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hello and welcome to bbc news. a little bit of history was made at the football world cup in russia on saturday — the first use of the so—called video assistant referee. france were the beneficiaries — awarded a penalty in their match against australia. elsewhere, iceland continued their impressive form at recent international tournaments, holding argentina to a 1—1 draw. there were also wins for denmark and croatia, as the bbc‘s tim allman reports. chanting: ole, ole, ole! aussie, aussie! some fans have come a long way for this. many are bringing reminders from home. others aiming to win new recruits. that wonderful moment at the beginning of a tournament when anything seems possible. we're headed for
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a 2—1 australia win. 2-0. 2—0, all right! we're hoping! australia 3—1, australia to win against the french. whatever the result, this match did seem a world cup first — the video assistant referee — var — awarding a penalty to france. these socceroos got a penalty of their own in the second half, making it 1—1. but paul pogba scored a late winner. the french were up and running. var seemed to be contagious. another spot kick this time awarded to peru. but you still have to put them in the back of the net. that miss proved crucial. yussuf poulsen,
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who conceded a penalty scored in the second half, denmark winning1—0. in group d, sergio aguero gave argentina the lead against iceland. but it was soon i—i. alfred finnbogason equalising for the smallest nation taking part. in the second half, lionel messi had the chance to win it, but his penalty was easily saved. and in group d's other match, an own goal and a missed spot kick from luka modric helped croatia to a 2—0 win over nigeria. tim allman, bbc news. and to keep up to date with what's going on in the world cup, go to the bbc sport website. we'll have all the team news, results and fixtures, building up to the final on july the fifteenth. go to bbc.com/worldcup. police in moscow are questioning a man after a taxi veered into pedestrians near red square, injuring eight people. some of those hurt were mexican football fans visiting the city for the world cup.
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the mayor of moscow said the driver, a kyrgyz national, lost control of the vehicle. sarah rainsford reports from moscow. in a video from the scene, the yellow taxi turns sharply from a queue of traffic and ploughs into the crowd on the pavement, scooping up and carrying several people along on its bonnet before crashing into a road sign. the driver then leaps out and sprints off, pursued by others in the crowd, including fans in football shirts. translation: there were mexicans, people were screaming. the only thing that stopped him is that he had crashed into the pillar, into the street sign. people who saw him, normal people, detained him. he started driving over people. people were everywhere, they were walking, there was absolutely no room. he was pulled out of the car and he started running. he jumped out and then the witnesses caught him. security is high here in russia, with the world cup under way and thousands of foreign fans visiting.
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moscow's mayor has called what has happened close to red square "an unpleasant incident," and reports from two russian news agencies suggests the driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel and pressed the accelerator accidentally. according to their embassy, two mexicans are among those who were hurt, but not seriously. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. at least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a nightclub outside the venezuelan capital caracas after a tear gas canister was detonated. at least eight of the dead are children. the club was packed with students celebrating the end of the school year. the former boss of france telecom and six other members of his team are to be tried in connection with an alleged culture of harassment at the firm that's been linked to dozens of suicides. the former managers are accused of trying to make employees resign in order to cut thousands ofjobs. there are renewed calls
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to legalise medicines derived from cannabis, after the home secretary stepped in to help a 12—year—old boy with severe epilepsy. billy caldwell‘s mother brought cannabis oil into the uk from canada on monday, but it was confiscated at heathrow airport. he had to be admitted to hospital, but his supporters say his condition improved as soon as he was given the oil. more details now from the bbc‘s richard lister. charlotte and billy caldwell flew back to britain on monday after taking the law into their own hands. to treat billy's epilepsy, they bought cannabis oil in canada containing an ingredient banned in the uk. the drug which had kept billy's seizures under control for almost a year was confiscated and four days later billy was back in hospital. he's still there but today charlotte was told the home office had backed down and licensed billy's cannabis treatment,
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leaving her relieved but angry. my experience throughout this leaves me in no doubt that the home office can no longer play a role, in fact play any role in the administration of medication for sick children in our country. no other family should have to go through this sort of ordeal. sajid javid indicated that this wasn't a full policy change but a response to a complex situation. he said... but many others are watching. alfie's parents asked theresa may for the same access to cannabis treatment three months ago. now they want action. one former minister says the law on medicinal cannabis must change. we can't have british patients having to smuggle medicines across the border while european patients can acquire
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medicinal cannabis products. i think the mood is changing. and i think this case highlights it. billy's cannabis treatment has resumed but so too has the debate on whether others like him should be able to benefit, too. friday night's fire at the glasgow school of art has been described as "heartbreaking" by scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon. the flames are now largely under control, but emergency crews are working through a second night to make the iconic mackintosh building safe. it was being restored after another fire four years ago. our correspondent alexandra mackenzie reports. a sight no—one imagined they would ever see again. but glasgow's cherished mackintosh building was engulfed in flames for a second time. as the fire took hold in the early hours of this morning, thick smoke could be seen for miles around. as the fire rapidly spread, some local residents
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were evacuated from their homes and businesses. more than 60 firefighters have been tackling this major blaze for several hours and it now looks as if the flames have spread to a second building. it had indeed spread, to the nearby campus nightclub, and the o2 abc music venue. more resources were drafted in from across scotland and, at its height, 120 firefighters fought to save these buildings. as dawn broke and the smoke subsided, the remains of the mackintosh building began to emerge, the extent of the damage is far worse than from the fire four years ago. we are working on four fronts, so we're working on four different parts of the building. and the main operations at the moment is trying to extinguish the fire completely within both the school of art and the adjacent buildings. affectionaly known as the mac,
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the grade a listed building was completed in 1909. considered to be charles rennie mackintosh's masterpiece, it could be seen here in its former glory. but four years ago, fire ripped through the library. valuable archives and original furniture and fittings designed by mackintosh, were reduced to blackened rubble. the building was being restored and was due to reopen next year, but as scotland's first minister paid tribute to firefighters this afternoon, that looked increasingly unlikely. the most important thing today is that we are not mourning the loss of life and we should not forget that, that is down to the skill and speed of response of the fire service and for that i am immensely grateful to all of them. investigation teams will now begin their painstaking work to find out why such a devastating fire broke out on this historic site for a second time. alexander mackenzie,
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bbc news, glasgow. members of sinn fein have voted in favour of changing the party's policy on abortion at their annual conference in belfast. the move means that their mps in the irish republic can now support new legislation to allow terminations in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. the sinn fein president, mary lou mcdonald said she believed that change in abortion law must happen across ireland. from belfast, here's our ireland correspondent emma vardy. anti—abortion campaigners turned out to greet sinn fein delegates this morning. these views were once in the party mainstream, but not any more. no more will our reproductive rights be capitalised and commercialised! today, sinn fein delegates of a new generation spoke in favour of abortion reform. we must face the reality that the lives of some women are placed in danger and real risk due to their pregnancy.
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during the recent referendum campaign, i was struck by the scores of women that came forward and told their personal stories. last month ireland voted decisively to overturn its ban on abortion. today sinn fein passed a motion requiring its politicians to back new laws in the irish parliament, allowing abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. but not without some internal division. the 26 counties of ireland has lost something beautiful and precious, the protection of the unborn, but we the already born did not lose on may the 25th — the unborn child did. leading the call for change, sinn fein‘s first new leader in 35 years. mary lou mcdonald gave herfirst conference speech since taking over from gerry adams a few months ago. emery woman who calls this island home must have access
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to compassionate medical care at home. the north is next. now that sinn fein has officially changed its own stance on abortion, the party will continue pressing for the law to be changed here in northern ireland, where abortion remains illegal in most circumstances. but achieving this will be harder. sinn fein is not in government after power—sharing with the dup collapsed 17 months ago. change has come in the party, but deadlock over access to abortion for northern ireland remains. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. the so—called video assistant referee has made its world cup debut. it identified a penalty for france, which the side went on to score, helping them defeat australia 2-1. a man is being questioned by police in moscow
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after a taxi veered into pedestrians in red square, injuring eight people, including some mexican football fans. students from a school in the us state of florida which saw one of the worst ever shootings in the country have begun a national tour aimed at advocating gun law reform. on their first stop in chicago, the parkland students were joined on stage by celebrities will.i.am and chance the rapper as they called on young people to vote for and advocate tougher gun control laws. all of your voices come in a matter where you come from, your community, your economic background, matter. your voices are strong and in this movement every single voice, no matter where it comes from, matters. it's not good enough to vote for a candidate just because they have a d next to their name. i will repeat that. the students of parkland deserve better. the students of chicago deserve better. and the students across america deserve better.
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seeing the parkland students up there, that was really, like, it showed me how much i care about this, actually, and seeing kids like this, that they had to go through this in school, it is sad and horrible, so, yeah. well, earlier i spoke to mark guarino, a reporter for the washington post whojoined me live from chicago. i asked him why the students had chosen chicago to begin theircampaign. well, chicago unfortunately has developed a bad reputation for gun violence in two parts of the city, the south side and the west side. so the students made a connection with a lot of the students on both those sides of the city to talk about shared trauma with gun violence. isn't chicago also one of those places that opponents of gun control laws say already has strict gun control, yet the shootings still keep continuing? that's right. there are many different factors for that. one fact that was discussed today among students and is often talked about with law enforcement here is guns coming over from the indiana border. so purchases that are made right across the border are brought in, sold on the street,
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and so essentially bypassing state, and local laws. you had a chance to speak to the students. what did they tell you? it was really incredible. the students from florida were really spending a lot of time with the students from chicago. what they talked about was what they had in common. these are two communities which at first glance would seem to have nothing in common. but actually, they sort of talked about their shared experiences dealing with gun violence. the chicago students talking about how it is something that is sort of an everyday occurence here. it is something that is happening on the street. the students in florida are talking about something happening in their school. so different circumstances, but they are the same age,
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they are talking about the same dramatic feelings and tensions that they feel when just wanting to go to class. —— traumatic. when you say that at first glance it appears they have nothing in common, that is because the florida students are largely from affluent backgrounds, and in chicago, the south side is much poorer, and there are those stereotypes. from here across the pond it seems as though this movement by the parkland students is different from any other gun control advocacy movement we have seen in the past. would that be correct? hard to say. one of the reasons is obviously that they are kids, but they are really making an effort to make it, i am actually at talent hall right now outside chicago, and one of the students, one of the things they talk about is about keeping it pure, by which they mean making sure
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that the speakers and the organisers arejust the students. so it is the best of what you think about a grassroots movement, they are trying to keep it grassroots. like any grassroots movement, it grows organically. i think that is what makes it very different. we are hearing voices and stories and perspectives that we typically do not hear from those groups you have mentioned. the migrant rescue ship, the aquarius, is heading for the spanish port of valencia where it's expected to dock on sunday. it follows italy's refusal to accept the vessel which has 600 people on board. meanwhile, a further 900 people have been rescued by spanish coastguards in the waters off morocco. bill hayton reports. spirits are high for the rescue ship to get aquarius and its people somewhere in the western medditeranean. a week ago, they almost drowned off the coast of libya and they have been soaring italy's political battles. —— been pawns in.
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now they are headed to safety in spain. on the quayside in valencia, hundreds of humanitarians getting ready to receive them. translation: vulnerable people are travelling on aquarius, and now on the italian vessels including children and pregnant women. there is also a group of people have suffered burns, some of them second—degree burns, due to the mixed water and fuel. in general, medical teams are used to these types of situations and patients are stable. but it is clear that such a long trip in such harsh conditions does not help. while scenes like this push migration at the political agenda, the number of people crossing the mediterranean appears to be actually falling. according to the un's migration agency, in the first of this year it was less than half of what it was last year. in italy, it has fallen even more dramatically to a quarter of last year's figure. that is partly because numbers
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arriving in spain and greece have risen slightly. this group of 900 people arrived in the port of algeciras after being rescued off the coast of morocco. translation: we are trying to get a minimum of humanitarian conditions to accommodate these people. now we are proceeding to identify them and taking them to police stations to begin the immigration procedures. the aquarius is due to dock on sunday, spain's new socialist government is promising free medical treatment for those on board. each one will have their case for asylum investigated. they are the lucky ones. so far this year, 800 others are known to have drowned before they could reach safety. bill hayton, bbc news. greek prime minister alexis tsipras has survived a no—confidence vote in parliament over a deal to end a decades—old dispute over the name of neighbouring macedonia. the macedonian leader agreed a deal to rename the country north macedonia, in exchange for greece stopping its block on the countryjoining the eu and nato. but the idea has met with fierce opposition in both countries, as andrew plant reports.
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protesters gathered in the greek capital, clashing with police outside parliament, as the prime minister survived a vote of no confidence inside. proving that ending this 27 year dispute will not be easy. translation: the politicians have no right to do this. they are traitors, it is treason. this state planning to tarnish years of history. it does not have the trust of the greek people, we will refuse to honour the deal. when yugoslavia split into seven nations in 1991, the area north of the greek border called itself macedonia.
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but greece already has a region called macedonia. the agreement now to rename their neighbour as north macedonia. it might seem a small issue to outsiders, but greeks are fiercly protective of their macedonia region. it's the cradle of alexander the great‘s empire, their legendary ancient warrior king. the agreement reached this week was supposed to satisfy both sides. instead, the issue's proved so sensitive to some have called for the whole greek government to go. prime minister alexis tsipras has argued that the pact will stabilise the region. the deal is due to be signed at the border between the two countries on sunday, although more demonstrations are now planned to take place outside that ceremony. andrew plant, bbc news. there have been extraordinary scenes in the afghan capital kabul where taliban militants have joined eid celebrations —
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embracing security forces. it's the result of the ceasefire which the government would like to extend. the peace was broken however after an attack by islamic state killed 20 in eastern afghanistan earlier on saturday. here's anbarasan ethirajan. for many afghans, these are extraordinary scenes. taliban militants crossing over front lines to celebrate eid with officials and soldiers. the two sides were fighting each other just a few days ago. the unprecedented development was due to a three—day ceasefire declared for the muslim religious festival of eid. in some places, soldiers were hugging taliban fighters and exchanging eid greetings. dozens of unarmed taliban fighters also entered the capital city, kabul. the interior minister, wais ahmad barmak, met taliban
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fighters briefly, an almost unthinkable encounter a few days ago. but the taliban says it is only temporary. translation: we don't have a problem with afghan police and afghan forces. we fight because there are foreigners in our country. there are americans in our country. we fight americans if we see them now, and we will fight them after the ceasefire has finished. the truth has been widely observed in most parts of afghanistan, but the ceasefire was marred by a suicide attack in nangarhar province. despite the breach, the afghan president, ashraf ghani, wants the ceasefire to continue. translation: i have ordered afghan security and defence forces to extend the ceasefire from monday, the fourth day of eid. more details of the ceasefire will be shared with the nation soon.
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i also urge the taliban to extend their ceasefire. the war—weary afghans want an end to the cycle of violence. for the moment, the temporary ceasefire has raised hopes of permanent peace. 31 may not be a milestone birthday for most, but it's a big dealfor one giant panda in mexico. shuang shuang is the world's longest living giant panda outside of china, the offspring of two pandas given to mexico by china in 1975. although officially considered a geriatric in panda years, shuang shuang didn't seem at all fazed about getting old, enjoying a relaxing day with plenty of snacks on hand. if only i were that hampered by the
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bbc. -- if only i were that hampered by the bbc. —— pampered. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @nkem|fejika. time for the weather. on saturday, the weather was a little hit and miss across the north. we had some downpours and thunderstorms. we are not expecting that on sunday. however, sunday is expected to be a cloudy day across much of the country. it may remain overcast right through the afternoon and into the evening across some western areas with a bit of light rain or drizzle. through the early hours, you can see the clear skies across some parts of the uk and as a result, quite chilly in rural spots. but this cloud will be over us on sunday but at least it won't be pouring with rain. through the early hours, you can see the clearer skies across eastern and northern areas. towards the west, we have the encroaching crowd, carried by an atlantic breeze. temperatures in the south first thing will be around 13 degrees, cooler in scotland, possibly as low as four degrees first thing in the morning.
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it starts off quite bright across eastern counties but quickly the clouds will increase. around some of the coastal areas, thick cloud and drizzle at times but also a few glimmers of brightness. however, the best chance of sunshine, i think, on sunday, across northern and eastern parts of scotland. aberdeen getting up to 19 celsius. that is how it will end on sunday. cloudy. here's a quick look at the pollen levels, you can see they are pretty high across england but with the winds coming in off the atlantic, just moderate levels across the west of the uk. as we go through monday and tuesday, we will progressively see the weather systems moving towards the north. still, some weather fronts slicing across the northern half of the uk. the trend will be for warmer air to start wafting in from the south so temperatures are expected to gradually rise across the southern half of the uk through the week. monday starts of sunny across eastern and southern areas. we have the weather fronts moving into scotland, northern ireland and the north—west. there will be a bit of rain here. low pressure to the north. look at the weather in the south. lots of sunshine and temperatures
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getting into the mid—20s. as we go through tuesday and wednesday, the temperatures are expected to rise even further. the warmth, as it comes in from the south, doesn't quite reach scotland or northern ireland. it turns and ends up in continental europe. the temperatures are only expected to rise across the southern half of the uk. the mid—high 20s in london but in aberdeen, temperatures will be closer to the teens. that is the latest from me. bye bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: the so—called video assistant referee has made its world cup debut. it identified a penalty for france, which the side went on to score, helping them defeat australia 2—1. police in moscow are questioning a man after a taxi veered into pedestrians near red square, injuring eight people. some of those hurt were mexican football fans visiting the city for the world cup. there's been fresh violence
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in nicaragua just a day after the governent and opposition called a ceasefire. eight people died on saturday, including six members of one family whose home was burned down at dawn. there've been protests in greece after prime minister alexis tsipras survived a no—confidence vote brought by the opposition after he struck a controversial deal over the renaming of neighbouring macedonia. from anti—freeze to lemon coloured snails that could potentially fight cancer, the oceans of antarctica are full of unique animals that scientists hope could hold the key to some major global problems. members of the british antarctic survey in cambridge, spend months diving in freezing waters. our science correspondent, richard westcott has been given special access to the creatures they bring back to study. up top, antarctica is a frozen desert but venture beneath the ice, its waters are teeming with life.
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creatures that hold clues to how the animal world will cope with climate change. we have been given a rare behind—the—scenes glimpse of some of the creatures scientists have brought back to to the uk to study. there are some bizarre animals, believe me.
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