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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am: after a massacre at a mosque kills 300, the egyptian military carries out air strikes on islamist militants. police say they want to speak to two men after an altercation on a tube platform sparked mass panic in central london. no clear link between suicides in prison and overcrowding, according toa prison and overcrowding, according to a study. and england reach the rugby league world cup final — but onlyjust. they survived a late tongan fight back, almost blowing their 20 point lead in the last eight minutes of the match to reach their first final in over 20 years. and coming up — in—depth analysis of this weeks budget in dateline london at 11:30am. good morning and
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welcome to bbc news. egypt's military says it has carried out air strikes on those behind the deadliest islamist terror attack in the country's recent history. 305 people were killed — including 27 children — and more than 100 were injured, after gunmen detonated a bomb and stormed a packed mosque in a remote town in north sinai yesterday. within the last hour, the egyptian public prosecutor's office has said the attackers were carrying the flag of the so—called islamic state. egypt's air force says it has destroyed vehicles used by the militants, as well as weapons and ammunition at what it described as "terrorist locations". 0rla guerin‘s report contains some distressing images. a rush to save those wounded when a place of worship became a place of carnage.
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the attackers struck during friday prayers. for egypt, this was a grim new first — the mosque was popular with sufi muslims, who revere saints and shrines, and are viewed as heretics by islamic extremists. within hours, a televised address to a nation in shock. president abdel fattah al—sisi telling egyptians their anguish would not be in vain and there would be decisive punishment. the sophisticated assault on the mosque was the latest attack by militants based in sinai. the state has been battling them for years. the most deadly previous attack by is here was the downing of this russian aircraft in sinai in 2015, with the loss of 224 lives. in the past year, is have killed scores of christians in three attacks on churches, saying followers of the cross
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were their favourite prey. this time, militants in sinai have targeted their fellow muslims, showing no mercy. 0utside local hospitals, crowds waited to donate blood. after a day of horror, many egyptians now fearful about what might come next. 0ur correspondent sally nabil gave us the latest from cairo. there is a deep sense of shock and anger here, not just there is a deep sense of shock and anger here, notjust in sinai but perhaps all over the country. first of all given the scale of the attack, this number of casualties is unprecedented and also the style of the attack. we have been used to militant attacks in sinai over the
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past three or four years, militants have carried out frequent attacks against military and police forces and christians, forcing many christian families to flee their homes but this is the first time they targeted worshippers in a mosque and this can be a change of tactics, we do not know exactly why this happened but there are different explanations. some people say this is sufi mosque and sufis follow a strand of mystical islam and are considered by militants to be her rhetoric. 0thers and are considered by militants to be her rhetoric. others say the mosque is an be her rhetoric. others say the mosque is an area be her rhetoric. others say the mosque is an area which supports the army and tribes here support the army and tribes here support the army and tribes here support the army and this is why they have been targeted. up to know nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack. there has been some reporting that the group that calls itself the
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islamic state used one of its propaganda magazine ‘s point out sufis as a target. they have been targeted in other parts of the region but is it a first in egypt? yes, the islamic militants or the sinai province group which is affiliated with the so—called islamic state have threatened to target sufis and have killed a sufi elderly leader last year, this is the first time if they are the people who carried out this attack, this would be the first time they'd target sufis this way. the only incident we know of is the slaughtering of the sufi elderly leader last year but the fact they killed worshippers in a mosque at friday noon prayers, this is appalling and unprecedented and tribes in sinai just issued a statement vowing revenge and say
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they will not hold any ceremonies for morning or condolences until we retaliate for those killed yesterday. the australian government has expressed concern about some of the uk's ideas for future trade arrangements after brexit. the australians are worried that britain might agree to limit tariff—free imports of food and other goods as part of a deal with the eu. the australian trade minister steve ciobo fears that would damage them and other countries such as new zealand and america, as our political correspondent, jonathan blake explains. at the moment, there are charges in place on anything coming into the eu from any other country. in some cases, those are lowered or set at a special rate. for example, let's use the example of new zealand lamb. about 230,000 tonnes of that is imported into the eu each year. that is at a reduced rate.
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it's done so that if it's out of season in the uk and we fancy a joint of lamb for sunday lunch, we can go to the supermarket shelves and they will be there, imported from new zealand. after brexit, the uk in the eu have, other plants is the those tariff rate quarters will stay the same. so 60% of the lamb goes to the eu at the moment, 40% goes to the uk. after brexit, we carry on as normal and everyone is happy, except they're not. because new zealand, australia, canada and others are saying that plan will limit their access. if demand in the rest of europe for a particular goods falls, they would like to import more into the uk to make up for that, but this plan doesn't allow them to do that. it's interesting, because these are countries that were part of the commonwealth and had a privileged trading relationship with the uk before the ukjoined the eu back in the early ‘70s. at the time, they said they felt they were being dumped by the uk in preference to the eu.
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now we've come back to we want to rebuild these trade relationships outside the eu. is itjust a bit of lobbying by the australians and new zealanders? definitely. there's a certain amount of posturing going on here, and we're seeing the beginnings of negotiations between, although they're not formal yet, because we can't do that until we leave the eu, between other countries and the uk starting to emerge. this is definitely a negotiating position. australia and new zealand are setting it out to make sure they get the best deal for their country and their government and industries with the uk after brexit. but australia being quite strong, and the trade minister criticising this plan, saying it's a point of principle and they shouldn't be forced to accept it, in response, the uk is saying
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through the department of international trade that they want a smooth transition which minimises disruption to trading partners, and that they will be working with australia and others in an open and inclusive transparent way. the dup leader arlene foster will address her party's annual conference in belfast later today. she's expected to focus on the party's influence in westminster, following her deal to support the conservatives after the general election. mrs foster will also reaffirm the dup's commitment to restore a power—sharing agreement at stormont. her words will be scrutinised for her stance on brexit and the question of the irish border, one of the main focuses of the negotiations between the uk and brussels. police have released cctv images of two men they want to speak to after panic broke out on the streets of london yesterday afternoon, injuring 16 people. armed officers were called following reports of gunfire at oxford circus tube station. investigators say there is no evidence weapons had been fired. they are appealing to these two men to speak to them following the incident. andy moore reports.
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this alarm began at 4:37pm yesterday, just about the busiest time of the day on one of the busiest days of shopping on oxford street. police say they had multiple reports of what appeared to be gunfire, not just from underground at the tube station, but also from carnaby street and selfridge's just along the street. they said they treated it as if it was a terrorist incident and the first officers were on the scene here within a minute. british transport police are investigating, trying to get to the bottom of what happened. eyewitnesses have spoken about a fight on the platform on the tube and police have issued cctv images of two men they would like to talk to in connection with what they are calling an altercation erupting on the platform. hundreds of people poured out of the tube, many of them not knowing what was going on, why they were being asked to leave the tube station. as they came up to street level, they transmitted their panic
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to lots of other people, and hence those scenes of pandemonium, of panic, of people rushing to get away. in that rush, 16 people were injured. seven of them were treated here at the scene and then discharged. eight people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, but one person was taken to a trauma unit and treated for more serious leg injuries. but at 6:05pm, about an hour and a half after the incident started, it was declared over, and police said they had discovered no sign of shots being fired in any way at all. it seems to have been a false alarm. there's no clear link between the number of prison suicides and overcrowding, a new international study suggests. packed prison cells have traditionally been thought of as a highly significant factor. however, the research published in the lancet psychiatryjournal did conclude that suicides could be cut by sending fewer people with mental
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illnesses to prison. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw reports. prisons can be harsh, depressing and brutal places at times. suicide is a regular occurrence. in england and wales, last year was the worst on record. 119 inmates took their own lives, two every week. staff shortages and population pressures may have played some part in the high suicide rate, but the conditions prisoners are held in are a less significant factor than traditionally thought, according to a new study. the research looked at cases across the world. it examined more than 3,900 prison suicides in 2a countries. the study found wide variation in prison suicide rates, but no link with prison overcrowding, except in low income countries where extremely crowded cells might cause extra stress. there are no simple explanations for this prison suicide,
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so overcrowding, prisoner numbers, prison officer numbers, how much you spend on prison, that didn't seem to be an explanation for these differences in rates of suicide. the study found proportionately more self—inflicted deaths in jails in countries such as norway and sweden. there custody was generally reserved for the most violent and dangerous offenders, including those with mental health problems. that led researchers to conclude that the best way to reduce prison suicides would be to cut dramatically the number of inmates with severe mental illness and improve access to psychiatric care and social welfare provision. the heathrow security worker is among four people who have been arrested on suspicion of importing
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cocaine from colombia. he was arrested along with a colombian man in the toilet, and two other men. car vandalism in england and wales has jumped by ten % in three years. 210—thousand vehicles suffered criminal damage such as smashed windows and slashed tyres in 2016, according to data obtained by rac insurance. it's believed that the figures could be even higher — many motorists don't report incidents because they fear it would push their insurance premiums up. richard lister reports. it's an infuriating problem for motorists and it's on the rise. around 60 cars were vandalised on this colchester industrial estate in august, costing thousands of pounds to fix. new police figures show that across the country more than 210,000 cars suffered criminal damage last year. this that's up 10% since 2013. but the increase in hertfordshire and in west yorkshire was 25%, while greater manchester saw a 37% rise. and none of us are immune. in 2009, the former cabinet minister hazel blears found her car had been attacked by vandals.
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slashed tyres and broken windows mean a vehicle can be off the road for days. very frustrating for a motorist because of the inconvenience, the cost and the time it takes to actually get an effective repair, but we also feel it's probablyjust the tip of the iceberg because many people won't actually report a small incident of vandalism and certainly won't make an insurance claim. in this area near luton airport, holiday—makers who'd parked in residential streets to avoid airport car parks had an unwelcome surprise when they returned. paying for secure parking would've been cheaper. and if that's not available, the advice is to find well lit unobtrusive spaces to avoid the vandals. lets ta ke lets take a look at the headline so far. after a massacre at a mosque kills
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300, the egyptian military carries out air strikes on islamist militants. police say they want to speak to two men after an altercation on a tube platform sparked mass panic in central london. the actress emma thompson is the latest high—profile celebrity to back the campaign to free the british iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who has been in prison in iran for nearly 19 months. we will have more on that later in the programme. the president of argentina has ordered an investigation into what happened to a submarine that disappeared more than a week ago. residents of the sailors on board say they have lost any hope of seeing them alive again. the search continues, a huge
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multinational operation that so far has revealed no clues, and even as more sophisticated equipment arrives in argentina, it's all but officially acknowledged that all hope of finding the crew alive has gone. speaking at the navy headquarters, the president ordered an investigation, promising the submarine would be found in the coming days. translation: meanwhile, until we have all the information, we shouldn't seek to find culprits, to find those responsible, first we have to know what happened and why. but neither he nor the navy have said if they think the crew has died. at the base were the submarine was supposed to arrive, the families have come to that conclusion
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themselves. translation: my son and themselves. translation: my son and the other 42 boys and the girl are no longer with us. evaluating responsibilities is ridiculous. my only wish is to know what happened, to learn the truth. the navy and president have been accused of mismanagement from the start. the vessel report and electrical breakdown in its last communication more than a week ago but that wasn't made public for days, and only on thursday that the navy confirmed there had been a sound consistent with an explosion shortly after that last contact. there have been questions about the condition of the submarine. whether in the area is improving, meaning scans of the ocean floor can begin. a russian ship with mini submarines is also under way. the search will continue but forfamilies under way. the search will continue but for families waiting and the nation demanding to know how this happened, all they can do is wait.
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they were called the dreadnoughts of the trenches that changed the face of modern warfare. now, 100 years since the first tanks were deployed in the battle of cambrai in the first world war, members of the royal tank regiment have returned to the french town to mark the loss of life. robert halljoined the crowds paying their respects. on the terraced lawn of the cambrai memorial, today's tank crews look back to a week which cemented the bonds of a new military family. these men will tell you stories of the friendship and teamwork particular to this regiment, as true now as it was a century ago. in november 1917, the early tank men clambered into over 400 lumbering machines for the largest tank attack ever mounted. inside the metal hulls, crews were overcome by heat and exhaust fumes. many tanks broke down. but courage and determination took most of their objectives. major arthur griffiths was one of those honoured for his bravery. having seen some of
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the pressures of conflict, it's particularly poignant. you understand what the pressures on him were at the time. i think the standout point for me was in the tank you would make sure the bullet was hitting the front of the tank and then you would know you were going the right way towards the enemy. surviving tanks are now too fragile to run. this is a copy made for the film war horse. one battle scarred veteran has been adopted by the french village where it fought. tank d51, deborah to her crew, was abandoned and lost. until a local historian found her in 1998 and began the task of restoring her. today, deborah is the centrepiece of a new museum commemorating her part in the battle and the five crewmen she lost. when we are together and there are not many people,
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i'm always moved when i'm here. it's part of myself and it is simply a love story. a love story which started 25 years ago when first i met an old lady who let me know that she knew a place where the tank was buried. for me it was exactly as if she had given me a map to find a treasure. when the five men who now lie together at this military cemetery climbed into tank d51 at the start of this battle, they knew they were part of something extraordinary. but the bravery of the crews and the sheer power of the tanks came to naught. the allies were once again driven back. cambrai, however, did mark the start of a change in the way wars were fought. the tank had proved its worth. a machine that is still evolving, still a terrifying presence. its birth came at a high cost. these ceremonies mark the passing of the tank men who still lie under
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the rolling farmland they crossed. robert hall, bbc news, on the battlefield of cambrai. sport now, and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good morning. it's been over two decades since england appeared in a rugby league world cup final — but after a nerve shredding showdown with tonga, wayne bennett's side will now face australia in next saturday's showpiece. but what a semifinal — tonga just metres from snatching victory in front of an impassioned crowd in auckland, asjoe lynskey reports. for england, some wins are worth waiting for. after three straight defeats in world cup semifinals, victory finally came, but with a scare. to get to brisbane, england had to cross the red sea. in auckland they were staring down at tonga's town. this stadium can hold a quarter of the nation, but england found an early break.
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when play in this sport is about timing. jermaine mcgillivray is rarely late. by half—time they had it under control. the team looked safe and sound and john bateman‘s third score looked to have sealed it. england's try. it's looking as if it will be england in the semifinal. but the drama was just beginning. but in the end england's cruise control became survival instinct. tonga trauma overcome,
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it is australia next for the title. it's a great feeling. there will be plenty of young kids back home watching this and they have been a long time waiting. the supporters are unbelievable. they are passionate and they keep fighting to the end. to our boys credit, we were there and we're off to the final. over in brisbane, day three of the opening ashes test has seen england take a slim lead — but it was australia who really turned up the heat in the final hour. andy swiss reports. well, if the first two days of this test match were level pegging, australia have the edge at the end of day three. england are 33—2, a lead of just seven runs. they lost two wickets in a torrid final session. captain joe root was struck
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on the helmet by a bouncer. alistair benson and james kirk both out. thankfully he was ok. a difficult closing hour for the english batsmen. earlier in the day they started well in the field. they took three early wickets. they looked to be heading for a first innings lead, but then steve smith with 1111 not out guided australia, with a little help from pat cummings, who scored an important a2. australia edging ahead thanks to a stunning performance from steve smith. they will feel they have the advantage going into day four. if they can getjoe root‘s wicket early, they have a strong chance of winning. lewis hamilton has broken the track record for the second day in a row infinal record for the second day in a row in final practice at the abu dhabi
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grand prix. valtteri bottas was second quickest. hamilton looking for 73rd pole position of his career when qualifying begins at one o'clock. that's all the sport for now. now for the weather. autumn is doing a very good impression of winter this weekend, as far as the weather is concerned because some of us started today looking like this, a blanket of snow in the derbyshire peaks, stirling started off with snow on the ground but a beautiful sun ride and generally the further east you are, this was north—east england earlier on, the fewer showers you will see, the more sunshine on what will be a cold and windy day. wind is
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particularly strong across northern scotland, showers feeding into the north west, the further east you are, fewer showers, more crisp sunshine to enjoy. across northern scotla nd sunshine to enjoy. across northern scotland we will continue sisi rain but some sleet and snow over high ground, windy in the far north and temperatures struggling, three in glasgow the best, still some wintry showers in northern ireland and the midlands and wales, snow over hills and mountains, at the lower levels more likely to be rain but not many showers in the south—east, hear a lot of dry weather and showers continuing to feeding across the south—west across hills and more is still the potential for snow. tonight showers continue to affect western areas, further east staying largely dry, more of a breeze than last night so it may not turn quite
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as chilly, towns and cities close to freezing, still quite widespread tomorrow morning. at first glance tomorrow morning. at first glance tomorrow has a lot of crisp sunshine, largely dry in the east and west but then cloud rolls in towards northern ireland, and we will see some more persistent rain late in the day and with that the temperatures begin to nudge up a little bit, some milder air associated with this weather front on sunday night bringing outbreaks of rome but as soon as this frontal system clears away we get back into the cold air, so temporarily milder in the south on monday but on tuesday and through the week ahead it looks chilly with a mix of sunshine and wintry showers. hello and welcome to dateline london, i'mjane hill. this week, we discuss the state of the uk's finances after the budget, whether this could be the end of the german chancellor's reign,
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and assess the prospects for the people of zimbabwe, now robert mugabe has gone. my guests are, from germany, stefanie bolzen of die welt, uk conservative political commentator alex deane, from bloomberg news, senior writer stephanie baker, and the italian writer and film maker annalissa piras. welcome to you all. but before we discuss those events, we do want to take a moment to focus on the horrific attack in northern sinai, where more than 300 people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque, during friday prayers. as we go to air, no group has claimed it carried out the attack. although the state prosecutor in cairo said the gunman —— gunmen were carrying flags of the so—called islamic state. it is a quite horrific attack, and annalisa, the
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scale and the coordination of this is something that has not been seen in this region for a very long time. it is unprecedented and we know very little at the moment. so it is difficult to draw conclusions, but two things
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