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this is bbc news. the headlines at nine: supporters of a united spain are expected to gather in barcelona heathrow airport says it's investigating how details of its security procedures were found lying in the street. scotland's first minister is to apologise on behalf of her government to gay men convicted of sexual offences which have since been abolished. anthonyjoshua successfully defends his wba and ibf world heavyweight boxing titles with a tenth round stoppage. and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9.35. this mornings reviewers arejosie delap of the economist and james rampton, from the independent. good morning and welcome to bbc news.
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pro—unity demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of barcelona today, as the spanish government continues catalonia's leadership was sacked and the region's autonomy was revoked after it declared independence on friday. but madrid has said former catalan leader carles puigdemont will be free to take part in new elections in december. sarah corker reports. spain is gripped by its biggest political crisis for a0 years. on friday, catalonia declared independence from spain. madrid responded by imposing direct rule and sacking the entire catalan government. but it's deposed leader, carles puigdemont, says he isn't going anywhere. translation: we do not deviate, we continue persevering in the only way that can make us winners — without violence, without insults,
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in an inclusive way. but in madrid, thousands of people turned out on saturday calling for national unity. why they want to break up spain? it's affecting the whole of spain and the whole of europe. the spanish government has announced new elections in catalonia and they warn that mr puigdemont may face prosecution for charges of rebellion, but nevertheless said it would welcome his participation in those elections. he has no powers, no competences, no financial means so i insist that if he wants to continue in politics, which is his right, i think he should prepare the next elections to be held, as i mentioned before, on the 21st of december. and so the two sides remain poles apart. later today there will be another rally in barcelona held by those
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opposed to catalonia's independence. sarah corker, bbc news. we will be talking to our correspondent in barcelona in the next few minutes. heathrow airport says it is investigating how details of its security procedures were found lying in the street. the sunday mirror says information concerning the queen was on a unencrypted memory stick as well as files on safeguards for cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries. security measures including maps locating cctv cameras and a network of tunnels and escape shafts linked to the heathrow express train line were also allegedly found. heathrow says it's confident that the airport remains secure. our correspondent ben ando can tell us more. the newspaper says it was contacted bya man the newspaper says it was contacted by a man who was walking in west london and he phoned this memory stick on the street, he took it to a library and found on its 174 on
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encrypted files which included details about how the queen travels to heathrow and which route she ta kes, to heathrow and which route she takes, information about security systems, the kind of id passes you need and about the ultrasound system used to guard the perimeter fence. what have heathrow airport said in response? they have launched an investigation and they are confident the airport is secure. they released a short statement saying they have some of the most robust aviation security in the world. they say they are reviewing the security plans but are reviewing the security plans but are confident the airport remained secure and launching an investigation to find out how this happened. does this perhaps show the dangers of putting so much sensitive information or a tiny memory stick? dilemma we have heard before of information in briefcases going missing and being left in tube stations but memory sticks, we keep them in our pocket, they are very
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small and you can did so much information on them. the serious question the airport will be asking is why the information was on a memory stick and then taken out of the airport. then, thank you very much. nicola sturgeon is to apologise on behalf of the scottish government of to gay men convicted of now—abolished sexual offences. the first minister will make her statement next week to coincide with new legislation to grant automatic pardons to those affected. the law will also allow the removal of such crimes until 1981, all sexual activity between men was a criminal offence in scotland. the law was then changed to decriminalise sex between men over the age of 21. in england, that law was changed in 1967. but it took another 20 years for the age of consent to be reduced to 16. last month, the first minister, nicola sturgeon, announced a new bill that would automatically
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pardon all men, alive and dead, convicted of these crimes. she will publish this and make an apology at holyrood on the seventh of november on behalf of the scottish government for the treatment of homosexual men under previous governments. by offering you this ring... gay marriage became legal in scotland in 2014, but looking to the past, the scottish government said the new bill will give justice to those criminalised simply because of who they loved. those who have convictions will also be able to apply to have them removed from central records. in england and wales, there is no automatic pardon, except for those who died before february this year. have been deleted because the secretary of state is satisfied that the conduct is no longer criminal. catriona renton, bbc news. parents will no longer be able to use a legal loophole to avoid paying child maintenance under new rules to be
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introduced in the new year. the overhaul will affect those who keep their money in a joint account with a new partner. the government says it hopes the change will lead to nearly £400,000 a year in additional child maintenance being collected. the head of the un's world food programme has made an urgent appeal for international aid to avoid a humanitarian crisis in the democratic republic of congo. david beasley said more than 3 million people were at risk of starvation. he was speaking during a visit to the province of kasai, where more than a million people have been driven from their homes during fighting between government troops and local militia. a man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman who was hit by a car in north tyneside. susan fuller, who's 63 and from wallsend, died at the scene on friday morning. 24 year—old sean harman will appear before magistrates tomorrow. detectives have appealed for witnesses to come forward. italian—american actress annabella sciorra, who starred in us
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tv series the sopranos, has accused disgraced hollywood producer harvey weinstein of rape. she told the new yorker that he forced his way into her new york apartment and assaulted her in 1992. mr weinstein‘s spokeswoman said the producer denies any claims of non—consensual sex. thousands of drivers are breaking the law by driving their diesel cars without pollution filters, experts have told bbc five live investigates. nearly 2000 cars have been found without filters since 2014, but it's thought the number is much higher. it is illegal to drive without them but many cars which have had the filters removed go unnoticed during mot tests. the driver and vehicle standards agency says it plans to improve the tests next year. chimpanzees, leopards and giraffes are among 33 endangered species that
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will get extra protection, following a vote at a un—backed wildlife conference. chimpanzees, leopards and giraffes are among 33 endangered species that will get extra protection, following a vote at a un—backed wildlife conference. the delegates from 129 countries with commitment to reduce the impact from climate change and other a rtefa cts o n from climate change and other artefacts on species. england's under 17 team have produced a sensational performance to come from 2—0 down to beat spain 5—2 and win the world cup in india. the three lions have never before gone beyond the quarter—finals in the tournament but emulated england u20s who won their world cup in june. patrick geary reports. these are england's 21st—century boys. all born this millennium and now
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all world champions. they did it the hard way, they're english after all. the latest class of spanish footballing craftsman went 2—0 up just over half an hour in, both of them to barcelona's sergio gomez. same old england? well, no, there's something different about these boys and just when they needed a booster... commentator: rhian brewster to get one back for england. brewster's eighth goal of the tournament making him top scorer, but there are other options, steven sessegnon to morgan gibbs white. 2—2, more to do. here was an england team not intimidated by the shirt but invigorated by it. over to phil foden from manchester city, remember the name. even in their teenage dreams these english players couldn't have imagined a second—half like this. marc gueh of chelsea. 4—2, five minutes to go. and if you thought it was all over... commentator: can it get better for england? foden! oh, the party can begin now. foden was crowned the player of the tournament but this was a team triumph. so proud of the performance, 2—0 down and we just played our way, we didn't stop, we stuck to the gameplan, we stuck to our style, we're building
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for the future and that's the way to do it. there does seem to be a youthful revolution underway, the under 20s won their world cup injune, the first for england in any age group since 1966 and now two have come in a year. there are no guarantees the world cup players will become premiership players given the global competition, but these young men can't have had a better start to their careers. english football will hope it is just a start. patrick gearey, bbc news. security forces in somalia have ended a twelve—hour siege by islamist militants at a hotel in the capital, mogadishu. two bombs were detonated outside the hotel where a security meeting was due to take place. militants then entered shooting a number of people. at least 25 people are known to have died with around 30 injured. russell trott reports. the sheer force of the first explosion left a heap of tangled metal, and as the first ambulances arrived to treat the injured,
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sporadic gunfire was heard in the distance. a suicide car bomb was driven to the gates of the hotel, popular with politicians. militants then stormed the building, and a gun battle ensued. then there was a second explosion nearby, a minibus laden with explosives. plumes of smoke billowed over mogadishu. translation: i was driving in front of the hotel. a soldier was talking to someone in a small luxury car, then a big blast went off. two female passengers were on board, but now i don't know where they have gone. the islamist militant group al—shabaab said it had carried out the latest bombings. just two weeks ago, the city was hit by somalia's worst—ever bomb attack, in which more than 350 people were killed, and causing widespread devastation. al—shabaab had been widely blamed for that attack, though the group has not claimed responsibility.
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thousands of somalis took to the streets, demanding tougher action against the insurgents. somalia has been more or less a failed state now for over 25 years, torn apart first by rival warlords, more recently by the islamist extremists. the group lost their foothold in mogadishu in 2011, but have continued their battle to overthrow the somali government. allied to al qaeda, al—shabaab is believed to have between 7,000 and 9,000 fighters. in 2016, 720 people died in 395 bomb attacks in somalia. this latest bombing came as ministers were due to meet on sunday to discuss security. emergency service crews said there were many more dead bodies. let's return to our main story. supporters of a united spain are expected to gather in barcelona amid rising tension over catalonia's declaration of independence.
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the spanish government has sacked the region's leader and imposed direct rule from madrid. i'd go to our europe correspondent, in barcelona. gavin, this demonstration later today from people supporting unity rather than supporting independence. the you may get a glimpse of the spanish nationalflag the you may get a glimpse of the spanish national flag behind the you may get a glimpse of the spanish nationalflag behind me as people gather in bigger numbers. the police helicopter above us. we will see what has been a pattern over the past days and weeks, alternate demonstrations, catalans who are wanting separatism and those wanting unity. today potentially hundreds of thousands those appalled by the
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decision of carles puigdemont to declare the independent illegally and we are told by the organisers of the demonstration, they are not necessarily one thing the removal of the separatist leaders, but they wa nt to the separatist leaders, but they want to show that there is unity. how is this going to work- the how is this going to work with the spanish government, already set aside who will be the de facto legal leaders of this region, the deputy prime minister, the go to a woman of mariano rajoy but we have carles puigdemont, the former president as madrid would say, he gave a speech yesterday saying he would call on people to be democratically resisting attempts to remove him and we have heard from his deputy in the past few minutes who says they are
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not going anywhere and will remain in power and it is a true they say. -- it is in power and it is a true they say. —— it isa in power and it is a true they say. —— it is a coup. who do the catalan police bay, madrid or their regional leaders in catalonia? —— hurdles —— who do they may? it isa may? it is a very good question. the fire service, during the referendum they we re service, during the referendum they were protecting some of the people who wanted to vote and they were ultimately hit by police officers, some of them. i have spoken to people on both sides, those who do not want to follow orders from the spanish government but conversely i have heard from spanish police unions and there after 1000 police from the regional branch who want to join the spanish side. it is a
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recipe for unpleasa ntness. two join the spanish side. it is a recipe for unpleasantness. two brief flash points, one is tomorrow morning and will ex president carles puigdemont court to work and if he does will be police tried to remove him, given that could be a barrier of people to stop them. if the prosecutor's office are working on charges against people including ca rles charges against people including carles puigdemont including sedition, rebuilding against the state, altogether that carries up to 35 years imprisonment. if that state, altogether that carries up to 35 pass; imprisonment. if that state, altogether that carries up to 35 pass and )risonment. if that state, altogether that carries up to 35 pass and is ;onment. if that state, altogether that carries up to 35 pass and is stood nt. if that to pass and is stood up. those for claims, they spill over into sport of football and today we have got the realm of drugs playing girona, and girona is a hotbed of independence. barcelona have often been the voice
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of the people, the roots of the club firmly committed to the independence movement. the manager of barcelona said he does not want to get a personal voice on the political situation but he has his feelings. we know it has split the spanish football tea m we know it has split the spanish football team and the barcelona player pique, he often gets booed by the spanish football fans. and with real madrid coming to girona, the centre of the spirit of separatism and that often comes out through football. we often see the spanish flag being waived all over spain and we will see both flanks today. there are moments of tension but there is are moments of tension but there is a peaceable nature and you see the
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crossing over of supporters on both sides and the governments will be hoping it stays peaceful, including during the football today. supporters of europe and spain are expected to gather in catalonia today. heathrow airport says it's investigating how details of its security procedures were found lying in the street. scotland's first minister is to apologise on behalf of her government to gay men convicted of sexual offences which have since been abolished. less than a fortnight ago, the syrian city of raqqa was reclaimed by us—backed forces. for three years it was the self—declared capital against its residents.
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it will take some time for normality to return, but in a first since the city's liberation, women and men have danced together at a wedding — something which would have been unimaginable just a few months ago. david campa nale reports. in traditional manner, women swirl and ululate in wedding celebration in one of raqqa's western neighbourhoods. this is the first such gathering since so—called islamic state were driven from the city by a coalition of kurdish, arab and syrian fighters. out on the patio, a man spins his prayer beads to the beat, as he leads a line of men and women in the dabke, a traditional dance. dancers hop and sway, as children run around and elders look on. almost everything in the scene would have been impossible during the three years of brutal is rule. the group banned music and dancing, imposed a strict dress code, prevented women from wearing make—up, and forceably prohibited the mixing of men and women.
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translation: this is the first time we've got together like this. women used to have to stay here and men there — there was no mixing. now that they're gone, we can mix, and we no longer have to wear the burqa. female guests, forced underjihadist rule to wear all—enveloping black, including gloves and face veils, now enjoy patterned robes and bright red lipstick. for now, raqqa is close to uninhabitable, with many buildings destroyed, and large parts of the city off—limits for fear of unexploded ordnance. hundreds of civilians were killed in the fighting, and many residents are still searching for missing family members. for the future. david campanale, bbc news. the winner of the royal institute of british architects' most prestigious award —
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the stirling prize — will be announced on tuesday. the nominations to become britain's best new building 2017 include a rejuvenated seaside pier on the south coast of england, today, we look at the studio of the fashion photographer jurgen teller by 6a architects. essentially, jurgen wanted a studio, a place work. but in his world that is quite a few different things. it means shooting photographs of course and also making books, making exhibitions as well as receive lots of people. so that is where the idea of several buildings and several gardens, somewhere where lots of different types of shoots can happen in a very natural setting. jurgen used to share his home with a studio. we wanted to make this new building have the same kind of moments of intimacy.
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so he still has the kitchen table which is where he meets clients and where he works. there is a library, there is a sauna and a gym. there is a really private inner world to the studio and then there is the big studio in the middle where he lays out and does shoots and things. and then there is the public building at the front, through the building. it is a really beautiful part of it. that really reduced material palette that has texture but allows it to be background, and jurgen's work and photography to be the foreground always in this space. there is a quality of light, both within and in the gardens, which is almost archaic. and i think that makes an amazing setting for the work thatjurgen does. i am using every single centimetre of the space. and i have photographed every bit of it and it is tremendous fun, it is like a haven of quietness and freedom and madness. it is just brilliant.
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for me, it's excellent. and you can see all the nominated buildings on the bbc arts website and find out who is the winner of the riba stirling prize for architecture live on the bbc news channel next tuesday between 8.30 and 9pm. when the village of elswick in lancashire entered the britain in bloom competition 20 years ago — people laughed at the idea, at the time it was uncared for, blighted by litter and vandalism. two decades on, thanks to the hard work of the green fingered community they've just become the much coveted champion of champions. kevin fitzpatrick has been there this morning to discover the secret of their success. this is the village of elswick,
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never really known for being one of the prettiest in this area, blackpool is ten miles that way. around 20 years ago all the trees we re around 20 years ago all the trees were ripped out and it looked on loft so when people decided to go for the britain in bloom title people thought it was a bit of a joke. but there has been big celebrations here. they have spent lots of time. give us a wave. 15,000 pla nts lots of time. give us a wave. 15,000 plants and bolts have been put into the ground in the past- to get the ground in the past year to get this village as good the ground in the past year to get this village - as good as this village looking as good as possible. this is one of the lead advocates of this effort. give us an indication of how quick turnaround this is. 20 years ago when we first entered we had a vandalism problem, we have anti—social behaviour in the village cottbus shelters with graffiti on them, you name it. it was not the
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most loved the village. we have someone most loved the village. we have someone who suggested we should go into britain in bloom and said it would have a cumulative effect. at the time we laughed but look at what has happened, we are now the best in the whole of the uk and we cannot believe how well we have done. we are still googling britain in bloom to see if we have won. more than 50 volunteers, flower beds and an orchard in the village hall. it isa and an orchard in the village hall. it is a phenomenal amount of effort, 50 people working every year it is a phenomenal amount of effort, 50 peo years rking every year it is a phenomenal amount of effort, 50 peo years to ng every year it is a phenomenal amount of effort, 50 peo years to get very year it is a phenomenal amount of effort, 50 peo years to get us ‘y year last 20 years to get us into this position. it is notjust about flowers, we have the wildlife meadow, the community orchards. we are helping the environment as well as the community effort. the judges
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said they wish they could bottle what was here because they felt we have got a real can do attitude and it shows you, with all these people. you can see the efforts going on, lots of people, months and months of effort and they are now reaping what they sowed. this is a very happy village. let's see what the weather is doing. for many it is a cold fuel in comparison to yesterday but some su btle comparison to yesterday but some subtle differences. the cold air arrived in scotland and there was a beautiful sunrise. look at the difference further south. first thing we drizzle thing we have ploughed and drizzle in london. this weak weather front in the south—east and wales. it will
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slowly do so but not really leaving the extreme south—west and behind introducing cooler air from the north because of a change in wind direction. it will feel quite cold, particularly on exposed coast, some showers coming in from the north sea and south and west a band of broken cloud. cold air not really reaching the extreme south—west so staying up to 15 celsius down there. feeling chilly in the far north. as we go through the overnight the high—pressure stays with us and the winds will fall lighter. temperatures falling away quite sharply and we will see frost in the morning, first widespread frost likely as temperatures in rural areas that low enough to go below freezing. not a hard frost but
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hemfgg hopefully a beautiful scene to wake up hopefully a beautiful scene to wake up to hopefully a beautiful scene to wake uptoa hopefully a beautiful scene to wake up to a monday morning. a bright start to the new week but eventually the south—westerly wind returns, introducing mild air in the north—west. more cloud and rain in scotla nd north—west. more cloud and rain in scotland but it will be quite an patchy so perhaps western scotland and northern ireland not as cold as sunday. the high—pressure never really leaves england and wales through the middle of the week. we will then seek the week weather fronts pushing an bringing more cloud and rain but still mild. into the next week we keep the south—westerly flow. lots of cloud and windy at times but the rain mainly in the northwest.
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