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hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment with nigel nelson and jo phillips. first the headlines. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11:00. more than 70 mp5 and peers sign a letter urging the government to ensure julian assange faces the 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 — its third in three days — calls for dialogue with all factions and offers the release of political prisoners. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, nigel nelson and jo phillips.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. more than 70 mps and peers have called on the government to ensure that julian assange, facesjustice in sweden, if the authorities there request his extradition. the wikilea ks co—founder, was arrested on thursday, seven years after seeking refuge in the ecuadorian embassy in london, as he attempted to avoid trial on sexual offences charges — that he denies. the us also wants to put him on trial for computer hacking, in connection with the publication of thousands of secret military documents about the iraq war. 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 to the home secretary, sajid javid,
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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 wikilea ks released secret material, including this video from a us military helicopter... come on. fire!
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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. police in west london used a taser and fired shots during the arrest of a man in a car near the ukrainian embassy. the man, who is in his 40s, is reported to have deliberately rammed into the ambassador‘s official car, which was parked outside.
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no—one was injured, and police say the incident isn't terror related. earlier, i spoke to an eyewitness to the incident, darcey mercier, who described what he saw. sure, i was at home. the gentleman showed up about seven in the morning, blasting ukrainian music, in some kind of protest against the embassy. then i was out on my terrace when he started ramming the car and the police arrested him. you spoke to him, i believe? yes, idid. i asked him to turn down the music and he said he was playing ukrainian music for the ukrainian embassy and was a little 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 showed up rather quickly, i would say in five minutes. and what did they do?
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initially, a couple of officers showed up and blocked the street and 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, the other officers with the firearms showed up and, from what i saw, it looks like they shot out 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? i don't think it was too difficult. i mean, he wouldn't open the car at all. they smashed the window and then opened the door and dragged him out. he 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? i really don't know. i mean, it was really strange. he sat... he wasn't even parked
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near the pavement, he was just sat in the middle of the road for two hours. i'm not sure if he was drunk or something but, yeah, it was quite strange. a ten—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. a 28—year—old woman has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control. heidi davey reports from looe. emergency services were called to the popular holiday park in south east cornwalljust before 5am this morning. several residents here at tencreek described how they heard screams in the early hours. it's believed the ten—year—old boy's grandmother found him, but he was in an unresponsive state. devon and cornwall police confirm the boy was pronounced dead at the scene, after being attacked by a dog, that was of a bulldog—type breed. a 28—year—old woman was arrested just several hours later on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control.
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people in general don't come far at this time of year. they will be from parts of devon and from all around cornwall. this community is renowned for when things happen, that we pull together and we try and help in any way we can. 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 just 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. obviously it's terrible news. as we were driving down it was a bit of a shock, and it does sort of worry you. in a statement, the holiday park has said, " our thoughts are very much with the family involved. they have our deepest sympathies. tencreek management continues to help police with their inquiries."
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and those officers remain on site this evening, offering support to residents and holiday—makers. 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. the new head of sudan's ruling military council has announced a series of measures to placate protesters — after the coup that forced president 0mar al—bashir from power. the new leader, who was sworn in this morning, promised to oversee dialogue between all the political factions, and a civilian government during, or at the end of, a two—year transitional period. demonstrators have demanded an immediate move to civilian rule, and have vowed to keeping on taking to the streets, as simon jones reports. still on the streets, having forced out two leaders in just two days. protesters have helped bring about the downfall of the country's long—term president,
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and then the man who led the coup to topple him — seen as too close to the old regime. they want an immediate transfer to civilian rule and have momentum. but in an attempt to pacify them, general abdel fattah burhan abdelrahman, sudan's third leader in as many days, has announced the end of the nightly curfew, the release of political prisoners, and a war on corruption. but he won further changes won't come quickly. translation: a military council will be formed to represent the sovereignty of the country and a civil government should be formed with the general agreement of the people. the military council will also be committed to paving the road for civil rule, based on a maximum of a two year transitional period. at the end of these two years, power will be handed over to a civilian government chosen by the people. sudan's unstable political situation follows months of unrest
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over rising prices. the organisation that aims to bring peace and prosperity to the continent says all sides need to talk to each other. more now than ever it's time to engage in dialogue, to create the conditions that would make it possible to meet the aspirations of the sudanese people, to uphold democracy and good governance and restore constitutional order as soon as possible. the new man in charge has been seen on the streets of khartoum talking to the protesters. and an initial meeting has taken place, but whoever ends up the long—term leader will face huge challenges — not least an economy in serious trouble. simon jones, bbc news. i've been speaking to ahmed soliman, a researcher with the africa programme at chatham house. he said general burhan has been using a much more conciliatory tone. burhan is a different kettle of fish, he's not been politicised
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in the same way that ibn auf has. he's not held a position like minister of defence or vice president previously. he's someone who's seen as a military man, as a straight military man, as well. but, we've heard from him today and we've heard a much more conciliatory tone, again, but not a huge amount of movement, in terms of the two—year transitional peace. it still remains that. and some of those figures remain significantly as part of the transitional military council, including ibn auf as minister of defence and including the rapid support force, which is one of the armed force paramilitary, or now regularised groups, who are active in darfur. the leader of that is now the vice chair of the military council and i think that will worry a lot of people in sudan as well.
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and, ultimately, while we're seeing negotiations taking place today, with the sudanese professional association, who have been steering these protests over the last four months, they haven't led, at this time, towards a civilian administration, and i think those calls are going to continue on the streets. ahmed soliman from chatham house. ceremonies have been taking place in northern india, to mark a hundred years since british troops opened fire on hundreds of unarmed men, women, and children in amritsar — considered one of the darkest episodes of the colonial era. 0pposition leader rahul gandhi and britain's high commissioner have laid wreaths at the site of the massacre. theresa may has stopped short of offering a formal apology for what happened. she described the events as "a shameful scar on british indian history". sangita myska reports. at the site of the amritsar
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massacre, 100 years on... ..a ceremony to remember the dead. among those gathered, politicians in the throes of india's general election campaign laying wreaths to mark one of the nation's darkest chapters. elsewhere, india's prime minister added his thoughts. completion of 100 years since the jallianwala bag massacre. i pay my respect to the martyrs of this incident. it was here, at the jallianwala bag public gardens, that on the 13th of april 1919 thousands had gathered to celebrate a holy festival. tensions in the city had been running high. colonial authorities had introduced martial laws and when some if the crowd began to chant anti—british slogans, the man in charge of maintaining public order, general reginald dyer, ordered his troops to open fire.
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officially, 379 indians were killed, 1200 were injured, but it's now thought those figures may have been far higher. for those paying their respects at the site, a poignant reminder — the bullet holes can still be seen. over the years, britain has offered its regret, but never an outright apology. on a state visit in 1997, the queen called the events "distressing". and more recently, david cameron described it as "deeply shameful". at today's ceremony, britain's high commissioner chose his words carefully. the revulsion that we felt at the time is still strong today. it tarnished the reputation, and we regret, as i say, the suffering, and will continue to do so, the suffering caused. the amritsar massacre marked
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the beginning of the end of colonial rule, but it's not until britain offers a full apology that some say this chapter in the story of the empire can finally be closed. sangita myska, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: more than 70 mps and peers sign a letter urging the government to ensure julian assange faces the authorities in sweden — if they request his extradition. police fire shots underestimated outside the ukrainian embassy in london after the ambassador plasma car is deliberately rammed. —— and the rest a man in london after the ambassador‘s car. a 10—year—old boy has died after being attacked by a dog at a holiday park in cornwall. sport, and for a full round up, here's the bbc sport centre. we'll start at the masters, where tiger woods is on the charge. the american recovered from a bogey
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on the fifth hole to hit six birdies, including this seven—foot putt at the par—316th, which briefly gave him a share of the lead. woods is looking for a 15th major title, but first since 2008 — what a comeback that would be. the outright leader though is francesco molinari. he's having a brilliant round, currently 12 under par. there is going to be a big change to the start times tomorrow. they'll go off earlier, in groups of three rather than two, and from both the first and the tenth tees. 0rganisers want to get play finished before the forecast bad weather. they needed a couple of penalties to beat west ham, both converted by paul pogba. west ham were the better side for much of the game, but
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manchester united gets the point and move about arsenal into fifth for the time being. there was an unsavoury incident following that match. west ham say they're disgusted by a video of some of their fans singing anti—semitic songs on the tram in manchester. they say they'll identify the fans, pass their details to the police and ban them for life. they say that they do not want people like this associated with the club and that their behaviour is not welcome at west ham or in civilised society. it was a bad day for cardiff. they lost 2—0 to burnley and remain five points off safety. in the week that he was charged over comments he made about match officials, there was another incident for cardiff boss neil warnock to get angry about, as his side had a penalty decision over—turned. totte n ha m tottenham has moved back up to third after beating already relegated huddersfield in the lunchtime kickoff. ten days into life back at home, spurs hopes to build towards something spectacular. this week
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they could go through to the champions league semifinals. so i much against huddersfield needed handling a. spurs had seven players out injured or rested. that gave victor when elma a chance to search into contention. a shimmy and finish to their early dominance, and three minutes later the home side could rest easy. in a difficult season, lucas 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. a lack of goals has been set for the championship already. at the other end, mora was asked 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 stop commentator: can he get a hat—trick? spectacularly so! this was as clinical as it gets. the day spurs' second string showed they are at
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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 from john soutter. it will be hearts'15th scottish cup final appearance. they'll take on the winners of tomorrow's semi—final between aberdeen and holders celtic. police are investigating an alleged incident involving fleetwood manager j°ey incident involving fleetwood manager joey barton in the tunnel after his side's league one defeat to barnsley. barnsley striker corey woodrow tweeted that manager daniel scandal had blood pouring from his face after a confrontation with barton. knotweed has since been deleted. south yorkshire police confirmed are investigating an incident. 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. doctors have used a new type
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of treatment, 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've done child labour but itjust feels like it's never going to end. this it is so, so intense, so strong that it's in your legs, in your back and itjust 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 7a%, and half of patients were completely freed from the attacks needing hospital treatment. british doctors who took part in the clinical trial said 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, at 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. i've had pain for kind of ten years.
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i did not expect that could go away. and to be able for that to have happened, i'm seeing friends and they are like, "you're not taking any painkillers?", and i was like, "no!" but the implications of this study go much further than sue and porphyria. 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. president trump has confirmed he wa nts to president trump has confirmed he wants to send people detained in his immigration down at the border to so—called sanctuary cities. immigration down at the border to so-called sanctuary cities. they are areas of the us, usually under democratic control, which do not co—operate with the detention of undocumented migrants. we will bring the illegal, really, we called them the illegal, really, we called them the illegals, i call them illegals, they came across the border illegally. we will bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it, whether it is a state or whatever it might be. california certainly is
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a lwa ys might be. california certainly is always saying, we want more people. and they want more people in the sanctuary cities? well, we will give them more people, we will give them a lot, we can give them an unlimited supply, a lot, we can give them an unlimited supply, let's see if they are so happy. they are saying we have open arms, they are always saying they have open arms, let's see if they have open arms, let's see if they have open arms, let's see if they have open arms. in response, 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 is insulting. it's not serious. it lacks any rationale. it is insulting to the american people. and to the intelligence of the american people. it is un—american, it is illegal, it is immoral. it is rather pathetic. i don't know what more i can say. our correspondent in washington, dan johnson, has been following developments. sanctuary cities are places in america which have
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declared they will be open and welcoming to immigrants and asylum seekers regardless of their status. they refused to co—operate with federal authorities in dealing with those people. it may be that there asylu m those people. it may be that there asylum or immigration cases u nsuccessful asylum or immigration cases unsuccessful and the federal authorities want assistance in or deporting that person. the authorities in that city, the designated sanctuary city, will co—operate to review —— refused to co—operate to review —— refused to co—operate with the federal government. the president is saying, fine, if you want to be open and welcoming to any sort of immigrant i will send people from the border to the cities and they can be taken ca re of the cities and they can be taken care of there. he says the situation along the border has got so intense now, the pressure is so great, that things have to change and people have to be moved. but this would be a complicated plan. it would be a logistical nightmare because it would involve many thousands of people thousands of miles right across the us, perhaps to cities where they don't even want to go, where they don't even want to go, where they do not have connections. how realistic this is, i'm not sure,
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but it is certainly something the president has ceased upon, perhaps asa president has ceased upon, perhaps 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. that was dan johnson in washington. two men have begun going up and down forfour daysin begun going up and down forfour days in an attempt to break a world record. they are hoping to seesaw for more than 80 hours to raise money to restore a former school in twyford into a hub for the community. four days, two men, one seesaw. well, we've onlyjust met that 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. on a seesaw to take a break from multiple children, it'll be fine! 0k, you're off. cheering. this world record attempt is 50
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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 even 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. i can fall asleep standing up, so the coping strategy's going to be try and keep talking and focused. so, richard's probably not going to hear the end of me — i'll be chatting away to him, trying to keep myeslf awake! the pair hope to keep going until tuesday night,
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at which point they will have gone up and down around 60,000 times. now it's time for a look at the weather. by by the time they finish things will be warming up. it is hard to believe, it is quite chilly this weekend, but by the end of the week had temperatures could well be into the low 20s across some parts of the uk. that's the weather transformation on the way in the run—up to easter. right now we are in grip of a cold weekend. some sunshine around. 0f in grip of a cold weekend. some sunshine around. of course that a lwa ys sunshine around. of course that always helps, when you get to see a bit of blue sky. probably less of that on offer during sunday. still some breaks, but a frosty start again for many of us, with clear skies overnight. high pressure under control, most places dry, this system has been edging into western parts. a bit of rain in the aisles of skelly and cornwall. more cloud for northern ireland, avoiding a
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frosty and along the north sea coast, but in the blue, temperatures could be as low as “i! or —5, sunday starts. plenty of morning sunshine to come. then the cloud develops. even though the cloud develops, most stayed dry. early showers and intense fading the odd one pops up in north—east england and a few in eastern scotland. then this where the fronts to the west, a few pulses of rain running through the aisles of rain running through the aisles of silly into cornwall, maybe be into temperature and the further west you are in northern ireland. it is going to be a windy day. gusts greater than a0 miles an hour in some spots. a combination of more wind and more cloud will make you feel colder than today. single figure temperatures, so really quite disappointing for the time of year. as we go through sunday night and into monday morning we are going to keep some areas of cloud around, particularly close to this weather fronts in the west. you mayjust see the rain popping up into parts of south—west england and south—east wales. again avoiding the frosty. not much blue showing up as monday starts. not as much frost. still some frost, particularly in parts of
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scotla nd some frost, particularly in parts of scotland and northern england. into monday, some sunshine to begin with, cloud building again. a few showers running into north—eastern parts of scotla nd running into north—eastern parts of scotland and still some outbreaks of rain affecting parts of south—west england, wales and northern ireland. not for everybody here, but for some of us, close to that weather system. still windy, a little less chilly. then the change begins to accelerate as we go through the week. pressure low to the west of us and high to the east of us. the position of weather system is changing slightly, allowing the flow to tap into something warmer is the week goes on. so the week started but she rain across western parts of the uk, then it becomes mainly dry with increasing sunshine, and warmth, during the second half of the week, so during the second half of the week, so that by the time we get to easter, some spots will look like being into the low 20s. that's your forecast.
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