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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11:00: the foreign office warns against all but essential travel to sri lanka because of the risk of further terrorist attacks. tributes are paid for two british teenagers among those who lost their lives from the relatives who survived. they were getting me food for the bus they were in the first mosque went off. with that fatal blast, we did start running out and i don't know what sort of condition they were, there was another blast. the head of the civil service is to lead a formal inquiry into the leak of details from a national security council meeting about huawei. 31 years after his first run for the white house the man who was barack obama's
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vice—president announces a new presidential campaign. knife crime figures for england and wales have risen to record levels in the past year. and at 11:30, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, james rampton, features writer at the independent and baroness helen newlove, victims commissioner. stay with us for that. good evening. the government is advising against all but essential travel to sri lanka after the bombings on easter sunday which claimed the lives of at least 250 people. the foreign office says terrorists are very likely to try to carry out indiscriminate attacks especially
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in places visited by foreigners. there are some 8,000 british tourists in sri lanka at the moment and urgent talks are taking place between the government and the travel industry to help people return home. from colombo, clive myrie reports. curfew in colombo. rain, the soldiers' only companion on empty streets after dark, as a nervous capital guards against more atrocities. the authorities have released the names and pictures of several suspects they want to question following easter sunday's massacres. foreign governments are now anxious for their citizens here. and these suspects, on the run, are the reason why. the city of galle is a magnet for visitors, but troops now greet
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foreigners as well as guides. 8,000 britons are currently holidaying in sri lanka, too late to heed foreign office advice not to come. i won't be coming back. first and last time. but the people are wonderful here. the sri lankan people are absolutely fabulous but, no... no, we won't be coming back. the bombers killed and damaged churches and hotels. now tourism's been wounded, too. several countries, including australia, the us and canada, have issued advisories urging only essential travel. for the moment, britons wanting to leave have to make their own arrangements. several people died when a suicide bomber blew up the breakfast room of the kingsbury hotel. three days on, they are sprucing up the entrance for the reopening. you know, it could have been close, i could have been there. you don't know, i could have, you know,
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i could have, because i take my breakfast in this restaurant in the mornings, usually. you never know. but, you know, ithink you should not think of that, because anything you do otherwise, you will question yourself, what if? it's a view shared by many in the tourism industry here. giving into the fear psychosis would not really make any sense, because it's a beautiful destination. and, you know, it might be a small island but it's a vast space of land and there are plenty of places for people to be safe. but for the moment, this is a land still on edge. it streets pounded more by troops than tourists. clive myrie reporting there. the sri lankan government has revised its estimate of the number of people killed to more than 250 including 8 britons. among the british casualties were teenagers amelie linsey and her brother, daniel. they died at the shangri—la hotel in colombo, just as residents were gathering for breakfast. their father and brother, now back in london, have been talking to our correspondent
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caroline hawley. amelie linsey was 15, about to sit her gcses, when she was murdered with her 19—year—old brother daniel. amelie was really the glue that held the entire family together. she was beautiful in every way. she was so smart. she had a wonderful sense of humour. really, it's going to be almost impossible to imagine life without her. a lovely girl. you expect the dad to say that, but she really was lovely, inside and out. and you were having an amazing holiday with them until that moment? they even thanked me and both gave me a hug the night before and said, "thank you very much". they were getting me food from the buffet when the first blast went off. i hope that's not what.. you know, was the fatal blast, because we started running out and i don't know what condition they were, and there
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was another blast. but they were incredibly kind. daniel, photographed by his dad the night before he died, was about to go to university to study travel and tourism. he, more than anyone, he lived his life in the service of other people. he would always go out of his way to travel to different places. he volunteered in ethiopia at an orphanage. he lived with a nomad tribe in mongolia. he came back with equally close friends from each one. the linsey family, seen here together on holiday in india, is now desperate to get the bodies of daniel and amelie returned home. we've had to go to our dentist and get their dental records, see their x—rays, they have come to the house, taken their toothbrushes from their bags, they've taken my sister's phone, my father's clothes that he was wearing at the time of the explosion. still, they're not back. what do you want the uk government to do now? obviously, get them back here as soon as possible. i don't want to say anything else. i don't want to be critical in any way, because i know governments
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work different ways. but we want to get them back. reunite them with their family as soon as possible, as you can imagine. they also now want to set up a special foundation he shares his grief and pain with ben nicholson, who also lost his wife and two children in the attacks. we were hugging each other in the hospital, trying to help each other. it is someone who can try to relate to the situation. he just called me today. i am trying, anyway i can help him out in the uk. the family wants to also help the many, many sri lankan victims by setting up a special foundation. the two things we would really like to focus on his first of all the sri lankan families. i am sure several families have lost their only source of income. more on the ground, the medical facilities in sri lanka, i think they were quite rudimentary. who knows is if they
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would have done anything for my siblings but i'm sure more lives could have been saved, had they been better. david linsey and his father matt talking to our correspondent caroline hawley. an official investigation has been launched into a leak of information from a top—secret whitehall security meeting. the daily telegraph reported earlier this week that ministers had agreed to let huawei — the chinese telecoms firm — to help upgrade the uk's mobile network, despite concerns about its close links to the chinese government. a succession of senior ministers have now denied they were behind the security breach as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. secrets are often traded round here, but some of them are meant to be kept. yet crucial cabinet conversations about a chinese firm taking part in a vital project got out. now, there are calls for the police to find out exactly how. the cabinet secretary is also our national security adviser. i think he should now call in the police and properly investigate who the likely leaker
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was and make sure he's dismissed. this week, the national security council talked about allowing huawei, the chinese telecoms company, to build part of the next network here — superfast sg. the decision isn't final, but many ministers are really concerned about the risk to security if it goes ahead, and there's straightforward anger on all sides about the information leaking out. if a minister did leak the information, they are not fit to serve in the cabinet and are certainly not fit to be prime minister. officials, including the security and intelligence agencies referred to, need to feel that they can give advice to ministers, which ministers will treat seriously and keep private. we're well used to information seeping out, sometimes this government leaks like a sieve, but this is different, because the national security council is made up of only the most
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senior members of the government, like the prime minister, the foreign secretary, the defence secretary and the home secretary, and they've all had to sign the official secrets act, precisely so they can have these kinds of conversations in private. this leak, perhaps, is therefore a symbol of how far the normal rules of discipline and loyalty around here haven'tjust been stretched, but have been broken altogether. the man who created the security council says these questions have to be discussed in confidence. what is the risk to our relationship with china? what is the balance between our economic interests and our security interests? and you can't have those kinds of discussions in public. you've got to have them in a private space, where you can trust people to keep secrets. the prime minister would not comment on the leak but several ministers have denied it had anything to do with them. cabinet sources have told me a formal inquiry is being launched, but we may see more of the technology on our streets before we really know what happened. laura kuenssberg, bbc
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news, westminster. 31 years after his first challenge for the white house, the former us vice—president joe biden, who's 76, has declared a new presidential bid, putting an end to months of speculation. mr biden argued today that the core values of america's democracy were at stake under presidenbt trump. he enters an already crowded race for the 2020 democratic nomination, as our north america editorjon sopel explains. the next president of the united states, joe biden! will it be third time lucky for former vice—presidentjoe biden? this is him, 30 years ago, going for the democratic nomination. he tried again 20 years later, when he lost out to barack 0bama. now aged 76, he is giving it one last shot. and unlike many of his competitors, who are trying to ignore donald trump, he is taking the fight straight to him. if we give donald trump eight years in the white house, he will forever and fundamentally
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alter the character of this nation, who we are. and i cannot stand by and watch that happen. but his pre—launch has been bumpy. accused by some women of making them feel uncomfortable with his touchy—feely approach to politics, he has tried to make light of it. by the way, he gave me permission to touch him! but that backfired, with many saying this is no laughing matter. also, there are now 20 democrats vying for the nomination. they call me mayor pete. early momentum has been captured by this man, pete buttigieg, a mayor from small—town indiana, who is gay, a practising christian an afghan war veteran and multilingual. this was him after the notre—dame fire. nous partageons la douleur aujourd'hui, que la cathedrale notre—dame, c‘etait comme un cadeau a l‘espece humaine. and then there's the socialist, bernie sanders, who has raised a lot of money and wants to pull the democratic party to the left. the united states of america willjoin every other major country
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on earth and guarantee health care to all people as a right. lying in wait for all of them is donald trump. this morning, he tweeted this: in the race for the white house, joe biden has instant name recognition. he won't have any trouble raising money. he will get big—name endorsements. he also appeals to blue—collar workers, the group that donald trump did so well with in 2016. but the president is not going to give up the keys to this place without a fight. it is going to be a long haul and it is going to be brutal. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. more than 500,000 children in the uk were not given a crucial measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017,
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according to new figures from the charity unicef. it comes as nhs chief simon stevens warned measles cases had almost quadrupled in one year and said people rejecting vaccines was a "growing public health time bomb". our health editor hugh pym reports. measles is a highly infectious viral illness. cold—like symptoms are followed by a rash like this. health chiefs around the world are increasingly concerned about the steep rise in the number cases. so why do they say children must be vaccinated? put bluntly, it can be fatal. 110,000 people globally died from the disease in 2017. if enough people are vaccinated, that ensures the whole population is safe. but if too many don't have the jabs, there's the risk of measles
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spreading to children like alba. she was just too young to be vaccinated. she developed measles and was in hospitalfor nine days. are you jumping? bounce, bounce, bounce. she recovered and was back home last week, but her mum told me it was a frightening experience. there was a day where we both thought we were going to lose her. so it was heartbreaking and terrifying at the same time, but you want to stay strong because you want to fight for her as well. it's been the worst few weeks of my life. it's been horrible. what's happening here across the uk? between 2010 and 2017, according to the charity unicef, more than 500,000 children were not vaccinated. last year there were 953 cases of measles in the uk, more than three times the number the previous year. so why are some parents refusing to vaccinate? experts blame social media for spreading false claims about injections harming children. at this toddler group today, parents i spoke to said they ignored negative messages about vaccination. i can understand why people believe what they read.
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but i think follow the nhs line. it's always important to challenge what's available but for me it's listening to the healthcare professionals. i'm just thinking how to protect him as soon as possible. as forjilly, she just wants other parents to know what can happen if their children are not vaccinated and get measles, and perhaps spread it to others who are too young to be protected. hugh pym, bbc news. he the headlines on bbc news: the foreign office warns against all but essential travel to sri lanka because of the risk of further terrorist attacks. the head of the civil service is to lead a formal inquiry into the leak of details from a national security council meeting about huawei. 31 years after his first run for the white house the man who was barack 0bama's vice—president announces a new presidential campaign.
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knife crime figures for england and wales have risen to record levels. last year nearly 41,000 offences were recorded by police — a 6% increase on 2017. the figures, published by the office for national statistics, show there were more than 730 cases of murder and manslaughter — that's the highest number for a decade. but the likelihood of being a victim of violent crime is at its lowest level ever, as our home editor mark easton explains. it is a horribly familiar scene. another teenager stabbed to death last night in birmingham, as homicide figures for england and wales hit a ten—year high, and knife offences recorded by police reach record levels. the sense is that violence is rising in england and wales, but let's look at the bigger picture. homicide is up, a ten—year high, but this graph suggests it is too early to say that society
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is becoming more violent. 0verall figures for violent crime show actually a huge fall since the mid—‘90s. the chances of being a victim of violence then were 110 in 1,000. now, the lowest ever, 29. figures for offences involving a knife recorded by police are at their highest. but they only go back to 2011. some experts think the apparent trend upwards may not be quite what it seems. violence involving knives is localised. it affects relatively small numbers of people. so overall, the risk to us all has decreased. there are hotspots of serious violence, notably disputed gang areas in london and other big cities. but mercifully, for people generally, the risk of being a victim of violence is still going down. mark easton, bbc news. french president emmanuel macron has given a long—awaited response to the yellow vest movement.
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despite insisting that order must return, he acknowledged a "lack of trust" in the establishment. he promised new measures to address this including tax cuts, a reform of the civil service, and the introduction of proportional representation. protests started in november over rises in fuel costs. these escalated into the gilets jaunes, or yellow vest movement, a national uprising against economic injustice. a cyclone has reached the coast of northern mozambique where gusts of wind were expected to exceed 200 kilometres an hour. forecasters are predicting that cyclone kenneth will cause catastrophic flooding. the cyclone has weakened over the last few hours but there are fears that buildings could still be destroyed. as it is moving slowly, extreme quantities of rain are expected to fall over the next week. the affected area of mozambique is to the north of where
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cyclone iday struck lost month, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands. supporters of the protest group extension rebellion blocked roads along the treasury stock exchange. what do your children like to be read at bedtime? a classic from roald dahl? or perhaps it's a david walliams book, or a jk rowling? teachers at a school in essex are so concerned their pupils aren't getting a bedtime story that they've decided to read to each child themselves. debbie tubby has been along to latton green academy in harlow, where pupils can have a bedtime story from one of their teachers, and it's streamed on facebook live.
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"it was lesson time at toy school for bob and the other new toys..." once upon a time, well five weeks ago to be precise, teachers at latton green primary carried out a survey, which showed most of their pupils werent getting a bed time story. "a stick," barks the dog, "an excellent stick." now, at 7pm, tucked up in the comfort of their own beds, their teachers have started to read to them. using facebook live. and the children can interact. it's no replacement for a paper book so if there is at night where the parents don't have time to read a story or instead of watching or playing a computer game or tv that is inappropriate them for the viewing, they have the opportunity to give their child technology but watch something beneficial for them. the recent school survey showed only 24% of the pupils here heard or read a bedtime story. but 72% watched the very first story on facebook live, and 86% have watched it since.
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many children came into school and said once it had ended, their family sat down together and read another bedtime story. the parents and pupils have loved it so much, they've even taken videos and photos so the teachers could see them listening to the stories. why do you think parents are not reading to children? i think personally it's just got lost along the way, so much is going on, people have afterschool clubs, all of that going on, and other things had taken over. it's a shame because there are so many lovely books out there for everyone to read and no matter how old the children are, they love a good story, i love a story book. i read a lot before, but now i'm reading even more and it's helping me a lot. i started to read to my little brother now, and reading a bit more at home as well. the school has had hundreds of comments on facebook, and says while screens aren't always recommended before bed time, if children are going to watch them anyway they might
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as well make it educational. we've got the children saying congratulations to the teachers and commenting on the reading and within the classroom children are talking about how they can extend it and they're giving us ideas on how to take it further. everyone say good night to hank. this isn't the end of the story. they hope there's another chapter, with other schools taking up the idea. good night everybody, see you tomorrow. the cast of the 25th james bond film has been announced, with oscar winner rami malek confirmed as part of the acting lineup, playing the villain. it's all been kept under wraps until today, when it was revealed at the goldeneye estate injamaica, where ian fleming wrote the 007 novels. lizo mzimba was there and sent this report. like any good secret agent, daniel craig says he's less interested in the past and his time as bond,
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and more focused on the job in hand, the new film. this is my fifth and it's been a long time but it's been an amazing time, and i'm just terribly excited about getting going. and we're launching it here, at goldeneye in jamaica, so things aren't that bad really. here injamaica is where the first film, dr no, was shot back in the 1960s. a lot has had to change since ursula andress emerged from this ocean, particularly the way female characters appear in the movies. the women in this film are very interesting, complicated characters. is it particularly important to take that approach after the events of the last few years in the industry and wider? absolutely. i think the metoo movement has had a huge impact — rightfully, thankfully — on society. and these films should reflect that. but you ‘re kind of dealing with a character who is flawed, who has issues. of course, we wouldn't be
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movie—makers or creative people if we didn't have an eye on what's going on in the outside world while doing our work. skyfall put bond on top of the world, making more than $1 billion, but perhaps now the franchise's success could be in danger from the likes of the marvel universe. blockbusters now mean this huge, interconnecting web of different franchises which are across film, which are across television, which are consumed in different ways, which have lots of different characters. and bond just seems an anachronism. he'll soon be exiting the world of 007, hoping, at least when it comes to inclusivity, to leave it properly and firmly in the 21st century. lizo mzimba, bbc news, jamaica. the story features on some of the front pages. and we'll be taking an in—depth lookat the papers with our reviewers: james rampton, who's the features writer for the independent and the victims commissioner, baroness helen newlove. that's coming up just
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after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for the weather with sarah keith—lucas. —— susan powell. it is already much cooler. shari. and that is the story for friday and the start of the weekend. from sunday, it looks like things will come down. a lot of fine weather to come down. a lot of fine weather to come but we never get back to these quite exceptional temperatures. towards the west, already cloud and rain hiding in through the morning. perhaps then some thundery showers moving in to the south—west. the best of the sunshine perhaps for east anglia and the north—east of scotland. all eyes to the west of over friday evening. this tightening snail shell girl is a deep low
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pressure centre, it has been named by storm hanna, that gives you a clue, it means business. damaging winds possible into the south—west. last weekend we had 25 degrees and sunshine. for some of us in the weekend ahead we will be lucky to get temperatures any higher than double figures and on saturday some significant rainfall to come as of the area of low pressure roles across the uk. worst of it for the south—west of england, in terms of the winds. stronger winds affecting south wales as well. also fringing into southern scotland. to the north some sunshine. but look at those temperatures. some spots are struggling to get into the double figures. sunday is a kinder affair. the low away to the east. lighter winds, the driest story. some cloud
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around but also some brightness and around but also some brightness and a drizzly rain. temperatures are back up to average values. a much better story for anyone running the london marathon this sunday. the high building from the south, looking onto the following week. the weather front trying to come into play from the atlantic. 0n weather front trying to come into play from the atlantic. on monday that will give us an east— west split. a bit of debate about how quickly this rain will french into the west of the uk. at the moment it looks like it could be dry into the west. sometimes we are seeing the rain moving in further. 0n west. sometimes we are seeing the rain moving in further. on tuesday, western areas could have a rather more showery story. in the east still a lot of sunshine where we keep the high—pressure in place. through the middle part of the week, it is the high that will come to wind out. it will weaken away any
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weather front remaining underneath its access. you can see a little bit of blue, but basically the high does away with that by the time we get into the bank holiday weekend. so some settle weather but we are pulling in airfrom the north some settle weather but we are pulling in air from the north and so basically getting average temperatures were as we were plunged into the south for the easter we bringing warmer conditions. it is still not looking bad for bank holiday weekend and hopefully most of us will see at least a little bit of us will see at least a little bit of sunshine.
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hello. this is bbc news with rebecca jones. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment — first, the headlines. the foreign office warns against all but essential travel to sri lanka because of the risk of further terrorist attacks tributes are paid for two british teenagers among those who lost their lives from the relatives who survived. they were getting me food from the buffet when the first blast went off. i hope that's not what.. you know, was the fatal blast, because we started running out and i don't know what condition they were, and there
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was another blast.


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