sides have conducted these negotiations, we are making decisive steps forward. our teams worked well together. mr barnier said the two sides managed to find clarity on some points and it does seem that the prime minister's speech in florence last week as help unblock the talks. why? in part because she said the uk would honour the financial commitments it made as an eu member. it is one of the key three issues on the table and it remains very contentious. the current eu budget period runs until the end of 2020, two years after we have left. the uk has said the other eu countries should not lose out financially, but mr barnier said the uk's spending promises stretch further into the future. translation: if you are only talking about two years, that is not the end. the commitments entered into into the uk while they were a member
of the union up to the time of their withdrawal, those will have to be honoured. protecting citizens' rights after brexit remains another disagreement. the two sides seem closer, but the question of how eu citizens in the uk can pursue disputes is a stumbling block. the uk has been clear that as a third country outside the european union, it would not be right for this role to be performed by the european court ofjustice. to be performed by the european court ofjustice. but the eu is adamant that it should. the future of the border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland is the third big issue being discussed now. david davis said both sides were trying to find imaginative solutions, but it is not clear what those are. what is not being negotiated now is the future trade and security relationship between the uk and the eu. that is because the talks can only move on when the eu decides sufficient progress has been made over to the frustration of david davis and his team. mr barnier, could you define more clearly the phrase "sufficient
progress"? it is very vague. translation: it will take weeks or even months before we can say yes, there has been sufficient progress. and so it may take months before we know what sufficient progress means. despite today's step forward, this negotiation has many more hurdles to clear. the two negotiating teams will meet again in a fortnight. before that, the tory party will gatherfor before that, the tory party will gather for its annual conference this weekend and eu officials here will be watching that closely to see what theresa may and her cabinet have to say about the uk's long term plans for brexit. ben, thank you very much. staying with brexit — the government is hoping to run as efficient a border as possible when we leave the eu, without queues of lorries waiting to get through customs. norway — which is not a member of the eu — has the largest eu frontier with european union member sweden. it's been called the most technologically advanced border in the world. so what could the uk learn from them? our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones has been to find out.
it's 1,000 miles long and separates norway from sweden and the eu, and there are dozens of places to cross this border. from a motorway where you can choose to stop for a customs check, to country roads much like those crisscrossing the uk's border with ireland, with at least on the surface, the same lack of controls. well, that's what i call a frictionless border, absolutely no checks whatsoever. 20 miles back in norway, tommy 0lsson sets off with export goods bound for sweden. he knows he won't have a smooth crossing. it takes a lot of time that sometimes, we don't have. ahead at the border, norwegian customs has been investing in technology to make things smoother. a giant scanner x—rays lorries picked out for special attention. here are some of the goods they've confiscated.
with alcohol duty sky—high in norway, there's a constant battle against smugglers. we can see all the cars crossing the borders. cameras on border roads big and small are connected to a number plate recognition system. in the future, they plan to connect this to the customs computers so that most lorries can be waved through. the ambition is that a large proportion of the lorries passing here where everything is ok should pass without human contact, really. for now, drivers like tommy still have to queue up and hand over plenty of paper, although he only needs to visit swedish customs. now, tommy is exporting from norway and importing into sweden, and at many borders, that would mean visits to two separate customs operations. but because the norwegians and the swedes work closely together and have integrated computer systems, he just has to go to one — the swedish customs post. back at norwegian customs, a queue of drivers arriving
from sweden is building up and there's some impatience. it's not fast enough. it's very slowly, so they could work harder, and treat the customers better. sometimes it is very bad to come here because there's a lot of traffic. this may feel like a busy border, but ten times as many lorries cross the channel at dover, so what's the brexit advice to uk ministers? with a hard border, they have a big issue because then you have to establish new facilities and you have to recruit a lot of people to deal with it. so, what would your advice be? make a deal. tommy's progress has been quite speedy, but norway has a closer relationship with the eu than britain is planning. keeping the border traffic flowing may mean a big investment in technology and people. our top story this evening:
the airlines watchdog says it is furious with ryanair over the way it's dealt with flight cancellations. and still to come... the children who died in the grenfell fire — we hear from the family of two sisters killed in the blaze . now, sarcastic chants questioning the referee's eyesight are as old as football itself. but all that could be about to change with the introduction of technology. video assistant referees — or vars — will operate in this season's fa cup and could be used at the next world cup. natalie pirks has been given exclusive access to trials of the video ref
at major soccer league games in america and reports now from new york. it was one of the most memorable tackles in a world cup match. commentator: it's a karate kick into xavi alonso's chest. everyone watching the 2010 final could see nigel dejong deserved a red card. everyone except the one man without video replay. seven years on in manhattan, howard webb's more than just moved on, he's leading a project that could change football forever. this is the biggest change for referees, for sure. i hope it's going to be the end of sleepless nights. it's not robotic refereeing, it's about enhancing the referee. giving the referee another tool to avoid making the mistakes, mistakes that can impact and define your career for ever. but the system is not without controversy. in other leagues and competitions where it's being used, there have been mixed results. here at new york red bulls,
there's still some convincing to do. that's what you've got a ref for. nobody helps me score goals. i think they should be able to see the game, get in good positions on the field and see the game without the var. so, how does it work? video reviews are used in only four instances during a match. goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards, and mistaken identity. in each instance, the build—up play is also examined. so far, it's thought a video review is made once in every three mls matches, adding an average of one minute and 16 seconds to the length of the game. ahead of red bulls versus dc united, we've been given exclusive access to the video assistant referee's truck. from here, they will review the match using the 11 broadcast cameras available to them. fans saw plenty of action. including a spot kick for what appeared to be a clear push. so that's it, 3—3 the final score. six goals in that game but no need for a video review. the var was checking out all of those incidents, but ultimately the referee got
the big calls spot—on. 0rdid he? actually it was really tight, maybe outside the penalty area. back in the truck, it wasn't as clear cut. var ultimately shows the referee was right, but onlyjust. fans at the game were still divided. technology is involved in everything, so why not in the game, bring a fair game and then let the referees decide on a call. i don't think it's working, it's slowing the game down. ijust like it — hey — fast pace, keep the game moving, and i like the controversy too. but it's precisely the controversy that fifa want to see an end of in russia. world cup injustice and the uproar that follows may well have had its day. natalie pirks, bbc news, new york. the murder of a teenage girl by a fellow resident at a care home was preventable according to a review of the case.
melissa mathieson, who was 18, was strangled three years ago by 19—year—old jason conroy at a home that specialised in caring for people with asperger‘s syndrome. alexandra house in bristol. the review found that better processes should have been in place. several catholic families in a housing development in belfast have left their homes because of sectarian threats. the area is a housing scheme designed to bring communities together. it's claimed the threats came from the paramilitary ulster volunteer force. the funeral took place today of one of the youngest victims of the grenfell tower fire. two—year—old jeremiah deen was among 18 children who died in the blaze injune. also among those killed were sisters, three—year—old hania and four—year—old fethia who died with their mother, rania, on the 23rd floor. our special correspondent lucy manning has been speaking to the girls‘ family. in matching dresses, celebrating at a birthday party,
two sisters, fethia, four, and hania, three, dancing together. they would die in the fire together. hania, a little bit shy, lived in grenfell with her sister, her mum, rania ibrahim, who also died, and her dad, hassan. fethia had this strong personality, just like her mum. she was very brave and very social. hania was much more of the quiet one. and if she said something, you would cherish it. this was hania. she loved art, and i realise that about her... their cousin mourns the future they dreamed of. fethia, i believe, wanted to be a teacher. she was really bossy. "do this, do that," and she followed instructions quite well. hania, probably a princess. that's probably what hania would like to be. as the fire burned, their mum,
rania, sent live video from inside the flat. come here! hello? it stresses you that she is seeing things, she is seeing this fire. she sounded calm and ifeel like, you know, god just gave them this calmness. the family had to wait more than three months, until yesterday, for the children to be identified. they will be buried tomorrow. it was this thing where rania asked god for her to always be with her kids. she passed away with her kids. even when her remains were found, even her kids were found. and it'sjust like, "wow, rania, you're so amazing." you're there for your kids all the time. the coroner has confirmed that all the children who died in the fire have now been identified. 18 children, nearly a quarter of all those killed in grenfell, including five groups of siblings and an unborn baby. fethia and hania, they are going to be angels in heaven.
so they really motivate me to become a better person, so i can go with them. so i can see them. they did mean a lot to everyone. anyone who knew them would know how much joy they brought to the family. sorry. that report by our special correspondent, lucy manning. just a day after labour leader jeremy corbyn delivered a speech saying capitalism is in crisis, the prime minister has been defending the free market. she said free—market economics was the only sustainable means of raising the living standards of everyone in the country. let's talk to our political correspondent. some people will say
the very fact theresa may is defending the free market suggests jeremy corbyn has hit the spot? this was a speech at a conference designed to mark 20 years since the independence of the bank of england so it has been in the diary and it is worth noting the conservative election manifesto did make that argument for capitalism, free—market, being the best way to achieve prosperity for all. but i think it is telling the prime minister has restated that case less than 24 hours afterjeremy corbyn pledged to transform the economy, ta ke pledged to transform the economy, take on what he called the broken model of neoliberalism andi
and i think it shows the argument, the debate over the best way of managing the economy is a live one. so we had theresa may arguing forcibly for a free—market economy, arguing the greatest agents of human progress ever created was capitalism. she spoke about a balanced approach to public finances. although the mention of labour was not explicit she decided that far from labour was not explicit she decided that farfrom dismissing labour was not explicit she decided that far from dismissing or labour was not explicit she decided that farfrom dismissing or ignoring jeremy corbyn's economic approach, it is certainly worth directly taking on. thank you. hugh hefner, the american founder of the international adult magazine playboy, has died at the age of 91. hefner who began publishing playboy in his kitchen in 1953 described himself as a pioneer of sexual liberation. but his critics accused him of reducing women to sexual objects. 0ur los angeles correspondent james cook looks back at his life. i suppose you're the world's most famous hedonist. well, certainly in a very public way. are you a happy man? oh, yes, yes. hugh hefner was the teenage boy who never grew up. he lived a life of adolescent fantasy, which he called sexual liberation. for the son of puritanical christians, this was some rebellion. we're probably going to have a couple of hundred people here throughout the night. the party
usually begins for us at about one o'clock and goes until dawn. the louche libertine lifestyle grew from the pages of a magazine he started at his kitchen table and grows into a global brand. his first nude centrefold, marilyn monroe, didn't get a penny from playboy but plenty of women were happy to use the publication for their own ends. carol needham was playmate of the month in february 1979. hef was a private man. he wasn't flamboyant, although the image would seem that wayjust because of the way the parties have been portrayed. all the playmates loved him. he treated us all well. there was no pressure to do anything we didn't want to do. pushing the boundaries was not always easy. hugh hefner battled against censorship, for free speech he said. i take the greatest pride, it's been over 50 years now and i take the greatest pride in the impact that i think i personally
and playboy has had on the change in social sexual values in my time. and change they did. no more so than here at the playboy mansion in los angeles. so for hugh hefner, all of this — the mansion, the money, the multiple girlfriends — was about freedom, freedom to live whatever life he liked. for his many critics, it was about freedom... for men only. to look back at that period and say it was liberating for women is i think fatuous. it was liberating for men, not for women. it wasn't all gloss, it wasn't all romantic, it wasn't all glamorous. it was sleazy. and let's not make any mistake about it. of course men said they read playboy for the articles and some were serious. hugh hefner showcased countless great writers like norman mailer, ray bradbury and margaret atwood. he championed racial equality too, but his legacy is a brand built on sex which, in his own words, regarded women as objects. hugh hefner, who has died at the age
of 91. time for a look at the weather. we are going to get quite exotic. this pair heading towards us for the weekend, some talk of that, but before that we have our own weather system which you in the west have already seen the first signs of. cloud and wind and rain gradually gathering here, then drifting into the central parts of the british isles. with the breeze and cloud around it won't be a particularly cold night. but watch out first up because there will be a lot of surface water and spray around this functional system, gradually transferring the threat of rain towards the east. elsewhere, sunny spells and showers, a bit fresher than today. 0ff
spells and showers, a bit fresher than today. off and running into the weekend, a —— initially no problems with some sunshine. the wind will freshen up across western parts, top temperature around 19. then we get on from saturday into sunday, this is where the big area from low— pressure is where the big area from low—pressure from canada is the major player. there are elements of the storms in the western atlantic showing themselves there, thickening cloud and more in the way of rain across southern parts of britain. and what was maria probablyjoining in the fun late in sunday, and it goes downhill i think is the main message of the weekend. ok, message of the weekend. 0k, thank you. that's all from the bbc news at six, and on bbc one we can nowjoin the bbc news teams where you are. the latest round of brexit talks has ended with both sides saying progress has been made. ryanair is breaking the law in its
handling of flight cancellations according to the boss of the uk's aviation regulator. ben stokes has been told he will not be considered by england for international cricket until further notice. eight muslim preacher who told children martyrdom was better than school has been jailed for six and a half years. ——a —— a muslim preacher. after eight o'clock we will be live in estonia, prime minister theresa may is dining with her 27 eu counterparts. and targeting their killers of the honey bee. that is all i head on bbc news.