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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00pm: the head of boeing defends the safety of the 737 max aircraft, saying he is sorry for the loss of life and insisting the company has a duty to eliminate risk. we know every person that steps aboard one of our aeroplanes places their trust in us. we will do everything possible to earn and really earn that trust and confidence. the us deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, who appointed robert mueller to investigate allegations of russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, has resigned. footage has emerged appearing to show the leader of the islamic state group, abu bakr al—baghdadi, for the first time in five years. it is unclear when the propaganda was filmed. rape victims are being told to hand
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over their phones to the police or risk their attackers not being prosecuted. campaigners say they are concerned. heavy rain and high winds are hindering rescue efforts in northern mozambique, after the second cylcone in a month hit the country. the us warns it will rethink its information sharing with western allies if they use the controversial chinese telecoms giant huawei in their 56 networks. and at 11:30pm, we will be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, sunday times deputy political editor caroline wheeler and broadcasterjohn kampfner. stay with us for that. good evening. the aircraft manufacturer boeing has
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been under relentless attack from shareholders at its annual general meeting in chicago, followng the crashes of two of its 737 max models, which claimed the lives of more than 300 passengers. in march, an ethiopian airlines flight crashed six minutes after take—off, killing all 157 people on board. last october, a lion air plane came down in similar circumstances. all 189 people on board lost their lives. the 737 max model is currently grounded worldwide while boeing tries to find a software solution. it is now known that four current and former employees made calls to the federal aviation administration about the safety of the plane. our correspondent samira hussain has been at boeing headquarters in chicago. it is clear that this is a charm offensive by boeing, a company that
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is in the midst of a reputational crisis. although the company said many times that safety was foremost, it refused to say that there was anything wrong with the design of the 737 max jet. in the heavy rain, family and friends stood silently, clutching photos of victims from the ethiopian airlines crash last month, which killed all 157 people on board. they wanted shareholders and boeing's ceo, dennis muilenburg, to see their faces before heading into the annual meeting. i'm hoping justice for the victims and victims' families, and that means a full federal and state criminal investigation. i want boeing to come clean about the chain of events inside boeing that led to these crashes. but, if they were looking to hear some accountability, they were disappointed. despite being pressed by the media, boeing's ceo was reluctant to accept full responsibility. there's a chain of events.
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there are multiple contributing factors. there are factors that we can control in the design, and in this case, that common link related to the mcas system and its activation. we're going to break that link, and this will prevent accidents like this from happening again. the boeing 737 max's anti—stall system, or mcas, was the common factor in both the ethiopian and lion air crashes, and it is what led regulators across the globe to ground the entire boeing max fleet. as it scrambles to get their planes fixed, the crisis continues to grow for boeing. four whistle—blowers have approached us lawmakers, raising safety concerns with the max jet. the company is facing a mounting number of lawsuits and criminal investigations from the us justice department. that should have gone through some sort of internal review...
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facing shareholders for the first time, mr muilenburg took pointed questions about putting profits over safety. you seem to have rushed the 737 into production, and lost sight of some basic failsafe things. i want to assure you, first of all, that safety is our top priority. the message of safety being the top priority was repeated several times. whether it was enough to convince global regulators and the flying public is not yet clear. the 737 jet is absolutely boeing's most lucrative plan, so every day it is grounded comes at a cost. the company has not given any clear timeline for when those plans will be back up in the air, and one crucial question that boeing cannot a nswer crucial question that boeing cannot answer is whether passengers will ever feel safe in those plans. —— planes. in the past hour, the us deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, has submitted his resignationin a letter to president trump. mr rosenstein appointed special counsel robert mueller in 2017 to investigate links
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between the russian government and donald trump's presidential election campaign. our correspondent dan johnson is in washington. wasn't it expected that he would actually resign some time ago? yes, it was indeed. rod rosenstein has been treading a difficult tightrope for most of the two years he has beenin for most of the two years he has been in office, actually, but things really got difficult towards the end of last year when it was revealed that at one stage he had actually suggested wearing a wire to secretly record president trump. now, at times rod rosenstein has appeared to be loyal to the president. he is said to have taken actions to protect the president, especially in relation to the mueller enquiry into russian collusion. that is the investigation that he himself, rod rosenstein, was in charge of, was overseeing, after the attorney general, jeff sessions, had to step back from that because of potential conflicts of interests. so it looked like rod rosenstein would be forced out, but president trump allowed him
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to stay on, i think, really, until the mueller enquiry was actually concluded and dealt with, and now that that has been finished, it is time for rod rosenstein to move on. indeed, the new attorney general, william barr, had already recommended a replacement when he came into office back in february, so came into office back in february, so rod rosenstein's time in office really has been overdue, really. everyone was expecting him to go, but he has announced today that he will go in the next two weeks. his letter really i think is an attempt to defend thejustice department and the position he has taken himself. he repeatedly in his letter refers to the department having a special responsibility to avoid partisanship stop he quotes others who say we must at times risk ourselves and our records to protect ourselves from discredit and to maintain a dispassionate, and impartial enforcement of the law. so i think he is trying to paint a picture as he is trying to paint a picture as he leaves office that he has done his best to protect the law and the
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impartial processes of government, especially in relation to that investigation, which made him deeply unpopular with president trump. thank you very much. footage has emerged appearing to show the leader of the islamic state group, abu bakr al—baghdadi, for the first time in five years. in a propaganda video released by the group, a man said to be baghdadi spoke about the long fight for the town of baghouz, in eastern syria, which ended last month. it is unclear when the footage was filmed. i've been getting the thoughts of our middle east correspondent quentin somerville, who until recently had been reporting from inside syria. well, there's going to be a lot of a nalysts, well, there's going to be a lot of analysts, western intelligence a nalyst, analysts, western intelligence analyst, poring over this video to ascertain whether it really is him. it certainly looks like him, and it a nswe i’s it certainly looks like him, and it answers one of the biggest questions, where is baghdadi, and was he still alive? because it is worth remembering that for the past two years we have been told time and time again that he was in ill
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health, that he was suffering from diabetes, that he was no longer mobile, that he may have been killed in airstrikes. mobile, that he may have been killed in air strikes. but we always got a different story when we were on the ground in syria. people would tell us ground in syria. people would tell us that baghdadi and the other leaders us that baghdadi and the other lea d e rs left us that baghdadi and the other leaders left long before that final battle for the last read out in syria, the last remnants of the caliphate in baghouz. the fighting there went on for many, many months. an incredible amount of ammunition and airstrikes battled that area to clear the area of is. but the result was, the suspicion always was, that that leadership, the core of is, had already fled. in the video, it is 18 minutes long, he mentions, he references, a couple of recent events and events in sudan, and then there is an addendum to the video. we don't see baghdadi, but we hear what we believe is his voice, where he talks about the attacks in sri lanka. so what is this video trying to do? well, it is telling us that
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is, despite the loss of its pseudo— caliphate, is still a force to be reckoned with, and baghdadi makes the claim in the video portion of the claim in the video portion of the film, he says that is have carried out more than 90 attacks in eight different countries. and that does marry with what we are hearing from intelligence, both inside syria and from western intelligence officials, that is is not a busted force, that it still maintains some of its networks in different parts of its networks in different parts of syria and iraq and elsewhere, and it is still planning attacks in europe and beyond. there has been strong criticism of a new policy to get rape complainants to hand over their phones to police, or risk any prosecution not going ahead. consent forms asking for permission to access information, including emails, messages and images, are being rolled out across england and wales. but critics say there are insufficient safeguards, as our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman reports. the search for evidence in criminal cases has changed beyond all recognition.
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it now lives in the digital, online space — in often highly personal texts, photos, e—mails, and social media posts. and the sheer scale of what is held on our personal devices is staggering. courtney, not her real name, reported a sexual assault to police. she is one of a number of victims who have been asked to hand over her phone as part of the investigation. they wouldn't guarantee that the information that they took wouldn't be deeply personal things. in fact, they said straight up that they were going to download everything, and have to look through everything. they only said that, if i didn't give it, that they wouldn't pursue my case anymore. and so i had to make the choice between privacy and justice, and for self—preservation, i had to choose privacy. following several collapsed trials,
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a series of reviews revealed a systemwide problem of disclosure. that is the process by which the prosecution must pass relevant evidence to the defence. at its core was the ability of police and prosecutors to get on top of unprecedented amounts of digital evidence. but the country's top prosecutor thinks people be prepared to give their consent to their devices being examined. where there is reasonable lines of inquiry, that is relevant to the issues that are being investigated or prosecuted, then properly explained, i'm confident that people will understand the need to complete those lines of inquiries.
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the case against liam only collapsed when text messages were revealed. there is something in it which will either assist the case or the defence and the police need to have access to it. otherwise there is no right to a fair trial, unless that is god. but campaigners are worried. victims will feel like they are submitting to a digital strip search. the danger of that is it's massively intrusive. it really has an impact on victims of rape, who may be severely traumatised already by what's happened. it's another violation, in effect, of traumatised victims. and, what's more, the danger is that it will deter victims from coming forward. all police forces in england and where you are using the new consent forms, but they are not being used in scotland. striking the balance in the digital age between protecting victims and the accused's right to a fair trial is complex, but if the correct balance isn't found, the future of our fair trial system is in jeopardy.
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clive coleman, bbc news. an inquiry has found that staffordshire police consistently failed to link complaints of stalking involving the ex—partner of a woman who went on to kill herself. nicholas allen was jailed for ten years in 2017 after admitting that his abusive voicemails and messages had led directly to the death ofjustene reece. the force says it has improved its approach to stalking. a man and a woman have been arrested by detectives investigating how an image said to be the body of the argentinian footballer emiliano sala was posted on social media. the picture is thought to have been taken at a mortuary in bournemouth after sala's body was recovered from a light aircraft which had crashed in the english channel injanuary. wiltshire police said there was no evidence to suggest any staff from the mortuary were involved. a murder investigation has been launched after the bodies of two women were found at a flat in east london. police were called to the block of flats in canning town on friday, and investigators in protective
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clothing have been working inside the home. officers are carrying out formal identification of the women and are working to trace theirfamilies. the headlines on bbc news: the head of boeing defends the safety of the 737 max aircraft, saying he is sorry for the loss of life and insisting the company has a duty to eliminate risk. footage has emerged appearing to show the leader of the islamic state group, abu bakr al—baghdadi, for the first time in five years. it is unclear when the propaganda was filmed. rape victims are being told to hand over their phones to the police or risk their attackers not being prosecuted. campaigners say they're concerned. tomorrow the public inquiry into how thousands of nhs patients were given infected blood products in the 1970s and 1980s starts hearing witness evidence. so far around 3,000 people have died and the scandal has been called one of the worst ever disasters in nhs history. as the inquiry starts again, the government is set to announce
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more financial support for those affected, something campaigners have long been calling for. our health editor hugh pym reports. he died 22 years ago. that's an awful lot of living not to have had. seeing my children growing up, the children he might have had... it's all that life that might‘ve been. we always got together at christmas... amanda remembering her brother, simon cummings, a successful radio presenter. as a teenager, he was given a blood product by the nhs for his haemophilia. it seemed to help at the time but, unknown to the family and other patients, it was infected and he later contracted hiv. the awful thing is that it was self—administered. so, some time — probably sitting at my mum's kitchen table — one of those doses, or many of those doses, will have infected him, without knowing which one, or when. it's almost worse that he administered it himself. so, why did the nhs give
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patients imported products, using blood from infected donors? who was to blame? was there a high—level cover—up? that's what the inquiry — starting tomorrow, in this hall — will try to answer. the victims and their families are pleased it's happening, but they say day—to—day financial support for them is far too low. people feel the money that's being paid by government, the subsistence payments, is hugely inadequate at the moment. people are not able to survive on it. many people have lost theirjobs, many partners have had to put their careers and lives on hold to care for them, and they've simply not been properly supported financially in relation to that. payments in scotland are higher than elsewhere in the uk. tomorrow, the government at westminster will announce new funding. campaigners are cautious till they see the detail. we, erm, we were always very close as children... amanda has never spoken out before about her brother. she hopes the inquiry will provide her family with some answers. she says the grief is just as raw now as when simon died.
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imiss him. i miss him more than ever at this time. and i think because... ..because of this realisation that it maybe didn't need to happen, it makes it even harder to deal with. amanda patton ending that report there by our health editor, hugh pym. the united states has delivered a new warning that allowing the chinese technology company huawei to help build the uk's new 5g data network, would pose "an unacceptable risk". a decision by theresa may and cabinet ministers to back the proposal was leaked last week. today, a senior american diplomat warned that the us would re—consider how it shared intelligence with any western ally which let huawei play a part in building the new high—speed networks. our security correspondent gordon corera reports. it is the promise of a new high—tech future.
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5g data networks will connect almost every device and aspect of our lives, from our cars to our homes. but should this future be made in china? and by this company, huawei? washington has been arguing that the risk of china spying on or switching off 5g through the company is too great. and today a top us diplomat told me there would be consequences to using huawei. if countries put unsecured, un—trusted vendors into their 5g networks in any place, we are letting countries know that we're going to have to consider the risk that produces to our information sharing arrangements with them. it was here last week that the uk's national security council met to decide what to do about 5g. details of those discussions promptly leaked, leading to an ongoing inquiry. but it reportedly decided that the risks of using huawei could be managed. that's a view washington won't be happy about. the chancellor has been in china
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in the last few days to encourage trade, and deciding whether to give huawei a role involves balancing the economic benefits with the national security risks, as well as the potential of falling out with washington or beijing. i think the british government is extremely worried. on the one hand, they are looking forward to forging ever—closer economic ties with china in a post—brexit scenario, whereas on the other hand, under america's pressure, the uk have to work out what are the security risks involved by using a 5g system from huawei? uk security officials believe they can keep huawei's technology out of the most sensitive core parts of the 5g network, managing the risk. but that was a view rejected today by washington. we don't believe that any part of a 5g network should have untrustworthy vendors. what people refer to as the non—core or the edge, over time, will be a critical
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part of the network. the us says using huawei would be like handing bejing a loaded gun, and the bbc has been told that the major telecoms companies who plan to use huawei equipment have been asked to attend a meeting at the us embassy in london tomorrow, as washington's pressure continues. gordon corera, bbc news. heavy rain and high winds are hindering rescue efforts in northern mozambique as the second cyclone in a month continues to affect remote communities. cyclone kenneth struck on thursday night and the un says it's predicted to dump twice as much rainfall as cyclone idai did last month. thirty—eight people have died and around 700,000 people are thought to be at risk. well, a short time ago our correspondent, lebo diseko and her camera crew, made it to one part of northern mozambique which had been cut off by last week's cyclone. it has taken us a couple of days to reach pemba, flights had been
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cancelled. the road is fairly clear and conditions have stabilised for the moment but one person we were talking towards telling us that early on in the day water was waste i. the brazilian army was helping to rescue people. —— waist high. we we re rescue people. —— waist high. we were speaking to save the children at the airport, one of the officials telling us that she had gone back to oui’ telling us that she had gone back to our house, a mother and her children, and the walls of the house collapsed in one of her children died. the situation is still very precarious. you expect the more rain tomorrow and high winds as well and the possibility of thunderstorms. aid agencies are doing everything they can but at least one calling for more international help, saying they cannot do all that they need to do with the capacity and the funding
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they have and that they are stretched very thin. schools and nhs services in england say they are struggling to deal with children's mental health problems. it's estimated that every year1 in 10 young people experience some kind of mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression. children from low—income families are four times more likely face these challenges. but there's a different approach being pioneered in blackpool, as our education editor, bra nwen jeffreys, has been finding out. i'm corey, i'm 15 years of age and i am helping blackpool become a more resilient town. as a young person going up in blackpool, it's hard. there are, like, the dark sides of blackpool. however, once you realise it's not all bad and we all help each other, you're not afraid to call blackpool your home. corey is part of a push to build an emotionally stronger community. they're calling it
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a resilience revolution. it's backed by research and lottery cash. resilience is the capability to bounce forward through tough times and persevere. this is why perseverance might be needed. there are up to 2,500 children whose parents use drugs. in under—24s, self—harm rates are three times the national figure. for drugs and alcohol, it has the highest hospital admissions in england. but instead of focusing on problems, blackpool is working with its biggest asset, people. go and see if the tinned is cheaper... armed with a list, they start simple. how to shop for a meal — a stepping stone to learning to cook for theirfamily. can you think of an example where you've been able to be resilient yourselves? yes. my dad was starting to get really ill, so i cooked pasta for them all, my sister, my dad, my littler
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sister and my stepmum. i felt proud of myself. all my siblings were hungry and they wanted dinner and my mum couldn't make it, so i made it. i made them pasta. every school is doing something different. teenagers are helping design and deliver changes. so what makes this different? this is about equipping a whole community, one parent, one child at a time, with the skills they need to cope with life. so instead of treating people as though they're helpless, you get them to see that they can push through life's setbacks. i was going through grief. my child had moved to her dad's house and i was involved with social services that i'd never been involved with before. lisa was at a low point after her dad died, a single mum, her mental health under pressure. we've got family time
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from 5.30 to 6.30. we also have family time in the morning before they go to school, because they're getting up early. now, after a course for parents, she has a plan, agreed with her teenage daughters. all the telephones go there, plugged in, so they can get them back in the morning. how has this made things different for you as a family? we can sit down and talk a bit more now. giving the phones up between 5:30 and 6:00 at teatime, if they've got anything on their head, they can tell us. i was one of those that was doing everything for them all, but then i thought, "no, we need to share here". simple suggestions for living, one big idea to encourage yourself and each other. i've been trained to speak to you about things in school. in this school, older pupils are paired with new arrivals. they call them heroes, mental health first aid to intercept worries before they grow. are you happy now? is there anything bothering you? no.
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we experience a significant number of students who feel the need to self— harm, cry for help sometimes, attempts at suicide etc. that's not a daily thing, but those things are very real and apparent across the town. so what happens when this project ends? the challenges here won't disappear. the hope is that some resilience lingers on. branwen jeffreys, bbc news, blackpool. the film director, john singleton, has died at the age of 51. he had been on life support after suffering a stroke earlier this month. he was the youngest person and the first african american ever to be nominated for an oscar for best director for his debut film, boyz in the hood. now it's time for the weather with helen willetts. over the weekend we took a step back
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into autumn as storm hannah brought winds in excess of 80 miles an hour across the uk. it is still quite chilly out and about. it has felt a bit more springlike during the day on monday but by the end of the week it may feel as though we temporarily step back into winter as we have the possibility of night—time frost. but things fine and settle on monday. the west is being attacked by weather front bringing in the west is being attacked by weatherfront bringing in rain. some fairly heavy rain as we go into tuesday across northern ireland, pushing into the west of scotland for a time. after a chilly start in the east, it will brighten with some sunshine but a different complexion to the weather in western scotland, for example. still pretty warm. temperatures just a bit above
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average in the sunshine in the east which is still just average in the sunshine in the east which is stilljust about under the influence of high pressure. more definite... we are likely to see some outbreaks of shari raines on wednesday. more thought northern ireland. but, again, where there is sunshine not as bad. just about average for this time of year. we have this westerly wind coming in and the tropical maritime air. however this cold arctic air is heading our way. the change will be on thursday for most of us. because of the mix of cold air coming on top of the mix of cold air coming on top of what has been relatively mild weather. lovely showers, longer spells of rain but a very different feeling afternoon in the north
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because by that stage, we are into that cold arctic air. this no—show was coming down as well and we could have some snow showers across the north of scotland particularly over the hills but they will not last too long however the cold able make its presence felt. under the brisk wind it will feel chillier. but it does mean that into saturday morning, friday night really cold night, potential for widespread frost so it tended to plant you may have put out already. they will be vulnerable. during saturday, we are cutting off the wind. temperatures below par on saturday still chilly on the east coast but on the whole, high—pressure toppers in and cuts off the northerly air flow and allows things to dry out and become
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