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this is bbc news, i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8pm: more than 70 mp5 and peers sign a letter urging the government to ensure julian assange faces authorities in sweden — if they request his extradition. police fire shots and arrest a man outside the ukrainian embassy in london, after the ambassador‘s car is deliberately rammed. a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. sudan's new leader — it's third in three days — calls for dialogue with all factions and offers the release of political prisoners. doctors celebrate a new type of treatment called "gene silencing", used to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain. and, coming up at 8:30pm, mark urban examines president macron‘s rise, troubles and future plans for france and the eu.
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good evening. welcome to bbc news. more than 70 mps and peers have called on the government to ensure that the wikileaks co—founder, julian assange, facesjustice in sweden — if the authorities there re—open a rape investigation against him, on charges he denies. the united states has already requested that the uk hand over mr assange to them, to answer a charge of computer hacking, leading to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets. here's our political correspondent, chris mason. dragged out of ecuador‘s embassy in london on thursday, julian assange faces one big question. where will he be sent now? more than 70 politicians have put their names to a letter
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to the home secretary, sajid javid, to request that he do everything he can to champion action that will ensure thatjulian assange can be extradited to sweden. they also urge him to stand with the victims of sexual violence and seek to ensure the case against mr assange can now be properly investigated. i've signed this letter because i think the top priority is the accusations against mr assange for rape and sexual violence in sweden, and i was very concerned that that vitally important issue seemed to be getting airbrushed out of the conversation. the swedish authorities have been pursuing julian assange for years over allegations of rape and sexual assault, which he denies. at the same time, the united states wants mr assange extradited over hacking charges, after his organisation wikileaks released secret material, including this video from a us military helicopter... come on.
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fire! gunfire. ..appearing to show firing at iraqi civilians in 2007. the home office isn't commenting on this letter, and, as things stand, sweden hasn't requested that julian assange is sent there. but if it were to do so, british law sets out what would happen next, and it could mean the home secretary deciding where he goes. and one of the criteria in coming to that decision is the severity of the alleged offences. after seven years of voluntary imprisonment, this weekend julian assange is actually behind bars, provoking a political row and a potential international dispute over his future. chris mason, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are nigel nelson from the sunday mirror and political commentatorjo phillips.
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police in london have opened fire on a car outside the ukrainian embassy, after it deliberately rammed a car belonging to the ukranian ambassador. the metropolitan police said that the vehicle was then "driven at" their officers at the scene. police used firearms and a taser before arresting a man in his 40s. they've since ruled out terrorism. i was speaking to an eyewitness to the incident who described what he saw. sure, i was at home. the gentleman showed up about seven in the morning, in some kind of protest against the embassy. i was out on my terrace when he started ramming his car and the police arrested him. you spoke to him? i did, i asked him to turn down the music and he said he was playing
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ukrainian music for the ukrainian embassy is a bit belligerent and didn't want to turn it down, so i went inside. how quickly were the police there? he was sat out there for almost two hours but once he rammed the car, the police turned up rather quickly, i would say in five minutes. what did they do? initially, a couple of officers turned up and blocked the street and they were trying to talk him out of they were trying to talk him out of the car, asked him to open his window and he kept kind of driving back and forth, in a somewhat threatening manner. then other officers with firearms showed up and from what i saw, it looks like they shot at the tyres of the car and that's when they opened the car and tasered him. how difficult was it for them to arrest him?” tasered him. how difficult was it for them to arrest him? i don't think it was too difficult. he wouldn't open the car at all. they smashed the window and then opened the door and dragged him out. he
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seemed to fight back a little bit, but he was quite surrounded, so i didn't have a clear view. how clear to you was it, the reason for him behaving in this way?” to you was it, the reason for him behaving in this way? i really don't know. it was really strange. he sat... he wasn't even parked on the pavement, he was sat in the middle—of—the—road for two hours. i'm not sure if he was drunk or something but yeah, quite strange. a 10—year—old boy has died, after he was attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. police were called to a caravan at tencreek holiday park in looe, to reports that a boy was "unresponsive". heidi davey reports from looe. emergency services were called to the popular holiday park in south east cornwalljust before 5am this morning. residents here at tencreek told us they heard screams in the early hours. it's believed the little boy's grandmother found him in an unresponsive state.
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devon and cornwall police have confirmed the ten—year—old had been attacked by a dog, which is believed to be a bulldog—type breed. the boy was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. people in general don't come far at this time of year. they will be from parts of devon and around cornwall. this community is renowned for when things happen, that we pull together and we try and help in any way we can. police investigations are of course ongoing. tencreek holiday park has issued a statement saying its thoughts are very much with the family, and they will offer all their support to the ongoing police inquiries. a 28—year—old woman has been arrested in saltash in connection to the incident. as you can see, at tencreek holiday park there is still a strong police presence. officers have been here since five o'clock this morning, when they first received the call.
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the holiday park, though, is very much open for business. new visitors and existing customers have all been arriving. everybody we have spoken to has reiterated what a strong community it is. lots of static caravans in there, lots of people that have been here for years. they all just say how shocked they are that something like that can happen here. heidi davey, bbc news, in looe. police in wales are investigating the death of a teenager who was found unconscious in a park in caerphilly. the 13—year—old boy has been named locally as carson price. his death is being treated as unexplained and officers are working to determine the cause. in sudan, the head of the state security service has resigned, as anti—government protests continue. a general has been appointed as the third leader in as many days. demonstrators are demanding that power is given to a civilian authority. andy moore reports. a new day in khartoum and a new leader, but the protesters are still on the streets.
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the new man has already accepted an important resignation, salah gosh, the head of the powerful national intelligence and security service. the crowds are waiting to see what to make of the man now in charge of their country. translation: abdel fattah al burhan is the new guy but who is he and what will he say and do differently? will he chant to our slogans or not? we won't deal with him emotionally. we are waiting to hear his first address and then we will decide how to deal with him. translation: it is a great thing for sudan and, inshallah, our hopes will be realised. we are not leaving the streets until everything goes to our advantage. one of the new leader's firstjobs, an address to the nation. translation: this is a renewed call for all those bearing arms to sit down to discussions to arrive at a peaceful outcome and peacefully coexist under the basis of new measures. dear compatriots, a military council will safeguard state sovereignty and establish a civilian government agreed on by all factions.
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for this to happen, the transitional military council will be in control for a period that will not exceed two years. sudan's third leader in as many days, lieutenant general abdel fattah al burhan abdelrahman was sworn in late on friday night. his elevation followed the resignation of the man who led the military coup to topple the president. al abdelrahman burhan is seen as further away from the old regime. he has been seen on the streets of khartoum, engaging with protesters and trying to win them over. but, so far at least, that plan doesn't seem to be working. the demonstrators say they will stay on the streets until there is a handover to a civilian government. andy moore, bbc news. let's speak to alex de vaal now — a sudan specialist and executive director of the world peace foundation. he joins us from addis ababa in neighbouring ethiopia. thank you very much forjoining us. how much control over sudan do the coup makers have? it looks like they
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don't have much. this is a pretty shambolic coup, really. quite clearly, the different generals in charge, the generals in charge of not just the army charge, the generals in charge of notjust the army but charge, the generals in charge of not just the army but security forces and pa ramilitaries, not just the army but security forces and paramilitaries, they couldn't agree on what they were doing, other than removing the long—standing president, 0mar al—bashir. the first leader was clearly very weak and indecisive and replaced today. no one really knows what the political identity and affiliations of general burhan are going to be. he has made a number of concessions to the opposition but the key concession the opposition have been demanding, handing over to a civilian counsel very rapidly, he has not yet made that concession. this lack of control by the coup makers, how much of that is a function of the system that the former president, 0mar al—bashir, set up in his many years in power?
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president 0mar al—bashir set up an extraordinarily complex system with multiple security agencies. we have the army, the biggest but not the only one. the national intelligence and security, whose director resigned today. but will certainly continue to be an influential factor. rapids of —— map support forces, popular defence forces, i could go on and on. president 0mar al—bashir was like a spider at the centre of this web and all of his lieutenants once he's gone, they only control certain parts of it. general burhan, having taken over, is going to have twin challenges, one being can he get all these military oligarchs on side? can he get the legitimacy that comes from making a deal with the civilian protesters ? making a deal with the civilian protesters? doing both will require
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extraordinary political skills, which we don't yet know whether he has. how likely is it, do you think, there will be democracy in sudan in a way that we haven't seen before? was that the intention of the coup? i think the intention of the coup makers initially was to preserve as much of the existing system of president 0mar al—bashir as they possibly could. the man who fronted the coup was 0mar al—bashir because my the coup was 0mar al—bashir because uty the coup was 0mar al—bashir because my deputy and error apparent, very loyal. almost everybody in the army and security services, they do have and security services, they do have an affectionate loyalty for president bashir because he has been extremely loyal to them, as individuals, and catered to them as institutions. so essentially, they wa nted institutions. so essentially, they wanted to maintain as much as the status quo they could in any concessions they make will be wrung
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out of them through their weakness oi’ out of them through their weakness or through the strength of the opposition. thank you very much for talking to us. you're very welcome. president trump has confirmed he wants to send people detained in his immigration crackdown at the mexico border to so—called "sanctuary cities". they're areas of the united states — usually under democrat control — that don't cooperate with the detention of undocumented migrants. we will bring the illegal... ..i call them the illegals. they came across the border illegally, we'll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it, whether it's a state or whatever it might be. california's always saying, "we want more people", and they want more people in their sanctuary cities? well, we'll give them more people, we'll give them a lot. we can give them an unlimited supply. and let's see if they are so happy. they say they have open arms, they are always saying they have open arms. let's see if they have open arms.
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in response, many democrats across the country have condemned the plan, accusing the trump administration of using migrants as political pawns. the governor of california gavin newsom dismissed the plan as "insulting". it's not serious. it lacks any rationale. it's insulting to the american people and to the intelligence of the american people. it's un—american, it's illegal, it's immoral, it's rather pathetic. i don't know what more i can say. 0ur correspondent in washington, dan johnson, has been following developments. sanctuary cities are places across america that have declared they will be open and welcoming to asylum seekers and immigrants, whatever their status. in fact, they take it further and refuse to cooperate with the federal authorities in dealing with those people. so, it may be that their asylum or immigration case is unsuccessful, and the federal authorities want assistance in finding that person or deporting them from the country. the authorities in that city,
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these designated sanctuary cities, actually refuse to co—operate in those sorts of cases, with the the federal government. the president's saying, "0k, fine, if you want to be open and welcoming to any sort of immigrant, then i will send people from the border to these cities and they can be taken care of there." because, he says, simply the situation along the border has got so intense now, the pressure is so great, that things have to change and people need to be moved. but this would be a complicated plan. it would be a logistical nightmare, because it would involve moving thousands of people thousands of miles right across the united states, perhaps to cities where they don't even want to go, places they don't have connections. so, how realistic this is, i'm not sure, but it's certainly something the president has seized upon, perhaps as much as a threat to try to silence his critics, because sanctuary cities tend to be dominated by democratic politicians, who are, of course, opposed to the president's immigration policies. the headlines on bbc news... dozens of mps and peers sign a letter urging the government to ensure julian assange faces
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authorities in sweden — if they request his extradition. police fire shots and arrest a man outside the ukrainian embassy in london, after the ambassador‘s car is deliberately rammed. a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's azi. thank you, we start with the masters. all the groups are now out for their third rounds at augusta and it remains congested at the top. american tony finau is having a brilliant round, he's the outright leader on 9 under. 2013 champion adam scott also going well in the chasing pack. tiger woods is now 5 under,
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he's playing alongside ian poulter who's still going well. rory mciroy‘s struggling to mount a challenge, he's back i—under par. a late win for manchester united at 0ld a late win for manchester united at old trafford. they needed a couple of penalties to beat west ham. both converted by paul pogba. west ham we re converted by paul pogba. west ham were the better side for much of the game but manchester united get the points and move above arsenal into fifth for the time being. a bad day for cardiff, losing 2—0 to burnley and remain five points off safety. in a week he was charged over comments he made over match officials, there was another incident for cardiff boss neil warnock to get angry about as his side had a penalty decision overturned. a bad day for brighton, thumped 5—0 at home by bournemouth and are now looking over their shoulders at the relegation places. their match with cardiff on tuesday now a huge six pointerfor huge six pointer for both sides. totte n ha m huge six pointer for both sides. tottenham have moved back up to third after beating already relegated huddersfield in the lunchtime kick—off.
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ten days into life back at home, spurs hope to build toward something spectacular. this week they could go through to the champions league semifinals, so a match against huddersfield needed handling carefully. spurs had seven players out injured or rested. that gave victor one yama the chance to surge into contention for stop the shimmying finish to cap their early dominance in three minutes later, the home side could rest easy. in a difficult season, lucas moura has had to wait for his chances. here, once he took aim, he found the corner. for huddersfield, life at the bottom has been a struggle. the lack of goals has them set for the championship already. at the other end, moura was out to show how it is done, after turning in for his second, the brazilian was set for one more flourish. a dominant win for spurs lit up by his hat—trick. moura is going to get a hat—trick!
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spectacularly so. for moura and his manager, this was as clinical as it gets. the day spurs' second string showed they are at home in the spotlight. hearts are at home in the spotlight. hearts are through to the scottish cup final after a 3—0 win over inverness caledonian thistle. all the goals came in the second half, including this one from dominic cooper. it will be hearts 15th cup final appearance and they will take on the winners of tomorrow's semifinal between aberdeen and told us celtic. police are investigating an alleged incident involving fleetwood manager j°ey incident involving fleetwood manager joey barton in the tunnel after his side does not 11—2 defeat at barnsley. the barnsley striker tweeted joey barton had confronted the barnsley manager following the game, resulting in blood pouring from his face. the tweet has since been deleted for stop south yorkshire police confirmed they are investigating an incident while
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ba rnsley have investigating an incident while barnsley have confirmed they are assisting the police with their enquiries. max whitlock has won pommel gold at the european gymnastic championships in poland. it was a brilliant performance by the 26—year—old, who wins his first major title in almost two years — that after an 18—month winning streak on the pommel starting with olympic gold at the 2016 rio games. a bronze medalfor ellie downey in the vault, her second medal of the championships, after silver in the all round. it is the 19—year—old's tenth medal at european level. that's all the sport for now. loads of sport going on today and it's all on the bbc sport website — including a big win for bristol over saracens in the premiership. bbc.co.uk/sport. thank you, see you later. india is observing the centenary of the amritsar massacre — one of the darkest incidents of colonial history.
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british troops opened fire on a peaceful protest, killing hundreds of unarmed men, women and children. today, the opposition leader, rahul gandhi and britain's high commissioner have laid wreaths at the site of the massacre. a month on from the terror attack on two mosques in christchurch in new zealand, which killed 50 people, a unique tribute has been held. thousands of pakistanis have marked the attack by standing in solidarity with all the victims. rahuljoglekar has more. four weeks ago, a quiet mosque in christchurch, new zealand, became the site of a deadly shooting and destroyed many lives and shook the world. here in pakistan, thousands of men gathered to recreate the mosque that came under attack, to express their solidarity with the victims who died in the shooting.
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translation: it felt very nice, it was so present that we were ready to stand the whole day for it, we worked really hard to make this model. nine pakistanis died during the incident. this man was posthumously given an award for bravery by pakistan, after he apparently tried to tackle the gunman before being shot. the event, organised by charity, praised the government's efforts in new zealand. translation: the way the state of new zealand and the civil society and especially the way the prime minister has led the nation and mobilised it not only soothe the wounds of muslims, but also assured them that muslims in their country are safe. at the gathering, among other slogans they chanted "islam means peace" — a message they hope will travel across the globe in the aftermath of this very global tragedy. doctors have used a new type of treatment
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called "gene silencing", to reverse a disease which leaves people with crippling pain. the condition can also cause paralysis and is fatal in some cases. the treatment works by fine—tuning the genetic instructions locked into our dna. experts say the same approach could be used in other previously untreatable diseases. james gallagher reports. and the cows, look, moo! sue has endured pain few can imagine. she used to take strong painkillers every day due to a disease called porphyria. sue needed hospital treatment if she had a severe attack but even morphine didn't stop the pain then. the pain, it's like nothing i've ever had before. i've had a child, i have done child labour but itjust feels like it's never going to end, it is so, so intense, so strong that it's in your legs, in your back and it just resonates everywhere. it's really, really unbearable. but sue's life has been transformed
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by a monthly injection of a new type of medicine called gene silencing. this is how it works. inside our cells are genes. they send out messengers containing the instructions for running our body, but in porphyria an error leads to a build—up of toxic proteins. gene silencing intercepts the messenger, disabling it and restoring the correct balance of proteins. the study showed gene silencing cut attacks by 74% and half of patients were completely freed from the attacks needing hospital treatment. british doctors who took part in the clinical trial say the impact was amazing. these are very difficult patients to treat and they've had a very difficult time and i'm surprised, genuinely surprised how well it works in this condition and i think it offers a lot of hope for the future. sue is now enjoying life without pain but the implications
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i've had pain for kind of ten years. i did not expect that could go away. and to be able for that to have happened, i am seeing friends and they are like, you're not taking any painkillers, and i'm like, no. but the implications of this study go much further than sue. experts say gene silencing is an exciting new area of medicine with the potential to work in diseases that are currently untreatable. james gallagher, bbc news. one of india's leading actresses says the country needs better sex education, rather than banning films with explicit content. radhika apte, who has beenjuggling living between mumbai and london, has been honoured at the uk asian film festival for her bold film and television choices. haroon rashid went to meet her at bafta in london, where she received the award. she is fast becoming one of the most recognised indian actresses globally, after having starred in
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three netflix originals in 2018. she has been given the making waves award at the 21st uk asian film festival. thank you very much, it's an honour. london is my home, so this is, this feels... it feels very happy to be... noticed in this capacity, i think. sacred games was the first netflix original series from india. how different is that experience compared to other bollywood productions you've been part of? it's challenging. it's nice to come away doing something and you don't have to worry about words or certain content, you're just open, have to worry about words or certain content, you'rejust open, openly expressive. i feel this freedom content, you'rejust open, openly expressive. ifeel this freedom is very, very important, so i think thatis very, very important, so i think that is one aspect. and i feel the bollywood marketing and publicity, netflix was very well organised.
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there was a lot of violence and expletives in sacred games and love stories had a lot of sexual content which would have a censorship in india. what has your experience of the certification board been?” don't think they should be censored. i understand a & u that i don't understand censorship. what we need is more sex education, not banning things. everything is available. you can go and watch whatever you want, what you need is sex education, not the other way round. one of your films did tremendously well on the festival circuit but did not make much money at the indian box office. has netflix or amazon prime or other services such as that given those kind of films distribution model?” just know when you have a film or a series on a digital platform, the reach is to a different kind of
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audience. it reaches the world extremely fast and the kind of people, the audience that watches it, is a little different. not necessarily completely different, it's not exclusive but it's a different kind of audience. she also starred in two hit bollywood films last year, including the first mainstream hindi film to tackle menstrual health in the country. two berkshire men have begun going up and down for four days in an attempt to break a world record! michaeljones and richard march are hoping to see—saw for more than 80 hours to raise money to restore a former school in twyford into a hub for the community. matt graveling reports. four days, two men, one see—saw. well, we've onlyjust met but he seems like quite a good guy. i think we've got kids who are a similar age. a similar stage in our lives, so i'm sure we'll have plenty to talk about. and both taking a break!
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on a see—saw to take a break from multiple children, it'll be fine! 0k, you're off. cheering. this world record attempt is 50 years in the making, the brainchild of david turner. in 1969, he and friend david marsh stayed on a seesaw continuously for four days. i think we both struggled to stand up when we finished. we didn't get off the seesaw for three and a half days. no. that was the worst. now david's son—in—law michael and counterweight mate richard hope to beat the record. thankfully, there is a toilet but even then someone has to keep bouncing. they will also be joined by friends to help share the load. those things they're going up and down on, they're front suspensions from a motorbike. this is part of my child ren‘s trampoline. a couple of people driving round with no seats in their cars at the moment! yeah, i think that the night time, getting sleep, coordinating our sleep will be the difficulty. maybe getting a bit cold at night, as well.

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