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this is bbc news, the headlines: tiger woods has made an extraordinary sporting comeback — by winning the masters title at agusta. it‘s the american‘s fifteenth major golfing title — his last was the us welcome to bbc news, open eleven years ago. broadcasting to viewers woods‘s victory sees him return in north america from years of injuries and around the globe. and personal scandals. my name is lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: one of sport's greatest ever comebacks — a powerful tornado‘s ripped more than a decade after his through a small town in texas — last major victory — leaving many people injured. tiger woods wins the masters. it damaged at least 20 buildings and left 4,000 people without power. there were no fatalities but two children died elsewhere in the state after a tree fell my mom was here. she was there in ‘97 as well so i couldn't be more happy and more excited. on their family car. i'm kind of at a loss finland‘s social democratic party has declared a narrow victory in sunday‘s general election. its leader, antti rinne, for words, really. is set to become the country‘s first left—wing prime minister in 20 years. his centre—left party won 40 seats in parliament, one more than the far—right, a powerful tornado rips through the south east of the united states — destroying buildings and leaving many injured. finland's set to have its first centre left prime minister in twenty years — but there are also gains anti—immigration finns party. for the far right. and — the bbc learns more about the drone attack that caused chaos for thousands now on bbc news,
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of passengers at one stephen sackur speaks to french of britain's busiest airports. tiger woods‘ victory at the us masters has been described as one of the most dramatic and emotional comebacks in sporting history. once a dominant figure in the sport — woods had gone eleven years without a major victory as personal problems and injuries took their toll. but there were wild cheers when, after holing the final putt, he was joined by his children to celebrate an extraordinary renaissance. ramzan karmali has been looking at the considerable ups and downs of one of the greatest players of all time. cheering. that winning feeling is back. it's been some time, 11 years, in fact, since his last major. tiger woods‘ victory on sunday
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in augusta is a remarkable comeback for the american golfing icon. in 1997, he was just 21 and the youngest ever winner of the masters. two months later, he was golf‘s number one. by the time he was 2a he'd won all the golf majors at least once. by 2008, he'd won his 14th major, the us open. but after this not only did his game but his life unravelled in spectacular and very public fashion. in 2009, under mysterious circumstances, he crashed his car near his florida mansion, with reports that his then wife erin was chasing him with a golf club. then revelations of woods‘ adultery started to come to light, with news of multiple affairs. he was forced into this humbling apology. i am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behaviour that are engaged in. i was unfaithful. i had affairs. i cheated. what i did was not acceptable. and i am the only person to blame.
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but the humiliation in his private life wasn‘t the only battle he was facing. injuries had started to take its toll on his body. when he crashed his car he was recovering from his fourth knee operation after that last major win. but worse was still to come. even though he briefly returned to world number one, he then began suffering back problems. we had four back operations. the most recent one a career—saving procedure to fuse a couple of discs together in his lower spine. this fusion surgery may have saved his career, but also led to this infamous mugshot. he was arrested for driving under the influence two years ago and was found to have numerous painkillers in his system, but was spared a court appearance when he agreed to stop self—medicating and carry out community work. 22 years ago he celebrated his masters win with his father.
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this time he was able to celebrate with his own children. the first major win they had ever witnessed. not something many would have predicted during woods‘ darkest days. ramzan karmali, bbc news. arjun atwal is a professional player and a friend of tiger woods. i asked him for his reaction to tiger woods winning again. first of all, i‘ve got to say cheers, ‘cause everybody‘s going to be celebrating... all the friends of tiger, anyway. it was awesome. it was great to watch. i couldn‘t be there myself, but watched every second of him playing on tv. it was just fantastic. i gather you have been texting him, you have been in contact with him throughout the week. did you have a sense that he was actually going to do it this week?
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idid. i actually told a couple at the club i play at, where he used to play — howarth — a couple of members there, they were asking who was a good bet and i said tiger and they thought i was crazy. but i saw a certain calm about him. and even through the texts, going back and forth, itjust seemed like he had a little bit of a relaxed attitude towards this week and it showed. you could see it in his eyes the whole week. yeah, you know him, this is what i‘m fascinated by, we saw his demeanour, he was focused out on the course. what would have been going through his mind as he walked down the 18th there? knowing him, it wasjust to finish thejob. he wouldn‘t see anything, not his family, the crowds going crazy — i‘m sure he could hear it. but i know exactly the way he thinks it was just a get the job done. and once he made that putt, you could see all the emotions let loose. but before that it was all business, and that‘s the way he is. what would that have meant, those moments hugging his family
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at he end? that is probably the greatest moment of his life. in that mode, the celebration mode. he has always been insisting — well, not insisting — but he wanted the one chance to let his kids see him win and he got that today. it was fantastic. you have known him, you have been with him through the lows, those dark times — how low was tiger woods at points? not getting into his personal details, but it was tough to watch as a friend and, you know, just to see, because they have known him since 1998. you know, i have seen him go through the highs and then to go that low, you know, where he couldn‘t walk. like he says, he is being honest when he said that he did not know whether he could ever getjust a normal quality of life, let alone play golf. i have seen it. i have been with him where he needed help just getting up, or not even being able to sit and drive in a car. from that point to today is just... only him! only him. no—one else can do that. brilliant. lastly, what are you going to say to him when you see him next? cheers. i‘ve already said a lot on the texts. he knows exactly how i feel.
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well, i mean, you can debate that if you would like. i think the tiger fans would certainly suggest that. but tiger, this wednesday, at the golf writers awards, received a ben hogan award. i think ben hogan probably has a little one up on tiger in regards to coming back from severe injury. getting hit in a car by a bus in the 1950s, and barely being able to walk, and then coming back and winning multiple majors to me, without technology compared to this technology, i think that ben hogan probably has a leg up on him. just give us a sense, because we chartered his highs and his lows, of course — it is remarkable how the american
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public have taken him back in and are now right behind him again now. well, i don‘t think it isjust the american public. i think when he comes over to the uk and plays at royal portrush, in the open championship, the people there, anybody from northern ireland or anybody else visiting, is going to embrace tiger as well. tiger is a world sportsman. anywhere he goes he moves the needle. it doesn‘t matter if it is in the united states, if it‘s in europe, if it‘s in africa, if it‘s asia, tiger moves the needle. and because of that he was going to get the adulation. even though, as you pointed out, he has had some very low times in his career. do you think he can go on to dominate again now? no, i don‘t think he can go on to dominate again. because i think if you just look at what the leaderboard had to show you, the brooks koepkas, and the dustin johnsons, and the jason days, and the francesco molinaris — those are all quality players that could just as easily have won this tournament as tiger did. in fact, actually, if you think about it,
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and you do it dispassionately, if you look at molinari, without him making some of those errors that he made — i mean, tiger only shot 70 today, 2—under 70. if molinari doesn‘t make these errors molinari is the one with the green jacket on today. let‘s get some of the day‘s other news. the international committee of the red cross is appealing for news of three staff members abducted in north—west syria more than five years ago. a new zealand nurse and two syrian drivers were trying to deliver medical help. the icrc says it knows that the nurse was seen alive late last year. the two syrian drivers have not been heard of since the abduction. three people have died in a plane crash in nepal, at what is regarded as one of the world‘s most dangerous airports. the plane veered off the runway and hit a stationary helicopter at lukla airport — the main gateway to the everest region. the runway is short and surrounded by mountains, making it extremely difficult to takeoff and land.
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american airlines has extended the cancellations of its boeing 737 max—eight flights from earlyjune until the middle of august. boeing‘s 737 max aircraft were grounded worldwide last month following fatal crashes by ethiopian airlines and by lion air in indonesia. a powerful tornado has ripped through the small town of franklin in texas leaving many people injured. it damaged twenty buildings — destroying some completely — and left 4,000 people without power. there were no fatalities but two children died elsewhere in the state after a tree fell on the family car. dan johnson reports. this is franklin, a small texas town sitting in america‘s tornado alley. the full force of nature‘s strongest swirling winds, focused here forjust a few minutes, but an entire community was torn apart.
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its homes were smashed to pieces and its families were scattered. it‘s— you‘ve got houses turned over, you‘ve got houses of foundations, it looks like a bomb has gone off. this is what hit them. a powerful storm, whipping up winds of more than 140 mph. it happened so quick, i didn‘t have time to get scared until it was over. while this family‘s home was pulled apart, they sheltered in the hallway. there is part of my garage. my front porch, the awning out over that house of the front porch, is in my neighbour‘s yard. and there‘s even less left standing there. 100 miles away, strong winds brought a tree down on a car, killing two children. drivers were trapped and injured
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in overturned vehicles. electricity lines came down, leaving thousands without power. here, they are now beginning to recover, but this huge storm system is still on the move, heading east, putting millions more at risk. dan johnson, bbc news. finland‘s social democratic party has declared a narrow victory in sunday‘s general election, with most votes counted. its leader, antti rinne, is likely to become the country‘s first left—wing prime minister in twenty years. the party is set to have one more seat than the far right, anti—immigration finns party. freya cole has the latest. a narrow victory, but a victory all the same, for finland‘s social democratic party. its leader, antti rimme, will soon become the country‘s first left wing prime minister in 20 years. crowd cheering. with most of the votes counted, the former union boss claimed victory in front of an adoring crowd.
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it means a finland that has solidarity, it has equality and it has beaten the racist wave that we have had. and, this is the most important thing. but thejubilation may be short lived. mr rimme‘s ability to govern will be hampered by a rise in far right anti—immigration sentiment. the social democrats claimed 17.8% of the vote, but close behind, the nationalist finns party. it wants tighter borders and less spending on welfare and climate change. it has to be taken into consideration that less than six months ago we were at 8%, we are now more at 15%. because the results are so close, negotiations to form a coalition government will be a headache for the new leader. and the outcome is being watched closely in brussels. the strong result for the finns party could set the stage for a nationalist resurgence in next month‘s european election,
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changing the balance of power in the european parliament for years to come. freya cole, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news — still to come — see how the other half lived — the private apartments used by marie antoinette are re—opened to the public. pol pot, one of the century‘s greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he and the khmer rouge movement he led were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine‘s offices have been attacked and its editorial staff have gone into hiding.
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it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock, and as for her sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world best time for years to come. quite quietly, but quicker and quicker, she seemed just to slide away under the surface and disappear. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: in one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history, tiger woods has won the masters — more than ten years after his last major golfing title. iain carter is bbc sports golf correspondent. he‘s in augusta, georgia now.
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tiger woods has done it again. he has won again. he has got the about golf again. that is an inevitable consequence. this is a victory reverberating far away from where we are in augusta, suddenly all over the united states. this is a huge, huge story. it goes beyond that. we‘re talking about who was golf‘s biggest global superstar. the legend that was forged was forged out of adversity as much as the triumphs. obviously some self—inflicted. and then a string of entries and operations. and then to come from quite literally flat on his back back to the top of the golfing world, it is a narrative that is very ha rd to world, it is a narrative that is very hard to ignore. how has he been received there? we heard that the chairs around the greens. it is a remarkable transformation —— cheers.
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it is not that long ago since he was shunned by the golfing community and many in the public as well. it was a decade ago he was taken to task by the then chairman of the augusta national, billy paynter, for the indiscretions, the infidelities that suddenly became apparent after he crashed his car on thanksgiving in 2009. and now we see this scene of him emerging from the 18th green victorious for the fifth time in the masters, but the first time in 1a yea rs, masters, but the first time in 1a years, with a crowd chanting tiger, tiger, tiger. we had an inkling of what it would be like when he one needs toua championship in atlanta not far from needs toua championship in atlanta not farfrom here. needs toua championship in atlanta not far from here. —— needs toua championship in atlanta not farfrom here. —— tour. this is a major tournament. one of those that defines careers. now the golfing narrative switches to what he can do next. can he go on and surpass jack mickelson‘s majors and
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become the greatest golfer of all time? that is what they want to ask you. can he do that? it is certainly a conversation we have to have. one of the notable things about this victory as he been the form players in the world to do it. they were all big names on the leaderboard. the wild number one coming into the masters, justin rose, didn‘t make the cut. rory mcllroy was strangely off—colour. everyone else and that leaderboard was informed. brooks koepka, who pushed him very close, is the reigning us open and pga champion. francesco molinari, with whom woods played in the final three gummy is the open championship. and a host of talent there. he showed that even 43 he has the capability to be them, certainly around augusta. the question i had been asked more than any other is can tiger woods win another major? i have always said he has that
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capability but everything has to fall into place. that is what happened here at augusta. now we see going forward whether emboldened by this victory he can become a dominant figure again. they don‘t think he can dominate as he wants to, but he certainly can when more major titles and, without, within his compass, then, yes, there is the possibility will overhaul the great jack nicklaus. what did you make of his demeanour and mental state around the course and how that has changed over the years? we have seen a much more touchy—feely tiger woods in the last year or so. he has readily accepted that he had no idea whether he be able to play golf again, let alone play at the top ——he would be able to. that is why we have not seen that sort of poker face, that steely competitor sort of demeanour that we had from tiger woods when he was dominating the sport. it has subtly changed. what
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was noticeable in the final round of this masters was you simply would not want to play poker with him. it was totally inscrutable until that moment that the final putt dropped. this is a victory he will seek to enjoy for a good while yet. whereas in the past he just thought that the winds were expected and he would relentlessly move on. this is one he will savour. an amazing victory. gatwick airport says whoever was responsible for the drone attack that caused major disruption to thousands of passengers just before christmas, knew about the airport‘s operational procedures and seemed to be able to see what was happening on the runway. bbc news has learnt new details about the tactics of the drone operator, who still hasn‘t been caught. our transport correspondent tom burridge has this exclusive report. a flight leaves or arrives
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at gatwick every few minutes, but when drones were spotted just before christmas, the airport‘s only runway was closed for more than 30 hours. it was bleak for tens of thousands of passengers. we‘ve now learnt that a security officer made the first sightings. he spotted two drones at the edge of the airfield, close to this bus stop. all flights were suspended. three hours later, the drones had disappeared. but when a team went out to inspect the runway, a standard procedure before reopening, a drone was suddenly back, and that pattern was repeated throughout the next day. each time these vehicles went out to prepare the runway to reopen, a drone would, as if by magic, reappear over the airfield again. someone seemed to understand how an airport operates and could even see what was going on. gatwick, in its first interview since the incident, suggests whoever was operating the drones had inside knowledge.
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the drone attack was clearly a malicious attack. and by virtue of the way that they operated, they clearly had some idea of how airports work and had some intelligence as to what we were doing. once the military had set up counter—drone equipment on top of the south terminal, the number of drone sightings dropped significantly. gatwick has defended closing the airport for so long. it is absolutely appropriate that if we have a drone operating at the airport that we suspend operations. that was our agreed protocol in advance and that is exactly what we did on the day. i have no regrets because we maintained the safety of oui’ passengers. since the incident, uk airports, including gatwick, have been investing in new equipment, like this radar developed in the netherlands. most drones are too small for standard radar. this one can pick them up and differentiate them from birds. it was used to protect world leaders at the g20 last summer, and demonstrated to us at this dutch military airbase. if a drone flies onto a runway,
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there is no simple solution. bringing it down can be risky, hacking it orjamming it hard. gatwick has exposed just how vulnerable to drones a lot of places are. airports are actually one of the most difficult areas to protect. that has to do with the collateral damage that intervention methods could lead to. only an innocent couple has been arrested for what happened at gatwick. sussex police says more than 100 people, mainly airport staff and police officers, saw the drones. it hasn‘t released a video of them because it says the footage is such poor quality. but it remains a mystery how someone could fly drones into one of the world‘s busiest airports, cause chaos for such a long time and, for now at least, get away with it. tom burridge, bbc news, at gatwick. this week sees the reopening
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of marie antoinette‘s apartments at the palace of versailles. they‘ve been closed to the public for three years — as part of a larger project to renovate the former home of france‘s kings and queens. the bbc‘s tim allman has more details. there is opulence... ..and then there is opulence. gold and bronze and marble. the finest silks and the most intricate embroidery. if you ever wanted to know how the other half lived, this is your answer. translation: the work that has been done by all the craftsmen who worked on this site has led us to revisit this room and show it off in all its glory. we feel like we are rediscovering a room that we‘d almost forgotten. for more than a century,
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the queens of france lived in these apartments, but the most famous occupant of them all was marie antoinette. she first came to versailles as little more than a child, marrying the man who would go on to become louis xvi when she was just 14. for nearly 20 years, she called the palace her home, but then came the revolution. translation: this is marie antoinette‘s room that she left in haste on the morning of october 6 1789 at the time of the french revolution. she never returned to versailles and since then, no queen has ever occupied this room. it‘s estimated around 8 million people visit versailles every year. with the restoration of these apartments, officials say the palace is now more open than ever. tim allman, bbc news.
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that is it from me. you can reach me on twitter — i‘m @lvaughanjones. hello. it has been a largely dry weekend. there‘s been a bit of sunshine, but it‘s also felt pretty chilly for this time of year. this was the scene taken on sunday in gosport in hampshire. so some blue skies, some sunshine. but we‘ve had quite a chilly breeze and temperatures have been below par for the middle of april. as we move through this week, still some sunny spells, still some dry weather on the cards. things will be gradually turning warm over the next few days. it won‘t stay completely dry. we have got a weather front moving in from the west. but higher pressure sitting across scandinavia is really winning out at the moment. we‘ve still got quite a cool breeze blowing around that area of high pressure. so the winds coming in from the east of the south—east, but milder air not far away. that will be more of a player later this week. now, we start off monday morning still on quite a cold note. could be a touch of frost in the countryside, with temperatures below freezing in a few spots. through the day, though, lots of sunshine for many areas. not everywhere. particularly in the west,
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we‘ve got more cloud. outbreaks of patchy rain for parts of northern ireland, west wales, the south—west of england. also a bit cloudier for the east coast of england and eastern scotland with a few spots of drizzle. temperatures just 8 degrees or so in aberdeen. in the sunnier spells, 13 or 14 celsius. a little warmer than it has been through the course of the weekend. through the week ahead, eventually we wave goodbye to the blue colours and we welcome in a return to this much milder and a drifting up from the south. bringing that increase in the temperature. it won‘t be dry everywhere on tuesday. because we‘ve got a weak front which isjust lingering through the irish sea, bringing some patchy rain to the west of scotland, northern ireland, wales, and the south—west of england. either side of that cloud and rain, we‘ll see some drier weather with some sunshine. temperatures in the warmer spots up to 15. still rather cool around some of those exposed north sea coasts. moving on into the middle of the week, wednesday could start with a little bit of patchy mist, particularly for wales, the south—west of england. that should clear. a bit of patchy cloud here and there. all in all a dry and fine day. the top averages up to 17 or 18 in the south, even the mid—teens further north. certainly a bit of a warmer spell of weather. that warmer drier theme continues
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into thursday does a warmer spell. so we‘ve got a gentle breeze coming in from the south—east. just the chance of an isolated shower. but i think for the vast majority of places it is dry and bright. and we could well see 19 or 20 celsius by the time we get to thursday, particularly in the south. even further north those temperatures in the mid or even the high teens. so doing well for the time of year. and it looks like the mostly dry warm weather continues with the easter weekend, just the chance of light rain in the far north—west. bye for now.
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