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this is bbc world news today. our top stories: at least 13 people are killed as a russian plane makes an emergency landing when fire breaks out just after ta ke—off. israel targets and kills a senior palestinian militant in gaza, as hostilities betweenn the two sides escalate sharply. as hostilities between the two sides escalate sharply. britain's prime minister appeals to the leader of the opposition to resolve differences to deliver brexit, but a key opposition figure says trust has been lost. in a word, a single word, do you trust the prime minister? no, sorry not after this weekend when she has blown the confidentiality she had. i actually think she has jeopardised the negotiations for her own personal protection. in sport, manchester united fail to secure a champions league spot after only managing a draw at bottom side huddersfield.
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hello and welcome to world news today. at least 13 people have been killed after a russian passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at moscow's sheremetyevo international aiport. what we know so far is that a fire broke out on the sukhoi superjet—ioo just after take off. as it landed and came to a halt on the runway, dramatic pictures showed its fuselage engulfed in flames. passengers were seen using escape chutes. at least two children are among the dead. sylvia lennan—spence reports. this is the aeroflot flightjust moments after landing. thick black smoke rising into the sky. its fuselage engulfed in flames. sukhoi
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superjet—ioo the had just taken off from moscow going towards murmansk. the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing, but did not succeed the first time. by the time the plane landed, the entire tail section was on fire. emergency vehicles arrived immediately, trying to put out the flames. passengers escaped the burning aircraft on inflata ble escaped the burning aircraft on inflatable emergency chutes. initial reports suggest an electrical fault may have caused the fire when the plane within the air. aeroflot is russia's national carrier and this particular aircraft was reported to be relatively new, only two years old. a criminal investigation has been opened the incident. with me is aviation expert max kingsley—jones. when a fire breaks out on board an aeroplane like this, what safety features are there to try and put it
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out? if the fire involves the entrance, the crew would shut down the engine. they would then have an extinguisher that they can fire onto the engine to extinguish the fire. if the engine has exploded, there can be extra fires in the wing or the fuselage depending on when the exclusion occurred. what is the safety record like for this model? it has been a mecca for nine years and there has been one vehicle accident, that was on a demonstration flight, it wasn't caused by technical failure. we are seeing some pretty incredible pictures here. they have suggested the entrance is where the fire started. there is no investigation under way and they are trying to establish if the aircraft had a problem with the engines on approach, or whether it was the
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result of a hard landing there because the fire, may be rupturing fuel tanks, which would explain why there was such a huge fireball around the aeroplane is a came to rest. it hasn't been a great year for airliners. we have obviously heard about boeing. what is the likelihood that this model might be granted? i don't think there will be grinding at this stage. they will try to establish if there is a fundamental technical faults or if there is a way the crew responded to there is a way the crew responded to the problem wasn't correct. the boeing plane that has been granted, thatis boeing plane that has been granted, that is almost unprecedented in modern times. that won't happen this time unless there is a significant technical problem that needs the aircraft to be granted to address. the investigation has already started. what happens next? they need to look at the wreckage, they need to look at the wreckage, they need to look at the wreckage, they need to establish where the fire started, they will have their data
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recorder, the black boxes which will give the conversations that the crew we re give the conversations that the crew were having and the parameters that the engines are giving off. there will be able to pinpoint what caused the problem. with the communications during the ground as it came into land, it will give significant clues as to where they need to look for the cause of it. we will keep you updated on that story. super, 13 people confirmed dead, two of them children. super, 13 people confirmed dead, two of them children. israel has targeted and killed a senior palestinian militant. according to the gazan health ministry, 15 other palestinians were also killed on the second day of renewed hostilities. it is the worst flare up of violence in months with hundreds of rocket strikes on both sides. according to isreali officials, four people have been killed in the country from gazan rocket fire and missiles. tom bateman reports from jerusalem. singled out in a packed gaza city street, this was a targeted strike, killing a palestinian israel says
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was a money—laundering for militants. air raid sirens have hardly stopped in southern israel, more than 500 rockets have been fired from gaza since yesterday, the israelis said, one of the worst flareups in years between old enemies. israel hasn't seen this number of casualties from rocket strikes since 2014. some hit homes. israeli deaths have prompted talk of fierce response from the country's prime minister. translation: i have instructed our forces to continue with massive strikes against terrorists in the gaza strip and the forces around the gaza strip will be stepped up with tanks, artillery and infantry. powerful explosions hit gaza, warplanes struck, israel said it hit hundreds of militant sites. the escalation had started on friday when one of gaza's smaller militant groups, islamicjihad, shot and wounded two israeli soldiers.
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the death toll has been rising in gaza. militants are among those killed. now, high emotions are adding to the political pressure on both sides. israel and hamas were last in a full—scale conflict five years ago. the un and others are desperately working to avoid a repeat. for now, neither side seems ready to back down. tom bateman, bbc news, jerusalem. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. in afghanistan, taliban fighters have attacked the police headquarters in the northern city of pul—e—khumri. afghan officials say a suspected taliban suicide bomber drove an explosives—packed vehicle into the compound and blew himself up. rebel fighters then stormed in, opening fire on the security forces stationed there. hospital sources say at least a0 people have died or been seriously injured. the united nations says it has gained access to vital food aid in yemen more than eight months after losing access to it because of fighting between government forces and houthi rebels.
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the grain could help feed millions of yemeni citizens at risk of starvation. north macedonia is set to elect stevo pendarovski president, according to early results. with over 30% of votes counted, he has over 50% of the vote. pendarovski is seen as the pro—western candidate in the election. the run—up to vote was seen as a sho down between pro—eu and nationalist forces in the country. britain's shadow chancellor has accused the prime minister, theresa may, ofjeopardising brexit talks between the government and labour, saying he no longer trusts her after details of the negotiations appeared in the press. our political correspondent chris mason reports. every sunday begins with church for the prime minister, and ends with questions about the potential for progress on brexit. "let's do a deal," she said to labour today. but after apparent details about the private talks became public in the sunday times...
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do you trust the prime minister? no. sorry, not after this weekend, when she's blown the confidentiality, and i actually think she's jeopardised the negotiations for her own personal protection. and that's not the end of it. labour fret that even if they can do a deal with theresa may, it could get ripped up by her successor. try to enter into a contract with a company that's going into administration, and the people who are going to take over are not willing to fulfil that contract. we can't negotiate like that. but the conservative leader in scotland reckons a deal is still within reach. we need to start walking ourselves back to an agreement where we can get the majority of the people in the house of commons on board. and i think there is a deal there to be done, i genuinely do. look, though, who is waiting in the wings, returning to the stage, a man who frightens plenty of tories contemplating compromise. if they push forward with this,
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it will be seen as a coalition of politicians against the people, and i think millions of people would give up on both labour and the conservatives, i really do. and from the unambiguously pro—brexit mr farage to the unambiguously anti—brexit liberal democrats, now the proud owners of smiles of victory after the english local elections. i think it's now very, very clear that british politics is now going to have to be remade. i mean, it's clearly failing in all kinds of ways, not just the mess around the referendum but the fact that as a country, we're just not getting to grips with really big challenges. mrs may and mr corbyn share the anguish of leading parties divided over brexit. and that's still the biggest blockage to the two of them sharing a brexit deal. chris masonjoins me now from westminster.
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why isjohn why is john mcdonnell so why isjohn mcdonnell so angry about that leak to the sunday times? both sides in these negotiations, despite them coming from polar opposites of them coming from polar opposites of the political spectrum, have been pretty disciplined about keeping the nature and content of these negotiations privates and not offering people like me are running commentary on what is going on. what is great —— clearly irked mr mcdonnell is that an account ended up mcdonnell is that an account ended up in the pages of the sunday times. speaking to sources today, some of the details on the sunday times about the compromise, customs arrangement with the eu, is accurate, and some aren't. it is not nailed down yet. it is not 100% agreed yet, but as but as far as mr mcdonnell confirmed concerned, it is a breach of trust. you need to trust your opponents or you might find it
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ha rd to your opponents or you might find it hard to agree with them. in the interview today he was not happy. what was he trying to achieve by what he said today, saying he doesn't trust the prime minister?” think is nervousness around the trust factor will be important if we ever see labour sign on the dotted line. it is a big lead for the labour party to be a lighter prime minister in trouble. there are gaps that exist between the two big parties. their official positions are relatively close, but this is about securing backbench support on the labour and conservative sides to agree a deal that can command a majority. there are two sticking points. one is the plenty of conservatives hate the idea of the long term customs union with the eu. plenty on the labour site would like another referendum on brexit, something the government is unwilling to countenance. on top of that, you do wonder if the low ——
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opposition leader will be like the prime minister. you say that the talks are continuing, but this can't have helped. it hasn't help, it doesn't help. i wouldn't say they are further away than ever because the talks have been serious and ongoing and long and detailed. ultimately, you can do all of that but if the pan doesn't have the paper at the end and securing a deal that can command the support in the house of commons, ultimately they haven't got there. as things stand, i think it is probably more likely than not that at some stage these talks break down, failing to agree, rather than the opposite. chris mason, thank you. chris mason, thank you. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: thailand's king makes a grand procession through bangkok — his first public appearance since his elaborate coronation on saturday.
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dawn in bangkok, and the streets brightened by a stream of royal yellow. thousands up early to get a good vantage point, all keen to catch a rare glimpse of their new king, their first for almost 70 years. king maha vajiralongkorn was crowned yesterday, so now it was time to show himself to his people. carried by 16 soldiers on a gilded palanquin, a cavalcade involving thousands of people, stretching some 500 metres long, slowly processing round the heart of the city. a chance for his people to pay homage and celebrate his ascension to the throne, but also a chance for many thais to see their monarch in person for the first time — a much remoterfigure than his much—loved late father, spending much of his time abroad. this elaborate three—day coronation is as much religious as it is ceremonial and, as the king processed, he visited sacred temples,
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where he could offer up prayers before golden images of buddha. in thailand, the monarch is revered as an almost godlike figure, the official protector of the buddhist faith, and even members of his family prostrate themselves before him as they receive their royal titles. but he's more than a spiritual leader and many thais wonder how the king will use his huge political influence as his divided country emerges from military rule. james landale, bbc news. after leading days of protests in venezuela against president nicolas maduro's rule, the opposition leader, juan guaido, appears to have failed in his latest attempt to persuade the country's
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military to back him. nick bryant sent this report from caracas. the passion is still in evidence, it's the numbers that are dwindling. this demonstration took place under the statue of america's first president, george washington, the leader of a successful uprising. but venezuela's self—styled operation liberty is clearly losing momentum. "we have to wait a little bit longer," said this student, "and see if we can reach our goal." "we want the government to leave," said this woman wearily. "we don't have anything, we can't be happy." protesters presented petitions to the security forces, words demanding change, that were quickly reduced to cinders. midweek, they were calling for the largest demonstrations in venezuelan history. by the weekend, they've been reduced to these roadside protests. another indication of how this popular uprising has petered out.
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for a fleeting, fiery moment this week, it looked like the uprising might succeed. but in what has essentially become a battle for the hearts and minds of the military, the key power player in venezuela, the armed forces remain brutally loyal to the president. so, no wonder the mood of triumphalism from nicolas maduro, this sea of green fatigues at a fortress in caracas proof that he's survived yet another crisis. this is the opposition leader who is seeking to oust him, juan guaido. the last seven days just didn't go to plan. juan guaido, was this the week when you missed your chance, when you botched your chance? translation: the only person hurt this week is maduro. he's losing again down again, he's increasingly weak, increasingly alone and has no international support. on the contrary, we gain acceptance,
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support and future options. every afternoon on a mountain overlooking the capital, this cannon is fired in honour of president maduro's mentor, hugo chavez. nothing this week has disrupted that marshal routine. for the military has reasserted its dominance in venezuela, and for now, it's upholding the status quo. nick bryant, bbc news, caracas. the pope has celebrated an open—air mass in the bulgarian capital, sofia, on the first day of his trip to the country. he also met the head of the bulgarian orthodox church, patriarch neophyte, and on his arrival urged bulgarians to open their hearts and homes to migrants. pope francis' three—day visit will also take him to north macedonia. roman catholics make up less than 1% of the population in both countries. holly hamilton has all the sport.
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it's been another dramatic day in the premier league — one that's ended manchester united's dreams of champions league football next season. they were held to a 1—1 draw by huddersfield, which means they can't finish inside the top four and will have to settle for europa league football next year. we haven't deserved to be in the top four. we have chased the pack, we have been given chances. the league is so tight. it's a good league, loads of good teams, and when we got the opportunities we weren't able to really gra b the opportunities we weren't able to really grab them. today was just a confirmation of a long season. in the end, the table doesn't lie. bad news for arsenal, as well — their hopes of a top four finish are all but over after they too were held to a 1—1 draw by brighton. unless they win the europa league, they'll have to beat burnley next week and hope tottenham lose to everton and make up an eight—goal swing.
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we know it is going to be difficult. our focus is the we know it is going to be difficult. ourfocus is the europa league. we can take some opportunity in the europa league to do something important. arsenal's draw means chelsea will finish at least fourth. they're currently third, a bove tottenha m after a co mfrorta ble 3—0 win over watford confirming their place in the champions league next season. we said at half—time that they had too much time on the ball. we gave the ball away, we were sloppy. we had to press more aggressively, not give them too much time on the ball. we won the ball back in their half and put them under pressure. once we started doing that the chances came and the goals came. really good second half performance.
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now to the final of the world snooker championship in sheffield. let's go live to the crucible right now, wherejudd trump and four time championjohn higgins are battling it out in the evening session — trump currently leading eight frames to five. the best—of—35 final ends on monday. you can watch the drama continue on bbc two. to cricket, where england claimed a comprehensive seven—wicket win over pakistan, in their one—off t20 match. fark jofra archer claimed his maiden t20 wicket on debut, and ended up with figures of two for 29. with 174 to chase, england got close to the total through fine innings from james vince and joe root, before captain eoin morgan smashed a straight six to clinch the win with four balls to spare. the sides face off in five odis starting on wednesday. west indies produced a record opening partnership of 365 against ireland in their tri—series match in dublin, john campbell
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and and shai hope both hitting centuries in passing the previous best of 304. windies finished on a mammoth 381—3 from their 50 overs, and won by 196 runs. world champion marc marquez won his home motogp in spain to move to the top of the championship standings. marquez started from third on the grid and took the lead by the first corner and kept it until the chequered flag injerez. while tottenham took a step closer to champions league football next season. one of their former players will be glad of something to celebrate tonight. former spurs and real madrid midfielder rafael van der vaart has changed sports and took part in his first bdo event this weekend. despite winning the first round, he went on to suffere he went on to suffer a comprehensive defeat to per laursen at the denmark masters,
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who beat him by four legs to nil. more on the bbc sport website but for the moment that's all form the me. thank you. let's get a quick update on the story that at least 13 people have been killed after a russian plane caught fire mid air. these pictures coming into us very recently. the aircraft landing on fire and some fairly extraordinary footage coming in from social media. 78 people were on board, 73 passengers, five crew. this happened at moscow plasma busiest airport, sheremetyevo. reports that the aeroplane was hit by lightning, that could be the possible cause of the fire. they tried to land, and it crashed onto
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the landing strip. for further updates, stay tuned here on bbc world news. good evening. the overall rather cold story continues through the next day, in fact too much of the week ahead. tonight, the cloud that built up during the day fades away, especially across england and wales. a touch of frost will come and go. clear skies in the north of scotland later. this is where it will be goldust on bank holiday monday. elsewhere, the frost will be more hit and missed. to start the day, clear in the top and bottom of the country, cloudy in between. the odd heavier shower across the pennines and peak district later. a cloudy afternoon across the south with temperatures between ten and 13. the
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best chance of sunshine will be in scotland. to finish the day, showers from northern england right through towards east anglia. showers in northern scotland will fade. it will be wettest on wednesday, and it will stay cool by day and by night. now it is time for a bbc investigation. they'd look at a couple who abused girls for many yea rs couple who abused girls for many years in barry. did they act alone? barry island. beyond the facade of the fun fair, this is a place which for some
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holds dark memories. on top calm. flopping underneath. sally and joann grew up in barry, during the 1980s. the swans had been here since i was a child. this was where we would hang around. this was our playground. yeah. their paths crossed as children. i remember being little girls and then gone, so. i always thought about you. 0h, bless you. always. but, 30 years on, they discovered they shared a sickening secret. i thought that you all knew. i thought that we all knew. what was happening to each other. it's crazy how they made you probably feel like that. don't be sorry.
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they were sexually abused as teenagers by this same married couple. peter and avril griffiths. i described them as the fred and rose west of barry. how he used her to get us in. for him to rape. you know? they were a team. they did it together. the women testified against them last autumn and saw them jailed for a total of 36 years. it is the scariest thing i've ever done, but i have to do it. done, but i had to do it. because it wasjust eating me alive. knowing that fact that they were wandering around not being done for the crimes.
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sally and joann had given up their right to anonymity to tell their story. it started for me with peter, when i was about seven or eight i think. it got worse as i got older. avril griffiths isjoann's eldest half—sister. peter is her brother—in—law. as a child, they baby—sat joann at their house. i feel so ashamed and sick. ifeel bad because i couldn't stop it sooner. joann was their first victim and she could have been there last. and she could have been their last. butjoann says that social workers failed her and police did not follow the leads. so the couple remained at large. why didn't i let them help me?

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