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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm. the husband of a british woman jailed in iran has told the bbc he will speak to the foreign secretary tomorrow. a british woman charged with drug smuggling in egypt has now been referred to a criminal court for trial. racing driver lewis hamilton calls on formula one to improve security after some of his teammates were robbed at gun point in brazil. the owner of a welsh zoo says he is devastated after an escaped lynx was shot dead. i'm broken both physically and emotionally. we have been up the past few weeks both day and night following her movements. also in the next hour — millions fall silent to mark armistice day. two minutes‘ silence has been observed across the country in memory of those who have
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lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. and we'll have more on scotland's win over samoa in theirfirst autumn international, as well as a round up of the rest of today's sporting events in sportsday at 6:30. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has agreed to a meeting with the husband of a british woman who's in prison in iran, accused of spying. the family of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe fear her sentence could be extended following recent comments by borisjohnson that she'd been teaching journalism in iran, rather than there on holiday as she maintains. here's our political correspondent eleanor garnier.
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in jail in iran injail in iran separated in jail in iran separated from injail in iran separated from her daughter and husband. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe is british and iranian, facing a five—year sentence for allegedly plotting to topple the government in tehran. it is now understood the foreign secretary borisjohnson has agreed to meet her husband. i think it's important now that he tries to meet with us as soon as possible so that it is clear from a political point of view that the uk government is standing alongside the family. this week the foreign secretary had to apologise after he mistakenly told mps he felt nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe had been in iran teaching journalists. mr johnson later said his comments could have been clearer, and the uk government has no doubt she was on holiday in iran as herfamily government has no doubt she was on holiday in iran as her family have a lwa ys holiday in iran as her family have always insisted. but this week iran
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state tv broadcast a report claiming the foreign secretary's comments about her amounted to an unintended admission of guilt. richard ratcliffe says he is due to speak to the foreign secretary tomorrow. obviously they will be discussing the fate of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, how she can possibly be brought out ofjail in iran. they will also discuss the date of their upcoming meeting, i understand that is up in the air, but borisjohnson has also said he will be travelling to iran before the end of the year, and one thing richard ratcliffe want is to be able to go on that trip with the foreign secretary. it sounds like there might be difficulties with that, but clearly that will also be discussed. borisjohnson insists those mistaken remarks, those incorrect remarks that he said she had been teaching journalism, he insists they made no difference to her situation injail.
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mr ratcliffe says he is just focused on getting his wife home. a british woman charged with drug smuggling in egypt has been ordered to stand trial in a criminal court. laura plummer, who is 33 and from hull, was detained in the red sea resort of hurghada last month. police claim she was carrying nearly 300 tablets of the painkiller, tramadol. the drug is illegal in egypt but available on prescription in the uk. earlier i spoke to our correspondent, orla guerin, who's following the case. this is certainly a setback for laura, her family and her legal team. it is not the outcome they would have been hoping for today. just hours ago we were in court here in hurghada expecting a hearing. her legal team before that was guardedly optimistic, hoping she might be granted bail because they said her boyfriend, her egyptian boyfriend, had emerged yesterday with some
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documents which they believed will help clear her name. her boyfriend, according to laura plummer herself, has back problems. she says that is the reasons why she brought these painkillers to egypt. lawyers told us this morning that he had come forward yesterday, he had been frightened of appearing before that, but had come forward with medical certificates which they believed would help to establish that he did have back problems, and would therefore lend credibility to her account of how things happened. this morning that custody hearing did not take place. we're not sure why. her mother was in the courthouse waiting to see laura, but she was never brought to court, and this afternoon we learn that the egyptian public prosecutor has referred her for a criminal trial. that was always a possibility, she was facing charges here, but certainly not the outcome her family and supporters have been hoping for. and what can she expect now in terms
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of the legal process? she will remain in custody for now, she is being held in a cell attached to a local police station. we managed to speak to her this week by phone and she described the conditions. she said that cell was about the size of her bedroom at home, but she was sharing it with about 25 other women and that made it hard to breathe. she did say that her fellow inmates were trying to take care of her, but she said there was a language barrier and nobody spoke english. she told us her spirits were at rock bottom. i asked at that stage if she had any hope coming home, and she said no. but she said she was dreaming of it, and dreaming of getting back to her own bed and catching up with her favourite soap opera on tv. we would now hope that she will be in custody for some time, possibly for the entire period
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until the trial takes place. and pre—trial detention in egypt can be lengthy. defendants can be held in custody for up to two years before a trial takes place. at this stage we are in the very early part of this process. no trial date has been set. there will be legal processes to take place, her legal team will have to start dealing with the public prosecutor's office in cairo, and we will probably have a series of legal formalities and procedural hearings taking place before any kind of trial date is set, but i would say at this stage there is little reason to indicate that laura will be granted bail. earlier i spoke to laura plummer‘s mp, labour's karl turner. he says he is disappointed with the latest developments in the case. it's clearly a setback for the family and a setback for laura. her lawyer was very hopeful he could persuade the court she should be remanded on bail. clearly this is a setback now.
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what can you do to help support laura and her family? the foreign office are involved, the british embassy are involved, i spoke today with the british embassy official who is the contact for laura, so she is being supported, the british government are very heavily involved in supporting her. i am absolutely assured of that. our correspondent was talking about the length of time this legal process might take in actually bringing laura to court. how confident are you she will be given a fair hearing? the judiciary is independent of government, it has got to be impartial, and the judges who will deal with the matter will do so completely objectively. the president himself has said
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he cannot interfere with the judiciary and that is right. we are hopeful new information has come to light, her partner has admitted he has got these problems with his back, he has come in with medical evidence to confirm that and i think that will go some way to show that laura's version of events are absolutely right. you have clearly been having conversations with laura's family. what picture have you built up of her? she is 33 years old, she is a shop worker in hull, she likes to watch her favourite tv soaps in the evening. she is a woman of good character, no previous convictions and from a decent, hard—working family and they are completely shocked and terrified by what is unfolding in front of them. how much of that aspect of her can be communicated
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to the authorities in egypt? this is all mitigation. she has done something very silly by taking drugs to hurghada. clearly she was doing someone a favour in trying to relieve the back pain of her partner, but it is a criminal offence, tramadol is banned in egypt, it's a class c controlled drug in this country which means it must be prescribed by a gp. the egyptian authorities take this very seriously indeed. we have to be respectful to their laws and customs. but we hope the court listen very carefully to the version of events which laura has said from the outset that she was just trying to help somebody. that has now been confirmed by her partner who says he has got a back problem and he can prove that. members of lewis hamilton's formula
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one team have been robbed at gunpoint in brazil. a minibus carrying the mercedes technical staff was stopped as they left the interlagos circuit in sao paulo. a spokesperson for the team says valuables were ta ken but no one was injured. hamilton tweeted about the incident, saying formula i needed to do more to keep teams safe. bbc radio five live commentator jack nicholls told me formula i could only do so much to help, because of the sheer number of staff working in the city. it is a particular set of traffic lights on the way out of the circuit where this kind of thing is prevalent. the problem last night was that the teams were leaving after dark. brazilian authorities have put in a lot of police for this year, but when the teams are leaving, eight or nine o'clock at night, that is when things can get more sketchy. we heard the stories in the build—up to the olympics last
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year about security concerns, and it is sort concerns, and it is sort of the nature of going to a country like brazil. interesting that lewis hamilton says formula i needs to do more. one wonders what he has in mind. indeed, that is the problem. there are ten teams in sao paulo, about 300 journalists, so overall you're looking at 500 600 people that make up the formula i paddock the traveller in the world. naturally they will all stay in different places around the city. formula i and the circuit can do all they can can do all they can in the perimeter of the actual venue, but if you have teams staying ten miles in that direction or ten miles in that direction, there is only a certain amount of formula i can do. short of not going to brazil anymore. how large a team does lewis hamilton travel with? the actual mercedes team is probably made up of about 100 people on site. hamilton, when he finished his driving, would have had a chat with
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his engineers and then left the circuit around five or six o'clock. it is his mechanics and engineers that would've stayed at the circuit longer, doing all the dirty work, i suppose, while hamilton is back at his hotel, and it is them leaving late at night that would've caused problems. live to barcelona and over like pictures of a big demonstration taking place, this is in support of the separatist movement in catalonia, and particularly people who have been jailed catalonia, and particularly people who have beenjailed because of their involvement in the separatist movement. ten people, it of them former elected leaders. local police say there are 750,000 people
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demonstrating in barcelona tonight. they are marching behind a banner declaring "we are a republic." and carrying placards calling the detail these political prisoners. this is because the spanish government in madrid dissolved the regional parliament, fired the elected politicians, and several of them are now being detained and charges, including sedition. a big demonstration tonight in barcelona, police estimating around 750,000 people out on the streets. donald trump has said the russian president, vladimir putin, feels "insulted" by allegations that moscow interfered in last year's us election. speaking after a brief meeting with mr putin at a summit in vietnam, mr trump said he believed his they appear to have been careful not
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to be seen together too much in front of the eyes of the us media, but donald trump says he and vladimir putin did have three short conversations here. when asked if he'd raise the issue of russian interference in the us elections, mr trump said he had. he said he didn't medal, said mr trump, trump said he had. he said he didn't medal, said mrtrump, i trump said he had. he said he didn't medal, said mr trump, i asked you can only ask that many times. mr trump said he also felt the story that russia tried to interfere in the election in his favour was concocted by the democratic party. as it happens, that was almost the same line mr putin told reporters as he left the summit. but if either of them think they will lay to rest the matter, they are mistaken. the us justice department is investigating claims russia did medal, as well as
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alleged collusion between moscow and mr trump's alleged collusion between moscow and mrtrump's team. alleged collusion between moscow and mr trump's team. several key former aides have been named in connection with the enquiry, donald trump's former campaign manager is currently under house arrest because of information discovered during the investigation. donald trump says this focus on the russian interference on the us election is costing lives in the conflict like syria. because it is getting in the way of his relationship with vladimir putin, and so his ability to resolve such issues. that will not stop investigators in the states determining exactly what did happen with moscow, the current campaign and the election of 2016. police are searching for the driver of a stolen car which was involved in a fatal crash with another vehicle in west sussex yesterday afternoon. a 70—year—old woman was killed when her car was hit by the stolen one. the woman who was killed was driving
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her ford fiesta along this stretch of road when she was hit by the stolen car. she was declared dead at the scene. also in the car was a passenger, friend of her, also a woman in her 70s. she suffered only minor injuries. the driver of the stolen car fled. police minor injuries. the driver of the stolen carfled. police believe he tried to flag down a passing motorist. there was a huge search for the driver, involving a police helicopter and sniffer dogs, but he could not be found. the police first begina could not be found. the police first begin a winner of the stolen mercedes ii begin a winner of the stolen mercedes 11 minutes before the crash, along with another mercedes that had been stolen from a burglary. officers tried to stop both cars, but neither stop. the driver of the second car ended up ploughing into a hedge, an 18—year—old has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. officers described what happened here is a tragedy, and they are appealing for witnesses. the headlines on bbc news:
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the husband of a british woman jailed in iran has told the bbc he will speak to the foreign secretary tomorrow. a british woman charged with drug smuggling in egypt has been referred to a criminal court for trial. lewis hamilton calls on formula i to improve security after some of his team—mates were robbed at gunpoint in brazil. two minutes' silence has been observed around the country for armistice day. it marked the moment in 1918 when the fighting came to an end in the first world war. there were ceremonies at the national memorial arboretum in staffordshire, and at the cenotaph on whitehall in london, from where our correspondent adina campbell reports. the sound of pipes, veteran from the
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second world war and those from which awards were on parade in whitehall. in the drizzle before them, the cenotaph, britain's starc memorial to its war dead, keeping faith with countless lives lost in conflict. at 11am, big ben, silent for months because of repair work, marked the hour. big ben chimes. today's events are notjust about
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those who lost their lives in world wari those who lost their lives in world war i and world war ii. the cenotaph also stands as a reminder of those servicemen and servicewomen caught up servicemen and servicewomen caught up in other conflicts. i thought it was really emotional because so many people died, so i think it's a really good way to pay respects. people died, so i think it's a really good way to pay respectslj think it makes your memories more real. there is the opportunity to really reflect on what was given during those times. today's services have been a chance for many people to remember those who fought, and what they fought for. an engineering company in scotland employing more than 600 people is understood to be on the verge of calling in administrators. bifab, or burnt—island fabricators, makes large—scale equipment for the offshore oil and gas
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industry, as well as tidal generators. let's speak to our scotland business editor, douglas fraser, who broke the story. how big a blow is this to the sector? this company carried a great deal of the hopes of creating jobs in the second win of north sea oil and gas. and linking that into the next phase of north shore energy around wind and tidal turbines. it has been making many of the jackets for offshore wind turbines, some in the irish sea, has a contract to build for the moray firth as well. it is built some of the biggest installations west of shetland into very deep water, demanding engineering. and it has pioneered the tidal turbines that are in place in the water just the tidal turbines that are in place in the waterjust off the coast of wordplay. so it is a very important company in terms of the prestige it carries in an industry that is very important to try to getjobs out of
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scotland's enormous potential for the new forms of energy around coast. but it seems to run into financial difficulties more than problems with the market or the order book, and the financial difficulties particularly for the contract for the moray firth wind farm. that is why they have run into this problem and are filed with the courts and papers to see that they intend to call and administrators, i understand that gives them some time to try to work through this with creditors and government to see how that can be avoided. what do you expect to happen next? they are in discussions with others, the company is not saying anything is about it. they are concerned publicity might cause a greater risk the loss of more than 600 jobs, but they have not come forward with a flexible nation of what is going on. i understand they may wish to speak to some of the workers at the three yards, two of them in fife, one on the isle of lewis near stornoway. to explain what is happening in work
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sta rts explain what is happening in work starts on monday again. they have some time to try to work through this, a very complex financial problem that they have got. the underlying market remains strong. so it may not be as big a concern for the 600 people, but certainly there isa the 600 people, but certainly there is a great deal of uncertainty as to how bifab, a sort of poster child itself in the industry, where it is going to go in the next few days. almost 40% of battery—powered smoke alarms failed to go off in residentialfires in england in the past year, according to new figures. the local government association is warning people to check their smoke alarms in the run—up to winter, when the number of serious fires usually goes up. dan johnson reports. the images can be hard—hitting, and the message is familiar. but it appears it's still not getting through. figures show that in house fires last year, 40% of battery—powered smoke alarms did not go off.
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for mains—powered fire alarms, the rate was more than 20%. there is a claim that more than one in five households never test their smoke alarm. one in ten households do not even have one fitted. check your fire alarms and smoke alarms at home. check the batteries are working. check they are in a suitable position where it's actually going to help you. make sure you have at least one on each floor of your house. that is the key message. we have seen too many smoke alarms and too many fire alarms which haven't done theirjob because people haven't either placed them in the correct position, or checked their batteries. with more boilers and heaters being turned on in colder weather, this is a reminder that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are tried and tested and proven to work. the owners of a small zoo near aberystwyth have said
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they are truly devastated after an escaped lynx was shot dead yesterday. the animal disappeared at the end of last month, prompting a huge search. the local council says that despite "exhaustive efforts" to recapture her, she'd become a risk to the public, as bernard wilson reports. the eurasian lynx, named lilith, is thought to have leapt over an electric fence at borth wild animal kingdom. zoo staff began a hunt for her along with police and officials from ceredigion council. there were a number of sightings, and at one point it was thought she was hiding in bushes near the zoo, but she evaded capture. last night the council released a statement, saying the lynx had strayed into a populated area and it had been necessary to act decisively. it added the animal had been destroyed humanely and the safety of the public was paramount. the zoo has been closed since the animal's escape. speaking to the bbc, borth animal kingdom owner dean tweedy said that he and his staff took full responsibility.
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we are absolutely devastated. i'm both physically and emotionally broken. we have been up the last three weeks day and night following her movements. putting out traps and cameras and things like that so that we could follow her. and we thought we were closing in on her. but i don't know. we know she had some success hunting birds, the rabbit and things like that. she was becoming a little bit more self—sufficient, i think. less likely to go into one of our traps. but we are all deeply, deeply saddened by what happened. i would have loved to have seen her shot with a dart, but apparently that was not an option. we're told that the terrain was not suitable. there was also issues with licenses for dart
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guns and things like that. absolutely heartbroken. we are absolutely responsible. we only took over six months ago, and the zoo was in a real state of disrepair. we've been working all summer long building new enclosures for animals, we've built new enclosures for several species here, and ironically the next project on the list was building a new lynx enclosure. because there were too many in that small enclosure. that's probably the reason why she escaped, because they were fighting and things like that. she could have been just chasing a bird. it's hard to say. what can you buy with a pound?
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two pints of milk? a bar of chocolate, maybe? well one couple from liverpool have just bought a whole house. rachael and sam kamau applied for liverpool council's "home for a pound" scheme. you pay for the building, then promise to renovate it. and theirs is the first to be completed, as andy gill reports. flowers from the mayor for a new chapter in their lives. rachel and sam, both nurses, have spent tens of thousands of pounds doing up there £1 helm. a year ago the staircase look like this. now it looks like this. but the whole house needed work. there was water falling down the stairs. you can see the sky from the stairs. you can see the sky from the kitchen because the roof was damaged completely. somebody has taken off the lead from the roof, so that caused a lot of water damage. it was really bad. the master
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bedroom before, and after. the local council are selling hundreds of empty homes at £1 each. buyers have to live or work in liverpool, fund the renovations, and promise not to sell for five years. this is a town we wanted to come to, liverpool, and now we have fixed it now, we are pa rt of now we have fixed it now, we are part of it now we feel more fixed here now. we're not going to build can forjobs in different towns or other cities. we are now liverpudlian. the landing, before and after. one of the aims of this scheme is to regenerate rundown areas, but a lot of the properties on the street are still empty and derelict stop however, the mayor is confident that this plan can make a difference to streets like these. we have built a new school which we build eight months ago, a district
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shopping centre a ten minute walk away. there is a health centre. it has all the components that the community needs. we just need people to ta ke community needs. we just need people to take up the offer. there are still a lot of derelict houses in your street. does that worry you that you're one of the few lived in houses? the motivation for us to own a house did make us think that way, and we all believe that streets and committees are made by people who live in that community, and that has always been our drive, that we come here come and eventually the other houses will be done and we will build a community together. 100 families have been allocated £1 homes in this part of the city, and the 350 have applied.

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